Deeside curling – Christmas & New Year

Edwardian men play curling on a frozen lake surrounded by snow

Christmas Day Curling Party, Swansea (Toronto, Canada) in 1904

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.

8pm curling

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).

6pm curling

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.

Welsh Championships cancelled

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.

2016 Christmas teams for 8pm.

Since the 8pm league finished last week we’re playing a fun session for the last week before Christmas.  Last year we played East v West so this year teams have been roughly based on a North / South split and will be as shown below (also from the spreadsheet here):

N1 N2 N3 N4
Richard Pougher Garry Coombs James Pougher Alastair Lyon
Malcolm Watson Margaret Meikle Alistair Reid Mike Thackray
Rachel McCann Martin Lloyd Chris Houlbrooke Peter Schofield
Ann Meikle Lisa Peters Diana Houlbrooke Jan Costello
S1 S2 S3 S4
Jamie Fletcher Rhys Phillips Adrian Meikle Andy Hannah
Simon Pougher George Hood Dawn Watson Di Hannah
Delyth Glyn Jones Gilbert Ashworth John Massey Alistair Clark
David Whomsley George Fyffe Karen Massey Helen Andrew

The plan is to play two games of 1 hour (4 ends) each.  To make sure that fits in the time the whistle will go at 8:55 and if the team with hammer have played one less stone then they may take a final shot but otherwise it’s first game over.

Winner (North or South) will be the side with highest total number of shots across their 4 teams over two games.

To keep it simple we’ll start with:

Lane B Lane C Lane D Lane E
N1 v S1 N2 v S2 N3 v S3 N4 v S4

then rotate North to the right and South to the left to give second games as

Lane B Lane C Lane D Lane E
N4 v S2 N1 v S3 N2 v S4 N3 v S1

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)

Welsh Bonspiel 2015 (Day Two)

A brightly painted curling stone

Commemorative stone for the 36th Welsh Bonspiel

After one match, every team was still easily in with a chance of making one of the three finals on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, the order of play was reversed, with the Green Section on early and the Red on Late, and by the end of the day one team had already secured a place in the finals – though which one is still to be determined depending on Sunday morning’s results. Continue reading

Welsh Bonspiel 2015 (Day One)

Curling in progress

Play in progress at Day one of the Welsh Bonspiel 2015

Sixteen teams are at Greenacres Curling Rink this weekend for the 36th Glenfarclas Welsh International Bonspiel. The competition is split into two sections, Red and Green, with the top 3 teams in each section to go through to the Finals. Position is determined by points (win = 2, draw =1), then ends, then shots made, then shot difference.

On day one (Friday) the opening matches were as follows:

Red Section (3pm)

L Gregory 6-3 G Farquharson

H Lyon 7-5 C Martin

G Adam 9-6 M Meikle

M Yuille 5-7 A Storie

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