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.

Extra TryCurling session available

We are pleased to be able to announce that there will now be TryCurling sessions available at Deeside on Monday 12th March.

This date had been in our original plans for TryCurling after the Olympics – but we thought we would have to drop it from our schedule due to an apparent double-booking at Deeside ice rink. Happily this has turned out to be a clerical error at the rink and so we have been able to reinstate these sessions.

If you are too far from Deeside to reach these sessions, you may wish to be aware that there are plans to begin curling in South Wales and you can be a part of shaping those plans – there is an open meeting at Ice Arena Wales (Cardiff) tonight.

FPOW to play Welsh Grand Match

The regular 6pm and 8pm Leagues come to a close over the next fortnight – but there will still be club curling on the first two Mondays in December.

  • 8pm players:
    • Regular league concludes on Monday 30th November.
    • A two-week Grand Match begins on Monday 7th December and concludes on Monday 14th December.
  • 6pm players:
    • The League concludes on Monday 7th December.
    • On Monday 14th December, 6pm players will join the Grand Match.

How does it work?

  • The regular players on both 6pm and 8pm sessions will be split into two pools – East and West – or broadly speaking, England and Wales.
  • New teams will be made up from each pool of players
  • In each session, East will face West in 4-end (60 minute) matches. The total score from every match will be added up to decide whether East (England) or West (Wales) are the victors.
  • Matches will take place at 6pm (14th Dec), 7pm (14th Dec), 8pm (both days) and 9pm (both days). If possible, we will aim to start 6pm and 7pm matches early in order to get the full 4 ends in!

Regular club curling will then finish for the Christmas break, and return on Monday 4th January 2016. For more details of dates and games, please see the current match schedule.

Ice Conditions at Deeside

The last couple of weeks of curling at Deeside have been difficult due to slow ice, sheets which are not level and humidity in the ice hall. The humidity caused condensation to form on the curling stones, coating them in a layer of ice which left takeout shots ineffective. Condensation also gathered on the roof trusses and dripped onto the ice in several places (leaving several large bumps in the surface).

The ice rink management have told us that they had a problem with their dehumidification unit, which because it needed new parts to be ordered and fitted, took more than a week to process. The repair happened yesterday (Tuesday 10th), and we are hopeful that the dehumidifiers will work from now until Monday 16th and clear the air.

If anyone is available to come to the rink early (4:45pm onwards) on Monday 16th November, Adrian is asking for volunteers to check the stones for any remaining ice and clear them.

Autumn 2015 Schedule of play

The schedule of matches at Deeside Ice Rink in the first part of the 2015-16 season is now available.

Matches on 09 November are:

18:00 Lane-C Mid Wales Dambusters Connah’s Quay Rockers
18:00 Lane-D Sealand Arctic Monkeys Alyn Valley Fire
18:00 Lane-E Wheelies Deeside Strikers
20:00 Lane-B Deeside Die Hards Alyn Valley Atomic
20:00 Lane-C Deeside Dynamos Alyn Valley Velocity
20:00 Lane-D Mid Wales Vikings Mid Wales Kites
20:00 Lane-E Sealand Seals Alyn Valley Alternators

For games beyond this, please download the full schedule  from here or the schedule page.

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.