Team Gibson are Provincial Champions

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.

VCC Teams take on the Region

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.

Dominion Curling Championships

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.

2012-2013 Season Survey

All VCC members received a link for the 2012-2013 season survey in April's "Totem Tales." Please take a moment to provide your feedback and comments to help the Club build for the future, and all submitted entries are eligible for a draw prize (carbon fibre broom). If any members need the survey link re-sent, please email info@vancurl.com.

Special Open House this Saturday

This Saturday, April 6 will see this season's final Open House take over the Club. A special Member Bring a Friend Day is planned set-up to allow VCC members to encourage friends and family to join them get out on the ice and give curling a try. The Club will be open from 10am to 4pm, and complete details are available by clicking here.

Stan Walker finishes 8th at Senior National Championship

Following on the heels of VCC team success at the recent BC Mixed Championship, the Club had a member competing on the east coast of Canada this week. Stan Walker played third for Team Lepine (from the Langley Curling Club) at the 2013 Canadian Senior Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships in Summerside, PEI.

Team Lepine finished the eleven-game round-robin tied for eighth place. You can view all of their games results at curling.ca.

Stan plays in the Club's Thursday Open League with Team Reibin, who were in third place overall heading into the final playoff round for the league.

Team Switzer are Provincial Champions

The VCC hosted the province's best mixed curling teams from March 14-17 with the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championship, and the Club's own Team Switzer were crowned champions. This marks the Club's fifth BC Mixed title and 49th provincial championship overall. Team Switzer - 2013 BC Mixed Champions
Photo credit: Jason LaChance Photography

Featured above right, Team Switzer is skip Keith Switzer, third Sandra Comadina, second Leonard Firkus, lead Carman Cheng and fifth Brad Blackwell. They captured the championship with a win over Team Kylmchuk from the Langley Curling Club in the final.

Not be outdone, the Club's second team who qualified for the provincial championship - Team Wakefield - captured the bronze medal after they defeated Team Weinreich of Nanaimo and Victoria in the quarterfinal but came up short against Team Klymchuk in the semifinal. Team Wakefield is skip Jay Wakefield, third Rebecca Turley, second Jeff Cawker and lead Michelle Dunn.

Many, many thanks to the team of volunteers who helped organize and host the province at the Club's first provincial championship in our new home. Kudos are also extended to the host committee and the VCC staff for everything they did before and during the event to ensure it was a success.

Complete event results (including end-by-end summaries of the playoff games) are available at playdowns.com.

Photos from the event - courtesy of Jason LaChance Photography - can be found on VCC's Facebook page.

Employment Opportunity - Ice Shed Manager

The Vancouver Curling Club, a member-focused nonprofit association and home to a world-class eight-sheet curling facility, is seeking an Ice Shed Manager. Please click here to learn more about this employment opportunity. The application deadline of March 29 has now passed.

Team Ueda ties for 5th at BC Juvenile Men's Championship

Team Ueda, a combined VCC / North Shore Winter Club team, finished tied for fifth at the recently-completed 2013 Tim Horton's BC Juvenile Men's Curling Championship in Prince George.

Team Ueda represented Zone 5, which encompasses Vancouver, the North Shore and the entire Sea-to-Sky region. Team members are skip Jay Ueda, third Cullen Quek, second Arthur Yee, and lead Keegan Lennie (Jay, Arthur and Keegan are VCC members). The team is coached by former VCC member Max Langlais and North Shore Winter Club GM Liz Goldenberg.

At the BC Juvenile Championship, teams were placed in two pools. Team Ueda was 1-1 after their first two games and lost their third game, preventing the team from moving on to the playoff round. Team Ueda is to be congratulated, though, for handing the winning team their only loss during the event.

You can see all of Team Ueda's provincial championship results playdowns.com.

Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel Rocked the VCC

The 16th annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel came to an exciting close on Sunday afternoon. Many of Sunday's games were close affairs, and the final scorelines often did not reflect the skins money carry-overs and the paper-thin differences between some of the teams.

Click for larger image Team Forrest - 2013 Charity Skins Champions

The 2013 Champions were Team Forrest (featured left to right: Andrew Forrest, Jan Bos, Becky Campbell and Lori Isfield). Team Forrest defeated Team Shen (Randie Shen, Sandra Comadina, Brendon Liu and Kristen Fewster) in the A final that came down to a draw to the button.

2013 event chair, Mark Robinson, recounted the exciting finish: "Team Shen drew to about an inch above the top four-foot. Then Forrest drew the button; white all around the rock. It was unbelievable."

Thank you to all 40 teams who participated and help raise funds for a very worthy cause - Aunt Leah's Society. This year's fundraising total has set another new donation record from the event: together, we raised more than $6,500. The support from the companies and individuals who donated prizes made this amazing total possible and is greatly appreciated.

Kudos are extended to everyone who contributed to make the 16th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel possible. The organizing committee - chaired by Mark Robinson - included Scott Allen, Brad Blackwell, Jan Bos, Colin Chan, Craig Coyne, Sam Corea, Siobhan Holladay, Jen Lucas, Thom Lutes, Kathy McInnes, Jerry McKenzie, and Luke Opacic. Additional volunteers who also stepped forward to help the committee ensure the four-day event ran smoothly were Dawn Chinn, Allison Dentoom, Nylene Geyer, Margaret Hilson, Gary Lubin, Carol Kent, Heather Kisbee, Marilyn Kerfoot, Ron McKay, Kathy Willey, and Margaret Yoshida. Plus, the event had added help from our junior program as Aiselinn, Noelle and Mason made contributions throughout the weekend. Lastly, all of the Club's staff from our ice team, administration team and lounge team who pitched in all weekend long deserve a round of applause.

Please click here to download the complete bonspiel results, and all of the event winners and runners-up are listed below.

David Thompson Secondary is fourth in the province

While the VCC will be hopping this weekend with the 16th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel, some of our younger members were competing at the Kamloops Curling Club from February 28 to March 2 for provincial glory.

David Thompson Secondary - from the Club's high school league - competed in Kamloops for the 2013 British Columbia Boys Secondary School Curling Championship. The team finished in fourth place with a 4-3 record, including wins over two of the three medal-winning teams.

The David Thompson team is skip Matt Chan, third Kevin Chen, second Benny Jiang, lead Niko Savas, fifth John Dinh and the coaches are Greg Alyward and Roger Chan. You can check out the team's results at playdowns.com.

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