Great Britain and Germany move up into joint second in the Paralympic rankings

  • Team GB © WCF / Céline Stucki

Great Britain defeated reigning Olympic champions Canada 8-1 in Monday (12 March) evening's eighth session of round-robin play at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 being held in the Gangneung Curling Centre.

After Canada blanked the opening end, Great Britain went on to steal single points over the next three ends to take a 3-0 lead into the break. Great Britain continued to apply pressure to Canada stealing another two points in the fifth end after Canada skip, Mark Ideson, was unable to play the difficult raise to get into scoring position.

Canada scored a single point in the sixth end, but Great Britain hit back immediately with a score of three points in the seventh end when their skip, Aileen Neilson, drew her final stone into the eight-foot ring, causing Canada to concede, and giving Great Britain the 8-1 victory. This second win of the day for Great Britain moved them onto a 4-1 record and into joint second place in the rankings.

Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA) bounced back from their morning loss to defeat United States 6-4. NPA stole single points in each of the first five ends to take a 5-0 lead. United States fought back with a score of three points in the sixth end and a steal of one point in the seventh end to narrow the score to 5-4. However, NPA used their last stone advantage in the eighth end to score a single point and ensure their 6-4 win.

Germany claimed their second win of the day by defeating previously unbeaten hosts Korea 4-3. Germany held a 3-0 lead at the break after a score of one point in the first end and single point steals in the third and fourth ends.

Korea fought back and with the last stone advantage in the eighth end they trailed by two points. With a stone already in scoring position, Korean fourth player Jae Goan Cha had a chance to take the game to an extra end, but his draw with the final stone was heavy leaving them to only score one point and giving Germany the 4-3 win.

In the last game of the session Norway defeated Switzerland 6-3. Norway took a 4-1 lead into the break and in the second half the teams traded single points for the remaining four ends, which was enough for Norway to hold on for their second win of the day.

They said it

Aileen Neilson; skip, Great Britain (after 8-1 win over Canada): "I'm really pleased with our performance tonight. I think any of the teams out there, when they bring their A game, can be on the podium at the end of the week, so whoever we're playing, it's always nice to get a win."

Konstantin Kurokhtin, skip, NPA (after 6-4 win over USA): "I was in a very good mood before the game, and I managed to keep that mood until the end of the game. Today we all wanted to win very much, so everybody wanted the same, and when everybody wants to achieve the same goal, it's easier to achieve it. All team members have a very good execution and the most important thing in this period of time is the good mood and good psychological condition"

Session eight results: Switzerland 3-6 Norway; Neutral Paralympic Athletes 6-4 United States; Great Britain 8-1 Canada; Korea 3-4 Germany.

Standings after session eight (win-loss):

China 5-0
Great Britain 4-1
Germany 4-1
Korea 4-1
Canada 3-2
Norway 2-3
Neutral Paralympic Athletes 2-3
Switzerland 2-3
Slovakia 2-3
Finland 1-4
United States 1-4
Sweden 0-5

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