Four Nations this weekend at Fenton’s

Good luck to all the curlers representing Ireland this weekend in the Four Nations at Fenton’s Rink in Kent against Wales, Scotland and hosts England.

Our teams line-up as follows:

FRIDAY

6.00 pm

Men v  Scotland

PJD Wilson JJ Kenny J Burns P Cromey

8.15 pm

Ladies v England

C Hibberd M Sweeney-Baird C Darragh  G Russell

SATURDAY

9.00 am

Men v Wales

B Gray A Cameron  R Barr  Eoin McCrossan

Ladies v Wales

C Hibberd, C McCormick C Darragh F Donald

13.30 pm

Ladies v Scotland

M Sweeney-Baird C Graham C Darragh G Russell

15.45 pm

Mixed v Scotland

JJ Kenny C Graham J Burns  J Ward

B Gray C McCormick P Cromey  F Donald

SUNDAY

9.00 am

Men v England

PJD Wilson, A Cameron, Eoin McCrossan J Burns

11.15 am

Mixed v Wales

JJ Kenny C Graham R Barr J Ward

B Gray C McCormick P Cromey F Donald

13.30 pm

Mixed v England

C Hibberd  R Barr G Russell Eoin McCrossan

PJD Wilson M Sweeney-Baird A Cameron J Ward

 

ICA Glitter Tree Trophy 2014

The ICA Glitter Tree Trophy

The ICA Glitter Tree Trophy

All the Christmas trees entered in the ICA Christmas Tree Challenge for 2014 are now being judged by Christine Cannon and the winner will be announced at 5pm today here on the ICA website.

The owner of the top tree for 2014 will receive the ICA Glitter Tree Trophy and a box of Tayto crisps!

Thanks to all who took the time to enter.

Show us your trees!

IrishTreeIn the run-up to Christmas the ICA are holding a Christmas tree competition to find the best festive fir in the rank and file!

All the trees entered will be judged by the current senior women’s world champion skip, Scotland’s Christine Cannon, who will show no favouritism and is above being bribed (PJ has tried).

Email a colour picture of your Christmas tree to Louise at louise.kerr@gallowaygazette.com or l.kerr871@btinternet.com by midnight on Tuesday, December 23rd. The pictures will then go onto the website anonymously, Christine will study the trees entered and choose the best one and the judge’s decision is final.

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

So get decorating!

New kids on the seniors’ block

Galacticos 1A new mens’ seniors team, formed out of the embers of Peter Wilson’s senior champs from 2013, took to the ice for the first time last weekend.

Robin Gray, having now turned 50, takes over as skip with Peter playing third stones, PJ Wilson goes to second and coming in at lead is Tony Tierney.

Tony, who was previously with the team that unforgettably won senior gold in 2012, was looking for a new challenge this season and Team Gray were more that happy to welcome him into the fold.

The four of them got the stiffness out of their legs with an intensive two days of on ice action at Stranraer Ice Rink,  including a high-quality bounce game against a Stranraer select skipped by Peter’s brother Philip.

The team will now have their first competitive test playing in the European Senior Invitation at Greenacres in early November. This will be part of their preparation for the Irish Senior Championships at Dumfries Ice Bowl, 9/10/11 January 2015. 

The championships looks like being a three-way tussle between the new team, the current champions, skipped by Johnjo Kenny, and another team of challengers, rumoured to be skipped by David Smith. 

After the Stranraer weekend, Robin Gray said: “A very enjoyable weekend that mixed some old and new practice drills with a competitive game against some old friends! Incidentally, that game included one of the best curling shots I have ever seen from Philip Wilson when he took out four well spread stones and lay, in a last gasp effort to save the  fifth end. The new stones ensured we were looking at a good swing on the ice and Stranraer was playing better than I can ever remember. Having been out of mens competitive curling for three years now, I am really looking forward to the European Seniors at Greenacres and thank the organisers for allowing us to be there. Big thanks to Gail Munro at NWC for her hospitality and support during our time here.”

Another day, another sporting icon…

Clare B and PJFresh from commentating on the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, broadcaster and national treasure Clare Balding found herself face-to-face with yet another international sporting superstar at the Wigtown Book Festival on Monday.

An ever so slightly hungover Clare was down in the south west to give a talk on her new book ‘Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles’ based on her popular Radio Four show ‘Ramblings’ of which our President is a big fan.

 

ICA Presidents Letter

Dear Members,

I would like to welcome you to the new season which for some is on the verge of starting and for others it has already started.

hamilton-ice-rink-logoWe have our various bonspiels which start with one at Hamilton on the 5th October which I hope that you can attend as well as the others throughout the season.

Greenacres-Curling-Rink-signCoaching sessions have been arranged and we have had a very good turnout at the first at Greenacres last weekend – I think we all benefited in some way even if it was only to find out which muscles had ceased up over the summer.

