Seniors and MDs playlist

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.

Louise and John strike a pose

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!

C Division round-up

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.

The Irish teams. Photo credit WCF.
James with the opposition skip. Photo credit WCF.
Jacqui and Katie sweep hard. Photo credit WCF.
Jacqui in action. Photo credit WCF.
Jen concentrates on the line. Photo credit WCF.
James the lefty. Photo credit WCF.
James watches his stone head for its target. Photo credit WCF.
The men’s team are ready for action. Photo credit WCF.

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.

C Division – men’s game 9

IRELAND 3 FRANCE 7

Irish skip James on the ice with Steve and Eoin sweeping. Photo credit WCF.

Ireland missed out on the medal games at the European C Division 2019, in fifth place on a five win, four loss record.

Irish bants from Eoin and Steve. Photo credit WCF

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.

Arran and James in the head. Photo credit WCF.

The men never really threatened the French, who went through the round-robin stage undefeated and now play Bulgaria for the gold tomorrow.

Where’s Arran? Photo credit WCF.
Ireland’s Steve Callan. Photo credit WCF
Ireland’s James Russell. Photo credit WCF

Well done to the team and coach who have left it all on the ice for Ireland this week.

C Division – women’s game 7

IRELAND 6 SLOVAKIA 9

Ireland’s Jen Ward. Photo credit WCF.

The Irish women’s team bowed out of the European C Division after losing their last game to Slovakia.

Fans in the stands. Photo credit WCF.

The team were in control for most of the game, having a three shot advantage at one point but bled shots in the last three ends to lose by three shots.

Ireland skip Alison Fyfe. Photo credit WCF.

Although they have the same win loss record as Austria, who qualified for the medal games, they lost out because Austria had the better draw shot challenge, by 4.5cm.

Jen studies the options. Photo credit WCF.

Well done to all the members of the team and their coach, who have given their all for Ireland.

C Division – men’s game 8

IRELAND 9 LIECHTENSTEIN 7

Eoin is a study in concentration. Photo credit WCF.
Sweepers Arran and Steve. Photo credit WCF.

A solid finish to the game taking a two and then stealing a two gave the Irish men their fifth victory out of eight at the Euro C Division in Romania.

James, Arran, Steve and Eoin all in the same picture! Photo credit WCF.

The men are now fourth equal in the league table with hosts Romania. In the last round robin game this evening, Ireland play undefeated France while Romania play Greece.

Come on Ireland!

C Division – men’s game 7

IRELAND 4 BULGARIA 9

Ireland’s men slipped back down the ladder to fifth place after losing to Bulgaria in the C Division championships in Romania.

Ireland’s men – Eoin, Steve, Arran and James. Photo credit WCF.

The teams were evenly matched in the first few ends but Bulgaria stayed strong at the business end with steals in the eighth and ninth ends.

Ireland skip James Russell. Photo credit WCF.

Two games are left, against Liechtenstein and France, to get back up to the top four places to guarantee a place in the medal rounds.

C Division – women’s game 5

IRELAND 9 AUSTRIA 11

Katie, Jacqui, Jen and Alison are representing Ireland. Photo credit WCF

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.

Jacqui in action. Photo credit WCF.

The woman are second equal in the table with Slovenia and Slovakia and face Slovenia in the morning.

C Division – men’s game 6

IRELAND 12 CROATIA 5

Ireland’s men got back to winning ways in some style this morning with a thumping victory over Croatia.

Arran and Eoin sweeping for Ireland. Photo credit WCF

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!

Steve surveys the scene at the Euro C. Photo credit WCF.

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.

C Division – men’s game 5

IRELAND 1 SLOVENIA 9

A forgettable game this evening against Slovenia, losing end after end despite having last stone.

Slovenia now leapfrog Ireland in the table, going into second place, pushing the Irish down to fourth.

The team will regroup and come out strong tomorrow morning when Ireland face Croatia.