Dumfries once again plays host to the Irish Men’s Championship as two teams are set to contest a best-of-three series to determine Team Ireland at the next European Championships.
Defending champions Team Wilson are aiming to defend their crown after retaining Ireland’s status in B-Division at the 2023 Europeans in Perth. Skip John Wilson is once again supported by third Kyle Paradis and lead Craig Whyte. Andrew Gilmore will step in as second instead of James Russell. The team are supported by their coach, Eoin McCrossan. Although they are no strangers to the international stage, they are hungry for more and are excited to get playing. “We always relish a national championship” explains skip John Wilson “and we’re excited to play some good games and try and defend our crown!”.
They will face Team Mathews, led by current Irish Mixed Champion Brian Mathews. He will be joined by 2012 world senior champion Bill Gray as well as previous Irish men’s representatives Arran Cameron and Steve Callan. Brian sprung a bit of a surprise at last season’s Irish mixed to emerge as champion and is happy to do the same again: “I think I play best when there’s no pressure involved and I can just play my game. The team are looking forward to having a good weekend and seeing what happens. It’ll be great!”
The games are scheduled as follows:
- Game 1: Saturday 11am
- Game 2: Saturday 4pm
- Game 3: Sunday 10am
Keep track of the ICA social media for results and pictures and Dumfries Curling YouTube page for some potential streaming.