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!.
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!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