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.

Dirty, Flirty and Thirty at the Pac Rim Cup

2013 Pac Rim Cup Champions  

The weekend of January 25-27 saw the VCC's Pacific Rim Curling League take over the Club to host the 30th annual Pac Rim Cup.

With a theme of dirty, flirty and thirty, a full draw of 32 teams had a wonderful team on and off the ice. Congratulations to the 2013 Pac Rim Cup Champions - Team Hall (George Hall, Shelley Birston, Kevin Mintenko and Krista Frazee). The complete draw results and all of the event winners can be found by clicking here.

Kudos to the organizing committee of Johnny LaRusic, Clayton Bergquist, Gerald Gunn and Jason Tusor for organizing a fabulous weekend.

Strathcona Cup Success

Shouts of “hurry hard” – with a Scottish accent – were heard during the afternoon at the Vancouver Curling Club on January 11, 2013 as the Club was one of the stops of the Strathcona Cup 2013 tour.

More than 60 Scottish curlers are in Canada this month for curling matches against Canadians in curling clubs. The Strathcona Cup Tour is a tradition dating back to 1902 that sees curlers from Canada and Scotland compete every five years.

The Vancouver Curling Club stop – which included an afternoon game and evening banquet – was organized by a local committee chaired by Stan Turner. A big thank you to Stan and all of the other volunteers and staff involved in creating a memorable event!

A couple of different photo albums have been set up for the event so please click here and here to check some of the images from the Strathcona Cup tour visit. To find out more about the entire Strathcona Cup tour, visit strathconacuptour2013.co.uk.

 

VCC Teams Almost Qualify for the Senior Men's Provincials

The VCC sent two teams to this past weekend's Regional 11 playdowns for the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Seniors Curling Championship. Team Gessner (Brian Gessner, Greg Monkman, John Smiley, Howard Maisey and coach Brad Burton) almost qualified for the provincials as they made it to the C final on Sunday after they made it to the A semi-final on Saturday. They lost the final winner-take-all game as they were playing their eighth game in three days.

Meanwhile, Team Watson (Ken Watson, Dale Hockley, Randy Nelson and Dale Reibin) made it to the B semi-final on Saturday and then also made the C semi-final on Sunday. They lost the B semi in an extra end by one point and then lost the C semi to the eventual C winner and qualifier.

Congratulations to Team Gessner and Team Watson for their strong showings at the playdowns. Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's senior men's playdowns.

VCC to be Represented at Men's Provincial Championships

At this past weekend's final playdown event for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, the Vancouver Curling Club was well represented. In fact, a VCC member has qualified as a member of Team Brower for the provincials on Feb 5-10 in Parksville - congratulations to Jan Bos.

Additional kudos go out to the two VCC teams who played well during the weekend. Against 17 teams, whereby four teams qualified, Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) came oh-so-close to qualifying as they lost the B qualifier by one point in an extra end. The team then couldn't quite make it through the C draw. Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest, Chris Chute, Nigel McInnis, Kris Davis and Norm Richard) had a tough road during the event at the Golden Ears Curling Club in Maple Ridge as they were unable to win a game.

Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's men's playdowns.

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