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Welcome to the online home of Welsh Curling!

If you’ve never seen or experienced the winter sport of Curling, it is a team sport played on ice, featuring heavy granite stones, strange devices that look a little like kitchen brooms and absolutely never any ice skates.  To find out more about how curling works, check out About Curling.

For general information about Curling in Wales take a look at our information pack, or contact the First Province of Wales Membership Officer, Richard Pougher, at membership@welshcurling.org.uk

If you want to come and have a go, see TryCurling.

New 2014-15 Season: information

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Welcome back to Curling at Deeside for the 2014-15 season! We start FPOW  competitions on Monday 8th September, with lots of new members.

Playing structure

Over the next 3-4 months, we will run 2 separate Monday leagues for play at 6pm and 8pm. In each session, there is an uneven number of teams, and so every week one team will not compete (a “bye”). Please check the attached documents to ensure you know when your team will be playing. Continue reading

Membership and Ice Fees 2014/15

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At the annual general meeting in May it was resolved that membership and ice fees would provisionally stay at the same levels as 2013-2014 but that the committee would make an updated proposal to the members early in the 2014 season when the number of players and the league format was better understood. This note outlines the proposed membership fees for 2014-15 and the ice fees which will apply for the first part of the season. The proposed system of ice fees is a change for the club, it will be reviewed towards the end of the first session and any adjustments deemed necessary will be put to the members.

Membership Fees

Our objective is that the membership fees should cover the fixed costs of running the club. The single largest cost is insurance, we insure the members agaist injury and insure the equipment we own or use including 96 stones which might cost £25,000 to replace. We need to maintain and replace this equipment, including one set of stones which are nearing the end of their life . We pay a membership fee to the Welsh Curling Association and through the WCA we receive financial support from the World Curling Federation which helps fund development activity.

A balanced budget for 2014 can be achieved by maintaining memebrship fees at the 2013-14 level of :-

Adult Member                       £50

Junior Member (under 21)   £20

Social Member                      £20

Ice Fees

Our objective is that ice fees should cover the cost (£632 per session in 2014) of hiring the ice rink. In recent years the club has operated on a pay per game basis, this means that the level of income is uncertain and we have had to charge a higher fee per game to allow for teams who cannot field four players. Other curling clubs (and other sports) levy a fixed fee per year regardless of the number of games played, this simplifies the club’s finances but disadvantages members who cannot play every week.

For 2014 pay per game will still be available but we encourage as many members as possible to pay for the first series of 12 games as a package and will offer a discounted season ticket. We also want as many games as possible to be played with a full rink of players by drawing on the players from the other session, teams with a bye and the reserve list. To encourage this members who are signed up to a team for the initial 12 week season (either pay per game or pay in advance) will not pay when substituting for another team, members from the reserve list substituting will pay on a per game basis. Pay per game fees will be as 2013-14.

The proposed ice fees for the first half of the 2014-15 season are

Adult pay per game                                      £11

Junior/Wheelie                                              £6

Adult 12 games season ticket                     £110

Junior/wheelie 12 games season               £70

For teams with more than four members season tickets can be exchanged between members but the individual members need to make their own arrangements for internal team finances.

Practice on spare ice will be free but cannot be booked.

How to Pay

Membeship fees are payable at the start of the year and are collected by cash or cheque at the first Monday curling session, season tickets can be purchased at the same time. Pay per game fees will continue to be collected with the score cards at the end of each game.

Curling from September

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We are just 1 month away from the start of the new season! Please remember, if you want to play in either our 6pm or 8pm league, we need your form back this Sunday (9th August) at the latest. If you can’t find an email with your form attached, please contact Dawn & Adrian straightaway.

The actual structure of the league will be finalised over the next fortnight or so, once the deadline for entries has passed. Please do not ignore this, as if we have not heard from you we will have to assume you do not want to play next season, and we do not expect there to be space for people who have not registered to just turn up on Monday 8th September.

The waiting game…

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It’s now July, and the summer off-season is upon us.

We won’t be curling at Deeside again until September, which at only 8 weeks away is much closer than in most years. Even so, it seems the break is going to be difficult to manage for some of our new players. Here’s an extract from an email we recently received.

Hi,
Tomorrow night is the last night of the extended Summer League and already feeling sad!!
We came along to a ” Try Curling” session in March and have been hooked ever since, and look forward to Monday evenings with great excitement.  We have met and made new friends and acquaintances in this short period of time and look forward to continuing in this tactical, stimulating and often frustrating sport!

The final arrangements for the new season, including the format and number of teams, is still being worked out – but we expect to start League curling on Monday 8th September.

If you are an existing FPOW member, or started in the last 12 months and have been playing in the Summer League, you should soon hear from us to get your preferences for next season. If you want to play in the 2014-15 season, we need you to let us know.

Results from the 18:00 Summer Fixtures on 23/06/2014

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Team End Total Shot
Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
0 0 0
0 0 0
Team Tesco 0 2 1 0 0 3 -3 2
Team Robinson Nugent-Jones 1 0 0 3 2 6 3 3
0 0 0
0 0 0
Team Rigby Williams 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 -5 2
Junior Girls 0 2 4 0 1 1 8 5 4
Wheelies 1 0 5 7 1 14 12 4
Team Fletcher 0 2 0 0 0 2 -12 1
Team Newbould 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 1 4
Team Fyffe 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 -1 2

Results from the 18:00 Summer Fixtures on 16/06/2014

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Team End Total Shot
Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
Team Robinson Nugent-Jones 2 0 0 0 6 8 0 2
Team Fletcher 0 5 2 1 0 8 0 3
Team Tesco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -6 0
Wheelies 1 1 2 1 1 0 6 6 5
Team JJ 2 1 0 1 4 3 3
Ted / Rigby Williams 0 0 1 0 1 -3 1
0 0 0
0 0 0
Team Fyffe 2 0 0 0 1 3 -2 2
Mixed 0 1 1 3 0 5 2 3
Team Stone 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 -2 2
Junior Girls 1 1 1 0 0 1 4 2 4

Results from the 20:00 Summer Fixtures on 09/06/2014

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Team End Total Shot
Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
0 0 0
0 0 0
Team Warrington 1 1 0 2 0 2 5 2 3
Team Huddersfield 0 2 0 1 0 3 -2 2
Brush With Death 0 0 1 0 4 5 3 2
Team BB 0 1 0 1 0 2 -3 2
Team Harris 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 -6 2
Team Kerry 1 3 0 0 1 3 8 6 4
Quay Curlers 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 -3 2
Team KJ 0 1 1 1 2 1 0 6 3 5
Team AL 0 1 1 0 2 0 4 0 3
Team DM 1 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 3