ICA Glittertree challenge 2015

Glittertree 2015The competition for the best decorated Christmas tree in the ranks of the ICA starts now.

This year our judge is Olympic bronze medal winning curler Vicki Adams.

Email a colour picture of your tree to either louise.kerr@gallowaygazette.com or l.kerr871@btinternet.com or even clkerr1811@gmail.com

This year's judge is Vicki Adams

This year’s judge is Vicki Adams

All entries have to be in by 6pm Wednesday, December 23rd. The pictures will go onto the website anonymously, Vicki will then study all the trees entered and choose her favourite. The judge’s decision is final.

The winner of the ICA Christmas Tree challenge will be announced on Christmas Eve and will receive the 2015 Glittertree  and  a substantial prize.

 

ICA team to take part in Indoor Grand Match

Once every five years the Royal Caledonian Curling Club holds an Indoor Grand Match in ice rinks all across Scotland.
The Indoor Grand Match is a spin off event based on the traditional Grand Matches which are held on a frozen loch when temperatures and ice conditions permit.
Billed as the battle of North of Scotland versus South of Scotland this year’s event is set to feature over 2300 curlers competing in around 600 teams at 17 ice rinks across Scotland making it one of the biggest mass participation events in sport.
An imaginary line is drawn between the River Forth and River Clyde to decide the two sides and scores are compiled at the conclusion of all the games with the winner being the side with the most points.

The ICA will be represented by Bill Gray, David Whyte, Arran Cameron and Margarita Sweeney-Baird at Lockerbie Ice Rink at 10am, representing the North of Scotland against East Kilbride and Haremyres 3 from the South.

Profile – Eoin McCrossan

Photo courtesy of Jayne Stirling Photography

Photo courtesy of Jayne Stirling Photography

Name – Eoin McCrossan
Age – 22
Occupation – .Fraud Analyst/All-round Crime Fighter
Status – Taken
Years curling – 4
Home club and ice Rink –  Barbarians CC, Murrayfield

In-turn or out-turn? – In-turn, although it depends whether you want me to throw it tight or wide

Best ever curling memory? – Drawing the button against 4 once

Favourite sport outside curling:
To watch – Tennis
To play – Mini-Golf

If you had to switch careers, what job would you do? – England Rugby Coach

Favourite TV programme? – The West Wing #Bartlett2016

Favourite holiday destination and why? – Cuba, Spring Break 2014 during my year abroad with lots of great friends and blessed relief from -20 degrees and snow in Canada!

Apart from the ICA, what website do you spend the most time on? – curlingzone: it is absolutely essential for me to see who got into the quarter finals of that obscure bonspiel in deepest, darkest Manitoba.

Best / worst subjects at school? – Best: Maths. Worst: Art.

Who’d be your four ideal dinner guests? – Sir Alex Ferguson (if he brought a bottle of his best red), Paul Simon (if he brought his guitar), Robin Williams (if he brought his best jokes) and Mary Berry (if she brought dessert!)

Sum yourself up in five words – Lean, mean, ice sweeping machine.

Profile – Katie Kerr

Katie KName – Katie Kerr “KT”
Age – Old
Occupation – Actress

Three things you really like – LA Kings, Peanut Butter, Pillow Pets

Three things that really annoy you – People who don’t like the Kings. People who have peanut allergies. Pickles.

Three things from your ‘bucket list’ –
1) Hike Machu Picchu
2) Go to the North Pole.
3) Compete in the 4th of July Nathan’s hot dog eating contest.

What was the last film you saw? –  “The Walk” starring Joseph Gordon Levitt. It was basically a two hour close up of his feet, so I guess it will be a hit with all the people out there who have a foot fetish…

And the last book you read? – Harry Potter. Always Harry Potter.

Give us a playlist of five of your favourite songs (and artists) – I would just listen to The Titanic Song by Celine Dion five times in a row. RIP Jack.

And one song you never want to hear again? – Anyone trying to cover that Titanic song that isn’t Celine Dion. Just stop trying.

What would be your specialist subject on Mastermind? – Well, we don’t have that show in the US so I don’t know what it is, but I guess “Peanut Butter Master”?

What’s your favourite meal? – Peanut butter and banana sandwich on wheat toast with honey and cinnamon panini pressed. Try saying that 5 times fast.

Washed down by? – Butterbeer.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise people? – I decided to try and learn how to drive stick shift for the first time this summer on a crowded street in Manhattan…during rush hour traffic. It was a really smart decision. Also, never again.

You can save one prized possession. What is it? – My inflatable Stanley Cup.

What keeps you awake at night? – Knowing I don’t have any food in my fridge to eat for breakfast tomorrow morning.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? – Never trust a person who pours the milk in before the cereal.

European C league starts this weekend

The European C league starts this weekend and Ireland are represented in both the mens and womens sections.

Event link is here: http://www.worldcurling.org/ecc2015/c-division-schedule

teams are here:  http://www.worldcurling.org/ecc2015/c-division-teams#bWomenb

Our men are – James Russell, John Furey, Craig Whyte, Eoin McCrossan. Fifth man Johnjo Kenny’s participation in all the games is in doubt due to an injury he picked up at the mixed last month. But, he is hoping to get the all clear from his doctor to travel even if just to be a supporter. Coach Martin Sutherland will provide support to the teams.

