With the bonspiel season winding down, this will likely be our last jam-packed edition of Competition Corner. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted results and assisted in making the first season of Competition Corner a success.
February was another busy month with provincial playdowns, provincial, and national events. We would like to start with congratulating Team Ordog, Skip: Christopher Ordog, Third: Aaron Lindgren, Second: Greg Ohashi, and Lead: Logan Chinski on winning the 2015 Canadian Gay Curling Championship, held in Toronto the last weekend in February, adding another banner to the Ice Shed. Team Ordog went in knowing that the last three winners have been representatives of the VCC.
February also saw the Lower Mainland Playdowns for the BC Mixed Curling Championships. The VCC had five teams competing and members on a sixth curling out of the Richmond Curling Club. Team Gessner, Skip: Brian Gessner, Third: Danielle Callens, Second: Chris Chute and Lead: Jaime McLaren, along with Team Guignard, Skip: Jeff Guignard, Third: Elisha Yager, Second: Dylan Somerton and Lead: Lorelle Weiss, both made it to the semi-finals for a qualifying spot before their event came to an end. Other participants included Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Lindsay Hudyma, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Carman Cheng, Team Forrest, Skip: Andrew Forrest, Third: Becky Campbell, Second: Dave Marchant and Lead: Allison DenToom, and Team Robertson, Skip: Scott Robertson, Third: Shelley Birston, Second: Kevin Mintenko and Lead: Krista Frazee.
Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Second: Deb Walker, Third: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert finished fourth at the BC Senior Women’s Provincials held at the Alberni Curling Club making it to the playoff round after a great round robin. Team Macdonald, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Jan Bos, Second: Stan Walker and Lead: Larry Macdonald were also in Port Alberni competing in the BC Senior Men’s Provincials. Team Macdonald wanted to thank fellow VCC curler Stan Walker for stepping in at third, when the team had to make a last minute roster change. The team had a fun event and were just a few rocks away from qualifying for the playoffs.
Team Schneider, Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guignard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brant Amos, spent February 4 – 8, 2015 at the Vernon Curling Club, host of the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The team went 0-3 but gained valuable experience and was thankful for the opportunity.
Amongst all the provincial events and playdowns, there were also VCC members playing in club spiels. Team Gessner, consisting of VCC members Brian Gessner, Jaime McLaren and Chris Chute took home the A event at the Royal City Curling Club mixed spiel held February 13 – 15, 2015. Team Forrest was also at the event, along with Team Carpenter, Wade Carpenter, Daniel Jun and VCC Ice Tech, Cher Choi who lost in the B event qualifier.
Though not officially in February, at the very beginning of March the VCC Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel took place, which raised about $4000 for the Pets and Friends charity. Three of the Four winning teams represented the VCC. Results can be found here.
As always, we want to celebrate the activities of all our members, so if we have missed anyone, or there is an error, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for a great 2014 / 2015 season.
This year's event was a great success, raising just over $4000 for Pets and Friends, a charity that brings animals to hospitals and care facilities to provide patients with furry friends. During the Saturday night banquet a representative from Pets and Friends thanked the VCC for their support over the last two years.
Thank you to all who participated, the curling was excellent, and the skins format always makes for an exciting event. Every team had a great showing and represented several clubs outside the VCC including, Marpole CC, Grand Forks CC, Langley CC, and Delta Thistle CC.
The four event winners were:
Winner - Spuzzum Rocks: Mike Bednarz, Kristin Mercer, Scott Weber, Troy Mercer (VCC)
Runner up - Get a Gripper: Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell, Dave Marchant, Lori Isfeld (VCC)
Winner - Parry: Keith Parry, Jan Bos, Tammy Cameron, Melinda Michalak (Marpole CC)
Runner up - Miller: Paul Miller, Brett Smith, Ed Burnet, Brian Gisel (VCC)
Winner - Crafty Devils: Croft Bain, Sharon Taylor, Rob Hodgins, Dick Adams (VCC)
Runner up: Game of Stones: Phil Barrs, Brent Forbes, Colin Chan, Jeff Sexton (VCC)
Winner - Marpole Skin Hounds: Gary Ritchie, Thomas Friesen, Jack Chow, Jim Lawson (Marpole CC)
Runner up - Shamrockers: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Pat Patterson, Brett Ballah (VCC)
For the full event results and draws click here
Whew! January was another busy month with provincial events, playdowns, and bonspiels galore. Congratulations to all who participated. We will start off with teams that competed in provincial championships this month, followed by those who qualified for provincial events and move on to club spiels.
