John Furey commented:
We are in must win territory now and this game was a chance to reset from the games yesterday. A solid performances all round from the Irish players meant that although the game appeared close from the line scores we were generating chances and this eventually meant a three which opened up the game with us in control. We never really looked back from that point…
Not a great day for Team Ireland at the European Curling Championships C Division. Two games played and still looking for their first win. They meet Croatia tomorrow at 9am for game 3 in the round robin stage of this competition.
John Furey commented:
A close game in which we struggled to work out how to play this team to our best advantage. It was the 6th end when what should have been a fairly safe blank or lose a one scenario resulted in a really unfortunate series of angles to give up a three. We were pretty stunned at this point but played on trying to find a way of generating a high multiple score…
Tight game, opposition played well. Few chances not taken. Clean first few ends, Ireland were in a good position for the last 3. But a few key misses put us under pressure. Belarus picked out the Irish stone with their last to win. All positive and looking forward to the next game this afternoon against Belgium.
John Furey commented:
Two evenly matched teams a very close game, unfortunately we missed an eight foot draw and gave up a steal of two at a key point in the game, this was the difference between the two teams.
Keep up to date at the WCF website, includes live linescores.
First up for our Irish Mens team is Belarus 🇧🇾 at 8am. Go team Ireland ☘.
Last up is the ‘baby’ of the team, Andrew Gilmore.
Name – Andrew “Happy” Gilmore
Age – 19
Occupation – Student
In-turn or out-turn? – In-turn
Best ever curling memory? – Bronze medallists in the European C League 2016
If you had to switch careers, what job would you do? – Competitions Coordinator at Scottish Curling, the current person in this position just doesn’t have what it takes.
Apart from the ICA, what website do you spend the most time on? – Netflix
Best / worst subjects at school? – Best (Maths/Physics), Worst (Art)
Who’d be your four ideal dinner guests? – I would say the Irish men’s team but there have been too many discussions regarding mathematics over the past two days.
Earliest curling related memory? – Throwing my first curling stone at the age of six, I think (didn’t quite have the same strike weight back then).
Favourite curling destination and why? – Stranraer Ice Rink – They have a great DJ.
How do you relax away from work (and curling)? – Going around the World on a boat.
The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why – Ernest Shackleton – even when all was lost he never gave up.
What did you have for breakfast this morning? – Buffet breakfast at the Airport Hotel Dan.
John Furey has been representing Ireland since 2004 and has answered every question I could think of. However, his Euro teammates still had a few things to ask him……..
Name – John Furey
Age – Senior curler (available for requests)
Occupation – MOL (man of leisure)
Red or yellow handles – red or dead
Last time you had a haircut – every two days
Any pre-game routines – a PGJ
Favourite WCF tournament you’ve participated in? – World Mixed Doubles with Louise (at Dumfries 2014)
Favourite ICA calendar event? Senior mens championships
Any remaining curling goals to accomplish? 100 caps (currently on 57)
Who is your ICA dream team? The Furey Five……….
Favourite place you’ve ever lived? – Tampere, Finland
Best non curling sporting achievement? – runner up Scottish Junior Scottish chess champion
As the Irish men’s team limber up for on-ice action at the C League in Denmark tomorrow morning, let’s have a delve into the minds of the rest of the team, beginning with Craig Whyte:
Name – Craig Whyte
Age – 29
Occupation – Valuations Manager
The unlikely interest that engages your curiosity – ranking burrito establishments in Edinburgh
What’s your guiltiest pleasure – Night time cereal
What is your favourite word – Dud
What’s your biggest fear – Being in C league forever
Last gig you went to – Bon Iver
The film you can watch time and time again – Django Unchained
What are you best at – Speed nappy changing
The sport you won’t watch – Dressage
Ahead of the Irish men’s team heading off on Tuesday to compete in the European C League in Denmark, let’s get up close and personal with lead Eoin McCrossan through our in depth ‘profile’ questions:
Name: Eoin McCrossan
Occupation: Competitions Coordinator, Scottish Curling
In-turn or out-turn? Out turn (allegedly)
Best ever curling memory? Winning the Irish MD title, December 2017.
If you had to switch careers, what job would you do? Well, I kind of did! I moved 6 months ago from working in data analytics for a bank to working in curling. I guess any switch would mean having to go back to a proper job so no thanks.
Apart from the ICA, what website do you spend the most time on? At the moment it’s definitely the team tracker on the grand slam of curling website… I’m an absolute curling gossip fiend.
Best / worst subjects at school? – Best, Maths. Worst, Art.
Who’d be your four ideal dinner guests? – The Irish men’s team of course! But really; Andy Murray, Jesse Lingard, Meryl Streep and Joe Root.
Earliest curling related memory? – Begging my parents to let me stay up to watch Rhona’s march to gold in 2002.
Favourite curling destination and why? – Dumfries obviously…
How do you relax away from work (and curling)? – By watching curling probably.
The person you most admire, alive or dead, and why? – Sir Alex Ferguson, a remarkable bastion of success and staying true to your ideals.
What did you have for breakfast this morning? A protein shake, because obviously I’m all about those gains.