No Curling at Deeside, Mon 26th Oct

Next week is the Half Term break for Flintshire. Deeside Ice Rink will be over-run with schoolchildren going ice skating, and therefore not available for curling on 26th October.

Meanwhile, the Welsh Bonspiel runs from Friday 30th October to Sunday 1st November, so there will be updates from Greenacres over the long weekend to help stave off the curling-withdrawal symptoms.

All being well, we should resume curling at Deeside on Monday 2nd November.

Welsh Championships Day 2

The majority of matches in the Welsh Championships 2015 take place today (Saturday). With one round-robin match left for each team on Sunday, performance today matters.

  • After day one, three teams had the early advantage, but the second draw saw two of those three lose and produce a 4-way tie for second place. The day started well for James Pougher’s team who took a 9-1 victory over Andrew Robbins. Adrian Meikle’s side had less fortune in their second game, as Hugh Meikle came through a tight match with a 7-5 win. The third match of that session saw Jamie Fletcher’s team chalk up their first win of the competition, as they beat Laura Beever’s team 12-9 in another very tight match.

     

    Draw 3 saw James Pougher’s team maintain their winning record, as they beat beat the ladies 10-1. Two teams, led by Adrian Meikle and Jamie Fletcher/Andrew Tanner, were tied for second place, as Adrian beat Andrew Robbins’ team 8-4, while Hugh Meikle was the victim of a 9-4 win for the Fletcher/Tanner team.

  • On Sheet C, James Pougher’s team started well by improving their draw-shot score and have hammer advantage in the first end, though they only took a single shot in the first end. Despite having lost the hammer, they quickly took control of the match, stealing 2s and a 3 to lead8-0 at the half-way stage. Robbins’ team managed to restrict Pougher to just 1 in the 5th, and took a single shot in the 6th end, but by then the score was conclusive and they shook after 6 ends to give Pougher victory 9-1.

    On Sheet D, it was a family affair as father Hugh Meikle took on son Adrian Meikle, and it was a closely-fought match the whole way. Despite Hugh taking the lead in end 2 and never going behind after that, the match was quite close the whole way. The teams shook after 7 ends with the score 7-5 in favour of Hugh.

    Sheet E saw another close match between the ladies’ team of Laura Beever and the Fletcher/Tanner team. The men took the early advantage by stealing in the first end, but the women had the perfect response by taking 4 in the second end. The men pulled ahead by 2 shots in the 4th end, but it was level at 6-6 after the 5th end. Eventually it was the men who took the win after a mistake with the final draw for the ladies gave up 2.

    Full results

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    Pougher 1 2 2 3 1 0 X X 9
    Robbins 0 0 0 0 0 1 X X 6

     

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    A Meikle 1 0 2 0 0 1 1 X 5
    H Meikle 0 3 0 1 3 0 0 X 7

     

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    Fletcher 1 0 3 2 0 0 4 2 12
    Beever 0 4 0 0 2 3 0 0 9

    Standings

    Here are the standings after the second draw of the round-robin. Each team will play a further 2 matches on Saturday, with the last round-robin session on Sunday morning.

    TEAM WINS DRAWS LOSSES
    Pougher 2 0 0
    A Meikle 1 0 1
    Robbins 1 0 1
    Fletcher 1 0 1
    H Meikle 1 0 1
    Beever 0 0 2

    In the event of a tie at the end of the competition, the win-loss record between tied teams will decide the difference. If this is inconclusive, the average score in Draw Shot Challenge (discounting the largest) will break a 3-way tie.

  • On Sheet B, Adrian Meikle got the best result from the Draw Shot Challenge and took full advantage of the hammer in the first end, taking 3 shots straightaway. Robbins’ team took 2 in the second end, but after that never looked likely to catch Meikle, who went on to take the match 8-4.

