England blow hot and cold at European curling finals

Berwick curler Andrew Reed represented England at the Le Gruyere European Championships in Glasgow at the weekend.

Wednesday, 30th November 2016, 8:45 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 11:37 am

Reed, who plays out of the Border Ice Rink at Kelso and who is chairman of the Glendale Club at Wooler, competed in the event, which was held at the Braehead Centre.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan and his side failed to qualify from the round-robin group stages.

Their record was four wins and three losses from their seven games, the same as Hungary and Poland, but as they had lost to both countries they failed to make it through to the quarter-finals.

There was some satisfaction for the team, however, when they produced a great performance to beat the Netherlands in the group stages.

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The Dutch went on to win the event, claiming the gold medal, and they also won the play-offs to qualify for the World Championships.

England started the competition in fine style, beating Belguim in their opening match. But three successive losses against Latvia, Hungary and Poland were to have a telling effect on their progress in the competition.

“For whatever reason we just did not fire as a team in these matches,” said Reed, who is a farmer based at East Ancroft.

“We should have won the matches against Poland and Hungary, and in the end that proved decisive.

“We then came out all guns blazing to beat Slovenia, and wins over Holland and Estonia put us back in the mix, but we missed out on the quarter-finals due to our win-loss record.

“Beating the Dutch was a particularly good scalp for us.”

“The venue at Braehead was superb and it was a proud moment for me to have my family and other friends in support throughout the week.

“Our team of seven years is now splitting up so I am looking forward to skipping a new quartet next year.”