ICA continues winning streak in world’s oldest international fixture.

Last week at Greenacres, two rinks representing the ICA overcame their Ardrossan Castle counterparts by an aggregate score of 17-9. Neil Fyfe’s rink triumphed 10-3 while Andrew Gilmore – currently back on shore at college – had a much tighter game squeezing home 7-6. We noted that the ICA talisman – Erin Furey – was to be booked for this year but unfortunately she had to rely on her senior colleagues to seal the deal without her! Fear not- there is a surprise coming in the New Year. Watch this space!!

We are hugely appreciative that Ardrossan Castle continue to contest this fixture – first played as far back as 1861 when the prize was a RCCC medal struck for the Belfast Curling Club. The teams now contest the beautiful wooden trophy fashioned by Ardrossan curler Donnie Sheddon for the fixture.

We look forward to continuing this historic association next year.

Mixed Doubles playdowns 2017

The new MD Irish champions

Eoin McCrossan and Jen Ward are the new Irish mixed doubles champions havng won both games played in a ‘best of three’ against Alan Mitchell and Margarita Sweeney-Baird.The scores were 10-3 and 7-6. The games were played at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Eoin and Jen will now represent Ireland at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Òstersund, Sweden in April. Well done to both teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden memories

European ‘B’ Gold for Ireland in 2007 – left to right – Neil Fyfe, PJ Wilson, Robin Gray, Peter Wilson, Tony Tierney and coach Ron Myers.

Exactly 10 years ago on December 7th, 2007, Ireland won it’s first curling gold medal at the European Championships in Fussen, Germany, when the men’s team of Peter Wilson, Robin Gray, Neil Fyfe, PJ Wilson and Tony Tierney, plus coach Ron Myers won the B League.

The Irish team went through the round-robin undefeated, beating Belgium, Holland, Iceland, Greece, Austria and Spain before taking down Latvia in the semi-final, taking a four in the fifth end to ease themselves to a 9-7 win. The gold was then secured in a one-sided game against Spain.

The team had no time to celebrate as they then had to prepare for the best of three challenge with the Czech Republic for the last place at the 2008 World Championships. This was their third game in one day and it was a game too far. After taking the Czechs to an extra-end in the first game they lost two in a row and the Czech Republic went to the worlds the following year.

Happy days for the Irish in fabulous Fussen! Seems like yesterday……….

Autumn bonspiel

Andrew, Steve and son, Eoin and David

ICA members took part in the autumn bonspiel at Braehead last Sunday with the prizes going to, Andrew Gilmore, Eoin McCrossan and  Steve Callan. They were presented with their prizes by President David Whyte. With 12 players, four teams played with three players.

Le tout ensemble at Braehead on Sunday – photographer James Russell

Thanks to all who made the effort to support the event.

Ron Paterson – a tribute

ICA members were saddened to hear of the death of former member and treasurer Ron Paterson on Tuesday, 24th October, after a short illness.
Ron and his devoted wife Jane became members of the Irish Curling Association in 2004 and Ron’s razor sharp intellect and financial acumen were put to good use when he served as ICA treasurer from 2008 to 2013.
The current ICA treasurer, and President, David Whyte commented that the books Ron kept were “immaculate”.
Ron also enjoyed playing in ICA bonspiels and was a keen competitor on the ice. Off the ice he also enjoyed, and endured, many ICA curling adventures abroad accompanying Jane when she was a member of the Irish ladies team at the European Championships, the European Mixed Championships and the World Seniors. Many a long day Ron spent in the stands as a faithful supporter of Irish teams. He was also the ‘Keeper of the Flags’ and made sure the four provinces banner was in a prominent position and the right way round!
His dry wit and endless curiosity made him excellent company and Ron and Jane were the warmest and most convivial of hosts, opening the doors of their home to many curlers from near and far, always ready to welcome their many friends with a dram and a plateful of Ron’s latest culinary creation – he was also a superb and adventurous cook.
Away for the curling world, Ron was well-known as a salty sea-dog, and sailing was right up there with Jane and their much-loved black lab dogs in his ‘things I really and truly love’ list.
Jane said: “Ron’s abiding passion was sailing. He built an ‘Enterprise’ dinghy in his garage which he and I raced competitively for many years. He went on to compete against the “Big Boys’ in major events on the Clyde and West Coast. To celebrate the millennium, he took part in the Classics Malt Cruise to Islay with family and friends. The highlight of his sailing career was undoubtedly being overall winners of West Highland Week and The Scottish Series in the same year. Quite an achievement.”
After a successful career with IBM, that took him on several overseas assignments including a very happy two years in Minnesota, USA , Ron retired in 2000. He and Jane lived for many years in Skelmorlie before moving to Auchterarder in 2013. He also loved his garden, a passion he shared with Jane, and had many plans for their new home in Perthshire before illness intervened.
He was a true gentleman of impeccable character, who was kind, determined and loyal in equal measure. Ron Paterson served the Irish Curling Association faithfully for many years and will always be remembered and missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
The sympathy of all the members goes out to Jane at this difficult time.

Jane would like to extend her heartfelt thanks to all ICA members who took the time to send a card and a special thank you to those who came to the funeral. It was very much appreciated.

Ireland’s ladies team get some practice in

Marie, Louise, Christina and Clare

The Irish ladies team heading to the world seniors in Sweden next April got together on the ice for the first time at the Greenacres Invitation last week. Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr, Christina Graham and Clare McCormick had plenty of practice against some of the top senior ladies teams in the world and improved every game.

Going forward, they have engaged Gordon McIntyre to coach the team ahead of their world challenge.

Senior European Invitation champions at Greenacres

Johnjo gives the team a pep talk. photographer Andrew Mitchell

Ireland men Johnjo Kenny, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and David Hume won the European Senior Invitation at Greenacres Ice Rink this afternoon beating Scotland’s Ian Drysdale in the final  6-5.

The winners! picture courtesy of Greenacres Ice Rink

Congratulations to the team on an excellent performance against first class opposition.