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Triumphant first day for Great Britain at Seville Boccia World Open

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3 weeks ago
Great Britain’s boccia stars got their Seville World Open campaign off to a memorable start on day one of the action in Spain.
 
The BC4 pair of Evie Edwards and Stephen McGuire started the day in emphatic style, recording a 5-3 victory over Germany with four of their points coming in the final end.
 
The duo followed that up with a slender 4-3 win against Portugal, taking an early lead inside the first end before coming from behind in the fourth to score three points and seal the victory.
 
In the BC3 pairs, Jamie McCowan and Patrick Wilson also triumphed in both of their opening fixtures, the first coming against France.
 
In that fixture, they scored a solitary point in all but one end to win 3-1, before following it up with the narrowest of victories against Portugal.
 
Having taken an early two-point advantage in the first end, Portugal’s Avelino Andrade and Jose Macedo came back to take a point in successive ends, before McCowan and Wilson wrapped up the win in the final end.
 
It was a difficult start, however, for Great Britain’s BC1/2 team as they were defeated 6-5 in their opening tie with the Netherlands. 
 
Despite their Dutch opponents flying to a 6-1 lead after just four ends, the British trio of two-time Paralympic champion David Smith, Will Hipwell and Claire Taggart were able to pull back four points in the closing two ends, but it was not enough for the win.
 
But they hit back in style in their second fixture of the day against hosts Spain, sealing a dominant 9-2 win with four points coming in the final end.
 
The action in Seville continues tomorrow with the BC4 pair taking on Greece first up, and the BC3 pair and BC1/2 team going head-to-head with Spain and Poland respectively ahead of the evening’s finals.

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