We would like to open this edition of Competition Corner by congratulating Team Schneider (Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guinard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brent Amos) who qualified for the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship taking place February 3 – 8, 2015. Team Schneider will be headed to the Vernon Curling Club to take on the best in BC for a chance to be British Columbia’s representative at the 2015 Tim Horton’s Brier in Calgary. On the road to victory, Team Schneider took on Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest Dave Marchant, Chris Chute, and Kris Davis) in the semi-finals and the C-1 qualifying final was an all VCC affair with Team Schneider playing Team Brower (Richard Brower, Jan Bos, Cameron De Jong, and Deryk Brower).
The VCC will be represented at the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship by Team Gushulak (Skip: Diane Gushulak, Third: Grace MacInnes, Second: Lorelle Weiss, and Lead: Sandra Comadina). Team Gushulak will be competing January 21 – 25, 2015 at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, so if you are headed to the event please be sure to cheer the ladies on in their bid to represent British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on February 14 - 20th, 2015.
The second-to-last open men’s qualifying event, which took place December 12 – 14, 2014 saw four VCC men’s team and a fifth with VCC members competing for four spots. Teams Schneider, Brower and Forrest all ended up in the C event with the three teams vying for one qualifying spot. Team Schneider defeated Team Forrest in the semi-final, with Team Brower taking on a team from the Cloverdale Curling Club on their road to the final and an eventual loss to Team Schneider. Team Cooper (Travis Cooper, Jack Holmes, Brian Enns Oldham, and Jeff Berg) went 2-3 in the event and Team Faa (Chris Faa, Leonard Firkus, Brad Blackwell, Jeff Sargent, and Keith Switzer) with a number of VCC members, finished the weekend with a 1-3 record.
December 12-14, 2014 also saw the ladies in action, with 11 teams competing for the last two qualifying spots for the BC Scotties. Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, and Michelle Dunn) and VCC members on Team Hudyma (Lindsay Hudyma, Allison DenToom, Carman Cheng, Krista Frazee, and Shelley Birston) both competed and while each team had victories, ultimately they came up short.
We would also like to thank VCC members that provide the Club with updates on teams that are competing but who have not yet caught Competition Corner fever and aren’t updating the Club directly! If you know of any VCC teams competing in events, please email email@example.com.
Competition Corner (November 2014) - Update
We have a couple of corrections and a couple of editions to the jam-packed November edition of Competition Corner.
November was a great month for VCC members in competitive events as bonspiel season hit full stride and results keep pouring in. We have a lot to report from mixed, women’s, and men’s events so we will jump right to it.
Team Forrest had a successful month winning the Marpole Mixed Bonspiel, the B Event at the Peace Arch Mixed Bonspiel and the C Event at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel with a come from behind three in the eighth. Team Forrest consists of Andrew Forrest, Allison DenToom, Dave Marchant and Becky Campbell. Krista Frazee was subbed in for Becky Campbell at the Peace Arch ‘spiel.
Andrew Forrest also skips a men’s team that played in the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge. While they had a big extra end win against Sean Geall the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.
VCC colours were in full force at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel as Team Robinson (Mark and Siobhan Robinson, Heather Lawrence, Craig Coyne) had a great run making it all the way to the A final where they had a pick in the second end which led to a steal of four for their opponents and left them chasing the rest of the game. The team was very proud to take a “solid silver”.
Continuing with their busy bonspiel schedule Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, Michelle Dunn) came oh so close to qualifying for the BC Scotties, rattling off three straight wins before falling short by one in the last end of the C final at the Provincial Playdowns in Kelowna. The team also had a successful runs at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out making it all the way to the semifinals in a competitive field and a sixth place finish at the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge.
Team Ocean Village (Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes, Lorelle Weiss, Sandra Comadina) kicked off their bonspiel schedule at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out, the first of five world curling tour events the team is playing in this season, where they took home second place.
VCC men had a strong showing at the North Delta Men's Bonspiel with Team Schneider taking home the A Event and Team Brower taking the B Event with a win over Team Forrest.
A number of VCC men’s teams competed at the Golden Ears Curling Club at the start of the month, all of them picking up valuable points on the Region 11 Men's Tour. Team Brower (Jan Bos and Richard Brower) took home the C Event. Team Schneider and Team Forrest had great runs losing in the A final and B semifinal, respectively.
Congratulations to all of the above members and those who competed but who have yet to let the Club know when they are playing. Be sure to follow the VCC on Facebook ( facebook.com/vancurl) and twitter (@vancurling) to cheer our members on. If you are curling in an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This past weekend saw the VCC host our annual fall classic, the Harvest Bonspiel. Featuring a sell-out of 32 teams representing clubs from across the Lower Mainland as well as some visitors from south of the border, the eventual champions were the Shamrockers from the VCC.
Featured above, the winning team is from the VCC and plays in the Shamrock, Motors and Thursday Open leagues. Team members (pictured left to right) include: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Brett Ballah, and Andrew Playfoot. Other event winners from the weekend-long 'spiel were as follows:
Andrew Gray, Harvey Meller, Jon Braun, Norm Scott
Christopher Ordog, Aaron Lindgren, Stephen Bailey, Logan Chinski
Earl Hill, Steve Nelson, Keith Budd, Shawn Joinson
Click here for more details, including the complete event draw.
Special thanks to the event organizers, led by Mark Robinson and Craig Coyne, as well as Kathy McInnes and all of the volunteers and staff who helped ensure everyone had a great time on and off the ice.