Bonspiel Round-Up 2022/23

Summer Cup 2022

Starting their seasons earlier than most, the team of Garry Coombs, Rhys Phillips, Richard Pougher, Laura Beever travelled to Zoetermeer in the Netherlands to play in the Summer Cup (26th - 28th August). They finished the competition as runners-up and were also able to sneak in a Park Run.

Dumfries Lions 2022

It was double success for Wales at the Dumfries Lions (17th - 18th September) with Team Pougher winning the High Road and Team Beever winning the Low Road. 

Welsh teams have attended the competition for many years, and it serves as a great warm up for the upcoming season. Everyone plays 6 shorter games over the course of the weekend so it gives you a chance to play lots of different teams. This year, the competition managed to raise around £900 for the Lion’s charitable causes.

Kinross International Friendly Bonspiel 2022

Andrew Tanner, Richard Pougher, Judith Glazier, Gary Waddell came together to compete at the Kinross International Friendly Bonspiel (23rd - 25th September).

Forfar Open 2022

Team Pougher continued their early season success by winning the Forfar Open (15th -16th October).

On day one the team won one and lost one, but managed to win both on day two to qualify for the final. They had a strong team performance in the final, with lots of stones in play and managed to win and take the trophy.

It was a wonderful weekend, with great ice, which was the perfect preparation for Europeans.

I’Anson 2022

Welsh Curling was well represented at the I'Anson competition in Stranraer (11th - 13th November), organised by Preston Curling Club.

Congratulations to Team Pougher who retained the magnificent I'Anson Trophy, to Team Meikle who had the same number of points but slightly fewer ends and won the Meggatt Rose Bowl for placing second, and to Team Beever who won 3 out of their 4 games and placed 4th, winning the Stroyan Cup.

Team Pougher was skipped by Garry Coombs with Richard Pougher stepping in as a sub in place of James. The team won their first three games to set up a final against a fellow Welsh team, Team Meikle. It was a close game which ended with Garry drawing through a port and stopping just in time to get a one and peel the game. This meant Team Pougher won the trophy due to more ends over the weekend.

Kelso Mixed Invitational 2022

Two teams from Welsh Curling took part at the Kelso Mixed Invitational (26th -27th November), with Team Pougher finishing in second place. The team was skipped by Richard Pougher, alongside Laura Beever, Gary Waddell and Anna Carruthers. 

Whilst in Kelso, the teams were able to enjoy the local Christmas lights switch-on, as well as sample Richard’s homemade bara brith!

Haggis 2023

Two Welsh teams entered the Haggis (21st - 22nd January) at Greenacres this year. On one team there was Laura Beever, Judith Glazier, Richard Pougher and Anna Carruthers. On the other, Garry Coombs, Rhys Phillips, Andrew Tanner and Martin Lloyd. Adrian Meikle also competed, filling in as a sub on the English Men’s team. 

On Saturday evening, everyone enjoyed a lovely haggis supper, prepared by the Greenacres team. 

Irish Curling Association Mixed 2023

Taking part in a mixed team competition organised by our good friends in the Irish Curling Association, was Garry Coombs, Laura Beever, Rhys Phillips and Judith Glazier. As Ireland is also without a curling rink, the competition took place in Stranraer (25th - 26th February). 

Kinross Over 40s

In preparation for the World Senior Curling Championships 2023 in South Korea, the Welsh Senior Men took part in the Kinross Over 40s (14th - 15th January) and came away with the win.

Team Meikle is skipped by Adrian Meikle, alongside Andy Tanner, Richard Pougher and Gary Waddell.

Kershaw Cup 2023

Every year, Preston Curling Club invites the First Province of Wales to compete for the Kershaw Cup (4th March). This annual competition is played between the two clubs with a cumulative shots up format across six games.

FPOW successfully defended their title from 2022 with a 63-48 victory.

The trophy was presented to the highest scoring team of Andrew Tanner, Rhys Phillips, Luke Meyers and Dan Stroud.

Dalyrmple Cup 2023

The team that played the ICA Mixed event were back in action for the Dalyrmple Cup, again at Stranraer (24th - 26th March). Last year, the team made it all the way to the final, which lasted nearly four hours! 

Unfortunately, they were unable to replicate that feat this year, reaching the quarter finals. However, they still had a brilliant time and thoroughly enjoyed the North West Castle’s hospitality.