Lethbridge latest – 2

Carrie from Cork is a Peter Wilson fan already……

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.

Lethbridge latest – blog 1

The Irish teams at Heathrow yesterday.

Team Ireland x 3 have all now arrived safely at their destination in the Lethbridge Lodge. It was a long day traveling yesterday but a good sleep and a reviving shower followed by great coffee and a cinamon bun worked wonders. The receptionist here is from Cork City so she is now going round with a ‘Wilson Ireland’ mini kit pinned proudly to her chest.

Seniors have a quiet day today but we will all get the shuttle bus into the stadium later to watch Neil and Alison practice ahead of their first game against Italy tomorrow.

Mixed Doubles duo aiming for Olympic berth

Team Fyfe. Photo by WCF

Ireland’s representatives at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, are the father and daughter combination of Neil and Alison Fyfe.  Eoin McCrossan is also traveling  to Canada with the Fyfes as their coach/team manager.

Neil and Alison gained one Olympic qualification point for Ireland at last year’s world championships, finishing 12th in the WCF rankings. If they can battle their way up to 7th this time round, they would automatically qualify Ireland for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next February.

This is their draw:

http://www.worldcurling.org/wmdcc2017/schedule

Seniors about to hit the road to the worlds

The men’s and women’s senior teams representing Ireland at the World Senior Championships are getting packed for their trip to Lethbridge, Alberta.

Ireland’s men are heading to the world championships in Canada

The men are the five-man team of Peter Wilson, Johnjo Kenny, Bill Gray,  David Whyte and David Hume.

The women are also taking on the world!

The women are the four-(wo)man team of Carolyn Hibberd, Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr and Clare McCormick.

You can find their draw here:

http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/schedule

Tomorrow we’ll look at the Ireland pair heading to the World Mixed Doubles.

Team Paddy scores at Moray International

Report from Steve Callan

Strong Irish Showing at Moray International

Paddy Power winning Team – L-R – Eoin McCrossan, James Russell, Steve Callan and Craig Whyte

Team Paddy Power continued their hot streak last weekend by winning the 2017 Moray International Bonspiel in Elgin which comprised of 20 strong teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Canada and USA.

2017 Irish Men’s Champions James Russell, Craig Whyte and Eoin McCrossan were joined by super sub Steve Callan as they won 6 of their 7 games to take 1st prize by the slimmest of margins.

A superbly organised weekend of curling, fun and friendship was enjoyed by several ICA members with good performances put in both on and off the ice by Team Kenny (JJ Kenny, Ailsa Anderson, Jen Ward, Gillian Russell) as well as Team Foxglide (including Alan Mitchell, Alison Barr and Ross Barr).

After some strong showings on Friday and Saturday, and the traditional Saturday night disco (#Timewarp) the final game saw Team Foxglide face Team Paddy Power as the two top ranked rinks. As the last game on the ice, Team Paddy Power needed to steal the last end to seal the title. Team Foxglide attempted a triple takeout to score 2 points but the stone overcurled, Paddy Power stole the end to take an 8-2 victory and secure the title.

Highlight of Paddy Powers weekend was coming back from 5 down after 1 end to beat an experienced Finnish side 7-6.

Roll on Andorra.

Encouraging performance from Team Fyfe at Dumfries MDs

After winning their first game on Friday against China, as reported, Neil and Alison Fyfe then won 9-3 against a local team at the Dumfries International Mixed Doubles. In their third game they faced the former world silver medalists, Noreen and Noreen from Sweden, losing that one  7-4. Next game was another loss, 6-4, to the current world champions from Russia.

Neil in action…..

Neil said: “It was a close game. We were 5-4 down going into the last end and could have had them under pressure if we had made our last shot.”

The Irish duo then beat Latvia in their last round-robin game, ending up in joint second place with Sweden and China – but lost out on the draw shot challenge.

Well done Neil and Alison!

Team Gray heading to Switzerland after mixed playdowns

The team of Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr and Clare McCormick won the Irish Mixed Curling Championship after fighting off the challenge of James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte and Katie Kerr over two days of competition at Greenacres Ice Rink.

With three teams entered, there was a round-robin on the Saturday, and after Team Kenny were eliminated with no wins, Team Gray and Team Russell played two more games on Sunday to  see who came out on top of a best-of-three challenge.

The mixed finalists – Team Gray and Tam Russell – at Greenacres

The last game came down to the last end where Team Russell needed a two to take it to an extra end. After some great curling from both sides, it was clear that Team Russell were first shot, but a measure was needed for the second shot, which went to Team Gray and clinched the title for them.

Results:

 

Game 1 Sat 10am Gray beat Kenny 5-2 RR

Game 2 Sat 3 pm Russell beat Kenny 10-3 RR

Game 3 Sat 6.30 pm Russell beat Gray 7-6 RR

Game 4 Sun 10 am Gray beat Russell 7-6 G2

Game 5 Sun 1.15 pm Gray beat Russell 6-5 G3