Ireland suffered their first defeat at the World Mixed in Aberdeen this morning, going down to a very efficient Turkish team.
A wonderful angled double take-out by Irish skip John Wilson in the seventh end kept Irish hopes alive going into the last end just one shot down, but Turkey secured the victory taking their one and with it a 5-3 victory.
The Irish looked in a lot of trouble in the sixth end, with the Turkish skip, Dilsat Yildiz, having a reasonably straight forward hit to lie four, but she managed to spring the Irish stone onto the Turkish shot stone, leaving Ireland lying one. John Wilson coolly drew for a two to get Ireland right back into things.
The team will now have to move on from this, regroup and get back to winning ways against Luxembourg at 4pm tomorrow.
Ireland’s mixed team played their best game yet to take down the Japan mixed team, one of their main rivals in the group.
The team of John Wilson, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte and Niamh Begley Luke lost a one then took a two with the hammer in the second. The tird end was blanked by the Japanese who played the advantage in the fourth end with a deuce.
The fifth end is turning out to be the crucial end in all the Irish games do far and it was happy team at the end of this one having taken a four. The team then pressed their advantage home sealing in the next two ends before the opposition offered handshakes at the end of the 7th end.
The team are joint to top the group table with Scotland. Tomorrow morning at 8am they face Turkey.
Another excellent show from the Irish Mixed Champions to record their third win in the World Championships against Chinese Taipai.
After singles were exchanged, a three in the third gave them a buffer. A steal of one in the fourth put Ireland 5-1 up and although CT scored singles in the next three ends, the Irish took one in the last end to secure the victory.
Ireland’s next game is against Japan at noon tomorrow.
A great start at the world mixed for Team Ireland winning 8-5 against the Slovenian mixed champs.
Ireland were caught cold going three down after two ends but after slipping three shots behind after four, a count of four in the fifth end swung the momentum their way.
In the last end, when Slovenia had pegged Ireland back to a one shot lead, a raise on a line of guard stones saw them pop the shot in behind cover and with backing. With an extra end looming, up stepped Irish skip John Wilson to nail a marvellous angled-raise on an Irish stone to winkle the Slovenian shot out of the rings and leave Ireland lying two and the game.
Well done John, Ailsa, Craig, Niamh and coach Dave! Ireland now play Italy tonight at 8.30pm.
The team are now skipped by 34-year-old John Wilson who replaced original skip James Russell who has moved to the USA. John has already represented Ireland at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Stavanger, Norway in April this year.
The World Mixed competition, now is in it’s fifth year, will see 40 nations competing for the gold medal and every strong curling nation is present. Team Ireland are John, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte, Irish debutante Niamh Begley Luke and 30-year-old coach David Hibberd. They will be going head to head with, Slovenia, Italy, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Turkey, Luxembourg and the home nation Scotland in their group.
Team Ireland recently played in the Kinross International Friendly Bonspiel and got off to an excellent start winning their first two games convincingly however they were stopped in the semi-final by a very experienced Welsh team who are also in the ‘Granite City’ for the world mixed.
The world mixed championship will be an altogether different test with a huge amount of talent and experience in a lot of the teams. Ireland will be playing the Italian team led by Denise Pimpini, who has competed in the world mixed twice before and the Scottish quartet skipped by Luke Carson, who achieved a bronze medal representing Great Britain earlier this year at the World University Games
Other notable players present at the championships will be the defending champions, Canada, skipped by Colin Kurtz, as well as Olympians Andy Kapp (Germany), Manuela Siegrist (Switzerland), Jenny Perret (Switzerland) and Martin Rios (Switzerland). There are too many world champions and medalists to mention them all!
Meet the Team:
Lead: Niamh Begley Luke, aged 25, will be representing Ireland for the first time in Aberdeen and has been heard to say that she is over the moon to be representing Ireland as she has “never represented anyone at anything!”
Second: Thirty-year-old Craig Whyte is now one of the most experience “youngsters” of the ICA having represented Ireland at five European C League and a European B League Championship.
Third: Ailsa Anderson has racked up 33 caps for Ireland at five WCF competitions and is the only surviving member of last year’s team that travelled to Kelowna in Canada to play in the World Mixed. Thirty-year-old Ailsa, who hails from Aberdeen, couldn’t be happier to represent Ireland in her home ice rink.
Skip: For John Wilson this will be the first of three WCF competitions that he will be competing in this season (the World Mixed, the Mixed Doubles Qualifiers and the European C League) and he hopes that this will be an exciting season for the Irish Curling Association.
President David welcomed everyone to Greenacres Ice Rink for the first ICA bonspiel of the season including Donncha Ó Conmhuí making the trip from Dublin via the Scottish Curling Adult Camp in Stranraer and Kerrianne Cox who were both along for their first bonspiel.
Bill Gray, Frances Whyte, Nina Clancy, Donncha Ó Conmhuí 5-6 Neil Fyfe, Eoin McCrossan, Clare McCormick, Frances Donald
Neil got off to a strong start with a 4 in the second end but was pegged back towards the end of the game but Bill could only manufacture a steal of 1 in the last end meaning Neil won by one point.
David Whyte, Christine Furey, Gillian Russell, Tricia Boult 4-8 Carolyn Hibbard, Andrew Gilmore, John Reidy, Kerrianne Cox
David began strongly with three points in the second end in a tight first half. Momentum swung in the 4th end with a big score of 4 points that carried Carolyn and team all the way to winning the bonspiel.
Marie O’Kane, Ian Donald, Gillian Drury, Dave McHale 5-5 Arran Cameron, Nathan Furey, Steve Callan, Maria O’Neill
The tightest game on the ice swung back and forth. Marie edged out to a 4-2 lead after three ends but was pegged back by two singles. Arran scored 1 with hammer in the last end to make sure of the peel.
David thanked everyone for coming, looked forward to the next events on the calendar including The Irish Open in November and presented Carolyn’s team with prizes and the perpetual trophy.