Ahead of the Irish men’s team heading off on Tuesday to compete in the European C League in Denmark, let’s get up close and personal with lead Eoin McCrossan through our in depth ‘profile’ questions:
Name: Eoin McCrossan
Occupation: Competitions Coordinator, Scottish Curling
In-turn or out-turn? Out turn (allegedly)
Best ever curling memory? Winning the Irish MD title, December 2017.
If you had to switch careers, what job would you do? Well, I kind of did! I moved 6 months ago from working in data analytics for a bank to working in curling. I guess any switch would mean having to go back to a proper job so no thanks.
Apart from the ICA, what website do you spend the most time on? At the moment it’s definitely the team tracker on the grand slam of curling website… I’m an absolute curling gossip fiend.
Best / worst subjects at school? – Best, Maths. Worst, Art.
Who’d be your four ideal dinner guests? – The Irish men’s team of course! But really; Andy Murray, Jesse Lingard, Meryl Streep and Joe Root.
Earliest curling related memory? – Begging my parents to let me stay up to watch Rhona’s march to gold in 2002.
Favourite curling destination and why? – Dumfries obviously…
How do you relax away from work (and curling)? – By watching curling probably.
The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why? – Sir Alex Ferguson, a remarkable bastion of success and staying true to your ideals.
What did you have for breakfast this morning? A protein shake, because obviously I’m all about those gains.
The Irish men’s team will shortly be heading to Tårnby, Denmark, for the European C League Championships, 11-16 April.
New to the team this year is skip John Wilson, so let’s find out a bit more about him with our traditional ‘profile’ questions:
Name: John Wilson
Occupation: Teacher of Mathematics
Status: Legally single but definitely not.
Children: zero, zilch, nada
Years curling: ten…then a ten year gap…then two.
Home club: Limekiln (Stranraer) but now Auchterarder (Perth).
Sport to watch: Rugby.
Sport to play: Trail running.
Who would I like to meet: Mo Farah.
Fav TV: Game of Thrones.
Fav holiday: California. Why? desert, mountains, beaches, sun and cities all in the same state.
Fav Irish curler: Peter J D Wilson. Why? Because there is only one Peter Wilson!
Prize possession: My photographs. I have had some awesome adventures and it sometimes amazes me to look at where I have been.
Marooned on a desert island with: Iona Siwo
Me in five words: Always planning my next adventure.
The World Curling Federation have just announced that the World Mixed Curling Championships will take place in Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada, from October 13 to 20.
Read more here: http://www.worldcurling.org/wmxcc-2018-venue
Two ICA members were in top form last weekend at the traditional ‘final weekend’ at Stranraer Ice Rink.
Fiona (extreme right) and Peter (fifth from the right) photographed with the other finalists before the games started.
Fiona Turnbull, playing in Michael Sutherland’s rink, beat Peter Wilson and his team in the 3/4 place play-off on the Sunday afternoon, both teams having been beaten in the morning’s semi-finals. The winners were Neil Kennedy’s rink, who beat his fellow Ayr-based opponents Robert Clark and team in the 1/2 final.
James, David, Margarita and Bill with their prizes.
Congratulations to James Russell, Bill Gray, Margarita Sweeney-Baird and David Hume who won the ICA closing bonspiel at Greenacres today.
Six rinks were on the ice with many members staying on for the annual general meeting in Gateside Hall and the meal in the pub afterwards.
Johnjo Kenny 7 Andrew Gilmore 6; James Russell 10 Arran Cameron 8; Marie O’Kane 5 John Furey 5.
Good luck to the two teams who have entered the Irish Mixed Championships this weekend at Greenacres.
James Russell skips the rink of Katie Kerr, Craig Whyte and Ailsa Anderson who will play a best of three against John Wilson, Jen Ward, Eoin McCrossan and, making her playdown debut………Erin Furey!
Game times are 10am and 3pm Saturday, 10th March and at 9.30am on the Sunday, if required.
The winners will represent Ireland at the World Mixed Championships later in the year.
From time to time it’s interesting to look through the old ICA archives, compiled by Jane Paterson. Before the digital age overtook us all, printed photos of ICA events were filed away by Jane and this particular photo takes us back to the very beginning and the members of the Northern Ireland Curling Association which existed briefly before it was decided to make the association inclusive of the Four Provinces of Ireland.
The date is unknown but perhaps some of those young things from the north in the photograph could get in touch and fill us in?
So, from left to right we have – John Burns, Tony Tierney, Jim Winning, Liz Knox, Fiona Turnbull, Gordon McIntyre, Susan Scotland and Carolyn Hibberd.
The winner of the high road
Another enjoyable ICA Stranraer Weekend at the North West Castle Hotel and Ice Rink complex ended with a win for Team Wilson, but it wasn’t PJ or Peter skipping his team to the top spot this year, but John Wilson, PJ’s son.
It was a changing of the guard moment when John, ably supported by Katie Stevenson and Lyndsay Spence from Lockerbie, and his old Stranraer Academy school mate Andrew Chambers, swept through their four games undefeated, taking the Granite Trophy with a comprehensive victory over Johnjo Kenny, Gillian, Russell, John Burns and Russet Fullarton in the 1v2 high road final round on Sunday afternoon.
High road runners-up
The runners-up in the high road and winners of the Ailsa Craig painting by Jane Paterson were the team of David Whyte, Kara Compton, John Ferguson and Frances Whyte, who finished on the same points as PJ Wilson’s team, but just squeaked second place by one end with 17 ends scored.
Low road winners
The low road winners of the Irish Oak low road trophy were Billy Johnston, Kate Adams, Gordon Adams and Elspeth Johnston and the low road runners-up, taking home the Basil Gray Memorial Trophy were Stuart Wilson, Elaine Turnbull, Tommy Campbell and Anne Wilson.
Low road runners-up
A raffle at the Saturday night reception in the North West Castle Hotel raised £270 for ICA funds.
The ICA also welcomed Canadian curler Matt, currently based in Dublin, and hope he comes back to play with us on a regular basis.
A most enjoyable spring bonspiel was held on Sunday at Kinross.
President David presenting the trophy to winners Frances, Gillian, Niamh and James
The event was won by the rink of James Russell, Frances Whyte, Gillian Russell and Niamh Begley, who were presented with the perpetual trophy and prizes by ICA President David Whyte.
The Association was delighted to welcome three potential new members – Maria O’Neill, David McHale and Niamh, one of the winners.
Someone out there won a bottle of ‘Echo Falls’ summer fruits fusion wine in a silver bottle bag last Saturday night in the raffle. It ended up in my carrier bag down in the function room at the NWC. Does anyone remember winning it?
If it’s not claimed it will go into the Irish Weekend raffle next month.
And a new boy band was formed the same night. They are hoping to get a summer season gig at Bantry…….if Eoin gets his world tour over in time.