    On Sheet C, Hugh Meikle was up against Jamie Fletcher and Andrew Tanner’s team. For the younger team it was a more convincing result than in their match earlier in the day. Fletcher’s team managed to steal in the first end, and despite a couple of twos Hugh’s team were always struggling to catch up, and after a few crucial missed takeouts they shook after 7 ends with Fletcher/Tanner 9-4 ahead.

    Sheet D was host to a comprehensive victory for James Pougher’s team, and the match was over after just 6 ends. Beever’s ladies had the hammer in the first end, but it was not until end 5 when they finally got on the scoreboard. The sixth end saw the men take a 4, and with it a win 10-1.

    Full results

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    A Meikle 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 X 8
    Robbins 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 X 4

     

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    H Meikle 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 X 4
    Fletcher 1 0 3 1 1 0 3 X 9

     

    TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    Beever 0 0 0 0 1 0 X X 1
    Pougher 2 1 2 1 0 4 X X 10

    Standings

    Here are the standings after the third draw of the round-robin. Each team will play a further match on Saturday, with the last round-robin session on Sunday morning.

    TEAM WINS DRAWS LOSSES
    Pougher 3 0 0
    A Meikle 2 0 1
    Fletcher 2 0 1
    Robbins 1 0 2
    H Meikle 1 0 2
    Beever 0 0 3

    In the event of a tie at the end of the competition, the win-loss record between tied teams will decide the difference. If this is inconclusive, the average score in Draw Shot Challenge (discounting the largest) will break a 3-way tie. The top 2 teams go through to the final.

  • A summary of Draw 4 matches will appear here after 19:00.

    Full results

    TEAM Sheet B END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    Beever
    H Meikle

     

    TEAM Sheet C END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    A Meikle
    Pougher

     

    TEAM Sheet D END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
    Fletcher
    Robbins

    Standings

    Here are the standings after the fourth draw of the round-robin. Each team will play a further match on Sunday morning, and the top-ranked 2 teams will meet in a final on Sunday afternoon.

    In the event of a tie at the end of the competition, the win-loss record between tied teams will decide the difference. If this is inconclusive, the average score in Draw Shot Challenge (discounting the largest) will break a 3-way tie. The top 2 teams go through to the final.

Welsh Championships Day 1 round-up

Welsh Championships welcome signThe first session is now complete at the Welsh Championships 2015, and of the three matches, two were absolute nail-biters and saw changes of fortune in the closing stages.

At the end of the day, three teams have secured their all-important win, with teams Pougher, Robbins and A Meikle taking the early lead in the competition.

Summary

On Sheet F, Adrian Meikle’s team wasted their hammer advantage in the first end by giving away 1, but quickly took control of their match against Laura Beever’s by scoring 5 in the second end. The ladies’ team couldn’t turn the match around, and shook after 6 ends.

On Sheet E, Hugh Meikle and Andrew Robbins had a closely-fought match until around mid-way, with the lead switching hands 4 times throughout the game. However, it was the seventh end that proved crucial, as Andrew scored 3 to regain the lead and that momentum lasted into the final end.

Sheet D was host to a very close match between James Pougher’s team and the team entered by Jamie Fletcher (skipped by Andrew Tanner). Pougher, who is playing with the regular Welsh men’s team, struggled to control the match and Fletcher’s team took advantage to lead 6-2 after 6 ends. The match turned in the seventh end, when a cluster of guards left on the centre line allowed James Pougher to take 4 shots and level the match at 6-6. In the final end, despite Andrew Tanner throwing a perfect draw weight with his final stone the shot curled too far, giving Pougher the match.

Full results

Team End 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
Pougher 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 2 8
Fletcher 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 6

 

TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
Robbins 0 2 0 0 1 3 4 X 10
H Meikle 1 0 2 2 0 0 0 X 5

 

TEAM END 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 TOTAL
Beever 1 0 0 0 0 1 X X 2
A Meikle 0 5 3 2 1 0 X X 11

Standings

Here are the standings after the first draw of the round-robin. Each team will play a further 3 matches on Saturday, with the last round-robin session on Sunday morning.

