Neil and Alison Fyfe were playing in the Dutch Masters CCT Mixed Doubles competition in Zoetermeer last weekend.
Neil reports: “In our first game we were drawn against the Swedish pairing of double Olympic champion and multiple times world champion Annette Norberg and her partner Vincent Stenberg. They had the advantage of having already played a game earlier in the day. We played badly and were well beaten 10-2. The ice was quite tricky – but lightening fast after being slow for the first few shots. We both struggled to find draw weight throughout the game – which was not good. There was no practice before the game – apart from one practice draw for Alison who was nominated to do the LSD for that game.
“In our second game we played Judith and Lee McCleary from Scotland (what a lovely couple they are). They have played here a couple of times before and got the hang of the ice before we did and sailed into a 7-0 lead after the second end. We played a bit better after that taking a 2 in the third and after restricting our opponents to a 1 in 4th then took a 1 in the 5th – but conceded after the sixth when the McCleary team took another two. They are a very strong pair and barely missed a shot between them.
“On Saturday morning Team Fyfe played against a local team of Jaap van Dorp (who skips the Dutch men’s team) who was playing with his Hungarian partner Vera Kalocsai.
Although team Fyfe yet again failed to gain last stone advantage, they managed to restrict their opponents to a 1 in the first end but lost another single shot in the second before scoring a three in the third. Team Fyfe managed to find better form this game – and the game was very close the score was 6-6 going into the last end with the Irish team having last stone advantage. Alison and Neil played a near perfect end and Alison made a good draw with her last to secure Ireland’s first win!
” In the last game of the round robin stage Team Fyfe played the Polish team of Adela Walczak and Kasper Knebloch. The Irish pair started off well taking a three in the first end. The Polish pair played well and after 6 ends had reduced the deficit to two shots. Neil and Alison elected to play their power play in the seventh – however this went disastrously wrong with poor shots from both players and the Polish pair took a three. In the final end Alison had the choice of playing a difficult draw to the 4 foot to draw the game – or playing an equally difficult skinny double to take a two and win the game. The latter option was selected and successfully played. A second (but messy) win for Team Fyfe!
“The Scottish team topped the table with four wins and the Irish, Swedish and Dutch teams were in joint second place with two wins and two defeats. Due to having the worst draw shot challenge Team Ireland unfortunately were eliminated because of this.
“It was a hard way to be knocked out due to not having any practice before the games (apart from one shot prior to the DSC).
“The Dutch organisers and volunteers did an excellent job and the competition was very enjoyable.”
On Sunday Alison and Neil took a trip into Amsterdam to do some sightseeing before returning to watch the final in the afternoon.
Alison in Amsterdam
Both the men’s and women’s senior squads got a run out at the Kinross Over 40s prior to heading Canada for the World Senior Championships in April.
Peter, Johnjo, David W and David H
Peter Wilson, who skipped Ireland to world senior bronze last year, has formed a new team this season with the bulk of the gold medal senior winners from 2012 – Johnjo Kenny, Bill Gray, David Whyte and David Hume – in it. Unfortunately Bill injured his leg and couldn’t play last weekend so David Hume played at lead. The team finished as the ‘middle road’ winners with just one loss in five games, and that was due to an unfortunate pick-up with Peter’s last stone of the game drawing for the win against the eventual winners.
The ladies played four games, winning two and losing two, and were pleased with their performance overall.
Peter, Clare, Marie, David W, Louise, David H and Carloyn. Johnjo was on the dancefloor…
It was a brilliant weekend socially and thanks go to the organising committee, including our very own Johnjo, for working so hard to make sure everything was spot on for the competitors to curl hard on the ice and party hard off it.
Tony Tierney has got a permanent job since his illness as the official ICA presenter of trophies!
Johnjo, Gillian, the Glittertree and….Tony!
He was in front of the camera again at Kinross at the weekend when handing over the prestigious Glittertree to the 2016 winners Johnjo and Gillian!
Tony, Tommy, Charlotte and Phil
Great to see Tony Tierney back on the ice at Kinross at the weekend – and winning a prize as well!
He and Charlotte teamed up with Phil Barton and Tommy Campbell for the Over 40s bonspiel and topped the low road. It was a fantastic competition on the ice and great fun off it and looks set to become a regular event on the curling calendar for many years.
Well done TT. Normal service is resumed.
It was a very busy weekend for ICA curlers – all over the place, we were. The men held their championship and Euro C League playdowns in Dumfries, the men and women senior squads were at the inaugural Kinross over 40s weekend and Neil and Alison were playing in the Dutch Masters CCT Mixed Doubles competition in Zoetermeer.
Craig, Eoin, John, James and Arran
First, the men…….. In a best of three challenge, James Russell, John Furey, Craig Whyte, Arran Cameron won game one 8-3 and game two 8-6 against Dave Hibberd, Alan Mitchell, Bob Sherrard, Ross Barr and Andrew Gilmore, so no third game on the Sunday was required.
The winning team won the right to represent Ireland in the Euro C League in Andorra May.6-13.
Ross, Alan, David, Andrew and Bob
Good luck to both teams in this weekend’s playdowns for the Euro C League in Andorra.
James Russell, John Furey, Craig Whyte, Arran Cameron and Eoin McCrossan
Dave Hibberd, Alan Mitchell, Bob Sherrard, Ross Barr and Andrew Gilmore
Games (best of three) are at 11am and 4pm Saturday 14th and 10am Sunday 15th
The Winners: Martin, Clare, James and Ian
We held our Xmas Bonspiel at Hamilton on Thursday with four teams contesting the perpetual trophy and also prizes organised by Craig Whyte.
We struggled a little for teams but in the end, due to late fill ins by Ruth Burns (daughter of John) and also David and Jonathon Imlah from Brisbane, we went ahead with a full complement.
David (left) and Jonathon Imlah
The winners (both games were very close) were James Russell, Martin Sutherland, Ian Donald and Clare McCormick. Thanks to all but especially to the Imlah’s for coming all the way from Brisbane just to play in the Bonspiel (!!)
Well done Gillian and Johnjo.
Andrea liked their tree best of all so the ICA Glittertree 2016 is heading to Crossgates.
Thanks to all the members who took the time to enter this year and enjoy the rest of the festive season.
That controversial mixed team mascot decoration may just impress our judge this year…..
Will there be an aWARD for this Irish-themed tree?