NorthWestCastle-Ice-RinkWe have the Stranraer bonspiel in February for which the invitations will be sent out shortly and I would appreciate a prompt reply to these invitations so that I can fill any shortfall that may occur.

We will also be having ‘’National Championships/play offs for the seniors, mixed doubles and the mixed so if you wish to play in any of these please speak to the other members to see who else may wish to play. It’s good to talk.

EEC-C-Group-2014-logoWe currently have our teams going away to represent us in the European ‘C’ league so I would like to take this opportunity to wish them success.

Finally I hope that you have a good season and hope to see you all as often as possible throughout the season.

Good Health and Good Curling

PJWilsonPeter J D Wilson

ICA Training Days

The Irish Curling Association are holding the following training days, funded by Development and Assistance Programme (DAP) money from the WCF, to help curlers of all levels improve:

Saturday, 20th September at Greenacres – 11am to 5pm.

Saturday, 27th September at Kinross – 10am to 5pm.

Saturday, 4th October at Braehead 11am to 4pm.

ICA training days are open to all members but numbers are limited. The first two sessions are nearly fully subscribed but there are still spaces for the 4th October session.

For more information reply to this post or contact a member of the committee.

WCF approves key rule changes

Members of the World Curling Federation have elected a new board and voted to introduce a new World Junior qualification event, a World Mixed Curling Championship, along with approving a raft of other key rule changes.
The competition and rule changes and board elections took place at the World Curling Federation’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) held during the 3rd Annual World Curling Congress at the Peppermill Resort in Reno, Nevada, USA.
Delegates and representatives from the Federation’s Member Associations, key stakeholders and partners have been gathered in Reno to discuss strategy and development for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter sport of curling since the 4th of September.
In the WCF board elections, current President, Kate Caithness OBE, from Scotland, was the only candidate nominated for the next four year term as President and was elected by acclamation.
Upon her re-election Caithness said: “It has been a real honour to work and serve for the Federation. I work in a man’s world and you, our Member Associations, have put your trust in me to raise the profile of curling. For the next four years I promise to give you 100% in my work to represent you and our great sport.”
In addition, a new Board structure takes effect as part of a new WCF constitution from this congress onwards. The new Board is comprised of eight Board Directors: a President, three Vice-Presidents each from the three zonal regions of the WCF and another four Board Directors.
Graham Prouse (Canada), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the Americas zone for a three year term.
Hugh Millikan (Australia), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the Pacific-Asia zone for a two year term.
Bent Ramsfjell (Norway), was elected Vice-President by acclamation for the European Zone for a one year term. Robert Susanj from Slovenia withdrew from the election for this position.
Elected to the four Board Director positions were:
1 Albert ‘Andy’ Anderson (USA) (four year term of office)
2 Hew Chalmers (Scotland) (three year term of office)
3 Laura Lochanski (Canada) (two year term of office)
4 Toyo Ogawa (Japan) (one year term of office)
President Caithness recognized the exceptional contribution made by departing board members Leif Öhman (Sweden) and Young C Kim (Korea).
Following the Assembly, the new board will meet and will consider the applications for conditional membership for the Hong Kong Curling Association and Qatar Curling Federation. Armenian National Curling Federation was excluded from membership during the Assembly.
During the Congress it was announced that the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2015 and the World Senior Curling Championships 2015 has been awarded to Sochi, Russia. The events will take place from 18-25 April 2015.
WCF also revealed plans to Member Associations for a Portable Curling Facility. This new programme offered by the Federation is to help establish dedicated curling facilities in regions which have, up until now, found it difficult to garner the resources to build a permanent curling facility.
The 4th Annual World Curling Congress will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Belgrade, Serbia, from 2-5 September 2015. The 2015 WCF Annual General Assembly will be held on 5 September.
Full details for the competitions and rule changes can be viewed here:
www.worldcurling.org/wcf-annual-general-assembly-2014-review
www.worldcurling.org/world-curling-congress

Euro C Division 2014 – Ireland’s teams

The Irish Curling Association is delighted to announce that they will be entering both a ladies and mens team in the forthcoming European Curling Championship C-Group which kicks off in the Silverdome ice rink at Zoetermeer in the Netherlands on the 6th October this year.

The Irish Mens team are:
Alan Mitchell, John Furey, James Russell, Craig Whyte & Arran Cameron.

The Irish Womens team are:
Clare McCormick, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Ailsa Anderson, Katie Kerr and  Hazel Gormley-Leahy.

The top two mens and womens teams in the C-Group will qualify for Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B-Group event which will take place in Monthey alongside the A-Group event in Champéry, Switzerland from 22-29 November 2014.

For more information about this event and others, visit http://www.worldcurling.org/events