The latest match schedule is now available online here: Schedule – 2019-01-10.
There are now just 2 weeks left before club curling at Deeside breaks for the Christmas period. What happens next depends which session you normally play on – but be aware that if you have pre-paid for curling with a “season ticket” this includes all matches on your session until the end of the year.
If you plan to play the Christmas competition, feel free to wear Christmas jumpers, hats scarves etc.
On the 8pm session, league games are now complete, and we will now have 2 weeks of special games, starting on Monday 10th December.
Please arrive by 7:45pm so teams can be drawn and everything is ready to start play at 8pm.
All players will need to give their preferred position before James Pougher (FPOW President) draws the teams at random.
There will then be a mini-ladder competition, with the following format:
- Each game will last 25 mins or 2 ends (whichever comes first).
- When the time is up, if the second end is not yet complete, the stones will count where they lie. If the team with hammer is about to deliver when the time is up, they will be allowed to play one final stone.
- Winning teams will move towards the spectator seating – on the right when looking from the entrance towards the scoreboards
- Losing teams will move away from the spectator seating (unless either team is already in the furthest playing lane in that direction).
For the 6pm session there is one more league game to play this coming Monday. A Ladder contest will be played on the 17th – using the same system as above. Again, arriving 15 minutes before games are due to start would be helpful.
Curling in 2018
Curling at Deeside Ice Rink will commence for the Spring on January 14th – we expect teams to have approximately 9 matches between then and Easter.
A new copy of the schedule has been uploaded as a typo was spotted (thanks Margaret). This affects Deeside Die Hards and Connah’s Quay Quest on the 8pm session for the first two weeks so please check.
The initial season schedule for the new 2018 – 19 season has been uploaded and is available below.
Due to the poor weather conditions and uncertainty about whether the road to Dumfries will continue to be passable, organisers of the Welsh Championships have made the decision to cancel the competition.
The annual Kershaw Cup between The First Province of Wales and Preston Curling Club was also cancelled yesterday, because the venue – Lockerbie Ice Rink – had been forced to close due to the snow and ice.
This does not affect the plans for TryCurling at Deeside which are currently expected to go ahead as planned on Monday.
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.
The 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)
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)
Given a number of vehicles got stuck in the snow on the M74 between Carlisle and Glasgow last night, please bear in mind the weather conditions when travelling to Stranraer for the Four Nations this weekend.
A yellow warning for snow and ice was issued by the Met Office for Thursday and Friday, covering all of the A75 route from Carlisle to Stranraer.
It follows the more serious weather on Wednesday night – which led to an Amber warning – and left multiple lorries jackknifed across the route overnight due to the thick snow cover.
Please keep up to date with the forecast and prepare for the journey as appropriate.
Police Scotland and Traffic Scotland also issued the following on Wednesday evening (the “do not travel” warning expired on Thursday morning):
Police Scotland are advising that conditions for travel in the Dumfries and Galloway areas may be hazardous and EXTRA CAUTION should be exercised.
The Four Nations begins on Friday at Stranraer Ice Rink in Dumfries & Galloway. The Four Nations meeting is a chance for Wales to compete against Scotland, England and Ireland for a series of trophies. There is usually a mixture of men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams.
This time, it’s Ireland’s turn to host the tournament, and it will be held at the Stranraer Ice Rink (inside the North West Castle Hotel).
There are six matches across the weekend, with the first taking place on Friday evening.
We will keep you up to date with how our teams get on throughout the weekend.