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.

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 2015 Day Two

In brief:

Wales 30-22 England (Final)

Wales 19-6 Scotland,

Wales 17-4 Ireland,

Play is still continuing on the second day of this year’s Four Nations, but with no more matches for Wales until tomorrow we can announce that Wales have already won a trophy.  They secured the Kay Trophy against England, after taking a 15-shot overnight lead into the final matches today. Wales also started their campaign against Ireland today, where the lead is much more modest. Continue reading

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