Irish players make it to the ‘final weekend’ semis

Two ICA members were in top form last weekend at the traditional ‘final weekend’ at Stranraer Ice Rink.

Fiona (extreme right) and Peter (fifth from the right) photographed with the other finalists before the games started.

Fiona Turnbull, playing in Michael Sutherland’s rink, beat Peter Wilson and his team in the 3/4 place play-off on the Sunday afternoon, both teams having been beaten in the morning’s semi-finals. The winners were Neil Kennedy’s rink, who beat his fellow Ayr-based opponents Robert Clark and team in the 1/2 final.

International Mixed Doubles in Dumfries

The MD Irish champions

The International Mixed Doubles has started today in Dumfries, Scotland. The Irish Mixed Doubles Champions (Eoin McCrossan & Jen Ward) are competing with 23 other teams for a $4,900 purse.

Up to date scores etc. are on the World Curling Website.

It is an ideal event for Eoin & Jen to compete in prior to the World Mixed Doubles in Sweden next month.

Closing bonspiel winners

James, David, Margarita and Bill with their prizes.

Congratulations to James Russell, Bill Gray, Margarita Sweeney-Baird and David Hume who won the ICA closing bonspiel at Greenacres today.

Six rinks were on the ice with many members staying on for the annual general meeting in Gateside Hall and the meal in the pub afterwards.

Results:

Johnjo Kenny 7 Andrew Gilmore 6; James Russell 10 Arran Cameron 8; Marie O’Kane 5 John Furey 5.

New Irish Mixed Champions 2018

John Wilson, Jen Ward, David Whyte (presenting), Eoin McCrossan and Erin Furey

An exciting playdowns for the Irish Mixed title at Greenacres Ice Rink on Saturday 10th March 2018.

The new Irish Mixed Champions for 2018 are:

  • John Wilson (skip),
  • Jen Ward, 
  • Eoin McCrossan and 
  • Erin Furey.

The first game swung on a 7th end take-out which was missed twice by the opposing skip, James Russell. Skip John Wilson made impressive draw shots against large heads on several ends.

In the second game, the most notable shots were Erin freezing several on button and Eoin lifting two consecutive double takeouts.

The first 2 games were won by team Wilson in a  best of 3 format, so thay can represent Ireland at the World Mixed Championships later in the year – date & venue still to be decided.

This was a debut playdowns for 12 year old Erin Furey (daughter of Irish Mens Team player, John Furey) who curled beautifully and clearly enjoyed herself.

Clearly Erin has aspirations ….

Mixed playdowns this weekend

Good luck to the two teams who have entered the Irish Mixed Championships this weekend at Greenacres.

James Russell skips the rink of Katie Kerr, Craig Whyte and Ailsa Anderson who will play a best of three against John Wilson, Jen Ward, Eoin McCrossan and, making her playdown debut………Erin Furey!

Game times are 10am and 3pm Saturday, 10th March and at 9.30am on the Sunday, if required.

The winners will represent Ireland at the World Mixed Championships later in the year.

Blast from the past – original members

From time to time it’s interesting to look through the old ICA archives, compiled by Jane Paterson. Before the digital age overtook us all, printed photos of ICA events were filed away by Jane and this particular photo takes us back to the very beginning and the members of the Northern Ireland Curling Association which existed briefly before it was decided to make the association inclusive of the Four Provinces of Ireland.

The date is unknown but perhaps some of those young things from the north in the photograph could get in touch and fill us in?

So, from left to right  we have – John Burns, Tony Tierney, Jim Winning, Liz Knox, Fiona Turnbull, Gordon McIntyre, Susan Scotland and Carolyn Hibberd.

Irish Times article – Sport Remains on ice

The Irish Times have picked up on the ICA’s frustration with the lack of ice facilities in Ireland.

Association enjoying ‘furious peak’ in enquiries during Winter Olympics in South Korea

The sport has received so much attention during the Olympics. All we need is an Ice Rink and we could be there too.

Please also add your name to the Petition for Ice for Ireland and also have a look and like the Ice for Ireland Facebook page and keep watching the curling!! Here’s a link curling on the Olympic website.

Stranraer weekend won by skip Wilson number 3

The winner of the high road

Another enjoyable ICA Stranraer Weekend at the North West Castle Hotel and Ice Rink complex ended with a win for Team Wilson, but it wasn’t PJ or Peter skipping his team to the top spot this year, but John Wilson, PJ’s son.

It was a changing of the guard moment when John, ably supported by Katie Stevenson and Lyndsay Spence from Lockerbie, and his old Stranraer Academy school mate Andrew Chambers, swept through their four games undefeated, taking the Granite Trophy with a comprehensive victory over Johnjo Kenny, Gillian, Russell,  John Burns and Russet Fullarton in the 1v2 high road final round on Sunday afternoon.

High road runners-up

The runners-up in the high road and winners of the Ailsa Craig painting by Jane Paterson were the team of David Whyte, Kara Compton, John Ferguson and Frances Whyte, who finished on the same points as PJ Wilson’s team, but just squeaked second place by one end with 17 ends scored.

Low road winners

The low road winners of the Irish Oak low road trophy were Billy Johnston, Kate Adams, Gordon Adams and Elspeth Johnston and the low road runners-up, taking home the Basil Gray Memorial Trophy  were Stuart Wilson, Elaine Turnbull, Tommy Campbell and Anne Wilson.

Low road runners-up

A raffle at the Saturday night reception in the North West Castle Hotel raised £270 for ICA funds.

The ICA also welcomed Canadian curler Matt, currently based in Dublin, and hope he comes back to play with us on a regular basis.

Curling at the Olympics; Curling in Ireland

We have been receiving a considerable number of enquires from people wanting to try curling, as a result of the excellent coverage of curling at the Olympics.

As an Association, we are hugely frustrated that we can’t offer any opportunities in Ireland at the moment due to the lack of any facilities. We have, over the last 15 years, tried along with the Irish Ice Hockey Association and the Irish Skating Association of Ireland, to get a viable ice rink up and running but to no avail. We are still trying!!

We hope to be able to offer some come and try sessions next Christmas but we realise that this doesn’t appease demand at the moment.

Stranraer Ice Rink, in Scotland, is offering come and try sessions (this is the closest ice rink and the cheapest to get to) and you would be made most welcome. Click Try Curling link below.

In the meantime, please also add your name to the Petition for Ice for Ireland and also have a look and like the Ice for Ireland Facebook page and keep watching the curling!! Here’s a link curling on the Olympic website.

If there are any more developments we will keep you posted. Please do not hesitate to contact us or like us on Facebook.