The belairdirect BC Men's Curling Championship was in Abbotsford Feb. 8-12 with VCC curlers on two of the 12 teams. Jeff Guignard skipped a full team of VCC curlers with third Chris Faa, second Jeff Sargeant and lead Nick Kuit. Richard Brower and Jan Bos threw fourth and third rocks respectively on the Mike Moss team. The John Morris team won the event, defeating Dean Joanisse in the final. Click on the link above for all the results and click here to view Shaw TV's coverage of the weekend playoff games.
Two Pacific Rim Curling League teams from VCC were at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships in Montreal, Feb. 10-12. The Jack Holmes team (Mark Trowell, Jeff Berg and Gerald Gunn) and the Scott Robertson team (Greg Ohashi, Gerhard Maynard, Michael Anhorn and Kevin Mintenko) were trying to continue a streak in which PRCL teams have won the championship six of the past 11 years and the last five years in a row. The results can be found by clicking here.
Congrats to VCC curler and coach Brad Burton on being part of the BC wheelchair championship winning team this past weekend (Jan. 27-30) at Richmond. Brad coached the Gerry Austgarden team that now heads to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship in Boucherville, Quebec, April 24-30. With Brad in the photo, left to right, are lead Janice Ing, second Bob Macdonald, third Darryl Neighbour and skip Berry Austgarden. For details on the BC Wheelchair Curling Championship go to http://bot.curlbc.ca//web/Comp?compid=636.
The BC Mixed Doubles Curling Championship in Kelowna, Thursday, Feb. 2 to Sunday, Feb. 5, had 28 teams entered, including four teams of VCC curlers: Shelly Birston/Shawn Courtorielle, Danyelle Bernier/Daniel Dabiri, Andrew Forrest/Becky Abbot and Stephen Strathdee/Michelle MacLeod. The winners were Jeff Richard and Sarah Wark. For event details and coverage go to http://bot.curlbc.ca//web/Comp?compid=640.
VCC curler Ken Watson started with four straight wins as the skip of team BC at the Canadian Masters Curling Championships in Guelph, Ontario from April 2-9, but ended up finishing with a 5-5 record, out of the playoffs. Click on the link for online coverage, including live streaming.
Watson won the BC masters title Mar. 7-12 in Cranbrook. Info on that event is at http://bot.curlbc.ca//web/CompRR?compid=650.
Four VCC curlers were in Duluth, Minnesota Jan. 27-29 as part of the Brazilian men's and women's teams challenging the USA for spots in the 2017 world curling championships. Isis Oliveira, Alessandra Barros and Anne Shibuya Gervan curl on the Brazilian women's team skipped by Aline Goncalves from Whitehorse, and VCC ice tech Marcio Cerquinho is third for the Brazilian men's team skipped by Marcelo Mello of Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Andy Serink, a longtime VCC member and president from 1990-93, has died at the age of 90 years old. The funeral will be on Friday, Jan. 6 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1505 Lillooet Road in North Vancouver.