PJ to step down from world stage

PJ Wilson has decided to retire from the world seniors after winning a bronze medal in Karlstad.

PJ and Christine pose with their world senior championships medals - bronze for Ireland and gold for Scotland.

PJ and Christine pose with their world senior championships medals – bronze for Ireland and gold for Scotland.

He and his wife Anne, plus ICA President (me), were the guests of Jim and Christine Cannon last weekend to celebrate the success of Christine winning her second senior gold for Scotland and PJ winning his bronze for Ireland.

With a large glass of coca-cola in his hand (he was driving) the Irish stalwart announced: “Karlstad was my last appearance for Ireland. I have enjoyed every moment but have now decided it’s time to do other things. I started by winning a bronze world junior medal for Scotland 41 years ago and I finish with a bronze world senior medal for Ireland, so now is the perfect time to go out – at the top!

” I just want to thank all my team-mates down the years – I’ve been lucky to curl with great curlers on the ice who were also great friends off the ice.”

PJ say he will still turn out for Ireland for the Four Nations and take part in Irish bonspiels, but is now looking forward to taking things a bit easier now he’s in his 60s.

He has represented Ireland  68 times, (35 wins and 33 losses) starting at the very beginning with the European B League in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2004 where he won silver. He was on the team at the European A League in Garmisch, Germany, in 2005,  that secured Ireland a place at the world championships, for the first and so far only time, in Lowell, USA in 2006. He was back on the ice at the European A League in Basle, Switzerland, that December, when Ireland went down to B. But he was in the team that won European B League gold in Fussen, Germany,  before skipping the team at the A league in Onskolsvik, Sweden, in 2008. He then concentrated on the Seniors, skipping Ireland at the world seniors in Minneapolis-St Paul’s, USA, in 2011. He was back as a member of Peter Wilson’s Irish senior champions at the world seniors in Fredericton, Canada, in 2013 before his bronze medal-winning swansong in Sweden last month. He also was coach to the Irish mixed doubles teams at the world championships in 2014 and 2016.

Peter was also the skip of the rink that won the Scottish junior championships in 1974. That team then went on to win a bronze medal at the first world junior championships in Toronto in 1975.

PJ served as President of the ICA from 2013 to 2015.

Well done and thank you Peter JD Wilson  – what a terrific servant you have been to Irish curling.

Sarah beats the boys!

It’s nice to know that someone can get the better of both Peter AND Johnjo!

The Irish curling senior skips met up when Johnjo and Gillian were visiting Ireland last week and popped into Kilkenny to see Peter, Elaine and Sarah.

Of course, these two boys spend most of the curling season trying to get the better of each other on the ice, but both daddy and uncle JJ were no match for Sarah when it came to a game of ‘Who’s Who’.

Sarah WilsonWell done Miss Sarah Wilson!

WCF sweeping summit announced

The World Curling Federation’s Sweeping Summit, which will address the challenges faced throughout the 2015/16 season with brush head technology and sweeping technique, will take place near Ottawa, Canada between Monday 23 and Friday 27 May 2016.

On-ice testing will happen during the Summit, along with a period of consultation that will involve international athletes, sport experts, ice professionals and other important stakeholders. A series of proposals will then be made to the World Curling Federation’s Competitions and Rules Commission and Athletes Commission.

After consideration by the relevant Commissions, the aim will be to have definitive new regulations agreed and in place – which resolve this matter for future seasons – as the result of a vote at the WCF’s Annual General Assembly – to be held in September, in Stockholm, Sweden.

In the meantime, the World Curling Federation is inviting supporters, athletes, coaches and any other interested parties to complete a survey addressing how the challenges with brush head technology and sweeping technique are viewed and could be resolved.

The Sweeping Summit survey can be found at, www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3PP266G and should be completed by Monday 16 May 2016, so that responses can be collated and shared with those attending the summit.

ECC – C League – v France for B

Ireland 6 France 7

Ready for battle!

Ready for battle!

Heartbreaker of a game. Ireland came up just short with their last stone trying to get a two for the extra end against France, leaving a French stone the second shot.

Last stone comes up just short........

Last stone comes up just short……..

The team will be very disappointed but they fought all the way and did Ireland proud.

ECC – C League – 3v4 game – men

Ireland 9 Bulgaria 6 (after extra end)

It was a stressful last couple of ends to say the least but Team Ireland – Alan, Andrew, Bob and Tom – finally got the better of Bulgaria with a three in the extra end. Alan didn’t need to play his last stone after the Bulgaria skip missed. Phew……..

France up next at 3pm for the final B League place for Braehead in November. Follow every shot on Curling Geek.

COME ON IRELAND!! You’re doing us proud.