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.

Learn to Curl @ VCC this Spring!

Learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!

 Starting March 16th, we will be running a five-week introductory program for beginners looking to learn about all aspects of the game. You will be placed in a small group of eight curlers and paired with an experienced coach for a series of five weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and progress to sweeping, team communication and game strategy!

The five weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%). 

This program will run Sundays from 9pm-11pm. There are ONLY eight spots available for each group, so sign up now! 
 
 Dates: March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13   
Program Cost: $69 + GST 

Cost includes broom, gripper and slider rental
REGISTER NOW

David Thompson High School Boys Set to Represent VCC at Provincials in Parksville!

The David Thompson Boys Curling Team competed in the Zone 2 Playdowns on January 17th and 18th at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The boys coasted to back-to-back wins on the first day of play against Saint Thomas More and Eric Hamber Secondary, earning a bye. With day 2 came a setback, however, as they boys were defeated by an improved STM team. But it was not over for them! With both DT and STM having lost one game, it came down to a final re-match. Thompson re-grouped and came back fighting in an incredibly close and exciting final to win the zones and earn a berth at the BC High School Curling Championships happening next week in Parksville.
 
The boys are ready and excited to compete in their second Provincial Championship in as many years. They hope to do the club proud and bring nothing but good news home with us next weekend. Good luck boys!
Alternate: Kent Yip
Lead: Patrick Fourchalk
Second: Jonah Fourchalk
Third: Benny Jiang
Skip: Matt Chan
Coaches: Zoe Higgs, Kevin Chen

 

2014 Charity Skins Rocked the VCC!

The 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel has just come to a close, with team Forrest (A), team Miller (B), team Shirts (C), and team Lawson (D), victors in each of their respective events.
 
Photos and the final donation amount to our charity, Pets and Friends, are still to come; in the meantime, the complete event results can be found here.
 

Let’s Live Up to the Olympic Legacy

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.

Team Watson qualifies for Masters Men’s Provincial Championships

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.

VCC Teams come close to playing at home

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.

Team Gibson was one point away from the playoffs

TEAM GIBSON (Rebecca Turley, Amy Gibson, Carman Cheng and Michelle Dunn, with coach Larry MacDonald) wrapped up their week-long challenge on Friday of taking on the rest of the province at the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, at the Prince George Golf and Country Club.

Heading into their final game of the round robin, Team Gibson was in a three-way tie for seventh and needed to win as well as have some help from other game results to possibly create a six-way tiebreaker. The other results came in as desired, but Team Gibson was victim to another close and heartbreaking loss as they were on the wrong side of a 6-5 decision - decided by a measure - to Team Jensen from Victoria to finish in ninth place.

During the event, Team Gibson had a number of very close games during the event and should also be congratulated for defeating the four-time defending provincial champion, Team Scott of Kelowna. Congratulations and we're proud Team Gibson calls the VCC home. Click here to read all of the final scores from Team Gibson's first of hopefully many appearances at the BC Scotties.

Are You Ready to Rock the Second Half of the Season?

Happy New Year and welcome to the second half of the season at the Vancouver Curling Club. In addition to our almost 1,200 members getting back into action with our 20 different leagues, the next four months are full of many different and exciting events.

We have a number of different skills and clinics for curlers of all abilities being offered in January, February and March; please click here to learn more.

A few different special events are on tap in the coming couple of months at the Club so be sure to register early before events are sold out. In particular, check out complete details on the 2014 Doubles Bonspiel (Mar 15) and the 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel (Feb 27-Mar 2).

Two provincial championships will be hosted by the Club over the next few weeks, including the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Curling Championship, presented by AutomationOne. Tickets are now available, and complete event details can be found at cdimens2014.curlbc.ca.

If you are interested in learning more about all of the events planned for the second half of the 2013-2014 season at the VCC, please visit our events listings.

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