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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.

Summer League: enter and play until late June

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A curling 'hack', which looks rather like a sprint race's starting blockWe have secured ice to run a Summer League this season.

In this competition we will have a mix of new players and established curlers.  Beginners should be placed in a team along with an experienced player either as a fellow player or a mentor.

If you have never attempted Curling before, please do not sign up here. Instead, check out our TryCurling information and request a session.

Match Times

Games will start at 6pm and 8pm, and last up to 2h (8 ends).  If possible, please arrive 10 minutes beforehand, to get equipment, complete the coin toss and be ready as soon as the ice is empty.  Most sessions will take place on a Monday – but there are exceptions.

Next Summer League sessions:

Cost

  • £11 per adult (per match)
  • £6 for under-21s

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Final Premier League Table 2013/14

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Apologies for the delayed post. The final premier league table for 2013/14 is as follows:

Team Played Won Lost Peeled Shot Diff Ends Points
DCC 11 9 1 1 29 45 19
SWK 11 8 3 0 31 45 16
CQS 11 7 4 0 22 44 14
MWV 11 5 4 2 23 42 12
MWK 11 5 4 2 16 40 12
CQC 11 6 5 0 -10 39 12
DMM 11 5 5 1 -1 37 11
SSL 11 4 6 1 -3 36 9
DEB 11 3 6 2 -16 33 8
AV06 11 3 7 1 -22 37 7
WH 11 3 8 0 -30 33 6
AV73 11 3 8 0 -39 32 6

Spring League: for Beginners and established players

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A curling 'hack', which looks rather like a sprint race's starting blockNext Monday (31st March) we begin the Spring League.

In this competition we will have a mix of new players and established curlers.  Beginners should be placed in a team along with an experienced player either as a fellow player or a mentor.

If you have never attempted Curling before, please do not sign up here. Instead, check out our TryCurling information and request a session.

Match Times

Games will start at 5pm, 6:30pm and 8pm, and last up to 1h30 (6 ends).  If possible, please arrive 5 minutes beforehand, to get equipment, complete the coin toss and be ready as soon as the ice is empty.

Cost

  • £8 per adult (per match)
  • £4 for under-21s

Why should I play in the Spring League?

Beginners: You are no doubt looking forward to playing your first competitive match.

Existing club members: We know most of you will not have played for a few weeks. Now is your chance!

If you would like to play on either or both 31st March or 7th April, please get in touch with Dawn now. Entries will close tomorrow morning, Tuesday 25th March.

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If the 2-week version of the Spring League is a success, we may continue curling at Deeside until June. Please wait for more information on this front…

Winter Olympic Curling

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The 22nd Winter Olympic Games have taken place in Sochi, Russia, with Curling at the Games hosted at the Ice Cube Arena, from Monday 10th February until Friday 21st February.

Great Britain’s ladies took bronze by beating Switzerland in a very tight winner-takes-all match, while the men surprised some fans and commentators alike by reaching the final to win Silver. You can review both the men’s and women’s performances online – details of coverage are on the BBC website.

This event or equipment for it has been part- or fully-funded by the Development Assistance Programme of the World Curling FederationAfter the Olympics, there will be the opportunity to Try Curling at Deeside (the first 4 Mondays of March).  If you have been before, you are welcome to have another go.  Current FPOW members are asked to come down as normal and help out. You can also download our TryCurling Session Poster for more info or to advertise our events.

FPOW Premier League Round 10 Results

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Results of round 10 of the Premier League are as follows:

End Total Shot Result
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
DCC 1 7 1 2 11 9 4 W
SWK 2 2 -9 1 L
SSL 2 1 1 4 -3 3 L
CQS 1 4 1 1 7 3 4 W
DMM 1 2 3 3 1 10 8 5 W
AV06 1 1 2 -8 2 L
AV73 1 3 2 2 2 10 4 5 W
CQC 3 3 6 -4 2 L
DEB 2 1 4 2 9 4 4 W
WH 2 2 1 5 -4 3 L
MWV 2 4 5 2 13 0 4 P
MWK 5 2 6 13 0 3 P

League Cup Round 4 Results

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The results of round 4 of the league cup on 13th Jan were as follows:

End Total Shot Result
Lane Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
A DEB 0 1 4 5 0 2 P
AV73 0 1 2 1 1 5 0 4 P
B CQC 2 1 1 1 5 -3 11 L
DMM 2 2 1 3 8 3 12 W
C DCC 2 1 1 4 -8 3 L
MWV 4 2 2 3 1 12 8 5 W
D CQS 1 2 1 3 3 10 3 5 W
MWK 3 1 3 7 -3 3 L
E SSL 1 1 1 3 -3 3 L
AV06 2 1 1 2 6 3 4 W
F SWK 1 1 1 1 4 1 4 W
WH 1 1 1 3 -1 3 L

Results from round 9 of the FPOW Premier League.

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The results from round 9 of the league on 27th Jan are as follows:

End Total Shot Result
Lane Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Shots Diff Ends
A MWK 2 1 3 2 8 3 4 W
AV06 1 3 1 5 -3 3 L
B AV73 2 3 5 -1 2 L
WH 1 1 1 3 6 1 4 W
C SSL 1 3 1 5 -2 3 L
MWV 3 1 1 2 7 2 4 W
D DCC 1 4 1 3 9 2 4 W
DEB 1 1 4 1 7 -2 4 L
E DMM 2 3 5 -4 2 L
CQS 1 2 1 2 2 1 9 4 6 W
F CQC 1 2 1 2 1 7 4 5 W
SWK 2 1 3 -4 2 L

ValentineSpiel 2014

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Last year, 6 teams competed at the ValentineSpiel, and it was Laura Beever’s team who emerged winners.  This year there are still spaces to enter this year’s competition, which we hope to make bigger than last year, and all players will get a prize, so please do check out the details and enter a team.

Four Nations 2014 – final results

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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 2014 Day One

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In brief:

Wales 12-20 England,

Wales 18-13 Ireland,

Wales 21-8 Scotland

The first day of this year’s Four Nations has seen a mixed bag of results. It was Mixed match day for Wales on Saturday, with the first of two sets of matches against each nation needed to gain or retain the relevant trophy. Continue reading