Trees required and happy days

Any trees ready out there?

You can only enter via e-mail folks, that’s because we like to guess who the tree belongs to when we see it. Only after the judge has chosen the winner are the tree decorators revealed.

Bil, David, PJ, Ron, Neil and John

Also, I found these pictures of the visit of the Irish men to the winter wonderland of Ornskoldsvik, Northern Sweden, 10 years ago this very week for the 2008 European Championships. Ireland were in the A Division that year and represented by PJ Wilson, Bill Gray, Neil Fyfe, John Furey and David Smith with coach Ron Myers and Chef de Mission me.

Who can forget the day we climbed the security fence and scaled the ski jump and then, on the morning of our departure, the sight of David Smith emptying the entire contents of his bag onto the frozen wastes of the train station looking for his passport.

“It’s in here somewhere…..”

ICA ladies’ NYC training camp

Katie and Ailsa

While Irish Ladies C League team members Jen Ward and Jacqui Barr were training in Scotland recently, skip Ailsa Anderson and vice-skip Katie Kerr managed to get in some training in New York.

Katie in action

Ailsa never travels far without her curling shoes and fortunately Katie’s Brooklyn based opposition were in need of a sub.

Although it was her first time playing arena ice outdoors, Ailsa reported that the ice was “interesting to say the least!”.

The NYC club members and Ailsa

But a great game was had and big thanks to Curl NYC for allowing Ailsa to join in.