Our boys won bronze!!! 🥉
So proud of Pete, Johnjo, Bill, David W and David H.
Ireland 5 Russia 7
Neil and Alison Fyfe were knocked out of the repêchage for Olympic points here in Lethbridge yesterday after going down to a tough Russian team.
The team backed up be coach Eoin have done a great job for Ireland and continue to mix it with the best in the world.
Ireland 2 Canada 5
Ireland lost out to a superb Canadian team in the world senior semi final and will now play for bronze tomorrow afternoon.
The English ladies handled the ice conditions much better than Ireland did in tonight’s game which we Christened the Four Nations away game. They got stones behind guards and controlled the game early on.
Always on the back foot, the Irish women plugged on and were rewarded with a three in the sixth end. However, lying two in the seventh, English skip Judith Dixon played an absolute peach through a port on very swingy ice to hit and stick for one.
The Irish women suffered their second defeat when losing 9-2 to Japan. The Japanese ladies had excellent control of draw weight and used it to their advantage to get ahead and not let Ireland back into the game.
The pressure of time clocks is also a factor in games as there is little opportunity to ponder on what ice to take out here! It’s get your backside into the hack and go…….
Tomorrow the women play Sweden and England.
Ireland 5 Russia 9
The Irish women went down to the Russians after coming back from a 4-0 deficit to make a game if it here in Lethbridge
A well played last end gave the team a chance of taking it to an extra end with a three, but it was not to be when Marie’s last stone attempt to tap an Irish counter back onto the Russian shot didn’t draw it was handshakes.
Neil and Alison showed their mettle this morning with a professional 10-2 win over Serbia.
The game was memorable for another reason as it was Neil’s 100th appearance for Ireland at international level.
Well done Neil!
Ireland 4 Italy 5
Neil and Alison were mugged on the line by Italy last night having dominated for 90 per cent of the eight end game. The Italians were eing outplayed but in the last end the pedulum swung in their favour when the Italians drew a cracker of a shot behind the guard to lie two. Alison and Neil elected to raise their own stone back onto the shot but Alison was wide played and the Italians stole the game.
The Irish pair were very annoyed with themselves to let this game slip away and will now have to regroup.
And here she is…..the blessed Carrie McDermott from Cork City.
She is going to look after the Irish contingent in her role as receptionist at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.
We had look round the city this morning, found the shopping mall and had lunch in a pub that served, among other things, my new favourite…..Irish Nanchos! We then headed for a look round the stadium. Got the shuttle bus and it takes about 15 minutes from the hotel. It’s a wonderful facility, less than a year old, with two separate ice pads. Neil and Alison were being put through their paces by coach Eoin when we left.