European Invitation Seniors – day 1

Ireland’s two men’s teams had mixed fortunes at the first day of the European Invitation Senior Championships at Greenacres Ice Rink.
After two games, Team Gray are yet to taste defeat while team Kenny are yet to taste victory.
In the early morning session Team Gray had a testing eight ends against Tommy Campbell’s experienced English seniors team but secured a victory by seven shots to five. In the afternoon they went head to head with world senior silver medallists Connie Oslund’s team from Sweden. By all accounts this was an enthralling game for the spectators and Team Gray had to take a one in the last end for the peel.
Top of their section is Scotland’s Keith Prentice on two wins.
In their section, Team Kenny struggled to find their best game going down 6-4 to Gus Van Imhoff from The Netherlands in the morning. They were also on the wrong side of two shots later in day when Sweden’s Mats Nyberg skipped his team to an 8-6 win.
Skip Johnjo said:  ” It was a bad day on the ice, it happens. We couldn’t get to grips with the ‘tricky” ice conditions and even our good shots seemed to end up in bad places. We have played worse and won but our opponents were just better on the day.”
Team Sveisbergs from Latvia heads that group on four points.


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