A difficult day for our men as they finish out of the medals in Geneva and Ireland’s 10-year quest to get out of the European C League continues.
The semi-final against Slovenia this morning saw the team two shots up going into the last two ends, but losing two steals of singles to their opponents forced an extra end. Again, Ireland had the hammer but lost another single and automatic qualification.
It was then time to regroup in the afternoon and play for bronze and the last qualification place against Slovenia. Unfortunately, the game did not go Ireland’s way.
The team have filled Irish curling fans with pride this week and they will be back. It has been a difficult time for all curlers – from all nations – and it was good to see international curling back again.
Thanks John, Kyle, Arran and Craig for giving up your time to represent Ireland. ICA members are proud of you all.
A terrific run of wins, including today, has put Ireland’s men into tomorrow morning’s semi-final against Slovenia. Belgium play Slovakia in the other semi. John, Kyle, Arran and Craig have worn the green with pride and carried us all on their journey.
A win tomorrow sees them both promoted to the B League and on course for gold….or silver.
Ireland’s men are currently going great guns at the C League and on course for the podium. A two in the third and a steal of two in the fourth gave them daylight against top of the table Slovenia in the morning and a repeat in the second and third ends in tonight’s game against Romania saw them keep it tight for the win and qualification for the final stages with Belgium and Slovenia. All three countries are on a seven win – one loss record.
The boys have one round-robin game to go against Luxembourg tomorrow afternoon.
A narrow one-shot loss to Belgium this morning after a valiant fight back to come within a shot of the Belgians after losing a big end at the first but the Irish men strapped their shooting boots on later in the day to blast Liechtenstein off the ice 13-4.