Day 7 update from the Big Cheese

Day 7 Update from Ross Barr

The final session of the round robin stage saw Team Ireland come head to head with Team Spain. Both teams were on four wins and sitting joint third. Knowing that the winner of this match would qualify for the knock out stages provided an extra degree of interest. Spain secured a two shot advantage in the second end after blanking the first. Chasing the game from that point Team Ireland set up a number of promising ends but they were continually thwarted by the accuracy of the Spanish play.

A disappointing end to what was generally a successful and very enjoyable tournament for Alan, Jacqui, Ross, Clare and coach Alison. Team Ireland offer thanks to all those who have provided encouragement and support throughout the competition.

Day 6 in Champery

Alan ‘Skippy’ Mitchell on the blog:

Met with another beautiful day in the Swiss Alps we had the full day to prepare for our 6th game and enjoy the superb weather with temperatures exceeding the nicest of Belfast summer days.

Our opponents today were the young South Korean team who had 5 wins to their name – looking resplendent in their bright yellow team uniforms they exuded confidence from the moment they stepped on the ice. It was soon obvious they had trained to a very high standard and were positioning stones to the nearest mm.

Some great 1st end play by Ireland was sadly the highlight of the game and the incessant pressure applied by the Koreans took its toll. We can take comfort that without doubt these young players will be stars of the future.

Our team walk back from the rink witnessed another glorious sunset which lifted team spirits and soon brought our trip back into perspective.

Day 5 update from Champery

Ross Barr writes:
Our 8 am game against Kazakhstan got off a solid start with four players in both teams for the first two ends.  The Kazakhstan lead was then banished to the coaches bench where she remained for the rest of the game, as usual.  A lead of 6 – 2 was established by mid game break. Hands were shaken during the eighth end when the score line read 7 – 3.Team Ireland then retired to review stone placement and sweeping tactics on the patio.

The team decided nutrition needs should be met by a visit to the local Cailler chocolate and Gruyere cheese factory in preparation for the game against Korea.

Day 4 Update

From Ross Barr:

Nothing like keeping things exciting for our dedicated coach!

Coach in the frame!!

Having decided that our tactics for the Luxembourg game was to avoid having guards, we managed to play the first two ends continually setting up guards and letting Luxembourg draw around them. Realising this was not in our game plan, we began to play the intended tactics from end three onwards and we held our own, which resulted in s good win for Team Ireland! An early morning game tomorrow against Kazakhstan – it will be interesting to see if the full opposing team can make it through the whole game with four players.

Day 2 chat from Champery

A win for Pure Genius!!

Another exciting day for Team Ireland! An early rise for our game against Scotland. Started off well, but unfortunately out-played by a very strong team. Sociable drinks after helped us to lift our spirits after a tough game. Team Ireland were psyched for the afternoon match. Coming up against Silver Olympic medalist Trine Qvist and well experienced coach and seniors player Mikael Qvist. We knew it was an important game for us. After a good first end we struggled with our weight, leaving us 5-1 down at half time. Regrouping after the break we came back strong and were 6-5 up without the hammer going in to the last end. A tense final end, with a well placed stone nestled on the button allowed us to gain a final point in the eighth end! Our day ended with a night excursion up the gonolda with bubbles and snacks; a perfect way to toast our second win of the competition.

 

Ireland’s Senior Men – Game 3 v Italy

Peter Wilson and the team overcame a gutsy Italian side this morning in Lethbridge to record a 6-2 win in 7 ends.

The front end union of Bill and David hard at work; photo courtesy of WCF

The scores were tight all the way to the 6th end when Peter played a great run back double to pick out the Italian counter to score 4. This pretty much sealed the game and handshakes were offered after a stolen single in the 7th. Next up Israel at 4.30pm Lethbridge time when the boys try to finish day 4 with a 4-0 record.

Teams drawn for Stranraer Bonspiel

Last years winners skipped by Robin Gray

It’s not long now till we embark on our annual pilgrimage to Stranraer for our Irish International Bonspiel weekend. Once again, PJD Wilson and Louise Kerr are in charge and we are pleased to announce that the draw for the 4 game Schenkel format has been made, verified by an independent panel (if you believe that you’ll believe anything) and ready to publish. As you can see we are still one team short but we will undoubtedly fill the gap. If however, you have a team ready and waiting, let PJ know.

Saturday 9am and 1 pm:

Craig Whyte v Tommy Campbell
John Graham v Peter JD Wilson
Jim Cullen v John Gilmore
Arran Cameron v A N Other

 

Saturday 11am and 3pm:

Michael Sutherland v Bill Gray
John Wilson v Bill Byers
Ian Donald v Johnjo Kenny
Peter Wilson v Andy Robinson

Christmas Bonspiel with an Antipodean Flavour

The winners

The Winners: Martin, Clare, James and Ian

We held our Xmas Bonspiel at Hamilton on Thursday with four teams contesting the perpetual trophy and also prizes organised by Craig Whyte.
We struggled a little for teams but in the end, due to late fill ins by Ruth Burns (daughter of John) and also David and Jonathon Imlah from Brisbane, we went ahead with a full complement.

David (left) and Jonathon Imlah

David (left) and Jonathon Imlah

 

The winners (both games were very close) were James Russell, Martin Sutherland, Ian Donald and Clare McCormick. Thanks to all but especially to the Imlah’s for coming all the way from Brisbane just to play in the Bonspiel (!!)

‘Irish’ Success at Braehead!

15241762_1169001723182905_9034561314531563047_nIreland gained some success at the recent European B League championships in Braehead when ICA member, Alan Mitchell, won a tremendous B league silver medal as coach to the successful Slovakian Men’s team. Not only did the team of Jakub Polák, David Misun, Patrick Kapralik & Juraj Gallo win the silver medal but gained promotion to the European A league for 2017. Congratulations, guys!