Stranraer’s Irish duo heading to European playdown

Peter Wilson, Andrew Gilmore, Alan Mitchell, Conor McPherson and Bob Sherrard
Peter Wilson, Andrew Gilmore, Alan Mitchell, Conor McPherson and Bob Sherrard

Two Stranraer curlers won the Irish men’s championships at Dumfries Ice Bowl recently, securing their trip to a Europeean championships.

Veteran skip Peter Wilson, aged 53, who low lives in Kilkenny and Andrew Gilmore, still just a junior curler at 18, from the Mull, won a best of five series with teammates Alan Mitchell, Conor McPherson and Bob Sherrard, agaisnt the one other team entered skipped by Johnjo Kenny.

Skip peter said: “ When I came over to curl I had never even met Bob or Conor before! But we got the chance, except Conor, to throw some stones at Stranraer on the Friday before heading to Dumfries. I had played with Andrew and Alan before and I was very pleased for the lads at the end. I have to thank all my team, Andrew, Alan, Conor and Bob, for playing so well and it’s a nice feeling to be an Irish champion again.”

The team will now represent Ireland at the European C Division in April.