Christine Black donates to support English Curling National Championships

Long-time England curling supporter, Christine Black, has donated to the English Curling Association to fund the running of the 2020 National Championships. Christine, who passed away in 2017, was the honorary vice president of the English Curling Association and worked hard to advocate for women’s curling throughout her lifetime.

English Curling President, Andrew Reed, said about the donation: “Christine had told her family, who are all great followers of English Curling, that she wanted to do something to support the association. She was keen to build a curling rink, but her husband Colin thought the logistics were too complicated! Therefore, the family have kindly donated to fund our new English Championship week where we’ve been able to employ Jamie Danbrook’s specialist ice services for the event. A big thank you to Christine Black and family for the funding and ongoing support to the association.”

Thank you to all the supporters and sponsors for the English Championship week, and especially to Christine Black and the Dumfries Ice Bowl.

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Andrew Woolston wins English men’s championships

Team Woolston, skipped by Andrew Woolston, has won the 2020 English National Championships and will go forward to represent England at the 2020 European Curling Championships in the B Division (location TBC). The team, comprising Andrew Reed, Scott Gibson, Fraser Clark and Ben Fowler, defeated Team Retchless in an exciting and close final which ended 10-7.

Andrew Woolston said about the event: “We had a good start to the competition with three strong wins, then a costly Saturday saw us drop to 3-2 record. The game on Sunday morning became meaningless to the final, so the game was called off. The team played great in the final and really turned up the heat from end five onwards. It was great to come away with the win after a very long season.

We would like to thank Dumfries Ice Bowl for their continued support, Jamie Danbrook for great ice, all the officials who worked hard to get everything organised and finally, a big thanks to the Arthur/Black family for sponsorship of the event and their continued support. We look forward to representing England at the European Championships.”

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Team Woolston (L-R) Andrew Reed, Andrew Woolston, Scott Gibson, Fraser Clark and Ben Fowler 

Well done to Team Woolston and all winners across the Championship week.

 

Men’s teams

Team Brand – Stuart Brand, Cameron Clark, Martin Gregory and Dan Arrandale

Team Rees – Owen Rees, Jamie White, Stephen Lea, Mark Foley and Ben Everly

Team Retchless – Rob Retchless, Greg Dunn, Jonathan Havercroft, Ian Gasson and James Burman

Team Woolston – Andrew Woolston, Andrew Reed, Scott Gibson, Fraser Clark and Ben Fowler

 

Schedule

Day one – 6 Feb 

7pm – Brand vs Rees, Retchless vs Woolston

Day two – 7 Feb 

10am – Rees vs Retchless, Woolston vs Brand

5pm – Brand vs Retchless, Woolston vs Rees

Day three – 8 Feb

10am – Brand vs Woolston, Retchless vs Rees

3pm – Woolston vs Retchless, Rees vs Brand

Day four – 9 Feb

10am – Rees vs Woolston, Retchless vs Brand

3pm – Final

 

Team Garnier win English National Championships

Hetty Garnier’s team defeated Team Farnell in a best-of-five format at the English National Championships – they will represent England in the B Division at the 2020 European Curling Championships in November (location TBC). Team Garnier won the first two games, lost the third and won the fourth game 10-2 in six ends. The team, made up of Anna Fowler, Naomi Robinson, Lucy Sparks and Lorna Rettig, will return to the European Championships after a four-year hiatus.

Hetty said about the win: “The team is so happy to have won the championships this year. We really enjoyed competing together again after a few years away, especially with such great ice conditions all weekend. Thanks to everyone involved for making it happen.”

Women

Team Garner –(L-R) Hetty Garnier, Anna Fowler, Naomi Robinson, Lucy Sparks and Lorna Rettig

Women’s teams

Team Garner – Hetty Garnier, Anna Fowler, Naomi Robinson, Lucy Sparks and Lorna Rettig

Team Farnell – Lisa Farnell, Sydney Boyd, Kitty Conlin and Niamh Fenton

 

Women’s results

Day one – 7 Feb

5pm – Garnier vs Farnell 8-2

Day two – 8 Feb

10am – Farnell vs Garnier 5-7

3pm – Garnier vs Farnell 3-10

Day three – 9 Feb

10am – Farnell vs Garnier 2-10

3pm – Garnier vs Farnell (game not required)

 

Team Fowler to represent England at World Championships

Anna and Ben Fowler completed an unbeaten run at the English Mixed Doubles Curling Championships with a convincing 8-2 win over Farnell/Havercroft in the last game of the Championship round-robin. The win is their fourth Mixed Doubles title together as a pair, and each have five titles individually.

