Four Nations 2017 – final results

In brief:

Wales 30-29 England (Kay)
Ireland 40-21 Wales (Meikle)
Wales 36-15 Scotland (Big Bertha)

Wales’ curlers once again took two trophies from a successful – if occasionally very tense – weekend at the Four Nations.

Wales started day two of the 2017 Four Nations weekend knowing they were already favourites to win two out of their three possible trophies. A healthy overnight lead against both Scotland and England meant the Kay Trophy and the Welsh Stone were within their sights, but a 12-shot deficit to Ireland implied a spectacular effort would be needed for Wales to win the Meikle Trophy.

wales-englandThe day started with matches against England, with Andrew Tanner’s men on Sheet A against Tommy Campbell, while Laura Beever’s ladies faced Lesley Gregory on Sheet B. Initially it looked as though they might both be quite tight matches, but in the second half they started to tell different stories. Andrew Tanner’s team opened up a 5-point lead in the sixth end, having scored 2 shots with the hammer and then stealing two against it, but just after that the ladies conceded a score of 4 to put England’s team 11-5 ahead. In the end, it was a pressured final stone draw for Andrew Tanner, and the crowd thought it might have come up just short, but in the end had the final scores (a 9-4 win for the men and a 12-5 loss for the ladies) meant Wales had a single shot advantage and so retain the Kay Trophy.

In the middle session, Wales knew they had a bit of a mountain to climb. Ireland led by 12 shots overnight, although their men’s skip JohnJo Kenny had (just as Wales’ Adrian Meikle did) sustained injury and therefore did not play today. Chris Wells led the Wales men to a 11-5 win by playing consistently and shutting down most of the opportunites Ireland had to score. However, the ladies struggled and lost 16-3 and so Ireland won overall, by 40 shots to 21, and retain the Meikle Trophy.

wales-final-end2The battle for the Big Bertha (Welsh) Stone was already set well in Wales’ favour, as they led Scotland 18-6 overnight. Despite Scotland winning quite a few ends, it was Wales who in both the ladies’ and the men’s matches who took the large scores. A pressured draw into a very congested Sheet A house meant Andrew Tanner’s team took 3 to lead 7-4 after 6 ends, while on Sheet B Wales took a score of 4 to lead by the same score. The ladies built on that to steal two in the seventh, while the men contained Scotland to a single shot, meaning by the time the eighth end started the trophy’s fate was almost mathematically certain, as Wales led by 7 shots in the two matches and 15 shots overall. The men finished their match with a fairly simple takeout for one, which gave them an 8-5 victory, while the women had to wait for Scottish skip Jan Howard to play her last stone into the house where Wales lay shot. The takeout overcurled and hit the guard, giving the Wales ladies a 10-4 win and confirming overall victory for Wales 36-15.

ladies-hi5There was one other trophy be decided on the final session, in the contest between England and Ireland. This one had seen the advantage swing both ways and as the two matches went into their final ends there was barely a shot between the nations overall. In the end, it came down to a measure on Sheet C, but it was finally confirmed that Ireland had taken a single shot in both match and won the trophy by one shot overall.

Next year’s competition is expected to be held 19-21 January 2018 at the ice rink in Stranraer, organised by the Irish Curling Association.

Other results

Ireland 31 – 21 Scotland (Marshal Milennium)
Ireland 27 – 26 England (Turnbull)
England 77-39 Scotland (men – Tom Ballantyne)
England 12-15 Scotland (women – Connie Miller)

Four Nations 2017 Day One

sat-1200-2In brief:

Wales 16-13 England,

Wales 7-19 Ireland,

Wales 18-6 Scotland,

The first day of this year’s Four Nations saw Wales take a small lead in their contest against England for the Kay Trophy, and build a significant lead in the battle for the Big Bertha stone against Scotland. However, there will be a significant challenge ahead for Wales if they want to regain the Hugh Meikle Trophy from Ireland, as they trail by 12 shots. Once again, it was the only day of the weekend where all Wales’ matches were of Mixed teams, although this was not true for the other nations at Greenacres. Continue reading

Four Nations 2017 preview

The Four Nations begins on Saturday at Greenacres curling club in Renfrewshire.  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.