The VCC was well represented at the Mixed Doubles Provincial Curling Championships with five of 13 teams. Taking place at the Peace Arch Curling Club, January 30 to February 1, 2015, three of the eight teams making the playoffs were comprised of VCC members. Participants included: Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson, Jon Braun/Alison Koch, Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell, Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom and Keith Switzer/Carmen Cheng. Congratulations to Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson and Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell who went undefeated in the round robin and Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom who also made the playoffs.
From January 21 - 25, 2015 Team Gushulak took part in the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, where the team finished with a 1-3 record, narrowly missing a spot in the page playoffs.
Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Denis Sutton, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Larry MacDonald, will be representing the VCC at the Senior Men’s Provincial Championships held February 16 - 21, 2015 at the Alberni Curling Club, after winning the C event at the playdowns in January.
January also saw playdowns for the Senior Women’s Provincial Champions being held in Port Alberni in February. Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Third: Deb Walker, Second: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert took home the B qualifying spot at the event. Team Birston also participated at the event.
On January 26, 2015, Team Robinson won the Princeton Curling Club bonspiel. On the same weekend Team Gibson was in Idaho taking part in the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, where they lost in the C semis. The last weekend in January was busy for VCC members as Team Guignard, Skip Jeff Guignard, Third Chris Faa, Second Brock Tully, and Lead Jeff Sargent, won the 'A' Event at the Tunnel Town Bonspiel in Tsawwassen.
On the weekend of January 9 – 11, 2015, the Club had three teams in the last playdown for the BC Men’s curling championships. VCC Teams Ordog, Forrest, Brower and members from Team Faa were all in action at the event. Team Forrest missed out on the last qualifying spot, coming up just short. On the same weekend, Team Watson lost in the lost in the A semi-final at the Delta Mixed Bonspiel.
Team Camozzi, Skip: Rob Camozzi, Third: Eugene Amberg, Second: Iris Thompson and Lead: Robin Crocker, from the Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired League competed and placed second in the West Coast Blind Curling Association Bonspiel which was held in 100 Mile House January 9 – 10, 2015. The team now moves on to compete in the Western Blind Curling Championships which will be in Kamloops March 18 – 21, 2014.
Pictured Jim Hall (coach), Iris Thompson (second), Robin Crocker (lead), Eugene Amberg (third) and Rob Camozzi (skip).
Thank you to All Players and Attendees
The 2015 VCC Doubles was a roaring success thanks to the players, volunteers, and fans. We had great representation with teams from Brazil, New Zealand and the United States as well as lots of local teams from the VCC, Marpole, Golden Ears, Langley, Hope, Delta Thistle Curling Clubs and the North Shore Winter Club.
Here are the final results from the event:
A Event Winners: Team Robinson - Siobhan and Mark Robinson - VCC
Runner up: Team Grant - Noah Grant and Lisa Speers - Golden Ears CC
B Event Winners: Shamrock Juniors - Kris Wright and Patrick Patterson - VCC
Runner up: Flightless Furry Fruit - Brett Sargon and Kieran Ford - New Zealand
C Event Winners: Gromas - Ken Grahame and Sheri Lomas - VCC
Runner up: College Sweephearts - Katherine Morrison and Thomas Sayer - VCC & Marpole CC
D Event - Gneiss Guys - Thomas Schuster and Ian Foreman - VCC
Runner up - Legion of Broom - Robert Kirkwood and Barry Trischuk - VCC Novice League
We raised $350 in the raffle draw and there was another $50 contributed as a donation.
All of these funds will go to support the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
Thank you all for your generous support.