The current Irish Senior Mens Champions, skipped by Peter Wilson, took to the ice for the first time this season when taking part in a weekend competition at Stranraer Ice Rink last weekend. The new look team, with David Smith replacing Neil Fyfe, played four games over two days. PJ Wilson and Tom Roche remain on the team at third and lead.
The Saturday games saw PJ Wilson in the team at third, but, as he was on duty at the ICA December bonspiel at Murrayfield on the Sunday, Irish Pete’s brother Philip came in at skip and Pete played third stones. In a final game, Pete played Phillip’s Stranraer Super League team, just losing out at the last end.
Afterwards Pete said: “It was good to get some practice in as we are behind Johnjo’s team with that and they have had the opportunity to play a fair few competitive games as well. David was the new guy in the team and he started off okay. I am trying to look at things he does like the line he delivers and his sweeping style. Overall I would say our performance was average but I am not looking to far ahead at the moment as this was only a handful of games but we got better as the weekend went on. We just missed out in the last game against Philip and the nature of the game – against my brother – meant we were sharper.
“Looking ahead we”ll be fine against Johnjo’s team at the playdowns in January. They will be the favourites, but it’s all down to how you play on the day and we’ll now get another practice session in between Christmas and New Year.”