Glittertree 2016

The 2016 ICA Glittertree

The 2016 ICA Glittertree

It’s Glittertree time again with our annual competition to find the best Christmas tree in the ICA ranks.

Andrea Schopp

Andrea Schopp

The entries will be judged this year by two-time World Champion and seven-time European Champion, Germany’s Andrea Schopp.

Pictures of your tree should be emailed to louise.kerr@gallowaygazette.com or clkerr1811@gmail.com before the closing date of Friday, December 23rd.

The winner, chosen by Andrea, will be announced on Christmas Eve.

Good luck everyone!

Team Fyfe are off to Canada!

Neil and Alison Fyfe are on their way to represent Ireland at

ICA champs for the third year running - Alison and Neil Fyfe

ICA champs for the third year running – Alison and Neil Fyfe

the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2017 with an emphatic display of curling at Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend.

The runners-up Alan and Margarita and the winners Neil and Alison

The runners-up Alan and Margarita and the winners Neil and Alison

They won this morning’s game 11-2 against their only challengers, Alan Mitchell and Margarita Sweeney-Baird, to go undefeated through the championship.

At the presentations afterwards, President Louise Kerr congratulated the winners and wished them well for their trip to Lethbridge, in Canada in April. She commiserated with the runners-up,  Alan and Margarita, and thanked all the teams that had taken part in the playdowns. She also thanked John Burns for umpiring the competition, David Whyte, Craig Whyte and Ian Dyer for manning the timeclocks and John Brown from the English Curling Association for helping with measures.

Mixed Doubles – day 2

The ICA Mixed Doubles is  to be a best-of-three challenge between Mitchell & Sweeney- Baird and Fyfe & Fyfe, with one win on the board for the Fyfes.

Results:

Session 3 – Fyfe/Fyfe 9 Barr/Barr 1; Mitchell/Sweeney-Baird 7 Whyte/Anderson 4

Session 4 – Fyfe/Fyfe 8 Mitchell/Sweeney-Baird 4; Whtye/Anderson 4 McCrossan/Ward 10

Session 5 – Fyfe/Fyfe 8 Whyte/Anderson 3; McCrossan/Ward 10 Barr/Barr 5

So, Alan and Margarita and Neil and Alison will play each other again at 9.30am on Sunday. If the Fyfes win, they are champions again, if Alan and Margarita win it goes to a decider.

image1Some Swedes and Canadians were also in Dumfries today……..

Mixed Doubles starts this Friday

The ICA mixed doubles championships starts on Friday at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

Five teams have entered – Alan Mitchell and Margarita Sweeney-Baird (A); Ross and Jacqui Barr (B); Eoin McCrossan and Jen Ward (C); Neil and Alison Fyfe (D) and Craig Whyte and Ailsa Anderson (E). Teams will play a round-robin of 8-end games.  Games are: Friday 9th at 5.30pm – A V B; C V D; bye E; then: Friday 8.30pm – C V A; E V B; bye D; Saturday 10th 9am B V D; A V E; bye C; Saturday 1pm – D V A; E V C; bye B; Saturday 5pm – B V C; D V E; bye A.

WCF rules – wins, head to head wins, DSC – will be used to establish ranking. If a team has won all their games, and all others have been beaten twice, they are declared winners. Otherwise, final games are Sunday 11th at 9.30am and 1pm.

The winners will earn the right to represent Ireland at the World Mixed Doubles in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada from 22-29 April, 2017.

Good luck to everyone!

Autumn Bonspiel at Braehead

The ICA held its Autumn Bonspiel at Braehead yesterday with six rinks taking part.

Gavin, Cillian and John

Gavin, Cillian and John

The Association was delighted to welcome new members Cillian Stewart, John McConnell and Gavin O’Callaghan to the fold. Thanks also to super-sub Charlotte Tierney and mini-super-sub Erin Furey, who stepped into the breach to fill the rinks due to call-offs.

The winning rink was David Whyte, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Nathan Furey and Trish Boult.

Results – John Furey 7 James Russell 9; Craig Whyte 5 John Wilson 6; David Whyte 10 Carolyn Hibberd 7.

The winners - Trish, Margarita, Nathan and David

The winners – Trish, Margarita, Nathan and David

After the game, Tony Tierney kindly presented the prizes of wine to the grown-ups and chocolate to Nathan.