Four Nations 2018 – final results

In brief:

England 29-21 Wales (Kay)
Wales 31-29 Ireland (Meikle)
Scotland 34-22 Wales (Big Bertha)

Wales’ curlers could only manage one trophy from this season’s Four Nations weekend – but it was the one they had targeted, and it was fought hard.

Wales started day two of the 2018 Four Nations weekend knowing it was going to be tough to beat Scotland. They trailed by 14-shots against Scotland, whereas against England the margin was closer at 7 shots. Wales had a slender 3-shot lead against Ireland after their Mixed matches on Friday evening, when Adrian Meikle and James Pougher had mixed individual results against Johnjo Kenny and Corolyn Hibberd respectively – losing 4-7 and winning 11-5 respectively.

The Men’s team (under Adrian) faced Ireland’s John Wilson on Sunday morning, and it was a very close match. With scores back and forth, the match eventually ended with Ireland winning 8-6, taking Wales’ lead to just 1. A couple of sheets away at the same time, Dawn Watson’s women’s trailed Marie O’Kane by a couple of shots going into the final end. There were lots of Welsh red stones in the house, but Ireland could potentially retain the trophy with a well-executed final stone. However, the shot was a little heavy, and Dawn won the final end to take a 10-9 win, making for a 31-29 win overall.

It was the first trophy that Wales could secure, and the most sought-after, given Ireland had beaten all three of the other nations the previous 2 years. Victory for Wales also gave confirmation that Ireland could not win the Grand Slam for a third year running – as they led both England and Scotland at that stage, with both those contests still to finish.

4nations2018-stranrar-draw-7-1The late-morning session saw Wales play Mixed matches against Scotland, and while it was mathematically possible for Wales to turn the standings around, Scotland’s 23-9 lead was impressive. In the circumstances, both Andrews Robbins’ and James Pougher’s teams performed well and were the result dependent on that session alone, Wales would have won the trophy – but the 6-7 loss and 7-4 victory were not enough to catch up and Scotland therefore win Big Bertha (the Welsh Stone) for the first time in several years. This session also saw a number of players who were carrying (or the case of the author, picked up) injuries – which perhaps made the performance all the more commendable.

The final session was against England, and the Kay Trophy was more than mathematically reachable – given in Wales’ first matches with England there had been more than a little luck in the English favour. However, while both men and ladies played were both competitive matches, a 6-6 draw between Adrian Meikle and Tommy Campbell, together with a 6-5 loss by Laura Beever against Val Saville, meant the arrears marginally increased and England won the title 29-21.

 

Next year’s competition will be hosted by the English Curling Association. The ECA hope that it will be possible to hold the contests at the new ice rink at Barton Grange (near Preston), but should the rink project there be delayed, it will take place back at Stranraer. It is expected to be held 18-20 January 2019 (TBC)

Other results

Ireland 28-30 Scotland (Marshal Milennium)
England 35-32 Ireland (Turnbull)
England 40-37 Scotland (men – Tom Ballantyne)
Scotland 27-6 England (women – Connie Miller)

Bonspiel 2015 – Final Results

John Brown’s team was crowned champions of the Welsh Bonspiel this year.

Full Results

Bonspiel Trophy Match (Sheet B)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
A Storrie  0  0  1  1  0  0  0  X  4
J Brown  2  2  0  0  1  1  2  X  8

J & M Trophy (Sheet C)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
H Lyon  0  1  0  1  1  0  1  0  7
K Horton  1  0  2  0  0  2  0  2  4

Stan Williams Trophy (Sheet D)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
G Farquaharson  0  0  1  1  0  1  0  1  4
A Meikle  2  1  0  0  1  0  2  0  6

 

Welsh Bonspiel 2015: Final tables

Day three of the Welsh Bonspiel started with the final group matches for the Red Section, followed by the Green. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked teams in each section would then play each other for the main trophies.

Red Section

G Farquharson 8-7 G Adam

G Adam 6-7 H Lyon

A Storrie 7-4 C Martin

L Gregory 16-2 M Yuille

Final Group Table

Team Points Ends Shots Shot +/-
A Storrie 7 16 25 +6
H Lyon 6 15 23 +3
G Farquaharson 5 15 27 +3
C Martin 4 18 27 +10
G Adam 4 14 28 +3
M Meikle 2 14 24 -10
M Yuille 0 7 20 -24

 Green Section

H Stewart 2-8 J Manson

N Murray 2-8 D Robertson

L Beever 5-13 A Meikle

K Horton 5-7 J Brown

Final Group Table

Team Points Ends Shots Shot +/-
J Brown 6 19 23 +5
K Horton 6 16 37 +21
A Meikle 5 16 31 +7
L Beever 4 14 25 -2
D Robertson 4 13 22 +3
N Murray 3 14 20 -5
J Manson 2 13 20 -9
H Stewart  2 10 13 -18

 

The finals are therefore:

A Storrie v. J Brown (Welsh Bonspiel Trophy)

H Lyon v. K Horton (J&M Trophy)

G Farquaharson v. A Meikle (Stan Williams Trophy)

FPOW 8pm league: Autumn 2014 season final table

Here are the final standings from the 2014 8pm Autumn league.