TEAM Wins Draws Losses DSC* total
A Meikle 1 0 0 188.9
Robbins 1 0 0 227.0
Pougher 1 0 0 240.4
Fletcher 0 0 1 51.5
H Meikle 0 0 1 185.3
Beever 0 0 1 370.8

* – Draw Shot Challenge. Under the new WCF regulations, all teams must deliver 1 clockwise and 1 counter-clockwise draw shot before every match, which is then measured. During the course of the championships, all players from all teams must deliver at least one on each rotation. The combination of both measurements (in cm) is used to determine which team has last stone advantage in that match, and will be used to break any 3-way ties (after win-loss record between tied teams).

Welsh Championships 2015 begin

The annual Welsh Curling Championships get underway this evening in Dumfries, Scotland.

A record-breaking six teams have entered the competition this season, which was first contested between 4 teams in 2013. Entries this year include men’s, women’s, senior and mixed teams.

The competition takes place at Dumfries Ice Bowl, with the first games at 8pm tonight (Friday). After a full Round Robin, a final will take place on Sunday at noon.

First Province of Wales beaten by Preston, who retain Kershaw Cup

Wales have failed to take back the Kershaw Cup from Preston Curling Club today, which makes 2015 the first time in recent years that the trophy has been retained.

The format is for three teams from each club to play two matches, rather than a full round robin. The total number of shots scored by all three Wales teams is then compared to the total number of shots scored by Preston.

Summary of play

Initially the first session looked fairly even, but despite some close matchplay there was a a 10-shot lead in favour of Preston by the end of the first matches. The half-way score stood at 26-16, with the biggest single score being for Tommy Campbell (14-4).  The second session was a closer affair, with one match drawn and another win for Wales, but the overall gap just widened to leave Preston 46-34 ahead.

The team which makes the highest number of total shots is named “Top Rink”, and the teams skipped by P Atherton (Preston) and A Robbins (Wales) shared the honours there, as both teams won both their matches and scored a total of 19 shots.

The Kershaw Cup, an annual contest between the First Province of Wales and the Preston Curling Club, takes place at the South of Scotland Ice Rink in Lockerbie, as neither Preston nor the Queensferry area has curling ice available for such a contest.

Entries invited for ValentineSpiel

There are still spaces available for teams or individuals to enter the annual ValentineSpiel event. The competition will take place at Dumfries Ice Bowl, Sat 14th & Sun 15th February 2015.

Several teams from Wales have already taken their place in the draw, but it is an open event, so teams or players from other areas are more than welcome.

We have received enquiries from curlers from the Dumfries area and beyond, including some players who have entered in previous years. There is still room in the draw, so why not enter?

Information

The ValentineSpiel will take place at Dumfries Ice Bowl. All teams will receive prizes, themed appropriately for the weekend.

Entry fees will cover the cost of matches and prizes, and will be at a similar level to previous years.  Please enter by Friday 6th February if possible.

For more details, or to enter the competition, please see the full ValentineSpiel event page.

Christmas & New Year at Deeside

Happy Christmas to all our players and fans!

Edwardian men play curling on a frozen lake surrounded by snow

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

We now have no curling until Monday 5th January. The first week of play in 2015 will be a one-off set of Friendly matches, as we look to assess some of the teams. Based on these games and people’s wishes, some changes may take place for teams for the new league, which begins the following week.

Please see the individual event pages for 6pm matches and 8pm matches: teams will be the same as the pre-Christmas 6pm League and 8pm League.

You can find the draft plan for matches for 12th January onwards on the FPOW Match Schedule page.

One final note:

If you wish to play in the Welsh National Championships 2015, or be considered for a place on the National Performance Programme (and potential selection for a Wales squad or team), make sure you fill in the relevant form and return it to Adrian Meikle by 31st December 2014.


 

I hope you have a very enjoyable and peaceful Christmas, and look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

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)