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.
With there only being 3 sheets of ice available at Fenton’s Curling Rink, the weekend is organised over three days rather than the normal 2. Because of that, the competition between Wales and Ireland will not begin until tomorrow.
In the first set of matches, against England, both teams performed consistently, and Andrew Tanner’s team managed to post a commanding lead which just kept growing. At the halfway stage they held a 8-shot lead over Tommy Campbell’s at 8-0, and went on to claim victory 12-2. Laura’s team also played well, but the scoreline was tighter: after 4 ends they led Phil Barton by just 1 shot (3-2) although they went on to claim victory by 8 shots to 3. It means Wales have a 15-shot lead overall in the contest for the Kay Trophy.
The second session saw Wales up against Scotland, and once again there was a one-sided match and a tight one. Adrian Meikle had little trouble in his game against James Carswell, giving up just one shot in the entire match to win 12-1. There was a much closer contest in the match between Chris Wells and Richard Stevenson, with the scores level at 5-5 going into the 7th and final end. After a mistake from Scotland gave Chris the chance, he played a perfect heavy draw to move a Scottish stone and take 2, giving Wales a 13-shot lead in the contest for Big Bertha (The Welsh Stone).
It means Wales have a good chance of retaining the Welsh Stone for another year, after holding it for 3 years. It is also difficult to see how England can retain the Kay Trophy, as they are 15 shots down – though they will no doubt be keen to retain it and prevent Wales having a chance at taking a Triple Crown, last achieved in 2013.