This time, it’s Scotland’s turn to host the tournament, and in a change of venue, we will once again return to Greenacres (which as well as hosting the Four Nations in 2016, also hosts the annual Welsh Bonspiel).

There are three matches on each day, with the first taking place at 9am. For Wales, the days are split neatly, with Saturday being a day for Mixed matches, while Sunday sees matches between men’s teams and women’s teams.

Saturday 28th Sunday 29th
0900 1200 1500 0900 1130 1400
4th Adrian Meikle Andrew Tanner Chris Wells Andrew Tanner  Adrian Meikle Adrian Meikle
3rd Dawn Watson Emily Sandwith Laura Beever Richard Pougher  Rhys Phillips Richard Pougher
2nd David Peek Garry Coombs Rhys Phillips Garry Coombs  David Peek Garry Coombs
1st Rachel McCann Delyth Glyn Jones Mike Thackray Alistair Reid  Chris Wells Mike Thackray
England Ireland Scotland England Ireland Scotland
4th Chris Wells Richard Pougher Adrian Meikle Laura Beever Dawn Watson Dawn Watson
3rd Laura Beever Heather Russell Dawn Watson Heather Russell Heather Russell Laura Beever
2nd Rhys Phillips Alistair Reid David Peek Rachel McCann Emily Sandwith Emilty Sandwith 
1st Alistair Reid Mike Thackray Blair Hughes Delyth Glyn Jones Rachel McCann Delyth Glyn Jones

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

Big day for Wales in Mixed Doubles

Adrian Meikle (l) and Dawn Watson (r).

Adrian Meikle (l) and Dawn Watson (r).

Today is a day that could well decide Wales’ fate at this year’s World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships. After a great start to the event, marred only by losing their first match by 1 shot, Wales sit joint third in their Group table, and play two matches today against teams that have a good pedigree in this format of the game.

Wales have been agonisingly close to the perfect record so far at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships. The pairing of Dawn Watson and Adrian Meikle faced a first match against Brazil, who have competed at the World Mixed Doubles since 2014. It was a very close match, and after eight ends of engaging play the scores were level at seven shots all. Unfortunately, the way the match had gone meant it was Brazil who had the hammer advantage in the Extra End, and they took a single shot to beat Wales 8-7.

Dawn and Adrian were up against curling débutantes Qatar in their second match, and it seems the newcomers still have a lot to learn about this discipline. Wales completely overpowered Qatar, as their only real mistake was allowing Qatar to steal 1 in the very first end. After that, Wales were totally dominant, and took victory by a 13-2 scoreline.

That leaves Wales joint third (with Scotland) in the Group F table. They next face the Czech Republic, at 13:30 BST (14:30 local time), and then take on Scotland this evening (20:00 BST, 21:00 local time). With Adrian’s aim being to reach the play-off stages, meaning a final table position of 1 or 2 is required, they could certainly use at least one victory today.

TV Coverage of the World Mixed Doubles Curling championships is available on the World Curling Federation’s YouTube channel. More information is available on the World Mixed Doubles championship website.

Four Nations 2016 – final results

In brief:

Wales 34-21 England,

Wales 24-29 Ireland,

Wales 27-18 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 small lead in hand. We were 6 shots ahead of England after the two Mixed matches, and there was a good response to it during the morning session today. The Ladies had a closely-fought match, but secured victory by 6 shots to 5, while the men had a much more conclusive win over England, beating John Brown’s team 14-6.

In the second session, Wales faced Ireland and we held just a 1-shot lead after the first day’s play.

The men started well, stealing a point from the first 2 ends, but Ireland managed to control the game after that; a chief example was that despite a superb double-takeout from James Pougher, Ireland still managed to draw to the centre of the house with almost pinpoint accuracy. The ladies did not have a great game, mainly due to the quality of their opposition, and the result was pretty well sealed when Ireland took a score of 4 in the sixth end to go 9-3 ahead – but Wales did recover somewhat with a 2 in the last end to finish with a loss of 11-5. James Pougher’s team could only manage a 5-5 draw, making the final score for the Meikle Trophy a 29-24 victory to Ireland.

