Ireland’s Senior Mens team get off to a flying start at the 2017 World Senior Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Canada 🇨🇦.
The Irish women suffered their second defeat when losing 9-2 to Japan. The Japanese ladies had excellent control of draw weight and used it to their advantage to get ahead and not let Ireland back into the game.
The pressure of time clocks is also a factor in games as there is little opportunity to ponder on what ice to take out here! It’s get your backside into the hack and go…….
Tomorrow the women play Sweden and England.
Ireland 5 Russia 9
The Irish women went down to the Russians after coming back from a 4-0 deficit to make a game if it here in Lethbridge
A well played last end gave the team a chance of taking it to an extra end with a three, but it was not to be when Marie’s last stone attempt to tap an Irish counter back onto the Russian shot didn’t draw it was handshakes.
Neil and Alison showed their mettle this morning with a professional 10-2 win over Serbia.
The game was memorable for another reason as it was Neil’s 100th appearance for Ireland at international level.
Well done Neil!
Ireland 4 Italy 5
Neil and Alison were mugged on the line by Italy last night having dominated for 90 per cent of the eight end game. The Italians were eing outplayed but in the last end the pedulum swung in their favour when the Italians drew a cracker of a shot behind the guard to lie two. Alison and Neil elected to raise their own stone back onto the shot but Alison was wide played and the Italians stole the game.
The Irish pair were very annoyed with themselves to let this game slip away and will now have to regroup.
Some pictures of the Irish teams at the Opening Ceromony for the 2017 World Senior Curling Championships and the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Lethbridge, Canada 🇨🇦. Next up the hard part, as the round robin games get underway.
The Irish ladies play Russia at 12:15 (GMT-6) and the Irish Mens play USA at 16:30 (GMT-6) – Best of the Irish ☘️ luck to all.
And here she is…..the blessed Carrie McDermott from Cork City.
She is going to look after the Irish contingent in her role as receptionist at the Lethbridge Lodge Hotel.
We had look round the city this morning, found the shopping mall and had lunch in a pub that served, among other things, my new favourite…..Irish Nanchos! We then headed for a look round the stadium. Got the shuttle bus and it takes about 15 minutes from the hotel. It’s a wonderful facility, less than a year old, with two separate ice pads. Neil and Alison were being put through their paces by coach Eoin when we left.
Team Ireland x 3 have all now arrived safely at their destination in the Lethbridge Lodge. It was a long day traveling yesterday but a good sleep and a reviving shower followed by great coffee and a cinamon bun worked wonders. The receptionist here is from Cork City so she is now going round with a ‘Wilson Ireland’ mini kit pinned proudly to her chest.
Seniors have a quiet day today but we will all get the shuttle bus into the stadium later to watch Neil and Alison practice ahead of their first game against Italy tomorrow.
Ireland’s representatives at the World Mixed Doubles Championships in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, are the father and daughter combination of Neil and Alison Fyfe. Eoin McCrossan is also traveling to Canada with the Fyfes as their coach/team manager.
Neil and Alison gained one Olympic qualification point for Ireland at last year’s world championships, finishing 12th in the WCF rankings. If they can battle their way up to 7th this time round, they would automatically qualify Ireland for the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next February.
This is their draw:
Report from Steve Callan
Strong Irish Showing at Moray International
Team Paddy Power continued their hot streak last weekend by winning the 2017 Moray International Bonspiel in Elgin which comprised of 20 strong teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Canada and USA.
2017 Irish Men’s Champions James Russell, Craig Whyte and Eoin McCrossan were joined by super sub Steve Callan as they won 6 of their 7 games to take 1st prize by the slimmest of margins.
A superbly organised weekend of curling, fun and friendship was enjoyed by several ICA members with good performances put in both on and off the ice by Team Kenny (JJ Kenny, Ailsa Anderson, Jen Ward, Gillian Russell) as well as Team Foxglide (including Alan Mitchell, Alison Barr and Ross Barr).
After some strong showings on Friday and Saturday, and the traditional Saturday night disco (#Timewarp) the final game saw Team Foxglide face Team Paddy Power as the two top ranked rinks. As the last game on the ice, Team Paddy Power needed to steal the last end to seal the title. Team Foxglide attempted a triple takeout to score 2 points but the stone overcurled, Paddy Power stole the end to take an 8-2 victory and secure the title.
Highlight of Paddy Powers weekend was coming back from 5 down after 1 end to beat an experienced Finnish side 7-6.
Roll on Andorra.