Seniors about to hit the road to the worlds

The men’s and women’s senior teams representing Ireland at the World Senior Championships are getting packed for their trip to Lethbridge, Alberta.

Ireland’s men are heading to the world championships in Canada

The men are the five-man team of Peter Wilson, Johnjo Kenny, Bill Gray,  David Whyte and David Hume.

The women are also taking on the world!

The women are the four-(wo)man team of Carolyn Hibberd, Marie O’Kane, Louise Kerr and Clare McCormick.

You can find their draw here:

http://www.worldcurling.org/wscc2017/schedule

Tomorrow we’ll look at the Ireland pair heading to the World Mixed Doubles.

Team Paddy scores at Moray International

Report from Steve Callan

Strong Irish Showing at Moray International

Paddy Power winning Team – L-R – Eoin McCrossan, James Russell, Steve Callan and Craig Whyte

Team Paddy Power continued their hot streak last weekend by winning the 2017 Moray International Bonspiel in Elgin which comprised of 20 strong teams from Scotland, England, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Canada and USA.

2017 Irish Men’s Champions James Russell, Craig Whyte and Eoin McCrossan were joined by super sub Steve Callan as they won 6 of their 7 games to take 1st prize by the slimmest of margins.

A superbly organised weekend of curling, fun and friendship was enjoyed by several ICA members with good performances put in both on and off the ice by Team Kenny (JJ Kenny, Ailsa Anderson, Jen Ward, Gillian Russell) as well as Team Foxglide (including Alan Mitchell, Alison Barr and Ross Barr).

After some strong showings on Friday and Saturday, and the traditional Saturday night disco (#Timewarp) the final game saw Team Foxglide face Team Paddy Power as the two top ranked rinks. As the last game on the ice, Team Paddy Power needed to steal the last end to seal the title. Team Foxglide attempted a triple takeout to score 2 points but the stone overcurled, Paddy Power stole the end to take an 8-2 victory and secure the title.

Highlight of Paddy Powers weekend was coming back from 5 down after 1 end to beat an experienced Finnish side 7-6.

Roll on Andorra.

Edinburgh International Curlers Gathering 2017

Irish Gathering Team

John Furey, John Wilson, Eoin McCrossan and Arran Cameron

A solid set of performances saw Paddy Power lift 1st prize in the Edinburgh International Curlers Gathering at Murrayfield, Edinburgh last weekend.

The Irish team, comprising of KT Kerr, John Wilson, Eoin McCrossan, Arran Cameron and John Furey, won all six of their games on the way to the win, with a number of good performances to boot.

The teams they played and the respective scores were as follows:
Penicuik (local) (JF, AC, KK, EMcC) 2 -11
Maple Rocks (Canada) (JW, JF, AC, EMcC) 4 – 5
Torsten med Borsten (Sweden) (JW, JF, AC, EMcC) 2 – 8

Groups re-ranked…

Nic Nacs (Norway) v (JW, JF, AC, EMcC) 2 – 7
Slajding Bois (Sweden) v (JW, JF, AC, EMcC) 1 – 10
Haldane (Norway) v (JW, JF, AC, EMcC) 4 – 6

Encouraging performance from Team Fyfe at Dumfries MDs

After winning their first game on Friday against China, as reported, Neil and Alison Fyfe then won 9-3 against a local team at the Dumfries International Mixed Doubles. In their third game they faced the former world silver medalists, Noreen and Noreen from Sweden, losing that one  7-4. Next game was another loss, 6-4, to the current world champions from Russia.

Neil in action…..

Neil said: “It was a close game. We were 5-4 down going into the last end and could have had them under pressure if we had made our last shot.”

The Irish duo then beat Latvia in their last round-robin game, ending up in joint second place with Sweden and China – but lost out on the draw shot challenge.

Well done Neil and Alison!

Team Gray heading to Switzerland after mixed playdowns

The team of Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr and Clare McCormick won the Irish Mixed Curling Championship after fighting off the challenge of James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte and Katie Kerr over two days of competition at Greenacres Ice Rink.

With three teams entered, there was a round-robin on the Saturday, and after Team Kenny were eliminated with no wins, Team Gray and Team Russell played two more games on Sunday to  see who came out on top of a best-of-three challenge.

The mixed finalists – Team Gray and Tam Russell – at Greenacres

The last game came down to the last end where Team Russell needed a two to take it to an extra end. After some great curling from both sides, it was clear that Team Russell were first shot, but a measure was needed for the second shot, which went to Team Gray and clinched the title for them.

Results:

 

Game 1 Sat 10am Gray beat Kenny 5-2 RR

Game 2 Sat 3 pm Russell beat Kenny 10-3 RR

Game 3 Sat 6.30 pm Russell beat Gray 7-6 RR

Game 4 Sun 10 am Gray beat Russell 7-6 G2

Game 5 Sun 1.15 pm Gray beat Russell 6-5 G3

Mixed playdowns this weekend

It’s the Irish mixed playdowns this weekend at Greenacres Ice Rink.

Three teams have entered:

Team Gray:     Bill Gray, Jacqui Davidson, Ross Barr, Clare McCormick

Team Kenny:  Johnjo Kenny, Louise Kerr, Tony Tierney, Jen Ward

Team Russell: James Russell, Ailsa Anderson, Craig Whyte, Katie Kerr

The three teams will play a round robin of 8 end games, with an extra end if necessary.

Game 1 – Kenny v Gray – 10 am Saturday

Game 2 – Russell v Kenny – 3 pm Saturday

Game 3 – Gray v Russell –  6.30 pm Saturday

If the scores are W2, W1, W0 then the 3rd team is eliminated and the other two teams play two further games at 9.30am and 12.30 pm on Sunday to complete a “best of 3” decider.

If all three teams are on one win, ranking is on DSC, and 3 plays 2, the winner playing 1.

Time-clocks will be used, so it will be an exciting competition to watch if anyone wants to come along and cheer the teams on!

The winners earn the right to represent Ireland at the World Mixed in Champery, Switzerland, in October.