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.

Start the New Year Off Right... and Volunteer

2013 will see a number of special events make our Club more than just an ice shed to come to once or twice a week to curl with your team and league members. Given our membership make-up, VCC bonspiels, open houses and other events showcase that curling is a sport enjoyed by a very diverse group of people. While our staff members do as much as they can for special events, they need the support of volunteers, before, during and after events, to make sure things run smoothly.

Volunteering at the VCC has a long history and it can take many forms. Each year, a dozen individuals volunteer their time to participate on the Board of Directors and help guide the staff and implement our long-term plan. Board members also lead the six standing committees that oversee specific areas of the Club’s overall operations. Note: There is currently a vacancy on the Board so if any member is interested in serving, please email Scott Allen, our club president.

Staff and Board members, though, welcome the input and participation of members at large on all of the Board committees and sub-committees. League representatives take on the role of wrangling their members, building draws and attending meetings to give member feedback to the Board and the staff. Each special event also has its own organizing committee that requires people to help plan, gather prizes, fundraise, raise awareness, and provide support on the day(s) of the event.

In short, volunteering at the VCC can take any form you want it to. A couple of hours greeting people at open houses, or many hours planning one of our great bonspiels, is appreciated. The more people we can get involved, the better our Club will be.

The VCC is a member-run club, not just an organized sport league. Volunteering is a great way to meet some of our very interesting members, give back, and ensure the legacy of curling in Vancouver continues.

If you want to volunteer, or find out more about volunteering you can do so by emailing Willa, contacting Brad, checking out a couple of key current needs. We’d love to have you!

 

VCC in the News - December 2012

Building on the Club’s success of gaining exposure in the local media at the start of this season - our 100th Anniversary - the VCC has continued to be featured by the local press.

Check out an article in the Vancouver Courier, a recent feature on Breakfast Television and a fun YouTube video from the Southsiders (the Vancouver Whitecaps fan club).

Thank you to our members, coaches and staff who helped work with the media over the past couple of weeks.

2012 Men's Playdowns Feature Three VCC Teams

The VCC was well represented at this past weekend's Men's Provincial Playdowns. Team Bourdage (Shane Bourdage, Aaron Thompson, Aaron Brice and Chris Hall), Team Hall (George Hall, Christopher Ordog, Greg Ohashi and Logan Chinski) and Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) represented the club as VCC teams during the playdowns at the Chilliwack Curling Club.

Aiming to finish in the top three teams amongst the 12 Lower Mainland team entered into the event, Teams Bourdage, Hall and Schneider came up a bit short in their bids to qualify for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The teams, though, do have a final chance to qualify for the February 2013 men's provincials in Parksville during the first weekend in January. From January 4-6, 2013, at Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, the top four teams at this final playdown event will earn their place at the provincial championships.

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

'Tis the Season of Giving

Now that our 2012-2013 season is entering its third month, it's time to see if any members might have some time they would like to give. The Board and staff greatly appreciate the time and support a number of members have already given to the Club this season, but we can certainly use a few more hands for a key event and program at the VCC.

With the Club hosting the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championships in March, our event chair - Keith Switzer - is keen to recruit additional volunteers. From event drivers and support with 50/50 sales to banquet planning and event officials, any interested members should please send an email to Willa if you can help in the lead up to and/or during the event from March 14-17, 2013.

A second area of additional volunteer need is with our Junior Development Program. The number of junior curlers has expanded this season so we are in need of some inspirational members who are interested in volunteer coaching and helping the Juniors on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am. Interested members should please contact Brad.

Team Gibson competes at Women's Playdowns

Congratulations to Team Gibson (Fourth Rebecca Turley, Skip Amy Gibson, Second Carmen Cheng and Lead Michelle Dunn) for their efforts and representing the VCC at this past weekend's Women's Provincial Playdowns in Vernon.

Team Gibson finished the weekend with a 2-3 record, eventually losing out in the C quarter-finals to a tough field. There are two more chances for the team to qualify for the 2013 BC Women's Championships: in North Vancouver from Nov 30 - Dec 2 or in Prince George from Dec 14-16.

Please click here to see Team Gibson's game results, and you can follow Team Gibson on Facebook.

Pin-terested in the VCC

Is anyone Pintrested? To honour our 100th Anniversary, the VCC has introduced a commemorative pin celebrating our centennial. The pins are available in the Pro Shop and Last Draw Lounge, and are a great way to show your support for our Club and its rich history.

The Club also now has VCC-branded water bottles available in the Pro Shop. So with Christmas just around the corner, both items could make great stocking stuffers.

Lastly, we heard in last year's survey that some members were interested in additional VCC-branded items. Since we had varied feedback on the possible items, now's your chance to have your say by stopping by the pro shop the next time you're at the Club to let us know what VCC-branded gear you would purchase.

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