Ireland have duel representation at the World Seniors Championships in Stavanger, Norway, which begins tomorrow.
The men’s senior team consists of Bill Gray, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Ross Barr and the Mixed Doubles pairing of John Wilson and Louise Kerr. PJ Wilson will act as fifth man for the seniors and coach for the MDs.
The seniors first game is 12 noon (Norway time is BST+1hr) when they play Slovakia. They then play Scotland on Sunday, Switzerland on Monday, Japan on Tuesday, England on Wednesday and Poland on Thursday.
The Mixed Doubles team face Finland at 12.30pm tomorrow then Kazakhstan on Sunday, Korea and England on Monday, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, New Zealand on Wednesday and Qatar on Thursday.
Good luck to all.
We will do our best to post reports of the games while we are here as long as the coach says we can!
As our Irish men and women head home from Romania, here are a few more of the excellent photos taken by the WCF’s professional photographers.
It’s a changing of the guard time, as the C Division teams head home, the Irish men’s senior team – Bill Gray, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Ross Barr – and the Irish Mixed Doubles team – John Wilson and Louise Kerr – are heading to Stavanger tomorrow to represent Ireland in their respective world championships.
Ireland missed out on the medal games at the European C Division 2019, in fifth place on a five win, four loss record.
The team – James Russell, Arran Cameron, Steve Callan and Eoin McCrossan – missed out on the play-off stage by one place and were unfortunate to meet the strongest team, France, in the last game, which they needed to win.
The men never really threatened the French, who went through the round-robin stage undefeated and now play Bulgaria for the gold tomorrow.
Well done to the team and coach who have left it all on the ice for Ireland this week.
A killer loss of a two at the last end saw Ireland got down to Austria after a topsy-turvy game in the C Division in Romania. The team of Alison, Jen, Jacqui and Katie kept a slender advantage throughout most of the game, despite losing a four in the second end.
The woman are second equal in the table with Slovenia and Slovakia and face Slovenia in the morning.
Ireland’s men got back to winning ways in some style this morning with a thumping victory over Croatia.
A shock loss of four in the first end, against the head, galvanised James, Arran, Steve and Eoin, and they hit back with a three in the second. They then scored in every end, except losing a one in the sixth. After a steal of three in the eighth, the Croatians offered handshakes. Well done Ireland!
The men are back up to third equal in the table now, level with Belgium and Romania, but behind undefeated leaders France and second placed Slovenia. They face Bulgaria tonight.