Seniors’ reports – semi and bronze game

World Senior's Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Senior’s Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Seniors’ coach Gordon McIntyre has send through his notes from the men’s semi-final against Canada and the bronze medal game against Denmark so we can all find out exactly what happened!.

V Canada:

1st End. – Quick 1st end. Canadian skip Randy Neufeld has to hit for his 2. 0-2
2nd End – Couple of missed hits puts us in bother, have to chase the game now.  Pete having to draw the shot against 2. Sweepers working on  it too early and shot sails through.  0-4
3rd End – Ireland lying 3rd shot, when Pete takes a double for 2.  2-4
4th End – Very defensive by both teams, lots of hit and rolls leaving not a single stone in house. Blank. 2-4
5th End – Game changer when Ireland electing to put stone in house to open up play in the hope that we can steal. Neufeld draws to lie 2. Pete has to follow him and lies shot,
Neufelt goes for the raise and misses, great steal of 1. 3-4
6th End – Stones into house allows Canada the opportunity to draw for 2.  3-6.
7th End – There is nothing in the house for Ireland when  PJ plays, he is facing  3 and guarded,  so peels guard, leaving Canada lying 2. PJ then tries going through a port for double, but not heavy enough, Canada still lying 1 . Pete also comes through the port, but his stone is lying open. Neufeld hits to lie 3. Not too many options for last stone. Going for tap back on outside stone. Just missed out  3-7. Game finished.

Bronze v Denmark:

Bronze medal game  – winner takes all…….
1st End – Good swinging ice, Pete to draw for 2.  2-0
2nd End – Hit and run end, Pete going for tap back with 1st stone. Danish fourth player Poul Erik Neilsen hits and rolls into the open. Pete going for hit and stick leaving Niesen to follow. Blanked end.   2-0
3rd End – Both teams hitting for positional play, Pete elects to hit and roll, but just goes too far. Neilsen draws for 2.  2-2
4th End –  PJ plays an angled hit and roll to lie shot. But Neilsen plays an excellent raised take out to lie 2. Pete, with his first stone, goes for a tap back, but it was just under weight, 1 shot still against us. Pete going for draw with his second, it has to be into the 4′ and it is.  1 for Ireland.  3-2
5th End –  Lots of good shots being played ( all all behind the tee ) by both teams.
Ireland draw to lie 2, Neilsen  goes for tap back, but plays heavy and runs past. Good steal of 2.   5-2.
6th End – Lots of stones in play. Neilsen tries the hit fora  2 and misses,  so another steal of 1.  6-2.
7th End – Pete is really taking the game to Denmark by putting stones into the house. Ireland lie 1 with Nielsen’s last stone to come. It’s  another steal of 1 and bronze medal!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂


Neil on MD game v Canada

World Mixed Doubles Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Mixed Doubles Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

Ireland’s mixed doubles player Neil Fyfe reports on the team’s second game at the world championships in Sweden:

He said: “Canada hit the one foot with both draw shots in the DSC so got the hammer. Alison drew to the front of the four with her first stone in the first end and then I managed to draw one behind it to freeze against the pre-positioned stone with his first. This proved too good for the Canadians to move for the rest of the end so Ireland stole a one.

World Mixed Doubles Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

World Mixed Doubles Championship 2016, Karlstad, Sweden

“Canada stepped up a gear or two after this and took two two’s before Ireland managed to take a one in the fourth. Canada led 4-2 at the half time break.

Canada piled on more pressure by taking a three in the fifth so Alison and I decided to use our power play in the sixth end. A very rare miss by the Canadian female player Marliese Kasner gave us a chance for a three if they split a short stone at the front – but unfortunatey Alison was a tad wide and heavy and her shot slipped through the house. After managing to restrict the Canadians to a one in the seventh  the score was Canada 8 Ireland 3. The Canadians who were by far the better team ran the Irish out of stones as soon as they were allowed to hit in the eigth.

“Neither Alison or I had expected to win this game – but we were a bit disappointed the score was not closer.”

WSCC 2016 – game 4

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The Irish team, skipped by Peter Wilson, suffered their first defeat against Canada, skipped by Randy Neufeld, in the World Senior Curling Championships in Karlstad, Sweden.

Game 4. V  Canada. Sheet B. 17/04/16.
1st End.  Different ice conditions,  just a wee bit straighter allowing the hits.  0-0 
2nd End. Taking stones into house making it a hitting game. Few mistakes allowing Canada to take the initiative.  0-3
3 rd End. Hit and roll game . 0-3
4th End. Too many mistakes in this end, forced Pete to take a single ( going against 4). 1-3
5th End.  Not a good end  O/S lifts a 3 to lay 4, Pete takes a double to lay 1 O/S T/O for 3.     1-6
6th End.  Not our day . Team lose a four to go   1-10 down. Handshakes.

Their next game is tomorrow, Monday 18th April, at 12 noon against Slovakia.

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