Ben Fowler said about the competition: “It feels great to get a win in the final, especially after playing so well throughout the round-robin. We’re excited to have the chance to represent England in the first World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships with an A Division. It’s also always special to play in Canada! Thanks goes to Anna for making all the shots in the final and to the ice team (including Jamie Danbrook and Graham Sloan) who gave us perfect ice conditions all tournament.”

The team will be representing England at the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships which will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia in April.

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Ben and Anna Fowler

 

Mixed Doubles teams

Lisa Farnell and Jonathan Havercroft

Anna Fowler and Ben Fowler

Bethan White and Owen Rees

Rachael Hotchkiss and Mark Foley

Lina Opel and Michael Opel

Kitty Conlin and Ian Gasson

 

Mixed Doubles results

Day one – 1 Feb

13.30

White/Rees vs Hotchkiss/Foley 7-4

Opel/Opel vs Conlin/Gasson 7-5

Farnell/Havercroft vs Fowler/Fowler 3-6

18.00

Opel/Opel vs Farnell/Havercroft 1-8

Fowler/Fowler vs White/Rees 9-0

Hotchkiss/Foley vs Conlin/Gasson 9-3

Day two – 2 Feb

14.30

White/Rees vs Farnell/Havercroft 0-10

Hotchkiss/Foley vs Opel/Opel 6-5 (Extra End)

Conlin/Gasson vs Fowler/Fowler 1-16

19.00

Conlin/Gasson vs Farnell/Havercroft 1-8

White/Rees vs Opel/Opel 6-3

Fowler/Fowler vs Hotchkiss/Foley 10-2

Day three – 3 Feb

10.00

Farnell/Havercroft vs Hotchkiss/Foley 9-4

Opel/Opel vs Fowler/Fowler 1-11

Conlin/Gasson vs White/Rees 6-7

14.30

P1/P2 vs P3 – Fowler/Fowler vs White/Rees 6-2

19.00

P1/P2 vs P3 – Farnell/Havercroft vs White/Rees (not played)

Day four – 4 Feb

10.00

P1 vs P2 Fowler/Fowler vs Farnell/Havercroft 8-2

 

Tapp beats Topping and Tranmer to senior men’s title

Team Tapp, made up of Gary Tapp, Mike Spain, Mike Robinson and Alastair Fyfe, have won the 2020 English Senior Men’s Championships. They had an impressive round-robin run, winning all but one of their games. The team faced 2019 champions, Team Tranmer, in the final – a close game which they won 8-5.

Gary Tapp said about winning his first senior title: “I’m absolutely elated! The team has given everything and have all played their part by making vital shots when needed. Thanks also goes to coach – Elaine Spain – who had strong words for us on occasions during the event! We will be on cloud nine for a long time and can’t wait for the experience of playing a World Championship Event in Canada.”

The team have won the right to represent England at the 2020 World Senior Curling Championships which will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia in April.

Senior-men

Team Tapp (L-R) – Gary Tapp, Mike Spain, Elaine Spain (Coach), Mike Robinson and Alastair Fyfe 

Senior men’s teams

Team Tranmer – David Tranmer, Phil Townsend, Richard Jachnik, Graham Stanley and William Bramton

Team Topping – Guy Topping, Peter Topping, Peter Alexander, Rick Wiggans and Tommy Campbell

Team Tapp – Gary Tapp, Mike Spain, Mike Robinson and Alastair Fyfe

 

Senior men’s results

Day one – 1 Feb

13.30 – Tranmer vs Topping 4-8

18.00 – Topping vs Tapp 6-11

Day two – 2 Feb

10.00 – Tapp vs Tranmer 8-3

14.30 – Topping vs Tranmer 3-14

19.00 – Tapp vs Topping 8-5

Day three – 3 Feb

10.00 – Tranmer vs Tapp 5-9

14.30 – Tapp vs Topping 9-4

19.00 – Topping vs Tranmer 5-15

Day four – 4 Feb

10.00 – Tranmer vs Tapp 8-7

14.30 – Final – Tapp vs Tranmer 8-5

 

 

Judith Dixon to represent England for seventh consecutive year

Team Dixon have won the England Senior Women’s Championship for the seventh consecutive year, beating Team Duncan in a close best-of-five contest. Judith’s team, made up of Angela Wilcox, Helen Forbes and Debbie Higgins, won the first game of the championship – 10-4 – but the teams swapped wins, leaving the record at 2-2 after four games. This meant a final game was played to decide the winner. Team Dixon won this game convincingly by a margin of 0-10.

Lead, Debbie Higgins, said about the championship: “We took the scenic route, but we got there in the end!”

