C League venue confirmed by WCF

This has just arrived from WCF headquarters:

 The Slovenian Curling Association will host the European Curling Championships C-Division (ECC-C), its first international curling event, in April.
The event will be held in the Ice Arena Zalog in Ljubljana between 25 April and 1 May 2016.
The ECC-C traditionally took place in October, but was moved to the spring following a decision taken at the World Curling Federation’s Annual General Assembly. This will give the winning teams more time to prepare for the European Curling Championships B-Division which take place in November.
World Curling Federation President, Kate Caithness, said: “The World Curling Federation (WCF) are excited to be taking this qualification event to Slovenia. The Slovenian Curling Association has shown great ambition in developing our sport in recent years and I am in no doubt that the local organising committee will put on a great show for all the athletes and supporters.”
Previously, five national curling championships and four junior curling events have been held in the Ice Arena Zalog, but it is hoped that an international event will play a significant role in the future development of curling in Slovenia and Central Europe. 
Gregor Rigler, President of the Local Organising Committee, said: “Slovenia is a relatively new country in the curling family and tries to promote curling in all possible ways. We believe that organising ECC-C will, among other things, help to promote the unique sport of curling and raise its popularity in Slovenia.
“We also wish to be a role model for all the countries participating in the C-Division and give them the courage to organise future competitions. We hope we can catch some attention from potential sponsors, and that the organisation of this championship will help us take steps closers to getting dedicated ice.”
One women’s team and one men’s team from each WCF Member Association in the European Zone may enter, only if they are not competing in the European Curling Championships A or B Divisions.
Two women’s teams and two men’s teams will qualify for the European Curling Championships B-Division in Glasgow, Scotland from 18-26 November 2016. 
Marko Kolenc, Director of Sport Municipality in Llubljana, said: “On behalf of Municipality of Ljubljana we will be glad to welcome the European Curling Championships C-Division to the 2016 Green Capital of Europe. Curling is one of the youngest Olympic sports in Slovenia and the speed of its development is amazing.”

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)