It’s Glittertree time again with our annual competition to find the best Christmas tree in the ICA ranks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com before the closing date of Friday, December 23rd.
The winner, chosen by Andrea, will be announced on Christmas Eve.
Good luck everyone!
Neil and Alison Fyfe are on their way to represent Ireland at
the World Mixed Doubles Championship 2017 with an emphatic display of curling at Dumfries Ice Bowl this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Session 1 – Mitchell/ Sweeney-Baird 8 Barr/Barr 5; McCrossan/Ward 5 Fyfe/Fyfe 8
Session 2 – Mitchell/Sweeney-Baird 7 McCrossan/Ward 3; Barr/Barr 7 Whyte/Anderson 6
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!
The ICA held its Autumn Bonspiel at Braehead yesterday with six rinks taking part.
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.
After the game, Tony Tierney kindly presented the prizes of wine to the grown-ups and chocolate to Nathan.