On March 8 and 22, the Club held a playdown event to determine the men's and women's teams that will represent the VCC at the Lower Mainland Club Challenge. The event saw four men's and two women's teams compete for the chance to compete as Team VCC in Richmond from April 11-13. Congratulations to Team Schneider and Team Birston!
Team Schneider went 3-0 in the double-knockout event, and Team Birston won the best-out-of-three match up with two straight wins. They will now play in the Dominion Club Challenge Lower Mainland playdown event April 11-13 at the Richmond Curling Club. The top teams from there qualify for the provincial playdown event April 16-20, also in Richmond. Good luck and good curling!
Skip: Stephen Schneider
Third: Shawn Eklund
Second: Brant Amos
Lead: Christopher Ordog
Skip: Shelley Birston
Third: Allison DenToom
Second: Siobhan Holladay
Lead: Krista Frazee
Congratulations to Brock Tully and Rebecca Turley (pictured), winners of the A Event in the Annual VCC Doubles Spiel! The event had 32 teams competing in four events that resulted in an action-packed day of doubles play. The event raised $1200 for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation! Thank you to our VCC members for your attendance and to the out-of-town teams who made the trip to our Club - it was wnderful to have you! Notably, we saw teams from Chilliwack, Richmond, Marpole, West Vancouver and even Alaska! Congratulations to A-event runner ups Mark Robinson and Siobhan Holladay and all of the other event winners (below)
A Winner: Rebecca Turley and Brock Tully (VCC)
Congratulations once again to Team Forrest (pictured) on winning the 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel! The event was a great success, raising $5000 for Pets & Friends. Look for a full article on the event in the next issue of the Backline!
We are now FULL for this year's Doubles Spiel, happening on March 15th! It is a fun-filled one-day spiel that follows the Mixed Doubles rules of play.
The draw is now live; please click here for the schedule.Enter your team of two for just $60 and enjoy a minimum of three 4-end games, a continental breakfast, lunch and many opportunities to win prizes! Teams can be a make up of male-male, female-female, and mixed gender.
Registration closes this Sunday, March 9th.
Proceeds from this event are donated to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
Congratulations to Team Gessner on securing a spot at this year's Mixed Provincials! They competed in the Lower Mainland Mixed playdowns in Delta and ended up playing all 8 draws in the competition. "Tenacity, grit, teamwork, support and a true love for the sport helped us persevere through the very long haul." said Lead Jaime McLaren. They will continue their competitive journey at the 2014 BC Mixed Provincial Championship in Duncan this March with an eye on the championship and a spot representing BC in North Bay this fall.
The Club wishes them all the best and good curling!
Learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!
Starting March 16th, we will be running a five-week introductory program for beginners looking to learn about all aspects of the game. You will be placed in a small group of eight curlers and paired with an experienced coach for a series of five weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and progress to sweeping, team communication and game strategy!
The five weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%).
This program will run Sundays from 9pm-11pm. There are ONLY eight spots available for each group, so sign up now!
Dates: March 16, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13
Program Cost: $69 + GST
Cost includes broom, gripper and slider rental
The David Thompson Boys Curling Team competed in the Zone 2 Playdowns on January 17th and 18th at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster. The boys coasted to back-to-back wins on the first day of play against Saint Thomas More and Eric Hamber Secondary, earning a bye. With day 2 came a setback, however, as they boys were defeated by an improved STM team. But it was not over for them! With both DT and STM having lost one game, it came down to a final re-match. Thompson re-grouped and came back fighting in an incredibly close and exciting final to win the zones and earn a berth at the BC High School Curling Championships happening next week in Parksville.
The boys are ready and excited to compete in their second Provincial Championship in as many years. They hope to do the club proud and bring nothing but good news home with us next weekend. Good luck boys!
Alternate: Kent Yip
Lead: Patrick Fourchalk
Second: Jonah Fourchalk
Third: Benny Jiang
Skip: Matt Chan
Coaches: Zoe Higgs, Kevin Chen
The 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel has just come to a close, with team Forrest (A), team Miller (B), team Shirts (C), and team Lawson (D), victors in each of their respective events.
Photos and the final donation amount to our charity, Pets and Friends, are still to come; in the meantime, the complete event results can be found here.
Four years ago, one of the hottest tickets in town was the Olympic curling venue where the stands rocked and rousing versions of “O Canada” helped guide Team Martin to curling gold and Team Bernard to silver.
From February 5-9, the Vancouver Curling Club, the legacy facility from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games will once again be hosting elite curling.
The 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship presented by Automation One, takes over the VCC with 16 teams from across British Columbia vying for the right to don Team British Columbia jackets and compete against the best from across the country at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops in March. (Photo: Team Morris - Skip John Morris, Fourth Jim Cotter, Second Tyrel Griffith and Lead Rick Sawatsky.)
For as little as $5 you can be in the ice shed cheering on double take-outs and shouts of “hurry hard”, or up in the lounge enjoying a beverage and discussing the merits of the on ice-calls.
Two VCC teams (and one partial VCC team) participated in the Masters Men’s Lower Mainland Playdown Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at the Mission Curling Club.
The VCC teams included Team Bain (Skip Croft Bain, Third Randy Chambers, Second Bill Dauphinee and Lead Gary Lubin) and Team Watson (Skip Ken Watson, Third Dale Hockley, Second John Smiley and Lead Bill Rafter).
In addition to Teams Bain and Watson, Team Martin (VCC members Skip Jerry Martin and Third Irwin “Shorty” Sellars, Second Wayne Chine and Lead Wayne Saito) played under the Royal City banner.
Team Watson was one of three teams (the B qualifier) moving on to the provincial championships. Complete results from the Masters Men's Lower Mainland Playdown are available at by clicking here.
Congrats to Team Watson for moving on to provincials, and to all of the VCC members who took part. Fellow VCC members will be rooting for Team Watson when they travel to Creston from March 6-9 for the provincial champions.