Irish Mixed Champions 2020

Congratulations to John Wilson, Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Jen Ward who won the Irish Mixed playdowns at the Dumfries Ice Bowl earlier today.

In the second game against Bill Gray’s team they were always in control, running the opposition out of stones in the last end to win 6-3.

Hopefully, the current coronavirus crisis will have passed by October and they will get the chance to represent Ireland at the world mixed championships. Both senior teams heard yesterday they would not be going to British Columbia next month for the world seniors.

A huge thanks goes to John and Eleanor Burns who spent the weekend helping as umpire and time clock operator. It was very much appreciated by all the players.

Mixed playdowns at Dumfries

Three teams are currently in Dumfries competing for the right to represent Ireland in the world mixed later in the year.

Team Gray (Bill, Marie O’Kane, David Whyte and Louise Kerr) lost 8-2 this morning to Team Wilson (John, Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Jen Ward).

In the afternoon session, Team Gray beat Team Cameron (Arran, Jackie Davidson, Steve Callan and Niamh Begley Luke 7-2.

In the evening session, Team Wilson beat Team Cameron 9-4.

In the light of the current coronavirus situation, advice was given by the chief umpire, John Burns, that all players should bump elbows instead of shake hands. All were happy to do this at the start and end of each game.

Tomorrow morning Team Wilson will face Team Gray again and if Wilson wins they are the Mixed Champs but if Team Gray win it will go a decider.

Irish ladies at HB Finals

Four members of the ICA were in Aberdeen playing for their ice rinks in the Henderson Bishop Finals 2020.

Ailsa Anderson played with Aberdeen 1; Christina Graham with Braehead; Christine Furey with Greenacres and Louise Kerr with Stranraer.

Ailsa got to the low road semis and Louise got to the high road semis.

The pals got together for a quick selfie at the Saturday night dinner.

Another Wilson wins the Stranraer Weekend

Robyn Munro, Anne Wilson, Stuart Wilson, Tommy Campbell, Bill Gray, ICA secretary and Gail Munro from McMillan Hotels

Stuart Wilson and his team of Gillian King, Tommy Campbell and Anne Wilson won a very enjoyable Stranraer Weekend and now will head to the Dalrymple Cup Final Weekend next month. The team collected the Granite Trophy, McMillan Hotel vouchers and a case of Magners cider, courtesy of the sponsors. New Scottish junior champion Robyn Munro filled in for Gillian King in the final game.

Richard Stevenson, PJ Wilson, Anne Wilson, Louise Kerr and Bill Gray, ICA secretary

The High Road runners-up, receiving the Jane Paterson Ailsa Craig painting, were PJ Wilson, Louise Kerr, Richard Stevenson and Anne Wilson. They also received an invite to the final weekend.

Drew Paton, Trish Boult, Johnny Logan, Margaret Logan and Bill Gray, ICA secretary

The Low Road winners, receiving the Irish Oak Trophy, were Drew Paton, Trish Boult, Johnny Logan and Margaret Logan.

Denise Lawler, Jason Medhurst, Kyle Paradis and Bill Gray, ICA secretary (missing from the line up is Carolyn Hibberd)

The Low Road runners-up, receiving the Basil Gray Trophy, were Kyle Paradis, Carolyn Hibberd, Jason Medhurst and Denise Lawler.

Colin Wilkinson, Sue Wilkinson, Billy Johnstone, Barbara Kitchin and Bill Gray, ICA secretary

The consolation prizes went to Billy Johnston, Sue Wilkinson, Barbara Kitchen and Colin Wilkinson.

Thanks go to former ICA President Fiona Turnbull for presenting the prizes and thanks to all who contributed to the grand ICA raffle – £300 was raised for association funds.

Winners at Kinross

The annual trip to Kinross proved as enjoyable as ever this weekend with the ICA taking two sheets.   The games were played in the usual social spirit on keen ice.   Christine Furey skipped her team of David Hume, Kerrianne Cox and Frances Donald to a victory over Ross Barr’s rink of Steve Callan, Ian Donald and Gillian Russell. 

Dave, Susan, Alison and Arran

 However, with a slightly better points difference the bonspiel was won by Arran Cameron with Alison Barr, Susan Scotland and Dave McHale getting the better of Marie O’Kane, Eoin McCrossan, Nathan Furey and Maria O’Neill.
The teams enjoyed a homemade soup and sandwich lunch post game and Eoin presented the winners with their prizes.
Next up is the ICA Stranraer weekend 14/15/16 February with the closing bonspiel and AGM at Greenacres on 22 March.

Four Nations results

Final results from 4 Nations:


Ireland 23 Scotland 27
Ireland 19 England 38
Ireland 9 Wales 38

Not Ireland’s best weekend at the Four Nations. Congratulations to all the other home nations who won the Turnbull, the Meikle and the Marshall Millennium trophies this time round.

Next year Scotland are the hosts and the Four Nations will be played at Ayr Ice Rink.

Stranraer Irish Weekend 2020 draw

Here’s the draw for the Saturday, February 15:

9am and 1.10pm section:

9am – P Wilson v D Paton; G Topping v J Burns; A Robinson v J Gilmore; J Brown v J Graham

11.10am and 3.30pm section:

11.10am – J Cullen v B Gray; K Paradis v J Wilson; F Turnbull v A Roe; T Campbell v E McCrossan

Please remember to bring a raffle prize for the grand raffle on Saturday evening!

BEM for MSB

Huge congratulations to ICA member Margarita Sweeney-Baird, who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours’ List.

Margarita in action for Ireland at the world mixed

Margarita is chairperson and founder of Inclusive Skating and the driving force behind the Global Project for Inclusive Skating and the Charity.

A former Scottish ladies skating champion and skating coach in the UK, she originally took a year-long sabbatical from her distinguished legal career to mastermind this project. The sabbatical started in 2010 and was extended because the competition format she created worked better than she could ever have hoped.

Margarita’s daughter Juliana is an Inclusive Skater.

Well done Margarita and well deserved!

ICA Winter Bonspiel 2019

Festive spirit abounded in Stirling yesterday as 16 curlers took to the ice for the Winter Bonspiel. Eoin McCrossan skipped his team of John Burns, Niamh Begly and Eleanor Burns to an 8-6 win over Arran Cameron, Paul Cromey, special guest Shelagh Fulton and Kerianne Cox. An aggressive approach was adopted by both skips with plenty of stones in play, the game turned with an excellently judged runback for 4 made by the McCrossan team.

Winners: Frances, David, Margarita & Sue

Victory overall however went to the team of David Hume, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Sue Scotland and Frances Donald who pipped Ian Donald, Dave McHale, Isla Kinnear and Maria O’Neill. David raced out into a 7-1 lead before a huge score of 4 brought everything into play. David and team held their nerve and scored a single point in the final end for a winning score of 8-5.

David thanked his team for their efforts and to all those who had made the trip out. Special mention must go firstly to Sue Scotland and her amazingly festive reindeer bonnet and secondly to Frances Donald who provided tasty chocolate treats to all, which definitely made all the difference in those fully swept shots.