Now that the dust has settled after the Irish Mixed Doubles playdowns one thing we have to mention is the contribution Katie Kerr made to the proceedings. Katie, who came all the way from California to play, was a most pleasant and charming young woman who smiled and laughed her way through a weekend of dreich weather, incomprehensible accents and row after row of dodgy teeth. Katie will be an asset to the ICA and she is keen to come over and curl again in any playdowns going so keep that in mind shipmates for the Mixed or Euro C Division next year.
The staff of the Ice Bowl in Dumfries did us proud producing consistent, excellent ice with good swing, first class catering as well as giving us the thrill of webcasting the final live. Special mention has to go to those hardy volunteers who manned the time clocks. I have the greatest admiration for anyone who sits stock still in an ice rink for two hours just pressing start and stop buttons at the right time for every shot at every end without losing concentration. Respect.
Finally, special thanks from all the players to our very own John Burns, who did a grand job umpiring the games throughout the weekend. What would we do without him.
Louise Kerr interviews her partner John Furey after winning the Irish Mixed Doubles competition at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
Three teams will compete in the mixed doubles championships at Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend.
Team A – John Furey & Louise Kerr
Team B – Neil Fyfe & Alison Fyfe
Team C – Alan Mitchell & Katie Kerr
Saturday, 7th December 2013
- 10am – A v B /
- 2pm – B v C /
- 6pm – C v A
The teams ranked second and third after the round-robin will play a semi-final at 9.30am on Sunday, 8th December, and the winner will then play the team ranked first after the round-robin at 1.30pm in the final.
The winners will represent Ireland in the World Mixed Doubles at Dumfries Ice Bowl, April 23 -30, 2014.
The games may be broadcast online via Dumfries Ice Bowl’s Live Streaming channel.
The current Irish Senior Mens Champions, skipped by Peter Wilson, took to the ice for the first time this season when taking part in a weekend competition at Stranraer Ice Rink last weekend. The new look team, with David Smith replacing Neil Fyfe, played four games over two days. PJ Wilson and Tom Roche remain on the team at third and lead.
The Saturday games saw PJ Wilson in the team at third, but, as he was on duty at the ICA December bonspiel at Murrayfield on the Sunday, Irish Pete’s brother Philip came in at skip and Pete played third stones. In a final game, Pete played Phillip’s Stranraer Super League team, just losing out at the last end.
Afterwards Pete said: “It was good to get some practice in as we are behind Johnjo’s team with that and they have had the opportunity to play a fair few competitive games as well. David was the new guy in the team and he started off okay. I am trying to look at things he does like the line he delivers and his sweeping style. Overall I would say our performance was average but I am not looking to far ahead at the moment as this was only a handful of games but we got better as the weekend went on. We just missed out in the last game against Philip and the nature of the game – against my brother – meant we were sharper.
“Looking ahead we”ll be fine against Johnjo’s team at the playdowns in January. They will be the favourites, but it’s all down to how you play on the day and we’ll now get another practice session in between Christmas and New Year.”
Held at Murrayfield Ice Rink in Edinburgh on Sun 1st December 2013.
For this bonspiel, attending members were divided up into six rinks who are drawn to play against one other rink.
Arran Cameron, Mary Radcliffe, Cron Mackay & Liz Knox
Craig Whyte, Paul Cromey, Helen Wilson & Elizabeth MacKay
Arran Cameron’s team won 8-2 and is the overall winner
Alan Mitchell, John Burns, Susan Scotland & Frances Donald
Peter Wilson, Ian Donald, Steve Callan & Clare McCormick
Alan Mitchell’s team won 9-5
Bill Gray, Alison Fyfe, Bill Radcliffe & Isla Kinnear
John Furey, David Hume, Ann Wilson, Nathan Furey
Both teams peeled 5-5
After the heartbreak of the rugby last weekend in Dublin between Ireland and the All Blacks, Irish curlers will get the chance to exact some revenge this week when taking on the New Zealand mens curling team at The Peak in Stirling.
The Kiwis – Peter de Boer, Sean Becker, Scott Becker, Kenny Thomson and alternate Philip Dowling – are in Europe to play for the remaining Olympic berths available at the qualifying competition in Fussen, Germany beginning December 10. To get some ice time in they have travelled to Scotland and will take on our very own Johnjo Kenny, Alan Mitchell, James Russell and Aaron Cameron at 3pm on Wednesday.
Bill Gray blogs from Murrayfield Ice Rink after this morning’s quarter-final:
The battling Irish retaining the same lineup again, narrowly missed making the semifinal at the Edinburgh Seniors International.
They were drawn against Graeme Adam’s Greenacres rink and after a nip and tuck game which included the guys narrowly missing out on a big 4 in the 5th end, it came down to the last two ends.
At the seventh, 1 down, JJ had the option of drawing for a two or taking his last stone out for a blank to retain the hammer. A draw for two was the decision.
In the last end – one up – Neil’s first stone picked up which was a bad sign for later. After a few stones Adam lay shot and guarded. JJ drew down to lie shot whereupon Graeme Adam played an excellent raise to pick out Johnjo’s stone. Attempting to play the same shot, the unfortunate Irish Skip suffered a pick-up to leave the Greenacres team with a free draw to score two and win. They tried hard to redress the balance but Adam’s final stone stopped just in time (by just a couple of inches) to break Irish hearts!!
This was a particularly gutting way for the guys to go out but there were huge positives to take away from the weekend.
Johnjo’s men marched into the quarter final with another emphatic victory, this time against Ken Watson’s predominantly Stirling based rink. The Irishmen went into an early lead and extended their advantage comfortably to end 2nd in their section.
Quarter final match up is still to be confirmed but the boys are happy that they are playing well and ready for a 9am start on Sunday.
The “lads” continued their quest for glory in the third game of the 4 game Schenkel at the Edinburgh Seniors International in Murrayfield.
With the line-up from the last game retained; Neil, David W, Bill and JJ, they took on the Braehead rink of Ian Gillespie.
The Irish moved ahead early in the game to go to 7-1 up after 4 ends and then controlled the game to run out 10-5 winners gaining 5 ends. This puts them in 3rd place in the group with one round robin game to go. A win in the 4th game would see them qualify for the quarter finals while a loss would put them in the melting pot for qualification. Skip JJ was quoted as saying ‘we’re finding a bit of rhythm now so hopefully we can maintain it and progress.’
Next game at 2.15