First game result:
Team Gray BT Team Kenny 5-2.
Report to follow.
First game result:
Team Gray BT Team Kenny 5-2.
Report to follow.
It’s the Irish mixed playdowns this weekend at Greenacres Ice Rink.
Three teams have entered:
Team Gray: Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr, Clare McCormick
Team Kenny: Johnjo Kenny, Louise Kerr, Tony Tierney, Jen Ward
Team Russell: James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte, Katie Kerr
The three teams will play a round robin of 8 end games, with an extra end if necessary.
Game 1 – Kenny v Gray – 10 am Saturday
Game 2 – Russell v Kenny – 3 pm Saturday
Game 3 – Gray v Russell – 6.30 pm Saturday
If the scores are W2, W1, W0 then the 3rd team is eliminated and the other two teams play two further games at 9.30am and 12.30 pm on Sunday to complete a “best of 3” decider.
If all three teams are on one win, ranking is on DSC, and 3 plays 2, the winner playing 1.
Time-clocks will be used, so it will be an exciting competition to watch if anyone wants to come along and cheer the teams on!
The winners earn the right to represent Ireland at the World Mixed in Champery, Switzerland, in October.
At yesterday’s closing bonspiel and AGM some Irish Curling Championships medals were presented by President Louise.
Congratulations to them all.
The closing bonspiel of the 2016/2017 curling season for ICA members took place on Sunday 13th March at Hamilton.
The winners were the team of James Russell, Louise Kerr, Jen Ward and Eoin McCrossan.
Results: Johnjo Kenny 7, Bill Gray 10; James Russell 11, David Whyte 3; John Furey 6, Alison Fyfe 12.
The ICA closing bonspiel will take place at Hamilton Ice Rink on Sunday, March 12, at 2.30pm. The annual general meeting will follow and then tea will be served!
Bill Gray, Alan Mitchell, Tom Roche, Clare McCormick vs Johnjo Kenny, Ian Donald, Jacqui Barr, Sue Scotland
David Whyte, Marie O’Kane, Steve Callan, Gillian Russell vs James Russell, Louise Kerr, Eoin McCrossan, Jen Ward
Alison Fyfe, Arran Cameron, Trish Boult, Frances Donald vs John Furey, David Hume, Frances Whyte, Erin Furey
Many thanks to everyone who brought prizes and bought tickets at the ICA Stranraer Weekend Grand Raffle on the Saturday evening – the fantastic total of £383 was raised for ICA funds.
Another excellent ICA Stranraer Weekend came to a fitting close yesterday afternoon with victory in the high road for Peter Wilson and his team of Karlyn Lyon, David Whyte and Frances Whyte, lifting the Mourne Granite Trophy, having won all their four games in the competition, which is run on the Shenkel system.
In the final game, Peter took on PJ Wilson and his rink of Louise Kerr, Cameron Stevenson and Anne Wilson, in a tremendous tussle that kept the spectators entertained right up to the last stone of the last end when Peter drew the button to out count PJ’s two shots, to win 7-5.
The high road runners-up, taking away the Jane Paterson Ailsa Craig painting, on three victories and a peeled game were Alison Fyfe, Alan Roe, Trish Boult and Billy Johnston.
In the low road, the Oak Trophy, presented by Jim and Jean Winning, was won by Bill Gray, Jenny Bain, Walter Scott and Alison Scott.
The low road runners-up were Andy Robinson, Rosemary Griffiths, Alan Griffiths and Rhona Robinson – they received the Basil Gray Memorial Trophy.
The consolation prizes went to Ian Donald, Carolyn Hibberd, Steve Callan and Frances Donald.
The ‘international’ flavour of the weekend was boosted by not only Peter Wilson travelling from Ireland and Michael Sutherland and Fiona Turnbull from England, but both Billy Johnston and Katie Kerr flying in from the United States to join in the fun! See you all again next year!
The WCF have just released the following statement:
Tallinn, Estonia – The European Curling Championships 2018 (ECC) will take place next year, between 16 and 24 November, at the Tondiraba Ice Hall, in Tallinn, Estonia.
The Estonian Curling Association signed an agreement with the World Curling Federation (WCF) to host the championships, at a special signing ceremony attended by WCF President, Kate Caithness today (Thursday 9 February).
The event is for men’s and women’s teams from the WCF’s European Zone and is divided into A, B and C-Divisions. Traditionally the A and B Divisions are held together in November, with the C-Division earlier in the year, in May. The ECC is a qualification event for the World Curling Championships (WCC) – seven teams, and the host nation, qualify if the next WCC is being held in the European Zone. Eight teams qualify if the next WCC is in the Americas or the Pacific-Asia Zone.
This is the Estonian Curling Association’s second time hosting an international curling event, after its inaugural championships in 2015, when they hosted the World Junior Curling Championships.
WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “We are pleased that the European Curling Championships 2018 will be taking place in Estonia next year. Estonia has great conditions for hosting championships, and has become a strong curling country in recent years.
“The organising committee for the World Juniors in 2015 did a stellar job pulling together these championships and I am looking forward to working with them again as they prepare for one of our flagship events”
According to Rainer Vakra, President of the Estonian Curling Association, Estonia has never hosted such an important competition before. He said: “For the Estonian Curling Association, hosting such a big event is one of the biggest challenges that a federation could take on. The right to host European Championships will definitely bring value to City of Tallinn, to Estonia and, of course, to the community of Estonian sports and curling.”
“The Estonian Curling Association already has experience in hosting a high level competition – the 2015 Junior World Championships were held in Tallinn. So far, cooperation with our partners has been very good and we are counting on the continuous support of City of Tallinn and Republic of Estonia in hosting this event as well,” he added.
The exact Member Associations to compete at the ECC A and B-Divisions – to be played in separate halls in the Tondiraba Ice Hall – will be clear after the ECC 2017 in St Gallen, Switzerland (17-25 November). Previously, the Estonian women’s team played in the European A-Division in 2014 and 2015 – with their highest finish to date, eighth place. The Estonian men’s team have participated in the B-Division before.
Altogether roughly 300 athletes and coaches will be participating at the European Curling Championships. There will be around 100 people who make the championships happen (LOC, ice crew, umpires, volunteers, broadcasters and media). Historically, the European Curling Championships are followed by approximately 15 million TV viewers.
A most enjoyable ICA Spring Bonspiel took place at Kinross Ice Rink on Sunday.
The winners were the team of Arran Cameron, Jen Ward, Helen Pirnie and John McConnell who were seven shots up on their opposition. Congratulations to them!
Results: Johnjo Kenny 8 Marie O’Kane 5; Arran Cameron 11 John Fury 4; Carolyn Hibberd 7 Craig Whyte 3.