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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 21:37 GMT
GB curlers shine in Czech event
Britain's wheelchair curling team enjoyed their build-up for 2006 Winter Games in Turin with victory in the Open Czech championships.

Frank Duffy, Michael McCreadie, Tom Killin, Angie Malone and Ken Dickson eased past Denmark 9-4 in the final.

Earlier, GB battled back from an opening defeat to finish second in their group and reach the semi-finals, where they beat Canada 7-3.

Canada, who won all three of their group games, beat Poland 5-3 for third.

Ena Stevenson, GB curling team manager for Torino, said: "The championships in Prague were part of our preparations for Torino.

"The team played well and we were happy with the outcome."

GB open their account at the Winter Paralympics on Sunday 12 March when they play Switzerland and Denmark ­ the bronze and silver medallists at the 2005 World Championships.

They also play against Norway, Sweden, Italy, Canada and the USA in Torino. Semi-finals take place on Friday 17 March with the final on Saturday.

Britain qualified for Torino 2006 by virtue of Scotlandıs victories in the 2004 and 2005 World Championships.

GB results at the Open Czech Championships:

Group matches
Great Britain 4-5 Denmark
Prague A 3-6 Great Britain
Nove Ms 3-9 Great Britain

Canada 3-7 Great Britain
Denmark 10-4 Poland

Third place game
Canada 5-3 Poland

Great Britain 9-4 Denmark

Final positions
1. Great Britain
2. Denmark
3. Canada
4. Poland
5. Prague A (Cze)
6. Prague B (Cze)
7. Nove Ms (Cze)
8. HSC Velke Mezzi I (Cze)

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