Alison and John heading for MD challenge

Ireland will join 28 other nations next week at Greenacres Ice Rink, all trying to secure a top four finish, guaranteeing qualification for the World Mixed Doubles Championships 2020 in Canada.

John Wilson and Alison Fyfe

Team Ireland are Alison Fyfe and John Wilson. Both have previous experience at World Championship level. Alison represented Ireland (with dad Neil) at the 2016 and 2017 championships and John (with Louise Kerr) played for Team Ireland at this year’s championships in April.

After an initial group of seven round-robin, Ireland will be hoping to make the play-off games for world ranking. Beginning on Monday, December 2nd, Ireland’s duo will play Romania, Turkey, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.

The competition finishes on Saturday, December 7th.

Good luck Alison and John from all the members!

The WCF competition schedule is here: https://worldcurling.org/events/wmdqe2019/?page=schedule

Seniors make the final at Edinburgh

Great news this morning from the Edinburgh Seniors! Ireland’s senior men are into the final. They beat Mike Dick 6-4 in the semi and now meet John Duff’s team in the battle for the top spot at 2.30pm today.

Good luck to Bill. David, Neil and Ross.

Update – our men lost the final 7-4 after a great game and a terrific run at the Edinburgh International Seniors 2019. Well done to Team Duff.

Runners Up in Edinburgh International Seniors. Bill, David, Neil and Ross

Irish men through to Edinburgh semi

Well done and good luck to the Irish men, of a certain vintage, who are through to tmorrow morning’s semi-final of the Edinburgh International Seniors.

The team, minus the coach on the left…..

Bill Gray, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Ross Barr will play Mike Dick for a place in the final.

Come on Ireland!

You can follow the linescores here:

https://www.softpeelr.com/en/tournaments/877

Andrew wins hard fought Fyfe Trophy

Six teams of curlers took part in the Irish Open Championships for the Fyfe Trophy at Greenacres Ice Rink today.

Winners Andrew, Jen, Denise and Maria with Anne presenting

After four games of four ends, the gold medal winners were Andrew Gilmore, Jen Ward, Denise Lawler and Maria O’Neil. They received the Fyfe Trophy from Anne Gibson, representing the Fyfe family.

Silver medals for David, Frances, Christine and Bill
Bronze medals for Gillian, Alison, Denis and Louise

The silver medals went to Bill Gray, Christine Furey, David Hume and Frances Donald and the bronze medals went to Alison Fyfe, Louise Kerr, Gillian Russell and Denis Lawler.

Anne consoles the team receiving the consolation prizes – Jason, Carolyn, Trish and Ian

The consolation prizes went to Carolyn Hibberd, Jason Medhurst, Ian Donald and Trish Boult.

Anne with Denis and Donncha


Detailed Final Results sheet is …

Special awards were given to two curlers who had traveled from Dublin to play. Most Improved Player was Donncha O Conmhui and shot of the day went to Denis Lawler.

A big thanks you goes to Arran Cameron for organising the day and thanks to Greenacres staff for looking after us so well.

WMCC – last 16 result

IRELAND 3 DENMARK 8

Ireland lost their last 16 game this morning in the World Mixed Championships in Aberdeen and bow out of the competition after a terrific run.

Irish skip John Wilson encourages his sweepers in this morning’s game against Denmark – photo credit WCF

Despite Denmark forcing a steal of one point in the first end, the sides went into the break level at 3-3. However, in the second half Denmark scored a single point in the fifth end, before the pressure they had been applying began to take effect, allowing them to steal two points in the sixth and seventh ends an take the win.

Danish skip, Tobias Thune talked about their performance, saying “I think that in this game we played quite well as a unit. I had some hard shots, but I also had a few easy shots, just playing guards because our front end had played so well.”

Denmark will now play Canada in this evening’s quarter-final.

Niamh and Craig in action today in the last 16 game – photo credit WCF

The Irish team have done themselves proud this week and have gelled as a team that hopefully will get even better, and further, in the future.

Well done John, Ailsa, Craig, Niamh and coach David!

WMCC – game 7

IRELAND 3 SCOTLAND 7

Despite a promising start, Ireland were outplayed by a talented Scottish team who ruthlessly snuffed out any chance of an Irish comeback after they scored a game turning three in the third end.

Niamh, Craig, Ailsa and John – photo credit WCF

The Irish team have been looking forward all week to playing the Scots, and were in the zone for the draw shot challenge when they got the hammer in the first end, scoring one. Another stolen single in the second gave them confidence but the third undid all the good work when Scotland got stones behind cover and there was no way in for the Irish.

It was an upward climb to get anything going after that and despite another single the Scottish Mixed Champions were totally in control of the game which finished with handshakes at the end of the seventh when Irish skip John Wilson’s last stone draw slipped past the Scottish shot stone.

On a positive note, the team are into the last 16 of a World Championships and hopefully we will soon find out who their opponents will be either at nine in the morning or one in the afternoon.

Come on Ireland!

WMCC – game 6

IRELAND 10 LUXEMBOURG 2

Niamh, John and Craig on the ice – photo credit WCF.

Team Ireland cruised into the last 16 of the World Mixed Curling Championships this afternoon after brushing aside the challenge of Luxembourg in six ends.

The team, John Wilson, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte, Niamh Begley Luke and coach Dave Hibberd, qualify along with Scotland from Group D. The two teams will play each other tomorrow evening at 8pm.

In today’s game, Ireland were rarely put under any pressure and roared away to a 10-2 victory with the luxury of a comfortable lead from the first end.

They will now wait to see who their opposition will be on Friday. Also qualified for the knock-out stages are, so far, Switzerland, Spain, Denmark and Canada.

Irish skip John Wilson – photo credit WCF

Congratulations from all the ICA family to the Irish team who have been in terrific form this week. Keep it up!

WMCC – game 5

IRELAND 3 TURKEY 5

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.

Niamh in action against Japan – photo credit WCF

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.

Team Ireland share a joke during Monday’s game v Japan-
photo credit WCF

Come on Ireland!