The team have won the right to represent England at the 2020 World Senior Curling Championships which will take place in Kelowna, British Columbia in April.

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Team Dixon (L-R) Judith Dixon, Angela Wilcox, Helen Forbes and Debbie Higgins

Senior women’s teams

Team Duncan – Jennie Duncan, Val Saville, Jacqui Taylor and Karen Shaw

Team Dixon – Judith Dixon, Angela Wilcox, Helen Forbes and Debbie Higgins

 

Senior women’s results

Day one – 1 Feb

13.30 – Duncan vs Dixon 4-10

Day two – 2 Feb

10.00 – Dixon vs Duncan 4-6

14.30 – Dixon vs Duncan 11-3

Day three – 3 Feb

10.00 – Duncan vs Dixon (if required) 11-3

14.30 – Duncan vs Dixon (if required) 0-10

 

Four men’s teams challenging for the 2020 English title 

In less than weeks’ timefour of the top English men’s teams will be competing to win the right to represent England at the 2020 European Curling Championships. Last years’ winning team, skipped by Andrew Reed, has combined with Andrew Woolston’s rink to form a new outfit for this season. They will take on Team Retchless, Team Rees and Team Brand over the four-day competition that will start on Thursday 6 February. The teams will play a double round robin followed by a final, which will take place on Sunday 9 February. 

Andrew Reed and Andrew Woolston have played together in various formats for more than a decade but will now be back on the same team at the English Championships after a two-year hiatus.  

Andrew Woolston said about joining forces with Andrew Reed: “After losing out to Reedy two years in a row, we agreed that for the best interests of English Curling, Andrew and myself should team up in some form. With England being in the A-Division of the European Championships this year, I went as part of Team Reed which then tied led to us playing together. Playing the Europeans in Helsingborg was ten-year dream for me. Since 2010 we have been very close on various occasions, but never managed to achieve promotion. Having the experience of playing Europe’s best teams on great ice will help us at the English this week. 

This years’ championships will be as tough as the last 15 I have played, and our expectations is to curl as well as we can against all the teams. The key to success will be consistency, which hopefully by playing the World Qualification Event, competitions in Scotland and various training sessions at the National Curling Academy, we should have the hang of it.  

 

Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships, 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden

Andrew Woolston | © WCF / Richard Gray 

 

 

Gregg Dunn’s team has this year brought on a new player – Rob Retchless. Rob will join the long-established team formerly skipped by Greg Dunn. 

Greg said about the new line-up: “Rob Retchless is curling with us this year. He is an English Canadian curler who currently lives in Toronto, Canada, and is eligible to play for England via birth rightIn fact, most of us our team learned to curl on the other side of the Atlantic. Though fundamentally the game doesn’t differ anywhere in the world, Canada does have a lot of curlers, which leads to a higher quality of play.  

All the teams in the National Championships are important and we have a healthy rivalry and respect on ice against all of them. We’ve practiced regularly, have played in Canada and several other tournaments and have even beaten a couple of teams in the top 100 in the world rankings. We’re playing well, we’re winning and we’re ready!” 

 

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Greg Dunn | © WCF / Jeffrey Au 

 

Stuard Brand, who is the current English Mixed Champion, will be leading his men’s team into the arena for a third consecutive year.  

Stuart said about the competition: “We have played together as a team in the men’s championships last year, and three of us the previous year, so it’s been a bit of an evolution of the team over a few years. With the changes to the other top teams in the English men’s this year, the standard has become more demanding (Reed/Woolston merging and Dunn bringing in Rob Retchless from Canada). We know that we are not one of the favourites, but we believe that if we play at our best, we can give every team in the championship a serious challenge. 

During the championships, we’ll be focusing on sticking together when things aren’t going our way. It’s easy to be a solid team when winning, but how we react to adversity will define how the week goes. 

 

World Mixed Curling Championship 2019, Aberdeen, Scotland

Stuart Brand | © WCF / Richard Gray 

 

Owen Rees, who has done enormous amounts over the past years to support development of curling in England, will be leading his team into the championships. The team made up of Owen, Jamie White, Stephen Lea, Ben Everly, and Mark Foleyhave been playing together since the beginning of last season and curl out of Fenton’s Rink. 

Owen said: “We are incredibly proud to represent Fenton’s Rink! We have some fantastic curlers down here in the south of England, including other teams competing in the men’s and women’s championships at both adult and junior level. Fenton’s is a great facility that we are very lucky to have, as without it our curling options would be incredibly few and far between! Despite this, it is always fun to travel and play at other rinks, and we look forward to seeing everyone based further north. 

