Great win for Johnjo, Marie, Tony and especially Jen. Five up after two ends then held their nerve scoring a three in the seventh at which point the Lithuanians had had enough.
Come on Ireland!
Game times for our mixed team at the world (in Bern time which is one hour ahead of BST)
Saturday, 12th – 8am v Denmark / 4pm v Lithuania
Sunday, 13th – 4pm v Romania
Monday, 14th – 8am v Slovakia
Tuesday, 15th – 12noon v France / 8pm v Sweden
Wednesday, 16th – 8pm v Belgium
Thursday, 17th – 8pm v Italy
ICA members like to know a bit of background information on our international players and Jen Ward has kindly taken up the challenge of answering some ‘profile’ questions for us before her debut on the world stage in Berne at the World Mixed:
Name – Jen Ward
Age – 29
Occupation – HR Officer
Years curling – 1
Home club and ice Rink – None
In-turn or out-turn? – Out-turn
Best ever curling memory? – I’ve only really got one so far – winning the Mixed Championships in March. Hopefully loads more to come after our trip to Bern!
How do you relax away from work (and curling) – Go to the cinema
What’s your biggest fear – Birds
What’s your guiltiest pleasure – Blue WKD
Favourite TV programme? – Friends; never gets old!
Last gig you went to – It was a few weeks ago – Sziget Music Festival in Budapest. I also go to see Steve J Ward every week in Edinburgh (bit of PR for my wee brother J)
Favourite holiday destination and why? – Aviemore; we’ve had a timeshare there since I was 9 and the whole family spends a week there every July (JJ and Gillian included) – it’s always a riot!!
Apart from the ICA, what websites do you spend the most time on? – Instagram and Daily Mail
Best / worst subjects at school? – Best: French; Worst: Home Economics (I still can’t sew or bake so clearly it didn’t work!)
The film you can watch time and time again – Cool Runnings
The Irish Mixed Curling Champions for 2015 – Johnjo Kenny, Marie O’Kane, Tony Tierney and Jen Ward, and their supporters, jet off to Berne, Switzerland, on Thursday ahead of the start of the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championships.
While the rest of us having been spending the summer lounging around in our windcheaters and wellies, JJ and crew have been putting in the ice hours at Stirling keeping their slides ticking over.
Some of us haven’t seen our curling shoes since March, but we will still have to try and get our heads round the latest news coming out of the World Curling Federation conference in Belgrade:
Belgrade, Serbia – Member Associations of the World Curling Federation (WCF) have re-elected 2002 Olympic gold medallist Bent Ånund Ramsfjell, from Norway, as their Vice President for Europe.
Delegates gathered in Belgrade, Serbia for the WCF’s fourth annual Congress also voted on a series of rule changes for the sport of curling at the Federation’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) held on Saturday.
There were two board elections that saw Ramsfjell (Norway) retaining his place as Vice President (Europe), for four years until 2019. Also, Toyo Ogawa from Japan was re-elected to the Board of Directors.
WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Bent and Toyo back onto the board in their respective positions and I look forward to working with them in the coming years.
“Thank you to the Curling Association of Serbia for their hospitality this week, for what has been another successful Congress and Annual General Assembly.
“Through the decisions that have been made today I am certain the sport of curling will continue to grow worldwide.”
Some 26 proposals relating to the Rules of the Curling and a further three relating to Mixed Doubles curling, the Olympics’ newest curling discipline, were considered.
Key Competition and Rules changes approved by the AGA:
Changes to the rules and format of Mixed Doubles:
Can’t wait to hear John Burns explaining a ‘power play’ to the Irish Mixed Doubles entrants.
Ireland will be represented at the forthcoming World Mixed Curling Championships by Johnjo Kenny, Marie O’Kane, Tony Tierney and Jen Ward.
We will have an update on the team’s preparations shortly.
In the meantime, here is more information about the championships from the WCF: