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.

Four Nations – weather warning

Given a number of vehicles got stuck in the snow on the M74 between Carlisle and Glasgow last night, please bear in mind the weather conditions when travelling to Stranraer for the Four Nations this weekend.

A yellow warning for snow and ice was issued by the Met Office for Thursday and Friday, covering all of the A75 route from Carlisle to Stranraer.

It follows the more serious weather on Wednesday night – which led to an Amber warning – and left multiple lorries jackknifed across the route overnight due to the thick snow cover.

Please keep up to date with the forecast and prepare for the journey as appropriate.

Police Scotland and Traffic Scotland also issued the following on Wednesday evening (the “do not travel” warning expired on Thursday morning):

Police Scotland are advising that conditions for travel in the Dumfries and Galloway areas may be hazardous and EXTRA CAUTION should be exercised.

If you are travelling you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org . For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com

 

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.

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.