B-League remains out of reach

SEMI-FINAL – IRELAND 5 SLOVENIA 6

BRONZE – IRELAND 2 SLOAVKIA 7

Team Ireland at the European Curling Championships C-Division 2021, Geneva, Switzerland – photo credit WCF

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.

End of Ireland’s campaign for promotion – photo credit WCF

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.

Ireland’s Arran, John and Craig in action – photo credit WCF

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.

Kyle Paradis was making his debut for Ireland – photo credit WCF

Thanks John, Kyle, Arran and Craig for giving up your time to represent Ireland. ICA members are proud of you all.

Euro C – day 5

IRELAND 11 LUXEMBOURG 5

Craig Whyte, Ireland – Photo credit WCF

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.

Come on Ireland!

Euro C – day 4

IRELAND 6 SLOVENIA 4

IRELAND 6 ROMANIA 3

“Nailed it skipper” – Photo credit WCF

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.

Euro C -day 3

IRELAND 8 UKRAINE 2

IRELAND 11 CROATIA 2

It’s a team game…. photo credit WCF

Ireland’s men had both their games today in the bag by the fourth end and are third in the league table.

The team are outplaying most of the opposition but face top of the table Slovenia in the morning .

Come on Ireland!

And we are off….to the Euros!

Hard to get our pandemic-hardened heads round this, but an Ireland men’s team are heading to Switzerland shortly to represent their country at the WCF European C League Championships.

John Wilson, Kyle Paradis, Arran Cameron and Craig Whyte are travelling to Geneva having had a weekend warm up on the ice at Dumfries.

There are ten countries in the draw – so the Irish boys will have a busy week. The medal winners – gold, silver and bronze – will qualify their countries for the European B League.

Play starts on Sunday, September 12 with the finals on Friday, September 17.

As usual, we will be having a Profile feature on our players in the emerald green.

The full draw is here:

Remembering Mary Radcliffe

There was more sadness recently with the news of the passing of former ICA member Mary Radcliffe.

Mary and her husband Bill were regular faces at ICA bonspiels for many years.

They particularly supported the Irish Weekend at Stranraer which was organised for 20 odd years by their great friends, Jim and Kathie Nixon.

Mary (second left) was a keen member of the ICA

Mary is pictured here in the winning rink of an ICA bonspiel in 2013.

The sympathies of all the members goes out to Bill and family.