Ireland’s ladies team get some practice in

Marie, Louise, Christina and Clare

The Irish ladies team heading to the world seniors in Sweden next April got together on the ice for the first time at the Greenacres Invitation last week. Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr, Christina Graham and Clare McCormick had plenty of practice against some of the top senior ladies teams in the world and improved every game.

Going forward, they have engaged Gordon McIntyre to coach the team ahead of their world challenge.

Day 7 update from the Big Cheese

Day 7 Update from Ross Barr

The final session of the round robin stage saw Team Ireland come head to head with Team Spain. Both teams were on four wins and sitting joint third. Knowing that the winner of this match would qualify for the knock out stages provided an extra degree of interest. Spain secured a two shot advantage in the second end after blanking the first. Chasing the game from that point Team Ireland set up a number of promising ends but they were continually thwarted by the accuracy of the Spanish play.

A disappointing end to what was generally a successful and very enjoyable tournament for Alan, Jacqui, Ross, Clare and coach Alison. Team Ireland offer thanks to all those who have provided encouragement and support throughout the competition.

Day 6 in Champery

Alan ‘Skippy’ Mitchell on the blog:

Met with another beautiful day in the Swiss Alps we had the full day to prepare for our 6th game and enjoy the superb weather with temperatures exceeding the nicest of Belfast summer days.

Our opponents today were the young South Korean team who had 5 wins to their name – looking resplendent in their bright yellow team uniforms they exuded confidence from the moment they stepped on the ice. It was soon obvious they had trained to a very high standard and were positioning stones to the nearest mm.

Some great 1st end play by Ireland was sadly the highlight of the game and the incessant pressure applied by the Koreans took its toll. We can take comfort that without doubt these young players will be stars of the future.

Our team walk back from the rink witnessed another glorious sunset which lifted team spirits and soon brought our trip back into perspective.

Day 5 update from Champery

Ross Barr writes:
Our 8 am game against Kazakhstan got off a solid start with four players in both teams for the first two ends.  The Kazakhstan lead was then banished to the coaches bench where she remained for the rest of the game, as usual.  A lead of 6 – 2 was established by mid game break. Hands were shaken during the eighth end when the score line read 7 – 3.Team Ireland then retired to review stone placement and sweeping tactics on the patio.

The team decided nutrition needs should be met by a visit to the local Cailler chocolate and Gruyere cheese factory in preparation for the game against Korea.

Day 4 Update

From Ross Barr:

Nothing like keeping things exciting for our dedicated coach!

Coach in the frame!!

Having decided that our tactics for the Luxembourg game was to avoid having guards, we managed to play the first two ends continually setting up guards and letting Luxembourg draw around them. Realising this was not in our game plan, we began to play the intended tactics from end three onwards and we held our own, which resulted in s good win for Team Ireland! An early morning game tomorrow against Kazakhstan – it will be interesting to see if the full opposing team can make it through the whole game with four players.

Day 2 chat from Champery

A win for Pure Genius!!

Another exciting day for Team Ireland! An early rise for our game against Scotland. Started off well, but unfortunately out-played by a very strong team. Sociable drinks after helped us to lift our spirits after a tough game. Team Ireland were psyched for the afternoon match. Coming up against Silver Olympic medalist Trine Qvist and well experienced coach and seniors player Mikael Qvist. We knew it was an important game for us. After a good first end we struggled with our weight, leaving us 5-1 down at half time. Regrouping after the break we came back strong and were 6-5 up without the hammer going in to the last end. A tense final end, with a well placed stone nestled on the button allowed us to gain a final point in the eighth end! Our day ended with a night excursion up the gonolda with bubbles and snacks; a perfect way to toast our second win of the competition.

 

EEC C 2017 – medal games

Both Ireland’s Mens and Womens team qualified for the 2017 European Curling Championships C-Division in Andorra medal games 🥇🥈🥉.

The Mens team played Spain 🇪🇸 in the 1v2 and lost by smallest of margins. They then played France 🇫🇷 for the Silver medal in another hard fought game, but lost in the last end. So they go home with a Broze medal 🥉, but not the promotion to the B league, they were hoping for.

The Ladies had a great competition but lost their 3v4 game to Slovakia 🇸🇰.

Overall it was an amazing double Gold for Spain 🇪🇸.

ECC C 2017 Womens Tie Break Game

Ireland’s Womens team had a tie break game against Slovenia 🇸🇮 at the 2017 European Curling Championships C-Division in Andorra 🇦🇩 to determine the final qualification place for the medal games.

And what a win – well done to the Irish ladies and now to concentrate on the 3v4 playoff tomorrow against Slovakia 🇸🇰 at 09:00 along side the Irish Mens team.

EEC C 2017 Mens Game 8

The Irish Mens team’s final round robin game at the 2017 European Curling Championships C-Division in Andorra 🇦🇩.

The Irish Mens team had already qualified, so it was a relaxed game for them against Croatia 🇭🇷. The team alternate Eoin McCrossan, stepped up for a game giving, 3rd, John Furey a break.

The Irish Men’s next game is the1v2 playoff against Spain tomorrow morning at 09:00. The first of two possible chances for promotion to the B league

© WCF / Alina Androsova Curling Photography

© WCF / Alina Androsova Curling Photography

© WCF / Alina Androsova Curling Photography