Four Nations 2015 Day One

ECA officials John Brown & Alison Arthur try to keep things organised

ECA officials John Brown & Alison Arthur try to keep things organised

In brief:

Wales 20-5 England,

Wales 19-6 Scotland,

Wales 0-0 Ireland,

The first day of this year’s Four Nations saw Wales take a commanding lead in their contest against England, while against Scotland the lead is more modest but still significant. It was the only day of the weekend where all Wales’ matches were of Mixed teams. Continue reading

Four Nations 2015 preview

The Four Nations begins today at Fenton’s curling rink in Kent.  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.

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th
1800 2015 0900 1330 0900 1115 1330
4th Richard Pougher Adrian Meikle Andrew Tanner Adrian Meikle Adrian Meikle Adrian Meikle
3rd Laura Beever Dawn Watson Chris Wells Hugh Meikle Dawn Watson Andrew Tanner
2nd David Peek Hugh Meikle David Peek Andrew Robbins Andrew Tanner David Peek
1st Ann Meikle Jane Robbins Andrew Robbins Richard Pougher Hilary Hogg Richard Pougher
England Scotland Ireland England Scotland Ireland Scotland
4th Andrew Tanner Chris Wells Dawn Watson Laura Beever Laura Beever Chris Wells
3rd Emily Sandwith Laura Beever Laura Beever Dawn Watson Emily Sandwith Emily Sandwith
2nd Andrew Robbins Richard Pougher Hilary Hogg Jane Robbins Hilary Hogg Hugh Meikle
1st Dawn Watson Hilary Hogg Ann Meikle Emily Sandwith Jane Robbins Ann Meikle

We will keep you up to date with how our teams get on throughout the weekend.

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.

0900 1200 1500 0900 1130 1400
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

Wales take Triple Crown at Four Nations

Adrian Meikle receives the Welsh Stone (Big Bertha) for victory over Scotland

Adrian Meikle receives the Welsh Stone (Big Bertha) for victory over Scotland

It was a successful weekend for Wales at Ayr Ice Rink, with the squad coming home with a total of three trophies, the most they could achieve. The triple crown title is unusual but not unprecedented, with at least one other time in Four Nations history when Wales is known to have held that honour.

After day one, the sides were ahead against both Scotland and England – in the case of Scotland by a considerable amount. Even against Ireland it was very close, with Wales just a single point behind as they started day two. Continue reading

Four Nations 2013: Teams

Here are the teams for the Four Nations weekend in Ayr.

Sat: 0900 1200 1500 Sun: 0900 1130 1400
4th Hugh Meikle Adrian Meikle Adrian Meikle Andrew Tanner Adrian Meikle James Pougher
3rd Laura Beever Dawn Watson Dawn Watson James Pougher Hugh Meikle Hugh Meikle
2nd Richard Pougher David Peek Stewart Cairns David Peek Andrew Robbins David Peek
1st Sara Andrew Richard Pougher Sara Andrew Andrew Robbins Richard Pougher Richard Pougher
England Ireland Scotland England Ireland Scotland
4th Andrew Tanner Lesley Gregory James Pougher Lesley Gregory Laura Beever Lesley Gregory
3rd Lesley Gregory James Pougher Lesley Gregory Dawn Watson Dawn Watson Laura Beever
2nd Andrew Robbins Laura Beever Andrew Tanner Adrian Meikle Jane Robbins Andrew Tanner
1st Jane Robbins Stewart Cairns Jane Robbins Jane Robbins Sara Andrew Sara Andrew

 

Four Nations 2013:Preview

The Four Nations meeting this season takes place on the third weekend of January at Ayr Ice Rink.  Teams representing Wales will play against England, Ireland then Scotland in mixed teams on Saturday 19th January, then face the same opponents in men’s/ladies’ teams on Sunday 20th.
Wales face Scotland for Big Bertha (the Welsh Stone), play against Ireland for the Meikle Trophy, and the Kay Trophy is awarded for the winner of England v. Wales.

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Four Nations 2012 – review

Wales lost virtually all the trophies at the Four Nations at the weekend, although there were some very tight contests.  The one that Wales won was the Welsh Stone (known as “Big Bertha”), awarded for overall victory over the teams from Scotland, 43-24. The other results saw Ireland sneak past Wales in the final round of matches to take the Meikle Trophy 25-24, and England take the Kay Trophy 28-24.

For more details, see the full Four Nations weekend report on the Royal Caledonian Curling Club site.