Team VCC Competes at the Dominions

Team VCC

Two VCC teams competed in Richmond over the weekend at the Dominion Mainland Club Challenge. Team Schneider and Team Birston took aim at qualifying for the provincial event that begins this Wednesday. Team Schneider finished at 2-2 and did not qualify out of their pool.

However, Team Birston managed to force a tie-breaker with Team Richmond by finishing at 3-1 in their pool. Team Birston was victorious in the tie-breaker and went on to win the semi-final against Golden Ears. The win secured a spot at provincials! We wish them good luck and good curling!

Read more about how Team Birston came together in the Vancouver Courier article: Birston PICS her spot with new team.

Three-peat for Schneider at 2014 CGCC

For the third consecutive year in a row, the Vancouver Curling Club's Team Schneider solidified their hold as the undisputed Canadian Gay Curling Champions.

During the intense all-Vancouver re-match, Team Schneider (Skip Stephen Schneider, Third Shawn Eklund, Second Shelley Birston and Lead Glenn Smith) came out on top against long-time rivals Team Thompson (Skip Aaron Thompson, Third Jack Holmes, Second Brian Oldham and Lead Mark Trowell). Both teams are long-time members of the VCC and the Pacific Rim Curling League.

This year's event (which also included the Icebreaker Bonspiel) was hosted by Edmonton's Curling With Pride at the Granite Curling Club, where the inaugural CGCC was held in 2005 with Thompson taking the very first CGCC title.

 

We are extremely proud of the skill level displayed at the gay National level by our VCC teams. Congrats Team Schneider for a well-earned three-peat! 

A celebration of life: Ron Avery

Doubles Winners

It is with heavy hearts that the Vancouver Curling Club staff and Board of Directors announce the passing of our much admired Honorary Life Member and two time Past President Ron Avery.

VCC members are invited to share wine, friendship and anecdotes at a celebration of Ron's life to be hosted by his family at the Marine Room of the West Vancouver Seniors’ Centre at 20th and Marine Drive on Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m.

Ron’s legacy with the VCC will be discussed at length in the May edition of The Backline.

VCC Bring a Friend Day / Meet the Leagues (April 5)

On Saturday, April 5, the VCC Member ‘Bring-a-Friend’ Day will be happening out on the ice. Bring along a friend (or two!) interested in trying out curling for the first time. All they need to bring are clean (indoor) running shoes and a few layers of warm clothes. Experienced coaches will be out on the ice to help demonstrate the sport.

Are you curious about the other types of leagues at the Vancouver Curling Club? The VCC has more than 20 different leagues that vary in the format and time they run each week, to gender and age mix, social events and prizes.

Come meet league reps and ask questions during the ‘Meet The Leagues’ event, also on April 5. There will be complimentary food/snacks and a FREE raffle for a brand-new Fibrelite broom!

  • Bring a Friend Day: 10-4pm | Ice shed
  • Meet the Leagues: 12-2pm | Last Draw Lounge

Click here for more info about both events. See you at the Club on April 5!

Nominate an Honourary Life Member/Volunteer of the Year

The VCC offers members the opportunity to recognize another member who has made a significant impact on the Club through volunteering or other resources. The Club’s Honourary Life Members and Volunteer of the Year are individuals we recognize for their important contributions.

Our Honourary Life Member Sub-Committee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation through the Board for a vote by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June. The recommendations are then voted on by the members in attendance.

For Volunteer of the Year, the Special Events Committee reviews all written submissions and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors, who have final approval. The chosen volunteer(s) will also be honoured at the AGM.

If you know of a member (or members) deserving of these honours at the VCC, forward their name and a summary of their contributions to president@vancurl.com by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (*Indicate either HLM or VotY in the subject heading.)

Click here for a complete list of VCC Honourary Life Member recipients. The criteria for Volunteer of the Year is available here.

VCC Names Men's and Women's Teams to Compete in 2014 Club Challenge

Dominion Club Challenge Logo

On March 8 and 22, the Club held a playdown event to determine the men's and women's teams that will represent the VCC at the Lower Mainland Club Challenge. The event saw four men's and two women's teams compete for the chance to compete as Team VCC in Richmond from April 11-13. Congratulations to Team Schneider and Team Birston!

Team Schneider went 3-0 in the double-knockout event, and Team Birston won the best-out-of-three match up with two straight wins. They will now play in the Dominion Club Challenge Lower Mainland playdown event April 11-13 at the Richmond Curling Club. The top teams from there qualify for the provincial playdown event April 16-20, also in Richmond. Good luck and good curling!

VCC Men
Skip: Stephen Schneider
Third: Shawn Eklund
Second: Brant Amos
Lead: Christopher Ordog

VCC Women
Skip: Shelley Birston
Third: Allison DenToom
Second: Siobhan Holladay
Lead: Krista Frazee

Two times the fun at the VCC Doubles Spiel!

Doubles Winners

Congratulations to Brock Tully and Rebecca Turley (pictured), winners of the A Event in the Annual VCC Doubles Spiel! The event had 32 teams competing in four events that resulted in an action-packed day of doubles play. The event raised $1200 for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation! Thank you to our VCC members for your attendance and to the out-of-town teams who made the trip to our Club - it was wnderful to have you! Notably, we saw teams from Chilliwack, Richmond, Marpole, West Vancouver and even Alaska! Congratulations to A-event runner ups Mark Robinson and Siobhan Holladay and all of the other event winners (below)

A Winner: Rebecca Turley and Brock Tully (VCC)
A Runner up: Siobhan Holladay and Mark Robinson (VCC)
B Winner: Noah Grant and Kris Davis (VCC)
B Runner up: Bill MacAulay and Shirley LeClair (Chilliwack/Richmond)
C Winner: Steve Musgrove and Ian Baart (Richmond)
C Runner up: Kris Wright and Kevin Leaske (VCC)
D Winner: Brent Forbes and Scott Weber (VCC)
D Runner up: Allison DenToom and Craig Coyne (VCC)


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$5000 Raised for Pets & Friends @ The Skins!

Skins Winners

Congratulations once again to Team Forrest (pictured) on winning the 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel! The event was a great success, raising $5000 for Pets & Friends. Look for a full article on the event in the next issue of the Backline!

The VCC Annual Doubles Spiel is March 15th

Team Gessner

We are now FULL for this year's Doubles Spiel, happening on March 15th! It is a fun-filled one-day spiel that follows the Mixed Doubles rules of play.

The draw is now live; please click here for the schedule.

Enter your team of two for just $60 and enjoy a minimum of three 4-end games, a continental breakfast, lunch and many opportunities to win prizes! Teams can be a make up of male-male, female-female, and mixed gender.

Registration closes this Sunday, March 9th.

Proceeds from this event are donated to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

REGISTER NOW


Team Gessner Qualifies for Mixed Provincials

Team Gessner

Congratulations to Team Gessner on securing a spot at this year's Mixed Provincials! They competed in the Lower Mainland Mixed playdowns in Delta and ended up playing all 8 draws in the competition. "Tenacity, grit, teamwork, support and a true love for the sport helped us persevere through the very long haul." said Lead Jaime McLaren. They will continue their competitive journey at the 2014 BC Mixed Provincial Championship in Duncan this March with an eye on the championship and a spot representing BC in North Bay this fall.

The Club wishes them all the best and good curling!

TEAM GESSNER

Brian Gessner (Skip), Marilou Richter (Third), Chris Chute (Second), Jaime McLaren (Lead)


To view complete event results, including game scores, statistics and more, visit playdowns.com.

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