There are fewer teams this year, but we know it is likely to be tougher competition than ever before. Each of our opponents will present a tough challenge and will fully believe that they can get to the finals if they play their best. We expect all the games to be tough but know we can find success if we play our best as well. 

The event is free to watch live at the Dumfries Ice Bowl and some of the games will be streamed live on the Dumfries Curling YouTube channel. The scores will also be updated live on Curling Zone. 

Team line-ups and competition schedule included below. 

 

Men’s teams 

Team Brand – Stuart Brand, Cameron Clark, Martin Gregory and Dan Arrandale 

Team Rees – Owen Rees, Jamie White, Stephen Lea, Mark Foley and Ben Everly 

Team Retchless  Rob RetchlessGreg DunnJonathan HavercroftIan Gasson and James Burman 

Team Woolston – Andrew Woolston, Andrew Reed, Scott Gibson, Fraser Clark and Ben Fowler 

 

Schedule 

Day one – 6 Feb  

7pm – Brand vs Rees, Retchless vs Woolston 

Day two – 7 Feb  

10am – Rees vs Retchless, Woolston vs Brand 

5pm – Brand vs Retchless, Woolston vs Rees  

Day three – 8 Feb 

10am – Brand vs Woolston, Retchless vs Rees 

3pm – Woolston vs Retchless, Rees vs Brand 

Day four – 9 Feb 

10am – Rees vs Woolston, Retchless vs Brand 

3pm – Final  

Team Garnier re-form to take on Team Farnell in English Championships

Hetty Garnier will be leading three members of her 2015 European Junior B Championships winning team into the English National Championships after a two-year hiatus from women’s play. Hetty, Naomi Robinson and Lucy Sparks will be joined by the 87-cap experience of Lorna Rettig and Mixed Doubles player, Anna Fowler.

Hetty Garnier said about the re-formation: “Our team line-up is new for this season, so we’re just hoping to play some great curling whatever the outcome of the competition. Between us, we must have 400+ caps for England, having played for several years and across disciplines, so this experience should stand us in good stead.”

“Three of the team were on the squad which was the first ever to qualify for the Junior World Championships, so we know how to win! This helps boost our confidence and gives us a lot of knowledge to draw upon during the championships.”

World Junior Curling Championships 2015, Tallinn, Estonia

Hetty Garnier | © WCF 

The championships, which start on Friday 7 February, will see Team Garnier take on Team Farnell, led by three-time English Champion, Lisa Farnell. Lisa’s team narrowly missed out on promotion to the A Division at the recent European Championships, so will be looking to build on this performance to retain their title.

Skipper, Lisa Farnell, said about the competition: “We are really looking forward to the English Championships and building on the momentum we experienced in November at the Europeans. Euros was a great competition for us together as a new team and we learned a lot from the experience.”

“I’m excited that we have a new icemaker for the event – great ice conditions drive up shooting percentage for everyone, so I’m sure we’ll see great games across all the ECA championships. I’m also looking forward to the new combined championship format with Mixed Doubles and Women’s back-to-back. It will allow those of us competing in multiple events to really get used to the ice throughout the week, which should be a big advantage in the women’s/men’s events.”

Le Gruyere AOP European Curling Championships 2019, Helsingborg, Sweden

Lisa Farnell | © WCF / Celine Stucki

The two teams will play a best-of-five competition, where the first team to win three games will win the title.

The event is free to watch live at the Dumfries Ice Bowl and some of the games will be streamed live on the Dumfries Curling YouTube channel. The scores will also be updated live on Curling Zone.

Team line-ups and competition schedule included below.

Women’s teams

Team Garner – Hetty Garnier, Anna Fowler, Naomi Robinson, Lucy Sparks and Lorna Rettig

Team Farnell – Lisa Farnell, Sydney Boyd, Kitty Conlin and Niamh Fenton

Schedule

Day one – 7 Feb

5pm – Garnier vs Farnell

Day two – 8 Feb

10am – Farnell vs Garnier

3pm – Garnier vs Farnell

Day three – 9 Feb

10am – Farnell vs Garnier (if required)

5pm – Garnier vs Farnell (if required

Five senior teams ready to fight it out for a World Championship spot

Three senior men’s teams and two senior women’s teams will be battling for the right to represent England at the 2020 World Senior Curling Championships  in Kelowna, Canada. The English Senior National Championships, which start on Saturday 1 February in Dumfries, will see the men compete in a triple round robin and the women in a best-of-five format.

