Irish World Champs go out in quarter-finals
The team that won the world senior curling championships for Ireland last April lost in the quarter-finals of the recent Edinburgh International Seniors competition at Murrayfield ice rink.
Team member and Irish Curling Association President Bill Gray reports:
“We lost in the QF to Gary McFarlane.
“Had a good weekend. Beat David Rutherford on Friday and then lost to Keith Prentice.
Played David Clydesdale on the Saturday morning and had a cracking game. JJ went off after four ends due to bad knee. We were peels going down the last with the hammer. David Clydesdale played a great draw to the button with his last and I missed the ******. Lost by one. Then needed to beat Andy McGlynn convincingly to qualify. Was 10-0 up after six ends (JJ sitting out; yours truly skipping) so that was enough to do the job.
“Played GMac in QF on Sunday morning. Ice like lightening and we didn’t react well to that at all. Went 5-1 down after five, lost a one in the sixth end, got two back in the seventh and ran out of stones in the last to lose 6-3.
“Disappointing not to get to the semi at least although Gary and his team playing pretty well. We still thought we could have beaten them if we had brought anything like our A game to the contest but not to be.”