Seniors’ reports – semi and bronze game

World Senior's Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior’s Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Seniors’ coach Gordon McIntyre has send through his notes from the men’s semi-final against Canada and the bronze medal game against Denmark so we can all find out exactly what happened!.

V Canada:

1st End. – Quick 1st end. Canadian skip Randy Neufeld has to hit for his 2. 0-2
2nd End – Couple of missed hits puts us in bother, have to chase the game now.  Pete having to draw the shot against 2. Sweepers working on  it too early and shot sails through.  0-4
3rd End – Ireland lying 3rd shot, when Pete takes a double for 2.  2-4
4th End – Very defensive by both teams, lots of hit and rolls leaving not a single stone in house. Blank. 2-4
5th End – Game changer when Ireland electing to put stone in house to open up play in the hope that we can steal. Neufeld draws to lie 2. Pete has to follow him and lies shot,
Neufelt goes for the raise and misses, great steal of 1. 3-4
6th End – Stones into house allows Canada the opportunity to draw for 2.  3-6.
7th End – There is nothing in the house for Ireland when  PJ plays, he is facing  3 and guarded,  so peels guard, leaving Canada lying 2. PJ then tries going through a port for double, but not heavy enough, Canada still lying 1 . Pete also comes through the port, but his stone is lying open. Neufeld hits to lie 3. Not too many options for last stone. Going for tap back on outside stone. Just missed out  3-7. Game finished.

Bronze v Denmark:

Bronze medal game  – winner takes all…….
1st End – Good swinging ice, Pete to draw for 2.  2-0
2nd End – Hit and run end, Pete going for tap back with 1st stone. Danish fourth player Poul Erik Neilsen hits and rolls into the open. Pete going for hit and stick leaving Niesen to follow. Blanked end.   2-0
3rd End – Both teams hitting for positional play, Pete elects to hit and roll, but just goes too far. Neilsen draws for 2.  2-2
4th End –  PJ plays an angled hit and roll to lie shot. But Neilsen plays an excellent raised take out to lie 2. Pete, with his first stone, goes for a tap back, but it was just under weight, 1 shot still against us. Pete going for draw with his second, it has to be into the 4′ and it is.  1 for Ireland.  3-2
5th End –  Lots of good shots being played ( all all behind the tee ) by both teams.
Ireland draw to lie 2, Neilsen  goes for tap back, but plays heavy and runs past. Good steal of 2.   5-2.
6th End – Lots of stones in play. Neilsen tries the hit fora  2 and misses,  so another steal of 1.  6-2.
7th End – Pete is really taking the game to Denmark by putting stones into the house. Ireland lie 1 with Nielsen’s last stone to come. It’s  another steal of 1 and bronze medal!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂

 

Gordon’s reports – quarter-final v New Zealand

New ZealandIreland 6 New Zealand 5

Coach said: “Big and difficult game tonight against New Zealand.

1st End – Starting out with both team very defensive, one mistake from NZL and Ireland takes 2.  2-0
2nd End  – A missed stone put us under pressure, NZL lie 2. Pete going for the raise double and only takes 1. NZL draw for 2.    2-2
3rd End – Again both teams very defensive, ready to capitalise on the mistakes.  Hans Frauenlob, the New Zealand skip, draws the button with 1st stone, Pete goes for raise to lie 1.  Frauenlob taps back to lie 2.  Pete goes for draw but it stays straight, giving up one.    2-3
4th End –  Lots of power sweeping in this end from both teams. It’s important to keep the ice clean. Pete going for a tap back against 2. Draws shot, NZL skip puts up
guard, Pete going for a draw and takes 1.  3-3
5th End – Great end for Ireland. Pete had a great cross double forcing the Frauenlob to draw shot. 3-4.
6th End – Pressure on Pete after missed shots but he  plays a tremendous draw to lie shot, but NZL follow him to lie shot. Pete has to play for tap back, but  sweeping errors let a perfect stone to sail past. NZL steal 1. 3-5
7th End – We have to get the sleeves up. Pete has to try pull out the big shot with his first stone with a draw – and it’s a great shot. Frauenlob puts up a guard, forcing Pete to play another excellent draw for 2.  5-5
Game on.
8th End – Turning into a very interesting end, NZL lying 2 with skip stones to come.
Stone position not in our favour. Pete elected to go for hit and roll and just rolled too far. NZL still lying 1 with skips’ stones to come. Frauenlob peels his own guard. NZL still lying 1.

World Senior's Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior’s Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior's Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior’s Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Pete plays a superb tap back with his last stone on an Irish stone to lie shot. Under pressure, Frauenlob fails to draw the shot and  Ireland are in semis!”

Ireland lose to Finland

Ireland 5 Finland 10

The loss of a five in the seventh end knocked back Ireland’s hopes of progressing up the rankings of the world mixed doubles this morning. The Fyfe duo now play Hungary, last year’s world champions, at 3pm to try and get into the top 12 MD teams and lay the golden egg this is Olympic points.

Well done to Neil and Alison for an excellent run so far. You are doing Ireland and the ICA proud.

The senior men are also in action at 3pm (our time) against Germany in a qualifier game for this evening’s quarter-finals. Come on Ireland!

Here are some of the latest photographs of our Irish teams taken by the WCF photographers….

