Sun 15th April 2012 – Day 2
MEN – IRELAND 7 RUSSIA 5
Ice cool Irish skip Johnjo Kenny had the crowd on their feet today with a stunning last stone to get a two and record a win for the Irish Mens Seniors team at the World Senior Curling Championships here in Denmark.
The team played a steady game through the first four ends sealed with a game changing three in the fourth. But, as often happens, two costly missed take outs in the fifth end meant they gave up a three after the half time break.
Suddenly, the Russians got a sniff of victory and came onto their game, peeling with the Irish by the end of the sixth at five all. In the seventh, a good hit and roll out by Johnjo meant the Irish kept last stone in the eighth and last end. And boy did they need it. Johnjo’s first attempted guard drew to lie on the top of a Russian stone outside the rings leaving an angle for a perfect plant onto the Irish shot stone for the Russain skip, which he made to lie shot. Johnjo then opted to raise one of his own stones from outside the rings onto the Russian shot buried behind cover on the button and he made it perfectly to score a deuce and record the win.
WOMEN – IRELAND 4 USA 8
The loss of four shots in the first end put the Irish ladies team on the back foot right at the start of their first game this afternoon here at the World Seniors in the Tårnby curling rink in Copenhagen. On very fast ice the girls struggled to get draw weight but skip Marie O’Kane kept the team in the hunt with a series of good shots. The Irish won four ends, one more that their opposition, but it was just unfortunate the Americans had the knack of scoring more shots when they had the hammer.