Eight-ender scored on Friday night

Hanafin 8-ender

It's not too often you see the VCC scoreboards with eights on them, but it happened in the first end of a B&B League game on Friday, Jan. 12. The Mike Hanafin team stole the eight points. "To their credit, our opponent tried to draw for one instead of just hitting an open rock, but they were a bit heavy," Hanafin said. Left to right are Hanafin, lead Sherry Cavallin, second Dick King and third Fred Cleutinx. 

January newsletter is out

The January edition of Totem Tales, our monthly newsletter, has been sent to VCC curlers. You can read it online at http://bit.ly/2mx6J6P.

Feb. 12 deadline to enter VCC playoff for Club Challenge

The annual men's playoff for the right to represent VCC at the Mainland Club Challenge is Monday, Feb. 12. For more information and the online entry form, visit our Club Challenge page.

Registration open for Charity Skins Bonspiel

The annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel runs Mar. 2-4 this year and we're now taking registration. For more go to http://www.vancurl.com/2018-charity-skins.

Gibson off to Scotties with Van Osch team

Van Osch team

Left to right are lead Amy Gibson, second Kalia Van Osch, third Marika Van Osch and skip Kesa Van Osch. Picture from Victoria Times-Colonist.

Amy Gibson, a practice member at VCC, will be representing BC in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. Gibson plays lead on the Van Osch team from Nanaimo that won the BC Scotties championship final in Victoria on Jan. 7 with an 11-4 win over last year's champion, Karla Thompson from Kamloops. Gibson previously represented BC and VCC as a skip in the Dominion Curling Club Championship when she was curling in a league. 

VCC skip Diane Gushulak and lead Sandra Comadina also made the playoffs at the BC Scotties, while Holly Donaldson and Lindsay Hudyma finished with a 2-5 record.

Brushing science and team dynamics sessions on Feb. 10

Former national coach Bill Tschirhart returns to VCC on Saturday, Feb. 10 for separate sessions on the science of brushing and team dynamics. Bill describes his presentations below:

The Science of Brushing - 10 am to 11:30 am

"Learn what the most recent studies on this often neglected aspect of curling indicate to be a more effective brusher. You will be amazed at the most recent findings. It will change the way you brush! The session will start off the ice and will conclude on the ice so you can apply what you will have learned. Be among those in your club who know how to brush much more efficiently!"

Team Dynamics - 1 pm to 2:30 pm

"When a team contacts me for assistance, after a few minutes, as the team describes what it feels is the main area of concern, we talk about some aspect of 'team dynamics.' With the same skill sets, individual and team, by addressing issues on 'the warm side of the glass' your team will function better. The problem is most teams don't know or understand the importance of activities that promote solid team dynamics. This presentation will show you what those activities are so your team can become greater that the sum of its parts."

Click here to register for one of both sessions. Please register by Friday, Feb. 2.

Learn to curl on Thursday or Saturday afternoons

There are two learn-to-curl programs coming up that start on Thursday, Jan. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 3, both running for five sessions of two hours. For more information and registration go to http://www.vancurl.com/vcc-learn-curl/.

Curl BC auctioning tickets to Scotties in Penticton

Curl BC is auctioning off two pairs of full event passes for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton from Jan. 27 to Feb. 4. Funds raised from the auction will go towards youth curling in BC. The first pair of tickets will be auctioned off on Dec. 21. The second pair will be auctioned off from Jan, 8 to Jan. 22. To bid, visit http://gobid.ca/auction/898.

Provincial and territorial playdowns will decide 14 of the 16 teams that will be in Penticton, including the BC Scotties in Victoria, Jan. 2-7. The other two teams will be the winner of a wild card game on Friday, Jan. 26 and Manitoba's Michelle Englot as Team Canada. Englot was runner-up in last year's Scotties, but was given the Team Canada entry when last year's champion, Rachel Homan, qualified for the Olympics.

All games will take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre and the HeartStop Lounge will be located at the nearby Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

Waiting list for doubles bonspiel

Doubles bonspiel

The bonspiel is now full, but we are taking names on a waiting list. Go to http://vancurl.com/2018-doubles-bonspiel for information.

Try curling for free on Saturday, Mar. 17

The Vancouver Curling Club is opening its doors once again to the public to come try curling for free on Saturday, Mar. 17. Sessions run from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm and 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm with instruction and equipment provided.  Click here for more information and registration. You must register in order to take part in this event.

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