Finally came the men’s and ladies’ matches against Scotland. The overall scores from the first day were level. The men had an easier game than the women, as the Wales men had pulled forward to lead 10-3 after 6 ends, while the women struggled to reduce their arrears to 2-6 behind at the same point. After a tightly-controlled sixth and seventh ends, the men took victory by 15 shots to 3, while the women took  2 shots in the final end to reduce their arrears to 7-4, meaning Wales took victory and the Big Bertha stone by 9 shots.

In the other competitions, England’s men secured the Tom Ballantyne Trophy by 63 shots to 47- although the trophy itself was not at the event! Scotland’s ladies fared better, beating England 20-9 for the Connie Miller Trophy. Ireland also managed victory over Scotland, taking the Marshall Millennium Trophy by a 33-27 overall score, and topped that off with victory over England by 33 shots to 22 in order to take the Turnbull Cup. It means Ireland are triple-crown champions, the title which Wales took only last year.

We return back home having retained two of the three trophies won last year. Next year’s competition is expected to be around 12 months later at Ayr in south-west Scotland, organised by the RCCC.

Photos of the event will follow.

Four Nations 2016 Day One

In brief:

Wales 15-9 England,

Wales 8-8 Scotland,

Wales 14-13 Ireland,

The first day of this year’s Four Nations saw Wales take a significant lead in their contest against England for the Kay Trophy, and in the battle against Ireland for the Meikle Trophy there is a very small lead for Wales, leaving that contest wide open. Against Scotland there were two very close matches, and the scores after day one were exactly level. It was the only day of the weekend where all Wales’ matches were of Mixed teams, although this was not true for the other nations at Greenacres. Continue reading

Four Nations 2016 preview

The Four Nations begins on Saturday at Greenacres curling club in Renfrewshire.  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.

This time, it’s Wales’ turn to host the tournament, and while we would love to welcome the other home nations to Deeside, this is currently impractical. Therefore, we will once again return to Greenacres (which also hosts the annual Welsh Bonspiel).

There are three matches on each day, with the first taking place at 9am. For Wales, the days are split neatly, with Saturday being a day for Mixed matches, while Sunday sees matches between men’s teams and women’s teams. For full details, please see the Four Nations 2016 mini-site.

Saturday 16th Sunday 17th
0900 1200 1500 0900 1130 1400
4th James Pougher Adrian Meikle James Pougher Adrian Meikle  James Pougher Adrian Meikle
3rd Laura Beever Dawn Watson Lisa Peters Richard Pougher  Adrian Meikle Richard Pougher
2nd Alistair Reid Simon Meyers David Peek Rhys Phillips  Andrew Tanner Rhys Phillips
1st Emily Sandwith Rachel McCann Lydia Tanner Simon Meyers  David Peek Simon Meyers
England Ireland Scotland England Ireland Scotland
4th Andrew Tanner Richard Pougher Andrew Tanner Dawn Watson Laura Beever Dawn Watson
3rd Lisa Peters Hilary Hogg Hilary Hogg Hilary Hogg Lisa Peters Hilary Hogg
2nd David Peek Rhys Phillips Alistair Reid Rachel McCann Emily Sandwith Rachel McCann
1st Lydia Tanner Delyth Glyn Jones Emily Sandwith Delyth Glyn Jones Lydia Tanner Delyth Glyn Jones

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

First Province of Wales beaten by Preston, who retain Kershaw Cup

Wales have failed to take back the Kershaw Cup from Preston Curling Club today, which makes 2015 the first time in recent years that the trophy has been retained.

The format is for three teams from each club to play two matches, rather than a full round robin. The total number of shots scored by all three Wales teams is then compared to the total number of shots scored by Preston.

Summary of play

Initially the first session looked fairly even, but despite some close matchplay there was a a 10-shot lead in favour of Preston by the end of the first matches. The half-way score stood at 26-16, with the biggest single score being for Tommy Campbell (14-4).  The second session was a closer affair, with one match drawn and another win for Wales, but the overall gap just widened to leave Preston 46-34 ahead.

The team which makes the highest number of total shots is named “Top Rink”, and the teams skipped by P Atherton (Preston) and A Robbins (Wales) shared the honours there, as both teams won both their matches and scored a total of 19 shots.

The Kershaw Cup, an annual contest between the First Province of Wales and the Preston Curling Club, takes place at the South of Scotland Ice Rink in Lockerbie, as neither Preston nor the Queensferry area has curling ice available for such a contest.

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.