Four Nations dinner

Gillian, Johnjo, John, Gerry, Eleanor and James
Arran, James, Jen and Steve

A marvellous evening at the Barton Grange Hotel last night with an excellent dinner and entertainment for the Four Nations competitors.

Clare and Arran

It’s back to the curling this morning with mixed games against Wales at 9am, England at 11.30am and, in the afternoon at 2pm Scotland.

James and Steve

Ireland have a narrow lead in all three trophies going into the final rounds.

Four Nations – Ireland v Scotland

Ireland 9 Scotland 9 – MEN

Ireland 9 Scotland 5 – WOMEN

Alison B, Frances, Jen and Alison F

There was a good win for the Irish women here at the Barton Grange Flower Bowl when Alison Fyfe, Jen Ward, Alison Barr and Frances Donald got the better of Scotland, thanks to a four in the fourth end which put them right back in the game.

A tense last end unfolds

In the men’s game Ireland got off to a tremendous start with a four at the first end and a two at the second, there were three ahead going into the eighth and last end but some gods stone positioning from the Scots saw their skip draw the four foot twice to score a game levelling three.

The trophies are decided by the accumulative score so Ireland have a four shot advantage after the first couple of games.

Four Nations – Ireland v England

Ireland 9 England 7 – MEN

Ireland 7 England 6 – WOMEN

Pleased to report both team won this morning in this morning’s games v England.

Bill Gray led his team, David Whyte, James Russell and Alan Mitchell to a 9-7 win and Marie O’ Kane skipped Margerita Sweeney-Baird, Frances Whyte and Clare McCormick to a 7-6 win.

Four Nations – Ireland v Wales

Ireland 7 Wales 8 – MEN

Ireland 8 Wales 6 – WOMEN

The boys in green
James prepares for his shot

In the opening games of the Four Nations at the Barton Grange Flower Bowl in Preston, the two Irish teams of the interesting ice had mixed fortunes against Wales. The men’s team of Johnjo Kenny, James Russell, Arran Cameron and Steve Callan lost by a shot to the Welsh.

Louise, Gillian, Maria and Marie
Louise and Marie discuss tactics

On the other sheet, the women fared better with Marie O’ Kane, Louise Kerr, Gillian Russell and Maria O’Neill winning by two shots.

A different style of ice decoration with grass and pebbles replacing the traditional white ice sheet can be a little disorientating at first but after a few ends we all began to get out bearings again!

The Irish men and women take on England at 9am in the morning. Good luck to both teams.

Back-to-back Masters titles for PJ and team

PJ Wison, David Whyte and David Hume of the ICA, with Jim Stirling as second player retained their National Masters Curling Championships title at Greenacres Ice Rink this weekend with a 7-6 win in the final against the team skipped by Keith Prentice. Congratulations to them all.

Jim Wilson, David Hume, David Whyte & PJ Wilson

It’s been a memorable week for the ICA with the success of the Olympic Celebration Tour in Dublin. A reflection of that will be posted soon.

Glittertree winners!

Lots of very exciting things happening with Irish players on the ice this weekend, and this incoming week, but, before that, off the ice, the last ever ICA Glittertree was presented to the 2018 winners, David and Frances Whyte.

David and Frances
David and Frances with the much sought after ICA Glittertree

Well done to them, thanks to all who took the time to enter and to our judge Rhona Howie.