ECCC 2013 Day 1

It was a mixed first day for the Irish team in the Denmark-hosted European C league.

First up was an unfancied Luxembourg team and after taking a three off them, against the head, in the first end the Irish team were away celebrating a deserved victory. Fast forward to the third end where the Irish were 4-3 down and contemplating a long haul. But actually the game turned easy from there on in. A quick 4 back, this time with the hammer, and a series of steals meant the Luxembourgian’s called it a day in the 7th end.ECCC-IRL-LUX-Scoreline

Second up were the much tougher Belarussian team. This game was substantially different and started badly for the Irish, losing three quick singles in succession. A large part of this was down to an unfortunate series of doubles that jammed leaving Belarussian stones under cover. And this was compounded in the fifth end where a custard duck of an end resulted in the Irish losing a three.

Half time therefore saw the Irish 6-2 down and re-arranging for a late dinner. The second half was a different affair. The Irish went full on attack and the Belarussian team struggled with a well-guarded house and by the start of the 10th end things were all square, though it was Belarus with the hammer. Despite setting up the end well, the Belarussian skip played an excellent raised hit and stick to secure the end and the win.IRL-BLR-Scoreline

Playing Romania tomorrow morning at 9am and Slovenia at 7pm

European Men’s C League

ECC-Tarnby-LogoThe Irish Mens team are in Copenhagen for the European C league. They have had their training sessions today and are starting the round robin games.

irl_menTuesday 8th Oct 2013 @ 8am vs Luxembourg
Tuesday 8th Oct 2013 @ 4pm vs Belarus
Wednesday 9th Oct 2013 @ 9am vs Romania
Wednesday 9th Oct 2013 @ 7pm vs Slovenia
Thursday 10th Oct 2013 @ 12 vs Wales
Thursday 10th Oct 2013 @ 8pm vs Serbia
Friday 11th Oct 2013 @ 1pm vs Iceland

ECC Team Profile: Alan Mitchell

The Irish team heading for the European C league in Copenhagen are in the final stages of preparation.

As usual, we all want to know a bit more about them so here are the answers to the latest profile questions;

AlanMitchellProfilePicName – Alan Mitchell
Age – 43
Occupation – Sports wear designer

Three things you really like? – James Russell, Baxter the dog, Balbirs curry

Three things that really annoy you? – James Russell, being on time, cauliflower

Three things from your ‘bucket list’: sail the Atlantic, win the lottery,

What was the last film you saw? – Fight with Denzel Washinton

And the last book you read? – Billy Grump

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) –
Dignity – Deacon Blue
Paper Roses – Marie Osmond
Born in the USA – Bruce Springstein
Don’t stand so close to me – The Police
Walking on broken glass- Eurythmics

And one song you never want to hear again? – I think we’re alone now – Tiffany

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Scottish football from 1978 to 2008

What’s your favourite meal? – Chicken nawabi from Balbirs

Washed down by? – Arran 16-year-old single malt

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – I fired  a Seahawk missile

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – Baxter

What keeps you awake at night? – The fear of John Furey

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – Be as good as you can

ECC Team Profile: Craig Whyte

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The Irish team heading for the European C league in Copenhagen are in the final stages of preparation.

As usual, we all want to know a bit more about them so here are the answers to the latest profile questions;

Name – Craig Whyte
Age – 24
Occupation – Financial Auditor

Three things you really like? – Skiing, golf and tennis

Three things that really annoy you? – Cheats, litterers, and gossip magazines

Three things from your ‘bucket list’: See the Northern Lights, travel around the world, swim with sharks

What was the last film you saw? – Rush

And the last book you read? – The Spy who came in from the Cold

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) –
Fake Empire – The National,
Mr Brightside – The Killers,
Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead,
Pink Floyd – Shine on you Crazy Diamond,
Moving – Supergrass,

And one song you never want to hear again? – Anything by Sean Paul

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – James Bond

What’s your favourite meal? – BBQ Chicken Pizza

Washed down by? – Blue Moon

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – I once fell asleep on the train to Edinburgh and got locked inside Waverley Station

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – My electric guitar

What keeps you awake at night? – The glow from my radio alarm

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – “In the end the things we regret most are the chances we never took”

ICA Opening Bonspeil

Held at Lanarkshire Ice Rink in Hamilton on Sun 6th October 2013.

This is the ICA members main opening bonspeil of the season and a chance for all members to get together and catch up on events throughout the summer.

For this bonspeil, attending members were divided up into six rinks who are drawn to play against one other rink.

