Wales take Triple Crown at Four Nations 2015

Victorious President and Skip Adrian Meikle with (l-r): The Meikle Trophy, the Kay Trophy & the Welsh Stone

Victorious President and Skip Adrian Meikle with (l-r): The Meikle Trophy, the Kay Trophy & the Welsh Stone

For the second time in three years, Wales have had a clean sweep at the Four Nations.  The squad lost just 2 matches over the course of the weekend, and will hold all three trophies until next season’s meeting, which will be hosted by Wales.

In brief:

Wales 30-22 England

Wales 32-25 Ireland,

Wales 32-14 Scotland

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Four Nations 2014 – final results

The trophies up for grabs at the Four Nations

The trophies up for grabs at the Four Nations

In brief:

Wales 28-34 England,

Wales 38-26 Ireland,

Wales 32-22 Scotland

Wales’ curlers returned down the M6 with two trophies to their name after a successful weekend at the Four Nations.

Day Two (Sunday) started with Wales picking up against England with a sizeable deficit to overcome. We were 8 shots behind England after the two Mixed matches, and there was a mixed response to it during the early session. The Ladies did well, despite a slow start, by taking an 11-5 victory.  The men, of whom I was a team member, also started by trading 1-shot ends, but mid-way through the game the character changed.

Two men in red jacket and white shirt exchanging handshake as right hand one holds small trophy

Adrian Meikle (l) hands over the Kay Trophy to Tommy Campbell (r) for England’s 6-shot victory

England, helped by impressive shot-making by skip Tommy Campbell, took a 4 and it was difficult to mount a comeback. Despite best efforts, the men lost 9-5, giving the Kay Trophy to England by a 6-shot margin.

In the second session, Wales faced Ireland and we already held a 5-shot lead after the first day’s play.

Adrian Meikle (l) is presented with the Meikle Trophy for Wales' victory over Ireland.

Adrian Meikle (l) is presented with the Meikle Trophy for Wales’ victory over Ireland.

Both Wales teams initially struggled, with the men falling 5-1 behind at one stage, and the ladies had to recover from arrears of 3-1, which together wiped out our advantage. As the matches progressed, the pendulum swung back the other way, and good play led to Laura Beever’s team taking victory 12-8, despite a comeback by the Irish in the final end.  Adrian Meikle’s team also took victory 8-6, mainly due to their own play, but also as their opposition’s final stone took a pick-up and failed to reach the centre of the house.  It meant Wales retained the Meikle Trophy by a 38-27 margin.

Adrian Meikle presented with the Welsh Stone for victory over Scotland

Adrian Meikle presented with the Welsh Stone for victory over Scotland

Finally came the men’s and ladies’ matches against Scotland. A big-scoring end for the Scottish ladies meant an otherwise tight game was narrowly lost, and the men suffered a similar fate on the only inconsistent ice we had all weekend.

Overall, everyone enjoyed the weekend, and we returned having lost just one of the three trophies won last year. Next year’s competition is likely to be at a similar time at a rink in southern England, organised by the ECA.

Some photos courtesy of Bill Gray, Irish Curling Association.

Four Nations preview

The Four Nations begins today.  The Four Nations meeting is a chance for Wales to compete against Scotland, England and Ireland for a series of trophies.  There is usually a mixture of men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams. Here are the team lists for Wales and the opposition we will face.

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4th ChrisWells AdrianMeikle AdrianMeikle ChrisWells AdrianMeikle HughMeikle
3rd LauraBeever DawnWatson MargaretMeikle JamesPougher HughMeikle AndrewTanner
2nd AndrewTanner DavidPeek JamesPougher DavidPeek AndrewRobbins DavidPeek
1st AnnMeikle JaneRobbins AnnMeikle AndrewRobbins RichardPougher RichardPougher
England Ireland Scotland England Ireland Scotland
4th JamesPougher ChrisWells HughMeikle LauraBeever LauraBeever DawnWatson
3rd CharlotteMeikle LauraBeever DawnWatson MargaretMeikle DawnWatson MargaretMeikle
2nd AndrewRobbins AndrewTanner RichardPougher JaneRobbins AnnMeikle JaneRobbins
1st LisaPeters KatrionaTanner CharlotteMeikle LisaPeters CharlotteMeikle KatrionaTanner