WSCC- picture gallery

World Senior's Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Pete watches the line in the game against Finland.                           World Senior’s Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior's Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

“On the other hand….”            World Senior’s Curling Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior's Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

“So…if it’s drawing too much I sweep on this side and if it’s not drawing enough I hand you my brush and you hand it back to me and then we change round…..”                                                                         World Senior’s Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Mixed Doubles Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

“If we can’t do that….we can go the other way……and even if we can’t go the other way we still have a third option ….”                                                                       World SeniorChampionship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Mixed – day 1

Bill, Margarita, Ross and Jacqui

Bill, Margarita, Ross and Jacqui

There were two games in the Irish mixed championships last night. The 5pm game went to the team of Bill Gray, Margarita Sweeney-Baird, Ross Barr and Jacqui Barr 6-5 over Johnjo Kenny, Louise Kerr, David Whyte and Jen Ward.

Johnjo, Louise, David and Jen

Johnjo, Louise, David and Jen

At 8.30pm James Russell, Alison Fyfe, Craig Whyte and Ailsa Anderson stole two in the last end to get the better of Johnjo and Co. 7-5.

That means the two winning teams now face each other today in a best of three decider.

Robin and the big guns win Stranraer weekend

 

Jim Cannon, Robin Gray, ICA President Louise Kerr, Christine Cannon and Jenni Cannon

Jim Cannon, Robin Gray, ICA President Louise Kerr, Christine Cannon and Jenni Cannon

The Irish Curling Association Stranraer weekend was won in style by a rink skipped by Robin Gray with three members of the Cannon family from Wigtown – Christine, Jim and Jenni.

This new team in our favourite weekend remained undefeated throughout the four rounds of the Shenkel system competition to claim the top prize of the granite stone trophy and £25 vouchers for McMillan Hotels.

Murray mcWilliam, Margaret MacAuley, Lauren Morgan, Louise Kerr, Peter Wilson

Murray mcWilliam, Margaret MacAuley, Lauren Morgan, Louise Kerr, Peter Wilson

The runners-up in the high road also featured Stranraer players Peter Wilson, Lauren Morgan and Murray McWilliam joined by Margaret MacAuley, who, with three wins and one defeat won the Ailsa Craig painting, Tipperary crystal wine glasses and boxes of wine.

Ross Barr, Michael Sutherland, Alison Barr, Louise Kerr, Fiona Turnbull

Ross Barr, Michael Sutherland, Alison Barr, Louise Kerr, Fiona Turnbull

In the low road the winners were, same as last year, Michael Sutherland, Fiona Turnbull, Ross Barr and Alison Barr, winning Irish whiskey and Irish cream liqueur.

John Gilmore, Andrew Gilmore, Louise Kerr, Diane Gilmore. Missing is Roberta Warwick

John Gilmore, Andrew Gilmore, Louise Kerr, Diane Gilmore. Missing is Roberta Warwick

The runners-up in the low road were the local team of Andrew Gilmore, Roberta Warwick, John Gilmore and Diane Gilmore winning cans of Guinness and Irish chocolate liqueur.

WP_20160221_002The consolation prize went to the rink of Andy Robinson, Rosemary Griffiths, Alan Griffiths and Rona Griffiths. With any luck Tayto bosses will see the picture and all the free publicity they are getting and decide to sponor the ICA!

The grand raffle on the Saturday evening drinks reception raised £329.10 for ICA funds. Many thanks to all who gave prizes and bought raffle tickets.

 

Four Nations results

Marshall Millennium from RCCC President Billy Howat

Marshall Millennium from RCCC President Billy Howat

Meikle Trophy from Adrian Meikle

Meikle Trophy from WCA President Adrian Meikle

Turnbull Trophy from ECA President Tommy Campbell

Turnbull Trophy from ECA President Tommy Campbell

Many thanks to John Brown from the English Curling Association for sending a comprehensive spreadsheet of the scores from the Four Nations weekend.

Marshall Millennium  – Ireland 33 Scotland 27

Alisa Anderson 5 Liz Paul 9; Johnjo Kenny 11 Malcolm McAskill 2; Bill Gray 10 Gordon Gilchrist 10; David Whyte 7 Robert Corbett 6

 

Meiklle Trophy – Ireland 29 Wales 24

David Whyte 3 Adrian Meikle 8; Alison Fyfe  10 Richard Pougher 6; Alison Fyfe 11 Laura Beever 5; Tony Tierney 5 James Pougher 5.

Turnbull Trophy – Ireland 33 England 22

Louise Kerr 9 Michael Sutherland 8; Carolyn Hibberd 3 Tommy Campbell 8; Johnjo Kenny 11 Andrew Reed 4; Carolyn Hibberd 10 Jean Robinson 2.

 

Senior teams get their prizes

Hugh Stewart kindly sent through the photographs he took at the closing dinner of the Greenacres EISCC recently.

EISCC winners - Peter Wilson, Ross Barr, Robin Gray and Tony Tierney (missing form the photo is PJ Wilson)

EISCC winners – Peter Wilson, Ross Barr, Robin Gray and Tony Tierney (missing from the photo is PJ Wilson)

EISCC runner-up - Marie O'Kane, Louise Kerr, Christina Graham and Margarita Sweeney-Baird

EISCC runner-up – Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr, Christina Graham and Margarita Sweeney-Baird

The Irish men’s team won their event and the Irish ladies were the runners-up in their competition.