Welsh Championships to be streamed online

THE inaugural Pain Matters Welsh National Curling Championships are nearly here, and for the first time you could see the players aiming for the title of Welsh Champions without leaving home. Dumfries Ice Bowl, where the teams will be competing this weekend (Sat 2nd March), are expecting to stream live video of some of the action.

As well as the Welsh Championships, between curlers who mainly play Monday club games at Deeside Ice Rink, viewers may also be treated to coverage of the Dumfries curlers attempting to regain the World Record for the longest curling match in history. Dumfries first broke the record 12 months ago by playing continuously for 2 ½ days, but shortly afterwards a club in Canada bettered that, adding an extra half hour.

It is the first time there has been a formal Welsh Championships. The competition was arranged to try and encourage more players and teams to take part in a premier event on dedicated curling ice. In prior years, this weekend would have been taken up by Playdowns, to decide who would represent Wales at international level – but to encourage more teams to take part, the expectation that the winners would play for Wales has been removed. The cost of taking part has been further reduced by the ice fees being sponsored by Pain Matters. International teams are now chosen by a selection policy, to ensure that the best teams possible represent Wales.

By next Monday, curling should have two new champions – the squad from Dumfries who are aiming to regain the World Record, and a team of four players normally curling at Deeside who will hold the title of Welsh Champions.

If you wish to follow the progress of either event, please visit http://www.livestream.com/dumfriescurling for live video streaming, follow @FPOWcurling on twitter or visit facebook.com/welshcurling

 About Curling

The basic idea of curling is to get at least one of your team’s “stones” – heavy discs of granite – closer to a target marked on the ice rink than any of your opponents’ stones. Each team has the chance to knock other stones out of the way or just aim for the target (known as the “house”). Continue reading

Team Beever win ValentineSpiel:Final standings and results

Five people in front of ice rink, four holding bottles of sparking wine

Andrew Robbins presents Laura Beever’s team with the winners’ prizes. More photos at facebook.com/welshcurling

It was a team made up of Deeside players who took home the virtual silverware from the ValentineSpiel this year, although every player in every team walked away from Dumfries Ice Bowl today with a prize of some sort. Continue reading

ValentineSpiel – day one

After the first day of play in the ValentineSpiel 2013, and a little frustration getting the results into the computer correctly, the table is done and (I think) correct. With two round-robin matches still to play…

After 3 matches
Skip Points Ends Shots Shot +/-
Richard Smith 6 10 22 11
Jim Hogg 4 10 21 8
Laura Beever 4 10 20 11
Dawn Watson 4 7 15 -2
Jim McCormack 0 9 11 -14
Andrew Robbins 0 8 11 -14

The fourth and fifth matches will take place tomorrow (Sunday) morning, with High, Mid and Low Road finals on Sunday afternoon.

Welsh National Championships

The Welsh National Championships will take place in Dumfries on the first weekend of March. Teams will not be automatically be expected to represent Wales at European or World level if victorious – this will be determined via the Curling Performance Programme.

For more details about this event or the venue, please visit the event page for the Welsh Championships. Entry forms can also be found there to download.

Dumfries Birthday: an invite

Our friends at Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association have asked us if any Deeside players would like to play in their season-opening Bonspiel. The competition is on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September, and celebrates 20 years of curling there.

Four matches to be played, with fees at £5 per match (£2.50 juniors).

For full details see the poster, draw, and competition rules(pdf), or email hoggjim@gmail.com.

The competition clashes with the FPOW pre-season social, which is on Sunday 9th September.