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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.

Heading Home in March

This past weekend saw four VCC teams entered in the regional playdowns for the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championships. With four berths on the line from Feb 22-24 at the Delta Thistle Curling Club and 19 teams vying for the opportunity to compete at this year's provincials - being held at the VCC from March 14-17 - two VCC teams will be competing on home ice.

Congratulations to Team Wakefield (Jay Wakefield, Rebecca Turley, Jeff Cawker, Michelle Dunn) and Team Switzer (Keith Switzer, Sandra Comadina, Leonard Firkus, Carman Cheng) on qualifying. Team Wakefield had an impressive run as they won their first three games before losing the A final. The team regrouped, though, to win two more games and capture the B bracket. Team Switzer, meanwhile, won one and lost one in the A bracket and repeated the one win, one loss pattern in the B bracket. They then got on a roll to win three games in a row on Sunday to capture one of two qualifying positions in the C bracket.

Additional kudos are also extended to the two other VCC teams who competed in the Mixed playdowns. Team Hall (George Hall, Shelley Birston, Kevin Mintenko, Krista Frazee) finished the weekend with two wins and three loses, bowing out in the C quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Team Bos (Jan Bos, Amy Gibson, Andrew Gray, Pamela Lai) battled hard but were eliminated in their first game from the C bracket.

Lastly, a couple of other teams - Meger and Watson - had VCC members competing on them.
Complete results are available at playdowns.com.

 

2013 Doubles Bonspiel Generates Record Donation

The 2013 Doubles Bonspiel was held on Saturday, February 16 and there are two winners: Two's Company (George Hall and Logan Chinski) are this year's champions and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation received a record donation amount from the Club of $1400.

Sandra Schmirler Foundation

We were pleased to host another sold-out event, so thank you to all 32 teams for taking part. We had teams from Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and across Metro Vancouver who represented eight different clubs and 11 of the VCC's 20 leagues. The competition was exciting throughout the day and the event winners and runners-up are listed below (and a copy of the full results can be downloaded here).

Many thanks to this year's Doubles Bonspiel chair - Siobhan Holladay - and the supporting team of Kathy McInnes, Scott Allen and Brad Blackwell for their work done before and during the event. Additional kudos to our day-of volunteers - Heather Kisbee, Kathryn Willey and Keltie Worrall - and the Club's ice and lounge staff for helping host a great event.

 

Countdown to the Skins -- Register Now

The countdown is on to the 16th annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel. With a registration deadline of Sunday, February 24, time is running out to be part of the Club's premier event.

With a goal of matching last year's biggest-ever Skins event and having 48 teams, there are still some spaces available. The VCC Charity Skins 'spiel is a fun-filled and competitive event with exciting action and money for every game on the ice as well as great food, fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes and so much more off the ice. So sign up now before the event is sold out.

Please click here for complete event details and to register your team. Don't forget that the early-bird deadline is this Saturday, February 16.

Congratulations to Jan Bos and Team Wakefield

VCC member and past president, Jan Bos, competed this past week at the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Provincial Championship. Playing third for Team Brower (out of the Peace Arch Curling Club), Jan's team finished the event with a 1-3 record and tied for 10th place.

Meanwhile, Team Wakefield - VCC practice members - battled their way to the C final. They lost a one point decision to finish tied for 5th and come with oh so close to the playoffs and the chance to earn a berth to the Brier.

The 2013 BC Men's Championships continues over the weekend. Follow live results at playdowns.com and read current event news on the championship website.

Team Birston/Hall Finishes Tied for 5th at Provincials

Congratulations to Team Birston/Hall (Shelley Birston and George Hall) for finishing tied for 5th place at Curl BC's inaugural Mixed Doubles Provincial Championships held on February 1-3.

Shelley and George played five 8-end games of Mixed Doubles in just over a 24-hour period from Friday evening to Saturday evening. They finished the round-robin portion tied for second in their pool with a record of 2-1 and had to play a tie-breaker. After winning the tie-breaker, they lost their quarter-final game by one point on a measure (to the eventual winners).

George Hall and Shelley Birston

For those VCC members and friends of Team Birston/Hall who went over to the North Shore Winter Club to watch the live action, they saw Shelley and George master the comeback during their run. All of their wins featured deficits of six or seven points that were overcome during the game, with the winning points scored in either the eighth or extra end.

For a complete summary of Team Birston/Hall's results from the BC Mixed Doubles, please click here.

Another Close Call at Provincial Playdowns

Over the weekend of January 25-27, one more VCC team was involved in provincial playdowns. Congratulations to Team Martin (Jerry Martin, Roy Murao, Wayne Saito, Wayne Chin) for a strong showing at the Masters Men's Region 11 Playdowns.

With only two qualifying berths on the line, Team Martin lost in the A semi-final and then lost their B quarterfinal game to the eventual B winner.

Additional congratulations to other VCC members who played on Team Switzer. Complete results are available here.

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