Women are – Alison Fyfe, Katie Kerr, Ailsa Anderson, Clare McCormick and Hazel Gormley-Leahy, 

Both teams are coached by Martin Sutherland.

The ever-popular ‘profiles’ to follow!

Medals for championship winners

The ICA committee decided it was appropriate to present medals to the winners of the various championships throughout the season.

Last season’s winning teams in the mixed doubles, men’s seniors, men’s and mixed playdowns were presented with the first ICA championship medals after the opening bonspiel at Hamilton on Sunday.

Irish mixed doubles champions Neil and Alison Fyfe

Irish mixed doubles champions Neil and Alison Fyfe

Doing the honours was honoroary member John Burns.

 

 

 

 

 

Irish senior champions - Johnjo Kenny, David Hume, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Bill Gray.

Irish senior champions – Johnjo Kenny, David Hume, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Bill Gray.

Irish men's champions - James Russell, Johnjo Kenny, John Furey, Arran Cameron and Eoin McCrossan

Irish men’s champions – James Russell, Johnjo Kenny, John Furey, Arran Cameron and Eoin McCrossan

Irish mixed champions - Johnjo Kenny, Tony Tierney, Jen Ward (missing member is Marie O'Kane)

Irish mixed champions – Johnjo Kenny, Tony Tierney, Jen Ward (missing member is Marie O’Kane)

2017 Seniors and MDs back in Canada

The World Curling Federation (WCF) and Curling Canada have confirmed today that The World Mixed Doubles and Senior Curling Championships 2017 will be held in Lethbridge, Canada, between Saturday 22 and 29 April 2017.
 It will be the second time Curling Canada has hosted the combined World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors events. In 2013 the championships were held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, while in 2012 Lethbridge was the host city of the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship.
 The events will be staged under one roof at the brand new state-of-the-art Crossings Ice Complex in the southern Alberta city. It will be the first major championship at the facility, which will boast a 10-sheet dedicated curling rink and two hockey arenas. The complex is scheduled to open in September 2016.
 This championship will be the final chance for countries to clinch a place in the inaugural Mixed Doubles Curling event at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
 WCF President, Kate Caithness, said: “The World Curling Federation is delighted to award these joint Championships to Lethbridge in Canada.
 “The opportunity to bring both championships under one roof, to allow for supporters and athletes to enjoy all the curling that’s on offer, was a significant factor in this award, and the WCF looks forward to working with the local organising committee to ensure that these events are a great success.
“The competition is set to be extremely exciting, with not only the World Mixed Doubles and Senior Championships titles on offer, but it will be the last chance for Mixed Doubles teams to earn Olympic qualifying points for PyeongChang 2018.”
2017 will be the 10th edition of the World Mixed Doubles Championship. Since the event’s inception in 2008 in Vierumäki, Finland, Swiss teams have won a leading five gold medals, followed by Hungary with two and Russia with one.
 The World Senior Championships, meanwhile, debuted in 2002, and before they were combined with the World Mixed Doubles, Canada hosted them in 2003 in Winnipeg and 2007 in Edmonton.
Canada has been successful at the 50-and-over level over the 14-year history of the event, winning the women’s gold 10 times and the men’s gold nine times.
 The 2016 World Mixed Doubles and World Seniors are scheduled for April 16-23 in Karlstad, Sweden.
 “We’re excited to see what will take place in Lethbridge in 2017,” said Pat Ray, acting Chief Executive Officer for Curling Canada. “Lethbridge has a history of hosting first-class championships, and with Mixed Doubles set to make its Olympic debut, the stakes will be very high, so the city is in for a treat.”
 At the 2015 World Mixed Doubles and Seniors in Sochi, Russia, there were 30 countries in the Mixed Doubles championship, 25 countries contesting the senior men’s championship and 13 countries playing for the senior women’s title.
 “We’ve got an enthusiastic curling community in Lethbridge that is eager to put on a wonderful show, both for the curlers and the fans,” said Mike Mulroy, Chair of the Lethbridge Host Committee. “This is an amazing opportunity to showcase the sport in a beautiful new facility, and we’re preparing for a week of world-class curling.”

Mixed team off to take on the world

Johnjo. Marie, Tony and Jen will represent Ireland at the World Mixed starting on Saturday in Berne

Johnjo. Marie, Tony and Jen will represent Ireland at the World Mixed starting on Saturday in Berne

The Irish Mixed Curling Champions for 2015 – Johnjo Kenny, Marie O’Kane, Tony Tierney and Jen Ward, and their supporters, jet off to Berne, Switzerland, on Thursday ahead of the start of the inaugural World Mixed Curling Championships.

While the rest of us having been spending the summer lounging around in our windcheaters and wellies, JJ and crew have been putting in the ice hours at Stirling keeping their slides ticking over.

While three of the team are veterans of international curling, Jen is the new kid on the block. Indeed she only started curling after a “come and try” session last year. Skip (and uncle) Johnjo thought she would benefit from playing in the Irish Mixed Championships last March in Dumfries and it would give Jen a flavour of competition.
JJ takes up the story:
We entered the event with not a lot of expectation but as can happen in competition we hit our best games in the semi-final and final just as our rivals did not produce their A game. With more luck than good judgement we came out on top and are relishing this opportunity to participate in a World Championship“.
We doubt if anyone has gone from novice to World Championships in as short a timescale as Jen. We wish the team good luck and good curling!