Congratulations to ICA member Erin Furey, who as part of Team Maxwell, won the Newcomers competition at Greenacres Ice Rink recently.
After winning their first game on Friday against China, as reported, Neil and Alison Fyfe then won 9-3 against a local team at the Dumfries International Mixed Doubles. In their third game they faced the former world silver medalists, Noreen and Noreen from Sweden, losing that one 7-4. Next game was another loss, 6-4, to the current world champions from Russia.
Neil said: “It was a close game. We were 5-4 down going into the last end and could have had them under pressure if we had made our last shot.”
The Irish duo then beat Latvia in their last round-robin game, ending up in joint second place with Sweden and China – but lost out on the draw shot challenge.
Well done Neil and Alison!
The team of Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr and Clare McCormick won the Irish Mixed Curling Championship after fighting off the challenge of James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte and Katie Kerr over two days of competition at Greenacres Ice Rink.
With three teams entered, there was a round-robin on the Saturday, and after Team Kenny were eliminated with no wins, Team Gray and Team Russell played two more games on Sunday to see who came out on top of a best-of-three challenge.
The last game came down to the last end where Team Russell needed a two to take it to an extra end. After some great curling from both sides, it was clear that Team Russell were first shot, but a measure was needed for the second shot, which went to Team Gray and clinched the title for them.
Game 1 Sat 10am Gray beat Kenny 5-2 RR
Game 2 Sat 3 pm Russell beat Kenny 10-3 RR
Game 3 Sat 6.30 pm Russell beat Gray 7-6 RR
Game 4 Sun 10 am Gray beat Russell 7-6 G2
Game 5 Sun 1.15 pm Gray beat Russell 6-5 G3
The new mixed champions are Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr and Clare McCormick, who beat James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte and Katie Kerr over a best of three challenge at Greenacres.
More details tomorrow.
It’s the Irish mixed playdowns this weekend at Greenacres Ice Rink.
Three teams have entered:
Team Gray: Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr, Clare McCormick
Team Kenny: Johnjo Kenny, Louise Kerr, Tony Tierney, Jen Ward
Team Russell: James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte, Katie Kerr
The three teams will play a round robin of 8 end games, with an extra end if necessary.
Game 1 – Kenny v Gray – 10 am Saturday
Game 2 – Russell v Kenny – 3 pm Saturday
Game 3 – Gray v Russell – 6.30 pm Saturday
If the scores are W2, W1, W0 then the 3rd team is eliminated and the other two teams play two further games at 9.30am and 12.30 pm on Sunday to complete a “best of 3” decider.
If all three teams are on one win, ranking is on DSC, and 3 plays 2, the winner playing 1.
Time-clocks will be used, so it will be an exciting competition to watch if anyone wants to come along and cheer the teams on!
The winners earn the right to represent Ireland at the World Mixed in Champery, Switzerland, in October.
At yesterday’s closing bonspiel and AGM some Irish Curling Championships medals were presented by President Louise.
Congratulations to them all.
The closing bonspiel of the 2016/2017 curling season for ICA members took place on Sunday 13th March at Hamilton.
The winners were the team of James Russell, Louise Kerr, Jen Ward and Eoin McCrossan.
Results: Johnjo Kenny 7, Bill Gray 10; James Russell 11, David Whyte 3; John Furey 6, Alison Fyfe 12.
The ICA closing bonspiel will take place at Hamilton Ice Rink on Sunday, March 12, at 2.30pm. The annual general meeting will follow and then tea will be served!
Bill Gray, Alan Mitchell, Tom Roche, Clare McCormick vs Johnjo Kenny, Ian Donald, Jacqui Barr, Sue Scotland
David Whyte, Marie O’Kane, Steve Callan, Gillian Russell vs James Russell, Louise Kerr, Eoin McCrossan, Jen Ward
Alison Fyfe, Arran Cameron, Trish Boult, Frances Donald vs John Furey, David Hume, Frances Whyte, Erin Furey
Many thanks to everyone who brought prizes and bought tickets at the ICA Stranraer Weekend Grand Raffle on the Saturday evening – the fantastic total of £383 was raised for ICA funds.