Congratulations to Team Schneider for successfully defending their Canadian Gay Curling Championship. After capturing the crown at home last year, VCC's Team Schneider - skip Stephen Schneider, third Shawn Eklund, second Shelley Birston and lead Glenn Smith) - traveled to Halifax for the 2013 national event. Once there, they faced off against teams from across the country and met VCC's other entrant in the finals - Team Thompson.
In a rematch of the 2012 final, Team Thompson was looking to exact revenge, and they came oh-so-close. It was a hard-fought battle as Team Thompson - skip Aaron Thompson, third Jack Holmes, second Brian Oldham and lead Mark Trowell - took their event-long undefeated streak into the final. It was there, though, Team Schneider came from behind to steal two in the eighth end to win 6 to 5.
Congratulations to both VCC teams for making the final of the Canadian Gay Curling Championship for the second year in a row, and we look forward to hanging another banner in the ice shed. Complete event results from the 2013 Canadian Gay Curling Championship are available here.
Twenty-four teams started the week, representing the Club's 19 leagues and bringing together the Club's diverse membership. On Thursday evening, the final four were left standing in the A and B finals.
In the A final, Team Broad captured the crown of VCC Club Champions by defeating Team Faa (Thursday Open) 6-5. The game was a back and forth affair, with great shot making by both teams and the final result hinged on the game's final shot.
Meanwhile, the B final featured Team Hill (Shamrock) and Team Chan (High School). Team Chan started the game strong building a 5-1 lead after three ends, but Team Hill clawed their way back so it was 7-4 after seven ends. Team Chan eventually ran Team Hill out of rocks in the final end to become the VCC 2013 Club Championship B Winners.
Pictured on the left, Team Chan - who finished 4th at this year's BC High School Provincials - are (L to R): skip Matt Chan, third Kevin Chen, second Benny Jiang and lead John Dinh.
Please click here to download a copy of the final event draw. Special thanks to Granville Island Brewing for providing a majority of the prizes for the 2013 VCC Championships.
Team Gibson - featured left to right: fourth Rebecca Turley, skip Amy Gibson, second Carman Cheng and lead Michelle Dunn - are bringing home two new championship banners to the Club as they captured both the 2013 BC Dominion Club Challenge and the 2013 Pacific International Cup (PIC).
The team completed a busy few days this past Sunday by playing their 20th game in nine days, including playing and winning six games alone on Saturday and Sunday as they marched through the playoffs.
Congratulations to Team Gibson for finishing third at the Lower Mainland division of the Dominion Curling Club Championships of British Columbia this weekend. From VCC's Thursday Open league, team members are skip Amy Gibson, third Rebecca Turley, second Carman Cheng and lead Michelle Dunn.
After the round-robin portion, Team Gibson finished tied for first in their pool with wins over Royal City, Delta Thistle and Cloverdale and qualified for the semi-final by defeating Langley in a tie-breaker. They lost to Golden Ears (the eventual champions) in the semi-final but rebounded to defeat Chilliwack and capture the bronze medal as well as the right to play in the combined BC Dominion Club Challenge and Pacific International Cup.
A second VCC team was also competing at the Dominion Club Challenge this weekend in the men's division. Team Chute was in tough in their round-robin pool with one win over Delta Thistle and three losses to Richmond, Langley and Cloverdale. From Sunday Open, Team Chute won the VCC men's playdownsdefeating Team Tully in the final of the double-knockout event. Team members are skip Chris Chute, third Christopher Summers, second Nigel McInnis and lead Allen Ho.
Team Gibson will take on the best of BC and the western United States from April 17-21 at the Richmond Curling Centre. Complete results for Team Gibson and Team Chute can be found by clicking here.