John and crew bag Magners

John Wilson and his rink of Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Jen Ward won the Irish International Weekend, generously sponsored by Magners, at Stranraer Ice Rink last weekend. Skip John was also strong enough to pick up the Granite Trophy. They won McMillan Hotel vouchers, a case each of Magners cider, courtesy of the sponsors, and an invitation to the Final Weekend at the North West Castle Hotel for the Dalrymple Cup.

Granite Trophy winners – Craig, John, President Eoin, Jen and Alison

The foursome just pipped Kyle Paradis, Ailsa Anderson, Eoin McCrossan and Stephanie McDonald after the two high road games had been completed on the Sunday. They took home the runners-up prize, the Ailsa Craig painting, Gunpowder Irish gin and two cases of Magners. They are also invited back for the final weekend.

Ailsa Craig picture winners – Stephanie, Kyle, Eoin and Ailsa

In the low road, Keir Thomson, Cathy Stevenson, Jason Medhurst and Maria O’Neill took the Irish Oak Trophy. They took home bottles of Jamiesons Irish Whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream.

Irish Oak Trophy winners – Jason, Cathy, Keir and President Eoin

The low road runners-up were Johnjo Kenny, Gillian Russell, John Burns and Russet Fullarton, who won the Basil Gray Trophy. They received Irish Shamrock shortbread and Barry’s tea.

Low road runners-up with the Basil Gray Trophy – Gillian and Johnjo with President Eoin

The consolation prizes of Tayto crisps and Lily O’Brien chocolates went to Jak Kane, Trish Boult, Johnny Logan and Margaret Logan.

Consolation prizes – Johnny and Margaret Logan with President Eoin

President Eoin McCrossan oversaw the presentation of the trophies and prizes and welcomed curlers from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales to the welcome return of the popular weekend, where the stamina to socialise is as important as skill on the ice. A total of 14 rinks took part.

President Eoin thanked the organisers – PJ Wilson, John Wilson and Louise Kerr and had a special thanks for Janie Gray who organised the raffle which raised a whopping £334 for ICA funds. Thanks to all who purchased tickets and brought prizes.

See you all again next year!

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