Alan ‘Skippy’ Mitchell on the blog:
Met with another beautiful day in the Swiss Alps we had the full day to prepare for our 6th game and enjoy the superb weather with temperatures exceeding the nicest of Belfast summer days.
Our opponents today were the young South Korean team who had 5 wins to their name – looking resplendent in their bright yellow team uniforms they exuded confidence from the moment they stepped on the ice. It was soon obvious they had trained to a very high standard and were positioning stones to the nearest mm.
Some great 1st end play by Ireland was sadly the highlight of the game and the incessant pressure applied by the Koreans took its toll. We can take comfort that without doubt these young players will be stars of the future.
Our team walk back from the rink witnessed another glorious sunset which lifted team spirits and soon brought our trip back into perspective.
From Ross Barr:
Nothing like keeping things exciting for our dedicated coach!
Coach in the frame!!
Having decided that our tactics for the Luxembourg game was to avoid having guards, we managed to play the first two ends continually setting up guards and letting Luxembourg draw around them. Realising this was not in our game plan, we began to play the intended tactics from end three onwards and we held our own, which resulted in s good win for Team Ireland! An early morning game tomorrow against Kazakhstan – it will be interesting to see if the full opposing team can make it through the whole game with four players.
A win for Pure Genius!!
Another exciting day for Team Ireland! An early rise for our game against Scotland. Started off well, but unfortunately out-played by a very strong team. Sociable drinks after helped us to lift our spirits after a tough game. Team Ireland were psyched for the afternoon match. Coming up against Silver Olympic medalist Trine Qvist and well experienced coach and seniors player Mikael Qvist. We knew it was an important game for us. After a good first end we struggled with our weight, leaving us 5-1 down at half time. Regrouping after the break we came back strong and were 6-5 up without the hammer going in to the last end. A tense final end, with a well placed stone nestled on the button allowed us to gain a final point in the eighth end! Our day ended with a night excursion up the gonolda with bubbles and snacks; a perfect way to toast our second win of the competition.