Last year’s male representatives, David Tranmer, Phil Townsend, Richard Jachnik, Graham Stanley and William Bramton of Team Tranmer, will be up against Team Topping which is skipped by owner of the Flower Bowl curling rink, Guy Topping. Guy is joined by other curlers from the Preston rink (Peter Topping, Peter Alexander, Rick Wiggans) and by previous ECA President, Tommy Campbell. The final men’s team is skipped by the current England men’s team coach, Gary Tapp, and features previous winners of this competition – Mike Spain, Alastair Fyfe and Mike Robinson.

World Senior Curling Championships 2019 - © WCF / Tom Rowland

Team Tranmer | © WCF / Tom Rowland

Judith Dixon will be looking for her seventh consecutive chance to lead her team to the World Championships and will be joined by long-time teammates – Angela Wilcox, Helen Forbes and Debbie Higgins. Competing for the title will be team Duncan, made up of Jennie Duncan, Val Saville, previous Mixed Doubles player Jacqui Taylor and Karen Shaw.

World Senior Curling Championships 2019 -@WCF/Alina Pavlyuchik

Judith Dixon | © WCF / Alina Pavlyuchik

The event is free to watch live at the Dumfries Ice Bowl. Team line-ups and competition schedule included below.

 

Senior men’s teams

Team Tranmer – David Tranmer, Phil Townsend, Richard Jachnik, Graham Stanley and William Bramton

Team Topping – Guy Topping, Peter Topping, Peter Alexander, Rick Wiggans and Tommy Campbell

Team Tapp – Gary Tapp, Mike Spain, Mike Robinson and Alastair Fyfe

 

Senior women’s teams

Team Duncan – Jennie Duncan, Val Saville, Jacqui Taylor and Karen Shaw

Team Dixon – Judith Dixon, Angela Wilcox, Helen Forbes and Debbie Higgins

 

Senior schedule

Day one – 1 Feb

1.30pm – Tranmer vs Topping, Duncan vs Dixon

6pm – Topping vs Tapp

Day two – 2 Feb

10am – Dixon vs Duncan, Tapp vs Tranmer

2.30pm – Dixon vs Duncan, Topping vs Tranmer

7pm – Tapp vs Topping

Day three – 3 Feb

10am – Tranmer vs Tapp, Duncan vs Dixon (if required)

2.30pm – Duncan vs Dixon (if required), Tapp vs Topping

7pm – Topping vs Tranmer

Day four – 4 Feb

10am – Tranmer vs Tapp

2.30pm – Senior men’s final

 

Mixed Doubles teams ready to hit the ice at National Championships

The English Curling Association National Championships will kick-off on 1 February with the Mixed Doubles programme. The field, made up of six teams, will play a round robin followed by a playoff round robin (the top three teams) and a final on 4 February. The teams will be earning the right to represent England in the A Division of the 2020 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships in Kelowna, Canada – this will be the first time the competition has been split into two divisions.

Anna and Ben Fowler will be returning to defend their Mixed Doubles title but will have last year’s runners up and skip of the England Women’s team to contend with – Lisa Farnell and Jonathan Havercroft. The other four teams at the event are new combinations, but Owen Rees, Rachael Hotchkiss and Kitty Conlin have played in recent years with different partners.

The event is free to watch live at the Dumfries Ice Bowl and some of the games will be streamed live on the Dumfries Curling YouTube channel. You can also find the scores live on Curling Zone. Team line-ups and competition schedule included below.

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship 2019, Stravanger, Norway

Anna and Ben Fowler | © WCF/ Jason Bennett

 

Mixed Doubles teams

Lisa Farnell and Jonathan Havercroft

Anna Fowler and Ben Fowler

Bethan White and Owen Rees

Rachael Hotchkiss and Mark Foley

Lina Opel and Michael Opel

Kitty Conlin and Ian Gasson

 

Mixed Doubles schedule

Day one – 1 Feb

13.30

White/Rees vs Hotchkiss/Foley

Opel/Opel vs Conlin/Gasson

Farnell Havercroft vs Fowler/Fowler

18.00

Opel/Opel vs Farnell Havercroft

Fowler/Fowler vs White/Rees

Hotchkiss/Foley vs Conlin/Gasson

Day two – 2 Feb

14.30

White/Rees vs Farnell Havercroft

Hotchkiss/Foley vs Opel/Opel

Conlin/Gasson vs Fowler/Fowler

19.00

Conlin/Gasson vs Farnell Havercroft

White/Rees vs Opel/Opel

Fowler/Fowler vs Hotchkiss/Foley

Day three – 3 Feb

10.00

Farnell Havercroft vs Hotchkiss/Foley

Opel/Opel vs Fowler/Fowler

Conlin/Gasson vs White/Rees

14.30

P1/P2 vs P3

19.00

P1/P2 vs P3

Day four – 4 Feb

10.00

P1 vs P2

14.30

Final