Switzer skips team to BC masters title

VCC curler Keith Switzer isn't getting older, he's getting better! A long- time competitive men's curler who had never won a provincial championship until skipping a VCC team to the BC mixed championship in 2014, Keith has now won the BC masters men's championship for curlers 60 years and over.

Keith's team from Richmond CC (Vic Shimizu, Ben Nishi, Wayne Saito) defeated 2011 Canadian masters champion Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna 8-7 in an extra end Sunday, Mar. 12 at the Abbotsford CC. They also advanced from the semi-final with an extra end win over Ralph Will of Cranbrook. 

The foursome now heads to the Canadian masters championship, April 4-10 in Nova Scotia.

Keith died twice on the ice at last season's BC mixed doubles championship after suffering a heart attack. He was brought back to life both times with quick help from others and the use of an AED.

VCC team wins Charity Skins Bonspiel

The Aaron Thompson team from VCC won the annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel held at the club, Mar. 4-6. They won the A final over the Ken Watson team that included three gents who have been to the Brier! Aaron's team will be representing VCC at the Mainland Club Challenge, April 8-10 in Richmond.

Become a VCC curling instructor

VCC is in need of more curling instructors to handle the rental groups that frequent the club. If you are not a certified instructor we will pay for your Curl BC course to become one, and put you on our paid instructor staff, if you will donate 20 hours of volunteer time coaching junior and school groups.

If you are a certified instructor and would like to earn some money, please contact member services coordinator Richard Brower at msc@vancurl.com or 604-874-0122.

VCC team reached playoffs at BC Mixed

Forrest BC mixed team

Left to right: Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell, Dave Marchant, Allison DenToom

Congratulations to the VCC team of skip Andrew Forrest, third Becky Campbell, second Dave Marchant and lead Allison DenToom for reaching the playoffs at the AMJ Campbell Van Lines BC Mixed Curling Championship, held Mar. 3-6 in Qualicum Beach. They qualified for the 3 vs. 4 game in the Page playoff system, but lost that game to former BC mixed champion Tom Buchy.

Eight teams from throughout the province were competing. Wes Craig from the Kerry Park CC near Duncan won the championship final over the Cody Tanaka team from the Tunnel Town CC.

Forrest and Campbell were second in the BC mixed doubles championship held last month in Enderby.

Shoes on sale at clearance prices

The end of the season is approaching and we have shoes in stock that need to go! Visit the pro shop to find selected curling shoes marked down 25%. 

Know anyone who wears a size 15 men's shoe? If so, send him to us and we'll give him a free pair of size 15 curling shoes!

VCC curlers second at BC senior women's and mixed doubles

VCC curler Debbie Jones-Walker, third on the Marilou Richter team, went undefeated at the BC senior women's championship in Richmond, only to lose Sunday's (Feb. 21) final 5-4 in an extra end to Diane Foster of Kelowna. Good run ladies!

Mixed doubles photo

Andrew Forrest and Becky Campbell with silver medals

Meanwhile, on the same day in Enderby, VCC curlers Andrew Forrest and Becky Campbell reached the BC mixed doubles championship final, but lost to BC men's champion Jim Cotter, who was curling with his daughter Jaelyn. Forrest and Campbell defeated fellow VCC curlers Shelley Birston and Scott Robertson in the semi-final, putting them in the bronze medal game. BC junior champs Sarah Daniels and Jordan Tardi defeated Birston and Robertson for the bronze medal.

Visit www.playdowns.com for all the results.

Ritchey and Moroz like a machine at VCC Doubles Bonspiel

The Green Machine (Grant Ritchey and Dave Moroz, photo top left) are this year's champions of the annual VCC Doubles Bonspiel, winning five straight games to capture the A event. Toby Mills and Daniel Dabiri were runners up.


Thompson team wins Canadian Gay Curling Championships

Aaron Thompson team 

Congratulations to the Aaron Thompson team (left to right: second Brian Oldham, lead Mark Trowell, skip Aaron Thompson, third Jack Holmes,) that won the Canadian Gay Curling Championships, Feb. 12-14 in Winnipeg. VCC teams have now won this event for five years straight.

 VCC was also represented by the George Hall team (third Shelley second Birston, lead Greg Ohashi, fifth Logan Chinski) in the championship. Last year's champions were the Chris Ordog team from VCC. For three years prior to that is was the Steve Schneider rink.

Eight-ender scored

Congratulations to the Monty Scarrow team from the Norwesters senior men's curling league who scored an eight-ender during play on Feb. 2. Team members included (left to right) lead Scott Shaw, second Bruce Campbell, third Barrie Brown and skip Monty Scarrow.

VCC team qualifies for BC Mixed Curling Championship

Congratulations to the VCC mixed team of skip Andrew Forrest, third Becky Campbell, second Dave Marchant and lead Allison Den Toom who qualified at the Region 11 mixed playdown, Feb. 5-7 at the Tunnel Town Curling Club. They and three other Lower Mainland teams from the Region 11 qualifer will compete at the eight-team BC Mixed Curling Championshp, Mar. 3-6 in Qualicum Beach.

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