Team Played Won Lost Peeled
Shot Diff
Ends Points
AVAT 12 10 1 1 54 46 21
AVAL 12 9 3 0 40 44 18
MWV 12 8 2 2 45 40 18
DDY 12 7 4 1 23 39 15
CQQ 12 7 4 1 21 35 15
SWK 12 5 3 4 20 39 14
MWK 12 5 5 2 -5 37 12
SSL 12 5 6 1 -19 31 11
DDH 12 5 7 0 18 37 10
AVV 12 5 7 0 -29 33 10
SSE 12 2 10 0 -42 28 4
MWB 12 2 10 0 -52 25 4
CQC 12 2 10 0 -74 17 4

FPOW 6pm league: 2014 season final table

Here are the final standings from the 2014 6pm Autumn league.

Team Played Won Lost Peeled
Shot Diff
Ends Points
WHL 10 7 2 1 35 35 15
CQR 10 7 3 0 50 43 14
DMM 10 6 2 2 29 32 14
MWS 10 6 3 1 26 36 13
MWD 10 5 5 0 -7 35 10
SAM 10 5 5 0 -38 28 10
SSW 10 5 5 0 -7 24 10
AVFE 10 4 6 0 12 33 8
DST 10 4 6 0 -13 28 8
AVFI 10 4 6 0 -27 27 8
CQT 10 0 10 0 -60 0 0
T1 0
T2 0

Wales take Triple Crown at Four Nations 2015

Victorious President and Skip Adrian Meikle with (l-r): The Meikle Trophy, the Kay Trophy & the Welsh Stone

Victorious President and Skip Adrian Meikle with (l-r): The Meikle Trophy, the Kay Trophy & the Welsh Stone

For the second time in three years, Wales have had a clean sweep at the Four Nations.  The squad lost just 2 matches over the course of the weekend, and will hold all three trophies until next season’s meeting, which will be hosted by Wales.

In brief:

Wales 30-22 England

Wales 32-25 Ireland,

Wales 32-14 Scotland

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Wales finish Europeans equalling 2013 record but no play-off place

Wales' Men's team for 2014-15 season. Pictured (l-r): Simon Pougher (alternate), Garry Coombs, Rhys Phillips, James Pougher (vice-skip), Adrian Meikle (skip)

Wales’ Men’s team for 2014-15 season.
Pictured (l-r): Simon Pougher (alternate), Garry Coombs, Rhys Phillips, James Pougher (vice-skip), Adrian Meikle (skip)

Wales’ men’s curling team finished the round-robin stage of the European Curling Championships with 4 wins and 3 losses, equalling their performance from 12 months ago in Stavanger.

The men had the potential to go further, after keeping pace with Belgium, Hungary and Austria at bay until the half-time break in all their matches, but in each case their opponents opened up a significant lead during the second half of the match.

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Bonspiel 2014 – Final Results

Lesley Gregory’s team was crowned champions of the Welsh Bonspiel this year. Photos of the weekend are also available at the bottom of the page.

Full Results

Bonspiel Trophy Match (Sheet B)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
A Meikle  1  0  2  0  1  2  0  0  6
L Gregory  0  3  0  3  0  0  1  1  8

J & M Trophy (Sheet C)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
J Brown  1  0  1 0  0  2  0  0  4
K Horton  0  1  0  3  1  0  0  1  6

 

Stan Williams Trophy (Sheet D)

End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Extra TOTAL
R Mackenzie  0  0 3  3 0 1  0  3  10
L Beever  1  1 0  0  2 0  1  0  5

 

Welsh Bonspiel (final tables)

Day three of the Welsh Bonspiel started with the final group matches for the Red Section, followed by the Green. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranked teams in each section would then play each other for the main trophies.

Red Section

R Mackenzie 6-5 G Adam

M Meikle 3-15 J Manson

L Gregory 9-4 C Martin

J Brown 4-3 H Stewart

Final Group Table

Team Points Ends Shots Shot +/-
L Gregory 8 18 44 +31
J Brown 6 16 27 +4
R Mackenzie 5 15 22 -7
J Manson 4 15 30 +6
H Stewart 4 15 25 0
C Martin 3 13 27 -1
M Meikle 2 12 20 -22

 Green Section

A Lyon 10-4 R McIntyre

K Horton 9-6 N Murray

A Meikle 8-5 L Beever

M Yuille 12-1 K Preston

A Storrie 8-3 A Robbins

 

Final Group Table

Team Points Ends Shots Shot +/-
A Meikle 8 20 42 +26
K Horton 6 18 31 +9
L Beever 5 17 43 +22
A Lyon 4 16 31 +6
M Yuille 4 16 29 +6
A Storrie 4 13 27 +4
R McIntyre 4 13 23 -6
N Murray 3 13 26 -3
 A Robbins 2 13 26 -17
 K Preston 0 10 1 -45

The finals are therefore:

L Gregory v. A Meikle (Welsh Bonspiel Trophy)

J Brown v. K Horton (J&M Trophy)

R Mackenzie v. L Beever (Stan Williams Trophy)

Final Premier League Table 2013/14

Apologies for the delayed post. The final premier league table for 2013/14 is as follows:

Team Played Won Lost Peeled Shot Diff Ends Points
DCC 11 9 1 1 29 45 19
SWK 11 8 3 0 31 45 16
CQS 11 7 4 0 22 44 14
MWV 11 5 4 2 23 42 12
MWK 11 5 4 2 16 40 12
CQC 11 6 5 0 -10 39 12
DMM 11 5 5 1 -1 37 11
SSL 11 4 6 1 -3 36 9
DEB 11 3 6 2 -16 33 8
AV06 11 3 7 1 -22 37 7
WH 11 3 8 0 -30 33 6
AV73 11 3 8 0 -39 32 6