Stranraer’s Irish curlers win European Senior title

European Senior winners at Greenacres - Robin Gray, Peter Wilson, Peter JD Wilson and Tony Tierney representing Ireland.'Photograph by Hugh Stewart
European Senior winners at Greenacres - Robin Gray, Peter Wilson, Peter JD Wilson and Tony Tierney representing Ireland.'Photograph by Hugh Stewart

Stranraer senior curlers, representing both Scotland and Ireland, were among the winners at the European Senior Invitation Curling Championships at Greenacres Ice Rink, Renfrewshire, last weekend.

Peter Wilson and Peter JD Wilson won the men’s event playing with Robin Gray and Tony Tierney for Ireland. They beat former world senior curling champion, Scotland’s Keith Prentice and his rink, 6-3 in Saturday afternoon’s final. This was the first time this foursome played together and they went through the eight games they played undefeated. The team will now play in the Irish playdowns at Dumfries in January with the aim of qualifying for the World Senior Curling Championships in Sochi, Russia, in April next year.

Peter JD Wilson said: “We gelled very well considering as a team all four of us had never played together before this weekend.

“Robin Gray and Peter Wilson had an excellent week for the little curling that they have done in the last few years as they now live in Ireland where they is no curling ice available.”

In the women’s event, Wigtown curler Christine Cannon, skipped her team, the current women’s world senior champions, to the final but lost out after an extra end 6-5 to Marie Henriksson’s Swedish ladies.

The Greenacres Seniors Invitation sees the best senior rinks in Europe taking part in the four-day event with competitors from Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Latvia, Slovakia, Finland, Hungary, England, Ireland and Scotland in the mix.