Spring League tables & results

Here is a brief round-up of how things are looking in this year’s Spring Leagues. The competitions are now several weeks in, and for 9 teams there are only 2 weeks left before the final matches are played.

With those teams playing at 6pm having just 2 match days left, Connah’s Quay Rockers (CQR) are the team to beat. They have been top of the table for some time, but that is no guarantee as CQR have a bye on the last match day – meaning Monday 9th’s game against the Wheelchair Curlers – who are also near the top – could prove crucial.

The 8pm competition has longer to run, with more teams involved. The Alyn Valley club currently look favourites to take the title, with both their Atomic (AVAT) and Alternators (AVAL) right at the top of the table. With 6 match weeks left, no team is yet out of the running, although Mid Wales Brush with Death (MWB) and Connah’s Quay Celts (CQC) have some work to do if they are to contest for the title.

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First ever 8-Ender on Welsh Ice

First 8-ender in Wales-AM2

Victorious team & stones that made history (l-r): Emily Sandwith, Laura Beever (Skip), Rhys Phillips (Vice-skip), William Hogg.

There was delight for a team of Curlers at Deeside Ice Rink this week as they managed to break a record for the sport in Wales. Laura Beever and her Alyn Valley Atomic team were already well in control of their match when they achieved one of the rarest feats in the sport, an “Eight-Ender”.

An “Eight-Ender” is when a team manages to get a perfect score in a single end, with all eight of their stones closer to the centre of the house than any of their opponents. They are said to be rarer than a hole-in-one in golf.

Curling, more often associated with Scotland, has been played in Wales since 1974. The sport is a cross between the tactics of chess and the scoring of crown-green-bowls – but all on an ice-rink and never using skates.

The winter sport of curling has now been played at Flintshire’s Deeside Ice Rink for 40 years, but according to club officials this is the first time any team has managed to score eight in a single end. Continue reading