Wales top of World Mixed Group A after 2 wins from 2 matches

The Palladium in Champéry. Taken during the 2014 European Curling Championships

The Palladium in Champéry. Taken during the 2014 European Curling Championships

Team Wales (Adrian Meikle, Dawn Watson, Andrew Tanner & Laura Beever) are currently top of the Group A table at the World Mixed Curling Championships in Champéry, Switzerland.

The team started well at the Palladium by beating Croatia 6-4 straight after Friday’s Opening Ceremony. Having put in a good Last Stone Draw to take the hammer in the first end, Wales could only keep Croatia to a steal of 1 shot, but the second end was blanked. The main control in the game came from Wales’ score of 3 with the hammer in the third end, putting them 2 points ahead of the opposition. Despite narrowing the gap in the fourth end, Wales kept in the lead throughout the rest of the match.

Wales then won a close match against Hungary 7-5 on Saturday’s early evening session Despite winning the hammer, they could only take a single shot in the first end, and with Hungary taking 2 in the second it was clear Wales would have to come from behind if they were to deny Hungary victory. Wales responded well, taking 3 shots in the third end, then stealing 1 in the fourth to lead 5-2 at the half-time break. When play resumed, the two teams traded scores of 2, leaving Wales 7-4 ahead after the sixth end – and when Hungary could only take a single shot in the seventh it seemed unlikely they could overhaul Wales in the final end. Eventually, Wales ran the Hungarians out of stone, took victory and joined Finland and Israel as the undefeated teams in the session.

Wales play again at 7pm on Sunday 8th October (UK time) when they face Estonia. The Estonians and defending champions Russia are the only teams in Group A who have yet to play a second match.

Wales Skip Adrian Meikle told the WCF’s reporter after their win over Hungary that “the first half was a bit shaky at times” but that they were “very happy” to see Wales at the top of the table.

Must-win situation for Team Meikle

Hungary and Wales both needed a timeout to analyse this situation

Hungary and Wales both needed a timeout to analyse this situation

Wales have an uphill battle ahead of them if they want to qualify for the knock-out stage of this year’s European Curling Championships. Adrian Meikle’s team lost their second match of the B-Division contest today as Hungary found form exactly when they needed it. Continue reading

Wales joint top of table after 2 matches

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

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

Wales’s men have got off to a great start at the European Curling Championships 2014.

After beating Finland in a very tight match on Saturday evening, they dominated this morning’s match against Romania, taking victory by 11 shots to 3. The key to the victory in both cases was getting several stones in the house, meaning their opposition was forced to take on a precision draw, or risk rolling out of the house with a takeout shot.

Both matches have seen Adrian Meikle in the head as Skip, and throwing last stones, rather than James Pougher – who was originally listed as Skip.

The result against Romania means Wales sit joint top in their section of the B-Division – with 2 wins from 2 matches, they are level with Hungary; Wales and Hungary meet on Tuesday.

Remember, you can see highlights of the team’s performances on the Welsh Curling YouTube channel.

Follow Wales at the European Championships this week

Wales return to the international Curling stage this week as their men’s team compete at the European Curling Championships.

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

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

The Europeans are contested in three separate divisions, with the C-Division taking place a few months before the A & B.

Last year, Wales had to battle through the C-Division, after relegation in the 2012-13 season. However, the team secured their place in the B-Division, and go into this week’s tournament aiming to stay there, with an eye on the knockout stage and possibly the A-Division.

You can follow their progress by tracking the live scores on the official event website. You can also keep up to date with the daily Welsh Curling Highlights programmes on our YouTube channel.

Wales’ first match is against Finland at 3pm GMT (4pm local).

Here is a list of all Wales’ upcoming matches at the Europeans:

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