The Vancouver Curling Club has been holding a doubles bonspiel annually in February. Now we're going to have a doubles league on Saturday nights next season from 9:15 pm to 10:45 pm. The league will operate with two separate fall and winter sessions, each with seven nights of curling, including a first-night introduction to playing doubles. For more information and registration, visit our doubles curling league page.
Get your curling season started early by curling in the inaugural Americas Masters Games at Vancouver Curling Club, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. There will be men's, women's and mixed competitions for curlers 50 years plus, 60 years plus and 70 years plus. Curling is just one of the 25 sports available in the AMG, hosted by the City of Vancouver and bringing in participants from around the world.
Each team is guaranteed three games and curlers can curl in the mixed, taking place after the men's and women's competitions, at no extra cost.
Curl BC will be holding a club coach workshop at Vancouver Curling Club on the Sept. 10-11 weekend. The club coach/instructor workshop focuses on the club curler. It's designed to enhance the skills of instructors who function primarily at the club level, dealing with beginning curlers. Registration is now open on the Curl BC website at http://www.curlbc.ca/coursescamps/club-coach-vancouver/.
VCC is also looking to recruit paid instructors to deal with our rental groups. Taking the Curl BC club coach workshop would be a first step for anyone interested in becoming an instructor but has no experience or certification. For more information, contact Richard Brower at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-874-0122 ext. 102.
The new VCC Champions. Left to right are Hamish Macdonald, Jan Bos, Craig Whitaker and Chris Brown.
Two Thursday Open League teams, both former VCC Championship winners, faced off in this year's final on Thursday night (April 14) with the Hamish Macdonald team winning a back and forth game over Andrew Gray.
Macdonald scored three in the first end, only to give back three in the second and give up a steal of one in the third end. The game went back in Macdonald's favour with a five-ender in the sixth end, including a shot through a narrow port.
Macdonald's team included Jan Bos, Craig Whittaker and Chris Brown. Gray's team, last year's champs, had Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell and Dave Marchant.
In the B event final, a Super Senior squad skipped by Brock Tully (Sandy Greig, Ron McKay, Doug Poulin) won in six ends over Joe Krapiec's rink from the Point Grey League.
For complete results from the 32-team event that included teams from nearly every VCC league go to our VCC Championship page.
The Aaron Thompson and Jessica Ingram teams represented VCC at the Mainland Club Challenge, April 8-10 in Richmond, with Thompson's team finishing 2-1 and Ingram's team 0-2 in their round robins. Neither team advanced to the playoffs. The event featured men's and women's club champions from around the Lower Mainland vying to qualify for the Pacific International Cup, April 13-17.
One BC team from the PIC will then advance to the Travelers Curling Club Championship next November in Kelowna that includes teams from every province and territory.
The Vancouver Curling Club strives to improve its membership services each year. Your feedback is critical for providing insight into how the Board of Directors and staff members can make VCC a terrific place to curl and spend time with friends and colleagues alike.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our 2015-16 membership survey. At completion, you will be entered into a draw for a VCC gift card ($125 value) that can be used in the lounge and the pro shop. Your email address will be needed to enter the draw, if you choose to do so, but will be separated from survey responses, which are kept anonymous.
VCC curler Keith Switzer, skipping at team from the Richmond CC, made the playoffs at the Canadian Masters Curling Championship in Kings County, Nova Scotia, but ended up finishing fourth. Switzer tied for first in his pool round robin with a 5-1 record to qualify for the championship pool round robin.
VCC curler Keith Switzer isn't getting older, he's getting better! A long- time competitive men's curler who had never won a provincial championship until skipping a VCC team to the BC mixed championship in 2014, Keith has now won the BC masters men's championship for curlers 60 years and over.
Keith's team from Richmond CC (Vic Shimizu, Ben Nishi, Wayne Saito) defeated 2011 Canadian masters champion Garry Gelowitz of Kelowna 8-7 in an extra end Sunday, Mar. 12 at the Abbotsford CC. They also advanced from the semi-final with an extra end win over Ralph Will of Cranbrook.
The foursome now heads to the Canadian masters championship, April 4-10 in Nova Scotia.
Keith died twice on the ice at last season's BC mixed doubles championship after suffering a heart attack. He was brought back to life both times with quick help from others and the use of an AED.
The Aaron Thompson team from VCC won the annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel held at the club, Mar. 4-6. They won the A final over the Ken Watson team that included three gents who have been to the Brier! Aaron's team will be representing VCC at the Mainland Club Challenge, April 8-10 in Richmond.
VCC is in need of more curling instructors to handle the rental groups that frequent the club. If you are not a certified instructor we will pay for your Curl BC course to become one, and put you on our paid instructor staff, if you will donate 20 hours of volunteer time coaching junior and school groups.
If you are a certified instructor and would like to earn some money, please contact member services coordinator Richard Brower at email@example.com or 604-874-0122.