National Curling Calendar

The new season is almost upon us!

The national squad for both Men’s and Mixed European competitions is well-established, but entries are still open until Tuesday 10th September only for Senior Men, Senior Ladies and Mixed Doubles entries.

Full details of the timings of these competitions, and the schedule of curling both at Deeside and elsewhere, please see the full Wales Curling Calendar 2013-14.

Meikle triumphs at Welsh Championships

Team Meikle - Welsh Champions 2013

Team Meikle: Rhys Phillips (lead), Richard Pougher (second), Andy Tanner (third) & Adrian Meikle (skip) (l-r)

Team Meikle, made up of four regular Deeside curlers, emerged triumphant at the inaugural Pain Matters Welsh Championships. It was the first time a formal national Championships had been held, and partly because of this there were just three teams entered.

Team Meikle - Welsh Champions 2013 (arty)It was an assured performance from Adrian Meikle’s team, who were also made up of Rhys Phillips (lead), Richard Pougher (second) and Andy Tanner (third). Their first game, against the team led by Chris Wells, saw Adrian’s team continually stealing single shots to take the victory. In their second, Meikle controlled the match against Andrew Robbins and ended up taking a win by 8 shots, 10-2. The weekend was only a single Round Robin format, with each team playing the others once, and the other match ended with a win for Chris Wells against Andrew Robbins. Dumfries Ice Bowl - flagsA second round might have been preferred but was not possible due to ice availability at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

In previous years, a competition known as the Welsh Playdowns took place during the first weekend of March – in order to qualify to represent Wales at the European Curling Championships. However, with curling receiving significant funding and taking off across many nations across Europe, Wales was no longer able to stay competitive in the B-Division and the men were relegated last December – 12 months after the ladies suffered the same fate.

In order to try and develop national prospects, and to make sure the best of a limited pool of curlers played in a single team, teams to represent Wales is now to be determined by a selection process, which takes place next weekend.

As not all curlers wish to compete on the international stage, the Welsh National Championships were devised as a way to increase the number of curlers competing over the weekend formerly occupied by the Playdowns, by removing the expectation that the winners would then represent Wales. It is hoped the change will mean more players take part next year.

Dumfries World Record - 2013

Dumfries’ curlers continued for several hours after breaking the record

Also taking place over the weekend was Dumfries Ice Bowl Curling Association’s successful attempt to regain the World Record for the longest Marathon Curling match – they eventually stopped after 73 hours, 6 minutes and 52 seconds.

Welsh National Championships

The Welsh National Championships will take place in Dumfries on the first weekend of March. Teams will not be automatically be expected to represent Wales at European or World level if victorious – this will be determined via the Curling Performance Programme.

For more details about this event or the venue, please visit the event page for the Welsh Championships. Entry forms can also be found there to download.

Wales Curling Performance Programme

Historically, teams representing Wales on the international stage have formed themselves and competed at Playdowns (if there are sufficient teams to warrant it) to decide on who has the right to go. With continually-rising standards in other nations, the Welsh Curling Association have made the decision to move to a selection policy instead.

The new selection policy has not changed the eligibility criteria.

Full details can be found in the Selection Policy Document. Continue reading

Welsh Bonspiel – final

Thirds in the head

Third players in the head as Woolston (l) and Horton (far r) throw skip stones

The deciding match of the Welsh Bonspiel was set up between the teams skipped by Andrew Woolston and Ken Horton. Andrew’s team qualified from the Red section with a perfect win-loss record, and an impressive shot difference (+27). Ken took one peel from the Green section matches, going into the final with a 7-2 win over John Brown’s rink to give them a 1-end advantage over Graeme Adam.silver plate and 4 miniature wooden curling stonesThe final started with Ken Horton having last-stone advantage, but he was unable to make great use and the first end finished with the Horton rink taking just a single shot.

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Welsh Bonspiel – round 4

The final round in the group stages of the Welsh Bonspiel – played on Sunday morning – led to the teams skipped by Andrew Woolston and Ken Horton finished top of their sections.

Team Points Ends Shots +/- Team Points Ends Shots +/-
A Woolston 8 17 40 27 K Horton 7 18 29 14
A Carr 6 16 24 9 G Adam 7 17 29 12
M Yuille 5 16 28 9 C Martin 6 18 27 7
R Mackenzie 5 10 19 1 J Manson 4 16 32 8
H Stewart 4 17 32 16 A Meikle 4 15 24 -5
H Meikle 4 12 24 -12 J Brown 4 10 21 -6
A Robbins 4 11 22 -13 L Beever 2 16 24 -3
E Smith 2 13 20 -8 A Lyon 2 14 20 -10
P Bowyer 2 12 19 -8 N Murray 2 13 21 -14
K Preston 0 10 14 -20 J Carswell 2 13 20 -3

The results meant Carr and Adam would play-off for the J & M Trophy, and Martin and Yuille met in the match for the Stan Williams Trophy.

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Welsh Bonspiel – Round 3

Here are the results from the third match of the Welsh Bonspiel. There is now just one more match to play in the main draw.

Red Section

P Bowyer 4
H Meikle 6
H Stewart 3
A Carr 6
R Mackenzie 7
E Smith 2
A Woolston 14
A Robbins 1
K Preston 3
M Yuille 11

Green Section

J Brown 7
L Beever 6
A Meikle 10
A Lyon 3
K Horton 5
G Adam 5
C Martin 6
J Carswell 5
J Manson 9
N Murray 3

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Welsh Bonspiel – round two

Here are the results of the second round in the Welsh Bonspiel.

Red Section

R   Mackenzie 6
M Yuille 6
P Bowyer 4
A Woolston 7
H Stewart 12
A Robbins 2
K Preston 9
H Meikle 10
A Carr 9
E Smith 2

Green Section

J Manson 2
K Horton 10
J Brown 2
G Adam 8
J Carswell 7
A Lyon 7
L Beever 8
N Murray 10
C Martin 7
A Meikle 6


Team Points Ends Shots +/- Team Points Ends Shots +/-
H Stewart 4 12 26 22 K Horton 4 11 17 9
A Carr 4 8 15 9 G Adam 4 8 16 9
A Woolston 4 6 14 5 J Manson 2 8 18 5
P Bowyer 2 7 11 -1 N Murray 2 8 16 -2
A Robbins 2 6 12 -5 C Martin 2 8 13 0
H Meikle 2 4 12 -5 J Carswell 2 7 12 0
M Yuille 1 8 11 -2 J Brown 2 6 12 -2
R Mackenzie 1 6 10 -2 L Beever 1 7 13 -2
K Preston 0 7 14 -6 A Lyon 1 7 12 -3
E Smith 0 6 7 -9 A Meikle 0 5 9 -14


Welsh Bonspiel – round one

Here are the results from the first matches in the 2012 Welsh Bonspiel.

These matches were played on Friday 26th October.

Ena Smith 5
Andrew   Woolston 7
Andrew   Robbins 10
Keith   Preston 5
Michael   Yuille 5
Peter   Bowyer 7
Andrew Carr 6
Richard   Mackenzie 4
Hugh   Stewart 14
Hugh Meikle 2

Those results are from the Red Section, the following are from the Green section.

Graeme Adam 8
Alistair   Lyon 5
Adrian   Meikle 3
Janice   Manson 16
John   Brown 10
Nigel   Murray 6
Ken   Horton 7
Colin   Martin 6
Laura   Beever 5
James Carswell 5

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