Four years ago, one of the hottest tickets in town was the Olympic curling venue where the stands rocked and rousing versions of “O Canada” helped guide Team Martin to curling gold and Team Bernard to silver.
From February 5-9, the Vancouver Curling Club, the legacy facility from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will once again be hosting elite curling.
The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship presented by Automation One, takes over the VCC with 16 teams from across British Columbia vying for the right to don Team British Columbia jackets and compete against the best from across the country at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops in March. (Photo: Team Morris - Skip John Morris, Fourth Jim Cotter, Second Tyrel Griffith and Lead Rick Sawatsky.)
For as little as $5 you can be in the ice shed cheering on double take-outs and shouts of “hurry hard”, or up in the lounge enjoying a beverage and discussing the merits of the on ice-calls.
Two VCC teams (and one partial VCC team) participated in the Masters Men’s Lower Mainland Playdown Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Mission Curling Club.
The VCC teams included Team Bain (Skip Croft Bain, Third Randy Chambers, Second Bill Dauphinee and Lead Gary Lubin) and Team Watson (Skip Ken Watson, Third Dale Hockley, Second John Smiley and Lead Bill Rafter).
In addition to Teams Bain and Watson, Team Martin (VCC members Skip Jerry Martin and Third Irwin “Shorty” Sellars, Second Wayne Chine and Lead Wayne Saito) played under the Royal City banner.
Team Watson was one of three teams (the B qualifier) moving on to the provincial championships. Complete results from the Masters Men's Lower Mainland Playdown are available at by clicking here.
Congrats to Team Watson for moving on to provincials, and to all of the VCC members who took part. Fellow VCC members will be rooting for Team Watson when they travel to Creston from March 6-9 for the provincial champions.
From Four to Forty – Experience Abounds at the Canadian Direct BC Men’s Curling Championship Presented by Automation One
A broad range of curling experience will be on the ice from February 5-9, 2014 when 16 teams from across British Columbia take on the challenge of determining who will represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops in March.
The experience of the 84 participating curlers ranges from those with less than four years of curling under their belts (making their first trip to a provincial championship) to seasoned veterans with more than 40 years of curling and multiple trips to provincial, national and world championships. (Photo: Team Bilesky - Skip Andrew Bilesky, Third Steve Kopf, Second Derek Errington and Lead Aaron Watson.)
The field includes past junior, men’s, mixed and senior provincial champions, Olympic gold medallists and those who have represented Canada at world curling championships.
With more than 40 games from the first round to the final, will a familiar name be awarded the gold? Or will we see a “Cinderella team” sweep its way to the final? The only way to find out is to come, cheer and be part of the action. Tickets start as low as $5 for one draw and $35 for the entire event, and are available online or at the VCC.
The VCC was well represented this past weekend in Salmon Arm at the final playdown for the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Curling Championship, presented by AutomationOne. Team Schneider (Stephen Schneider, Shawn Eklund, Rick Feeney, Brant Amos, and Adam Cseke) represented the Club well but bowed out of the competition in the C qualifier semifinals.
Meanwhile, two other teams had strong VCC connections. Team Brower featured two VCC members (Jan Bos and Chris Faa), and lost incredibly close one point games in both the B and C finals. Meanwhile, Team Gessner had one VCC member (Brian Gessner) and they lost out in the C semifinals. Click here for a full summary of event scores and more.
Despite there being no VCC team playing next month at home, there will still be 16 great teams - including 2013 Roar of the Rings runners up Team Morris - vying for the crown at the 2014 BC Men's Championship. Be sure to book off February 5-9 to come on down to the VCC to watch the province's best compete.