PJ-Open_bonspeilPJ Wilson, Yvonne Chalmers, Ross Barr & Carolyn Hibberd
played
Tom Roche, Alison Fyfe, Mary Radcliffe & Nathan Furey
PJ Wilson’s team won 14-3 and is the overall winner
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Johnjo Kenny, Gillian Drury, Alison Barr, Clare McCormick,
    played
Neil Fyfe, Ian Donald, Susan Scotland, Isla Kinnear
Johnjo’s team won 9-3
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Tony Tierney, Paul Cromey, Steve Callan, Claire Darragh
    played
David Smith, Charlotte Tierney, Bill Radcliffe, Frances Donald
Tony’s team won 7-6

ECC Team Profile: James Russell

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The Irish team heading for the European C league in Copenhagen are in the final stages of preparation.

As usual, we all want to know a bit more about them so here are the answers to the latest profile questions;

Name – James Russell
Age – 21
Occupation – Aquatic Rescue Engineer (Lifeguard)

Three things you really like? – Comic books; The smell of slurry on fields; Driving

Three things that really annoy you? – Bad grammar; Black suits with brown shoes; Donald Trump’s hair.

Three things from your ‘bucket list’:
Run my hand through Roger Federer’s hair.
Hang up my cape.
Own a Lightsaber.

What was the last film you saw? – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

And the last book you read? – Man 2.0 Engineering the Alpha, John Romaniello & Adam Bornstein

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists)?
Macklemore-The End
Jose Gonzales-Heartbeats
Kanye West-Never let you down
Daft Punk-Digital Love
Frank Sinatra-The way you look tonight

And one song you never want to hear again? – Crazy Frog

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Harry Potter Books

What’s your favourite meal? – Smoked Sausage and Baked Beans

Washed down by? – Milk

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – I cannot reveal my secrets.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – My Puppy, Talia.

What keeps you awake at night? – Crime in Gotham.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – “It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.” The late Rachel Dawes.

ECC Team Profile: John Furey

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The Irish team heading for the European C league in Copenhagen are in the final stages of preparation.

As usual, we all want to know a bit more about them so here are the answers to the latest profile questions;

Name – John Furey
Age – 46
Occupation – Uncivil Software Engineer

Three things you really like? – The beginning, the middle and the end.

Three things that really annoy you? – Obstreperousness, playing tight to the brush, politics.

Three things from your ‘bucket list’?
– There’s still time to make an impact in the world;
– New York (I tried to get there before but nearly crashed in a storm);
– Usain Bolt in the hundred meters final of the Commonwealth Games has now sadly been replaced with an early-doors morning session of the weightlifting, as that’s all we got tickets for.

What was the last film you saw? – Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: (Up a whole tone, down a major third, down an octave, up a perfect fifth: I quite often jam away with this as the starting point).

And the last book you read? – A Brief History of Everything – Bill Bryson.

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) –
Delirium Tremens – Christy Moore
Beautiful Noise – Neil Diamond
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
The Scientist – Coldplay
New Frontier – Donald Fagan

And one song you never want to hear again? – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as played by my kids on the violin

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Generic traits and colours of the Power Rangers: Mighty Morphin to Megaforce, 1993-2013

What’s your favourite meal? – At the moment it’s Christine’s home-made minestrone with artisan bread

Washed down by? – Carbonated water (with hops)

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – One of either myself or my then business partner John-Paul were invited by Downing Street to interview the Prime Minister. Downing Street wouldn’t allow the two of us to go so we said “feck it, we’re too busy”.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – The Stephen Bennett landscape

What keeps you awake at night? – Insomnia.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – Education, education, education

ECC Team Profile: Arran Cameron

The Irish team heading for the European C league in Copenhagen are in the final stages of preparation.

As usual, we all want to know a bit more about them so here are the answers to the latest profile questions;

AC Profile 2 AC ProfileName – Arran Cameron
Age – 39
Occupation – Civil Engineer

Three things you really like? – The missus, sailing and Guinness.

Three things that really annoy you? – The missus, lack of wind and closing time.

Three things from your ‘bucket list’? –  Motorcycle around Europe, retire and retire earlier.

What was the last film you saw? – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Need to pay attention!

And the last book you read? – One Hundred Days – Admiral Sandy Woodward’s memoirs from the Falklands conflict.

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists)
Whole lotta rosie – AC/DC
This is it – Hothouse Flowers
Caledonia – Dougie MacLean
Hysteria – Muse
Mistress for Christmas – AC/DC

And one song you never want to hear again? – Go Compare!

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Kids programmes of the early 80’s

What’s your favourite meal? – Saag Gosht (Lamb and spinach curry)

Washed down by? – Guinness or real ale.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – Darren Clarke winner of the 2011 Open Championship was my school prefect.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – After the missus it’s the bike, 2012 Racing Green, Triumph Sprint ST 1050 from the last month of production, that’s my mistress.

What keeps you awake at night? – Sometimes the neighbour’s dogs, sometimes those bloody foxes.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – From my Dad “Drink all you want son but never smoke”