Ireland’s mixed doubles team went down in seven ends to the Kazakhstan duo who outplayed Ireland, clocking up a three and then a four in the last two ends.
Kazakhstan started the game with a big three but Ireland got a three back in the second end. Kazakhstan then stole singles in the next two ends before Ireland got a one back. It should have been a two but my stone, drawing the four foot was a foot short.
The Kazakhstanis then opted for a power play which they played very well. With Ireland’s last stone I drew shot stone half hidden behind a couple of stones just high of the house, but Alliyarova chipped it out for the three.
The game was sliding away from Ireland and the opposition drew in behind the centre guard and attempted taps by Ireland just locked the Kazak stone in a cluster which we could not shift.
Ireland play Korea tomorrow morning and England at night.
Ireland’s mixed doubles team, John Wilson and Louise Kerr, lost their first game in the world championships here in Norway after leading by three shots.
After playing themselves into the lead, helped greatly by a three in the fourth end, the duo ran into trouble in the sixth and seventh ends when missed shots cost them four points. Finland’s Tomi Rantamaeki played a superb draw in behind cover to put Ireland in Trouble in the last end to chalk up another steal of two for Finland.
Ireland have duel representation at the World Seniors Championships in Stavanger, Norway, which begins tomorrow.
The men’s senior team consists of Bill Gray, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Ross Barr and the Mixed Doubles pairing of John Wilson and Louise Kerr. PJ Wilson will act as fifth man for the seniors and coach for the MDs.
The seniors first game is 12 noon (Norway time is BST+1hr) when they play Slovakia. They then play Scotland on Sunday, Switzerland on Monday, Japan on Tuesday, England on Wednesday and Poland on Thursday.
The Mixed Doubles team face Finland at 12.30pm tomorrow then Kazakhstan on Sunday, Korea and England on Monday, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, New Zealand on Wednesday and Qatar on Thursday.
Good luck to all.
We will do our best to post reports of the games while we are here as long as the coach says we can!
As our Irish men and women head home from Romania, here are a few more of the excellent photos taken by the WCF’s professional photographers.
It’s a changing of the guard time, as the C Division teams head home, the Irish men’s senior team – Bill Gray, David Whyte, Neil Fyfe and Ross Barr – and the Irish Mixed Doubles team – John Wilson and Louise Kerr – are heading to Stavanger tomorrow to represent Ireland in their respective world championships.
Ireland missed out on the medal games at the European C Division 2019, in fifth place on a five win, four loss record.
The team – James Russell, Arran Cameron, Steve Callan and Eoin McCrossan – missed out on the play-off stage by one place and were unfortunate to meet the strongest team, France, in the last game, which they needed to win.
The men never really threatened the French, who went through the round-robin stage undefeated and now play Bulgaria for the gold tomorrow.
Well done to the team and coach who have left it all on the ice for Ireland this week.