Ireland’s 2012 world senior mens champions start their 2013/14 campaign this week at Greenacres Ice Rink in the the sixth European Invitation Senior Curling Championships.
The ‘Famous Five’ – Johnjo Kenny, Bill Gray, David Whyte, Tony Tierney and David Hume became the ‘Super Six’ earlier this year when Neil Fyfe joined the team, having previously played second stones for Peter Wilson at the 2013 World Senior Championships in Fredericton last April.
This six-man squad will be using a rotation system of play for the championships as both work commitments and David Hume being in New Zealand just now means not all the team can play all the games.
Johnjo said: “Its our first time together on the ice this season, we have not even managed a practice as yet. Unfortunately due to unavoidable work commitments I will be missing a few games and we will be rotating our squad throughout giving new squad member Neil Fyfe games in every position. We seem to have an especially tough section so it will be a nice start to the season for us and no doubt highlight the areas we need to work on in the coming weeks. As usual we are all looking forward to meeting up again and getting onto the ice. Win, lose or draw we will have some fun this week.“
The team face a tough draw:
Game 1 . Bernard Attiner Switzerland. Swiss senior champs 2012 etc etc
Game 2 Karl Nordlund Sweden Current Swedish senior champions and former world bronze medallists
Game 3 Graeme Adam Former Scottish mens and seniors champion
Game 4 Timo Kauste Finland (Euro senior invitation winners 2011 and runner-up 2012)
Game 5 Russia Russian Champions
The full draw will appear here shortly……