Wales v. Turkey

Turkey men’s team 2015. Pictured: Fourth – Alican KARATAS (Skip) Third – Melik SENOL Second – Ugurcan KARAGOZ Lead – Muhammet Oguz ZENGIN Alternate – Kadir CAKIR Photo: © World Curling Federation

Wales’s men were up against Turkey in their second match at the European Curling Championships 2015.

Like Wales, Turkey have only made small changes to their line-up compared with 12 months ago. They were drawn in opposite groups at Monthey, so most of the current team members have never met each other.

By the fifth end, the teams were level at 3-3, but Turkey took a 3 with the “hammer” in that fifth end to lead 6-3 at the mid-session break. Sadly, it was a deficit the Wales team could never make up, and the teams shook before finishing the 8th end when Turkey were 9-3 ahead.

Sunday is now a crucial day for Wales, as they need to get at least one win from the day to have a realistic chance of making it past the group stages of the competition. They face Poland at 12:00 Central European Time (11:00 GMT) and then Denmark at 20:00 CET (19:00 GMT). Live scores are available via the official competition website. We will also post regular updates on both the Welsh Curling and Team Pougher Facebook and twitter feeds.

Follow Wales at the 2015 European Championships

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

Five men in semi-profile wearing red and green outfits

Team Pougher. Pictured (l-r): Simon Pougher (alternate), Garry Coombs (lead), Rhys Phillips (second), Jamie Fletcher (third/vice-skip), James Pougher (skip). Positions may be changed on a per-match basis.

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

Last year, Wales secured their place in the B-Division, although they would have liked to be closer to reaching the knockout stage and possibly promotion to the A-Division.

You can follow their progress by tracking the live scores on the official event website. The team will also be posting regular updates on their own Team Pougher facebook page and twitter feed.

Wales have started well, winning their first match against Slovenia this morning by 7 shots to 3, although it took until the 9th end for Wales to get a crucial score of 2 shots. They need 4 more victories if they are to better their performance in Monthey last year and a chance at promotion.

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

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National Championships & Wales Team Selection info

If you wish to play in the Welsh National Championships 2015, or be considered for a place on the National Performance Programme (and potential selection for a Wales squad or team), make sure you fill in the relevant form and return it to Adrian Meikle by 31st December 2014.

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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European Mixed Championships Underway

Laura Beever (Lead), Andrew Tanner (Second), Dawn Watson (Third) & Adrian Meikle (Skip)

Laura Beever (Lead), Andrew Tanner (Second), Dawn Watson (Third) & Adrian Meikle (Skip)

The 2014 European Mixed Curling Championships have now begun at Tårnby, Denmark. Wales team, led by experienced Skip Adrian Meikle, are in Group C.

Between the start of the tournament (yesterday) and the end of the group stage (Thursday) they face Finland, Belarus, Estonia, Hungary and Spain.

The team didn’t fare too well in their opening match, a low-scoring affair which saw Finland beat Wales 5-1.

Today, our team face Belarus and Romania. You can follow the team’s progress on the tournament’s Live Scores page, and we will post updates on their progress online and on the Welsh Curling Facebook page.

Wales Crowned Champions at C-Division

Wales' 5 victorious curlers at ECC-C 2013

Wales’ victorious Men’s team at the European Curling Championships (C-Group). L-R: Rhys Phillips, Garry Coombs, Andrew Tanner, James Pougher, Adrian Meikle. Photo: Dara Gravara-Stojanovic

Wales’ men’s curling team secured promotion back to the B-Division of the European Curling Championships this week after they lost just one match in Denmark.

The team, assembled through the new national selection process in the Spring, were formally representing Wales for the first time at Tårnby Curling Club.

The team started on day one (Tuesday) with a convincing win over Serbia, then suffered their only defeat, 10-12 to Slovenia. On day 2 of the competition, a very tight match against Iceland ended in victory 8-2, and they followed that up with a more conclusive win, 10-2 over Belarus. On the third day came a close 7-9 victory over Ireland, which went down to the final end, and that evening they beat Luxembourg 7-1.

Day 4 began with a clash of the (C-Group) Titans. Both Wales and Romania had lost just one match ahead of their game on Friday morning – their last in the Round Robin stage. Romania and Wales kept pace with each other all through the game, and after 7 Ends they were level on 7-7. With 2 Ends remaining, Romania took 1 against Wales’ last-stone advantage and left Wales needing 2 for victory. End 9 was blanked, giving Wales the advantage going into the final End still 1 shot adrift. As the Skip Stones went down, and the house was set with Romania lying shot, a light knock, followed by a gentle draw, saw Adrian Meikle secure 2 points from the last End and with it a guaranteed place in the Gold Medal match.

Results elsewhere meant that the Gold Medal match was a replay of the final Round-Robin match, with Wales facing Romania once more on the same sheet of ice. The match started well for Wales, who held a 5-3 lead at the halfway (5 Ends) break. Romania eventually scored again in the 8th End but Wales were still 7-5 ahead, and after they took 1 in End 9 the teams shook and Wales won 8-5.

Victory means Wales were not only given the Gold medals for the C-Group competition, but are also promoted back into the B-Group. Romania were also promoted after beating Serbia in the Silver medal match.  The teams will return to international competition at the B-Group, contested at the same time as the main European Curling Championship, held on 23-30 November in Norway.

Round 7 – Wales v Sweden

The final group game was against Sweden. A win for Wales would ensure a playoff game for 3rd place. A good draw shot challenge gave Wales the hammer in the first end. A drawing game left a busy head with Wales sitting two with each skip yet to play their last stones. Sweden nominated to guard with their last stone to ensure Wales couldn’t add to their tally (2 – 0). Sweden built a strong position in the second end, but a jammed Welsh stone on the last shot meant Sweden only took a one (2 – 1). Sweden built another strong head in the third end and sole a two to go into the lead (2 – 3). The fourth end was a similar story and Adrian was facing 5 when playing his last shot but managed to reduced the Swedish tally to two (2 – 5). Wales came out strongly in the second half and were unlucky not get more than just 1 in the fifth end (3 – 5). Wales kept pushing hard and forced Sweden to take a one in the sixth end (3 – 6). Again the seventh end was built up really well by Wales but tricky takeout in the wings jammed and again gave a Wales a frustrating 1 (4 – 6). A valiant effort to steal a 2 in the final end wasn’t successful and gave Sweden the win. Unfortunately that was Wales out of the tournament – just 1 win short. It was a great team performance throughout the week with many of the games being very close. The tournament continues on Friday with the quarter finals followed by the semi final and final on Saturday. Live scores can be followed on http://emcc2013.curlingevents.com/livescores