AT the popular Four Nations event at Ayr Ice Rink at the weekend, Ireland beat Scotland but lost to Wales and England.
This was still a fine show as all the scores were close and one shot or two made the difference. A big pat on the back to all the curlers who made the effort to be there as travelling conditions were difficult. Some of the English squad didn’t make it up at all after their flights north were cancelled.
Last year Ireland won two trophies and the year before all three, so let’s all hope that the emerging pattern here doesn’t come to it’s natural conclusion with Ireland winning zero trophies in 2014!
This event is always one of the most enjoyable curling weekends socially and after an excellent meal in the ice rink on the Saturday night, John Munro from Stranraer had the dance floor jumping with his portable disco. The Pres and the press officer did their, now traditional, audition for Strictly to the strains of “New York, New York”.
Curling wise – some very good, some good, some not so good. The ice conditions were a shade tricky, especially in the later sessions, but it was great to see young girls playing for Ireland! Helen Wilson and Alison Fyfe will hopefully follow in their dad’s footsteps and represent Ireland at international level. Neither seemed to be TOO traumatised after emerging from their first Four Nations experience.
Next year it is Ireland’s turn to host the Four Nations and with the fabled rink in Dublin gone down the toilet the venue is still up for grabs. President Bill is in negatiations with various ice rinks – all keen to host such a prestigious event. The ICA blog will soon reveal the winner in a world exclusive – as soon as the committee make up their minds who that is.
Watch this space……
Curling for Ireland in the Four Nations were:
Bill Gray, David Whyte, Alan Mitchell, Arran Cameron, PJ Wilson, John Burns, Steve Callan, Jim Nixon, Neil Fyfe, John Furey, David Smith, Jim Winning, David Hume, Yvonne Chalmers, Liz McKay, Louise Kerr, Frances Whyte, Christine Furey, Fiona Turnbull, Helen Wilson, Sue Scotland, Christina Graham, Kathie Nixon, Marie O’Kane and Alison Fyfe.