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McCowan brothers seek individual glory at European Boccia Championships

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Scott and Jamie McCowan took their sibling rivalry to the continental stage as the hunt for more medals continued at the European Boccia Championships.

The Dundonald brothers teamed up alongside Patrick Wilson to win BC3 Pair silver but it was every man for himself as the individual competition got underway in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

Nobody could get a point past the elder McCowan as the 26-year-old Rio Paralympian defeated Sonia Heckel of France 9-0 before securing an even more convincing 10-0 victory over Spain’s Amal Zaousal.

Jamie had a slightly tougher start to the day as the 22-year-old narrowly edged past Greece’s Konstantinos Masouras in a tie-break, but later defeated Damian Iskrzycki 5-2 in four ends.

Wilson also opened proceedings with an impressive 4-3 win over Portugal’s José Gonçalves, but later lost 4-1 to Adam Burianek – though all three Brits have one more pool match to play.

The BC3 athletes were not the only silver medallists in action, as BC4 stars Stephen McGuire, Evie Edwards and Louis Saunders sought individual success.

Two-time Paralympian McGuire recorded a 6-2 defeat of Melisa Osmanovic and will face Sergey Safin in his final pool B match.

Saunders, who made his GB debut on his 16th birthday in September, lost 5-2 to Hungary’s Laszlo Hegedüs, but he still has time to make it past the pool stages with two more matches to play.

And Edwards will hope to continue in the same vein after she snuck a point in the final end to come away with a 5-4 victory over Croatia’s Damir Juren in pool F.

In the BC1 competition, two-time Paralympic champion David Smith flew through his first match, defeating Israel’s Orit Kelner 13-0 to take the lead in pool A with another pool encounter to come against João Pinto.

Will Hipwell did not have quite such an easy time in the BC2 competition, sitting bottom of Pool D after losing 4-0 to Marta Wesolek in the morning before a 9-1 defeat to Cristina Gonçalves.

Hipwell can still claim a win in the BC2 competition when he faces Portugal’s Nelson Fernandes, while fellow BC2 athlete Claire Taggart is third in pool E after claiming a win over Martin Opat and losing to Turkey’s Hasan Cakir.

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