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.

C Division – women’s game 4

IRELAND 11 ROMANIA 8

A steal of three in an extra end saw the Irish women’s team complete a stunning comeback against Romania.

Four down going into the last end they got a four and held their nerve in the extra to seal the victory and record their third win. The team top the table on three wins and one loos the same as Belarus and Slovenia. Well done to all four players and the coach of course!

The women face Austria tomorrow afternoon.

C Division – men’s game 4

IRELAND 11 BELGIUM 8

Ireland’s men ran the Belgian’s out of stones in the last end to record their third victory in the C Division in Romania.

A steal of four in the second end set up the win and the team kept their noses in front all game.

Ireland are second in the table behind France at the moment. They face Slovenia later today.

C Division – women’s game 2

IRELAND 9 FRANCE 8

A magnificent three from the Irish women saw them pip France in the last end to record their first win at the European C Division in Brasov, Romania.

The momentum in the game swung from one team to the other over a tense ten ends, but the Ireland team made the last stone count going down the last end.

Well done to all the team. Next game for the women will be against Croatia in the morning.

C Division – men’s game 1

IRELAND 11 LUXEMBOURG 8

Steals of two in the fifth and eighth end set Ireland up for a comfortable victory in their first game in the C Division today in Romania.

It’s the women’s turn tomorrow morning against Belarus and the men return to the ice tomorrow afternoon when they face the host Romania.

Come on Ireland!

Team player profile – Steve Callan

Steve and his biggest fan – daughter Elspeth.

Making his debut as an Irish international player at the Le Gruyeré AOP European Curling Championships 2019 C Division is Steve Callan, who will play second in the men’s team.

So, as is the tradition at ICA headquarters, Steve has been asked to reveal a wee bit more about himself, ahead of taking to the ice with the shamrock on his back, in a player profile.

Here’s his answers to our probing questions:

Name – Steve Callan

Age – 39++

Occupation – Town Planner- making peoples dreams come true with my planning decisions!!!

Status – single / married / divorced / still wondering? – Married to Ailie for 11 years. She gets a lot of sympathy for time served.

Children – Elspeth 7 and Struan 4. They are a joy (mostly!)

Years curling – 8 and a bit (post Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010)

Home club and ice rinkKinross Curling Club, Kinross

Favourite sport outside curling: To watch – Rugby especially Munster and Ireland

Favourite sport outside curling: To play – Still play a wee bit of hockey at my age. That’s field hockey, KT Kerr and any other North Americans who see this!

Who would you really like to meet?Tommy Tiernan – Irish comedian and a bit crude but great craic!!

Favourite TV programme? – Police dramas like Line of Duty and Luther and has to be Still Game for light relief.

Favourite holiday destination and why? – It was Melbourne, until my trip to Canada as Coach to Irish Mixed team last October. Now its British Columbia and Vancouver in particular. Beautiful country, lovely people and very fond of their curling.

Favourite other Irish curler and why? –  Have no favourites, I love them all especially James , Arran, and Eoin!!!

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – Slightly embarrassing but I still have a blanket from when I was a baby under my pillow.

Who would you choose to be marooned on a desert island with? – Marina Russell – James mammy. All my meals made for me, clean clothes and a spotless abode. What more does one need, plus better banter than her son!!

Sum yourself up in five words – Shy and retiring Cork boy!!!