The Irish International Bonspiel took place on the weekend of 22/23rd February 2014
at Northwest Castle Hotel, Stranraer, Scotland.
This was the 17th annual bonspiel and as usual the North West Castle Hotel were excellent hosts for the event. The raffle raised £343 for club funds.
All teams enjoyed 4 games of curling which was scored using the schenkel system and split into high and low roads on the Sunday.
The prizes were presented by Carolyn Hibberd.
High road winners of the Granite Trophy – PJ Wilson, Louise Kerr, Richard Stevenson, Anne Wilson / Katie Wright. Prizes – 4 x £25 McMillan Hotels Voucher.
High Road runners-up for the Ailsa Craig Painting – Johnjo Kenny, Charlotte Tierney, tony Tierney , Gillian Russell. Prizes – 4 x bottle champagne.
Low road winners of the Oak Trophy – Neil Fyfe, Kate Adams, Alistair Fyfe, Alison Fyfe. Prizes – 2 x cases Guinness, 2 x bottles Baileys.
Low road runners-up of the Quaich Trophy – George Manson, Ian Paxton, Pam Paxton, Janice Manson. Prizes – 4 x ‘I’d rather be curling / drinking wine mugs and a chocolate orange.
Consolation prizes of the ‘101 Curling Excuses’ book went to Carolyn Hibberd, Ian Donald, Frances Donald and Jim Nixon.
Unfortunately there is no curling ice in Ireland. However, the nearest dedicated curling rink is Stranraer Ice Rink, a ferry ride away.
There is a free taster sessions with qualified coaches at the four-sheet rink on Saturday 22nd from 7pm if you want to come and try curling. There is also an ICA bonspiel on at the rink at the weekend if you would like to meet some ICA members and find out more about Irish curling.
Other free taster sessions will take place on Wednesday 26th at 12.20pm; Friday 28th at 6pm; Sunday 2nd March at 5.30pm; Monday 3rd at 10am; Wednesday 5th at 12.20pm and Sunday 9th at 3pm.
For more information contact ice rink manager Gail Munro on 01776 704413 or e-mail email@example.com
With the unprecedented amount of TV coverage at the 2014 Winter Olympics – perhaps you wondered why an Irish curling team is not there as well?
Well we would love to be and in the 10 years since Ireland was recognised by the World Curling Federation and the Olympic Council of Ireland, we have had some remarkable success, such as winning the World Mens Seniors in 2012.
We currently have a small pool of competitive curlers representing Ireland at various levels but there is always room for new enthusiastic members whether new to the sport or otherwise, to join us. Perhaps you will be representing Ireland in the 2018 Winter Olympics. If you are interested contact us.
The ICA members enjoyed a bonspiel at Kinross on Sunday 9th Feb 2014.
The results were:
Sharon Graham, Cron McKay, Yvonne Chalmers, John Graham (skip) 9 shots up
Ailsa Anderson Paul Cromey, Frances Donald, James Russell (skip) 8 shots up
Isobel Fyfe, Bill Radcliffe, Isla Kinnear, Arran Cameron (skip) 6 shots up
The three rinks which ended 9, 8 and 6 down will remain anonymous – they know who they were!
DRAW for the ICA STRANRAER INTERNATIONAL BONSPIEL 2014
22nd / 23rd February, 2014
Section 1 – 9am & 1pm
N FYFE K ADAMS A FYFE A FYFE
C McKAY E McKAY D SCOTLAND K SCOTLAND
J CULLEN W HENDERSON B HENDERSON TBC
B GRAY J FLORENCE G FLORENCE J BAIN
A ROBINSON R GRIFFITHS A GRIFFITHS R ROBINSON
C HIBBERD I DONALD F DONALD J NIXON
B BYERS R FULLERTON G COWE L COWE
PJD WILSON L KERR R STEVENSON A WILSON
Section 2 – 11am & 3pm
P WILSON K COMPTON D WHYTE F WHYTE
T ROCHE C SCOTT ‘THE DOC’ A PETRIE
T CAMPBELL E TURNBULL S WILSON A STENHOUSE
G MANSON P PAXTON I PAXTON J MANSON
M SUTHERLAND F TURNBULL R BARR A BARR
J McDERMITT C STEVENSON TBC L GRIEVE
S CALLAN C DARRAGH A CAMERON K NIXON
JJ KENNY C TIERNEY T TIERNEY G RUSSELL
For further information please contact PJ Wilson on 07803 145 881 or 01776 704086.
Please can every rink remember to bring a bottle for the grand raffle. Thank you.