WSCC 2016 – game 8

Ireland 7 – Japan 6WSCC2016-IRLvJAP-score

Fourth - Kenji Komoda (Skip) Third - Hideyuki Sato (Vice-skip) Second - Hisashi Ikuta Lead - Takashi Koyanagi

Fourth – Kenji Komoda (Skip)
Third – Hideyuki Sato (Vice-skip)
Second – Hisashi Ikuta
Lead – Takashi Koyanagi

The Irish Senior Men’s team, skipped by Peter Wilson, played Japan today in their final round robin game of the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

This was a close fought match with the Japanese leading 4-2 at half time and then the Irish coming back with a 1 in the 5th end and a steal of a 3 in the sixth. Japan fought back in the next two ends resulting in an extra end won by Ireland.

Coach Gordon said: “Pete had to play a great shot to win this in an extra end.

The view from the coaches' bench

The view from the coaches’ bench

1st End – lying 2, but Pete put his first draw through, the Japanese skip, Komoda,  then wrecked on a guard, allowing Pete to draw to lie 3. Komoda, drawing against 3 but was third shot so Ireland  steal 2. 2-0
2nd End –   after an exchange of  shots,  and a couple of hit and rolls that rolled  a little too far, Komoda drew for his 2. 2-2
3rd End – Pete had to draw against 2 behind the teeline with first stone, Komoda followed this with a draw to lie shot. Things were very tight around button by this time. Pete’s last draw  had a wee bit too much running on it and Japan stole 1. 2-3
4th End – Japan were playing really well now and stole another 1.
5th End – Pete was left with an open draw to take a 1. 3-4.
6th End – Things were looking better for Ireland this time with stones in play, forcing Japan to come out and attack. Komoda was facing 3 with first stone. He hit and rolled out to leave 2 Irish stones sitting, and Pete drew to lie 3 – without last stone. Komoda, going against 3, was too heavy and Ireland stole a big three to take the score to 6-4.
7th End –  Ireland on the defensive with hits, Pete to draw to empty house behind guard. The shot was sitting out a little forcing Japan to hit and stay. 6-5.
8th End –  Plan was to keep this end tidy and open at the front 12 foot. With his first stone Pete drew to the tee lying  open. Komoda played a good freeze onto Pete’s stone. Pete has to follow but the stone was a little underswept and the game went into the extra end tied at 6-6.
9th End – At the death Japan were lying shot and guarded, forcing Pete to draw the shot under pressure. Which he duly did. 7-6 win for Ireland..
A great shot to win the game.”

This puts Ireland through to the next stage – qualifier / quarter finals depending on rankings – well done.

WMDCC – game 5

WMDCC2016-IRLvFRA-scoreWMDCC2016-Fyfes-SweepingWMDCC2016-TeamFranceIreland 6 France 7

Our dynamic duo, Neil and Alison Fyfe, had a tense, close game against France last night at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

Neil Fyfe commented –

“Very disappointing result yesterday for team Ireland. We really should have won our game against France – but lost 7-6.”

Their last round robin game is on Thursday 21st April at 2:30 pm against China.

WSCC 2016 – game 7

Fourth - Pascal Adam (Skip) Third - Thierry Donard Second - Christophe Walter (Vice-skip) Lead - Guy Unverzagt Alternate - Gerard Mergy

Fourth – Pascal Adam (Skip)
Third – Thierry Donard
Second – Christophe Walter (Vice-skip)
Lead – Guy Unverzagt
Alternate – Gerard Mergy

Ireland 9 – France 3

The Irish Senior Men’s team, skipped by Peter Wilson, had a comfortable victory over France today in their penultimate round robin game in the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

A three in the first end saw them on their way and a three in the seventh end saw the French call it a day.

Coach Gordon said: ” For this game Neil replace Ross at second

1st End – Good start to end, Pete and sweepers draw for 3.
2nd End -This turned into a hitting end.  The opposition skip, Pascal Adam,  missed his strikes and he was forced to draw against 2.  He took his 1.     3-1
3rd End – Ireland were a wee bit unfortunate with hit and rolls in this end. Pete had a good hit for 2 to finish  a good end. 5-1
4th End – Good end for Ireland leaving the French skip to draw against 4 for the single. 5-2
5th End – There was a bit of controversy in this end,  with a front guard  touched and replaced. Ireland were lying shot with Pete attempting a tap back for 2 but the stone just pulled up short and the boys had to settle for the 1. 6-2
6th End – Busy head that boiled down to Pascal Adam drawing with his last stone for a 2 and failing.   6.3
7th End –  The French skip was left to hit against 3 with last stone, he picked out 1, but left  Pete a straightforward draw for a 3.  Handshakes with the score 9-3 to Ireland.
Boys played a lot better!”

Their final round robin game is tomorrow, Thursday 21th April, at 12 noon against Japan.

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WSCC 2016 – game 6

Fourth - Mats Wrana (Skip) Third - Mikael Hasselborg (Vice-skip) Second - Anders Eriksson Lead - Gerry Wahlin Alternate - Lars Lindgren

Fourth – Mats Wrana (Skip)
Third – Mikael Hasselborg (Vice-skip)
Second – Anders Eriksson
Lead – Gerry Wahlin
Alternate – Lars Lindgren

Ireland 2 – Sweden 8

The Irish Senior Men’s team, skipped by Peter Wilson, lost to Sweden this morning in their 6th round robin game. This takes them to the 4 wins and 2 losses in the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

Match report:

1st end – after an exchange of shot stone, Pete hit and rolled behind a guard with his second shot but Swedish skip Wrana came round the guard to tap the shot stone back for a 2.  2nd end –  This turned into hitting end that was blanked by Ireland  0-2.
3rd end –  Once again, not too many stones in play during the entire end which concluded with Sweden forcing Ireland to take a single.  1-2
4th end – The front end, Tony and Ross, played well to build up  the head as the Irish did not have last stone. PJ was unlucky when he just rolled out  and  Pete was facing 3 with his first stone, playing a cool hit to lie shot. Wrana hit and stuck to lie 3. Pete facing 3 again with his last stone. This time his hit through a port didn’t lie shot leaving Wrana the draw for a game changing 3.
5th end –  Pete had to draw against 2 to take a 1.
6th end – Pete had to draw the shot against 3, but with last stone the Swedes nailed the take out  for another 3.  The Irish offered handshakes with the score 8-2 in Sweden’s favour.

Coach Gordon McIntyre said:

“The score doesn’t reflect on how the guys are playing, they are just not getting the rubs that’s required at this level.”

Their next game is tomorrow, Wednesday 20th April, at 12 noon against France.

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