From Four to Forty – Experience Abounds at the Canadian Direct BC Men’s Curling Championship Presented by Automation One

A broad range of curling experience will be on the ice from February 5-9, 2014 when 16 teams from across British Columbia take on the challenge of determining who will represent the province at the Tim Hortons Brier in Kamloops in March.

The experience of the 84 participating curlers ranges from those with less than four years of curling under their belts (making their first trip to a provincial championship) to seasoned veterans with more than 40 years of curling and multiple trips to provincial, national and world championships. (Photo: Team Bilesky - Skip Andrew Bilesky, Third Steve Kopf, Second Derek Errington and Lead Aaron Watson.)

 

The field includes past junior, men’s, mixed and senior provincial champions, Olympic gold medallists and those who have represented Canada at world curling championships.

With more than 40 games from the first round to the final, will a familiar name be awarded the gold? Or will we see a “Cinderella team” sweep its way to the final? The only way to find out is to come, cheer and be part of the action. Tickets start as low as $5 for one draw and $35 for the entire event, and are available online or at the VCC.

VCC Teams come close to playing at home

The VCC was well represented this past weekend in Salmon Arm at the final playdown for the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Curling Championship, presented by AutomationOne. Team Schneider (Stephen Schneider, Shawn Eklund, Rick Feeney, Brant Amos, and Adam Cseke) represented the Club well but bowed out of the competition in the C qualifier semifinals.

Meanwhile, two other teams had strong VCC connections. Team Brower featured two VCC members (Jan Bos and Chris Faa), and lost incredibly close one point games in both the B and C finals. Meanwhile, Team Gessner had one VCC member (Brian Gessner) and they lost out in the C semifinals. Click here for a full summary of event scores and more.

Despite there being no VCC team playing next month at home, there will still be 16 great teams - including 2013 Roar of the Rings runners up Team Morris - vying for the crown at the 2014 BC Men's Championship. Be sure to book off February 5-9 to come on down to the VCC to watch the province's best compete.

Team Gibson was one point away from the playoffs

TEAM GIBSON (Rebecca Turley, Amy Gibson, Carman Cheng and Michelle Dunn, with coach Larry MacDonald) wrapped up their week-long challenge on Friday of taking on the rest of the province at the 2014 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, at the Prince George Golf and Country Club.

Heading into their final game of the round robin, Team Gibson was in a three-way tie for seventh and needed to win as well as have some help from other game results to possibly create a six-way tiebreaker. The other results came in as desired, but Team Gibson was victim to another close and heartbreaking loss as they were on the wrong side of a 6-5 decision - decided by a measure - to Team Jensen from Victoria to finish in ninth place.

During the event, Team Gibson had a number of very close games during the event and should also be congratulated for defeating the four-time defending provincial champion, Team Scott of Kelowna. Congratulations and we're proud Team Gibson calls the VCC home. Click here to read all of the final scores from Team Gibson's first of hopefully many appearances at the BC Scotties.

Are You Ready to Rock the Second Half of the Season?

Happy New Year and welcome to the second half of the season at the Vancouver Curling Club. In addition to our almost 1,200 members getting back into action with our 20 different leagues, the next four months are full of many different and exciting events.

We have a number of different skills and clinics for curlers of all abilities being offered in January, February and March; please click here to learn more.

A few different special events are on tap in the coming couple of months at the Club so be sure to register early before events are sold out. In particular, check out complete details on the 2014 Doubles Bonspiel (Mar 15) and the 17th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel (Feb 27-Mar 2).

Two provincial championships will be hosted by the Club over the next few weeks, including the 2014 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Curling Championship, presented by AutomationOne. Tickets are now available, and complete event details can be found at cdimens2014.curlbc.ca.

If you are interested in learning more about all of the events planned for the second half of the 2013-2014 season at the VCC, please visit our events listings.

Team Gregory takes the 2013 OK Tire Cup

"Old guys rule" was the theme of the 2013 OK Tire Cup Master Men's Bonspiel, hosted by the Vancouver Senior Men’s Curling League from Dec.16-18 at Vancouver Curling Club. And rule the old guys did, with fierce competition among the 24 registered teams who came from Coquitlam, North Shore, Richmond, Royal City, Langley and Squamish.

On Wednesday, Team Gregory from Coquitlam, who were undefeated, took the title. At right, Jack Dunlop presents the OK Tire Cup trophy to Team Gregory (left to right): skip Dale Gregory, third Cedric Wing, second Gerry Freeman and lead Paul Froese. Three teams played from the host league plus two from other VCC leagues, with all curlers members of the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association.

 

Players on each team were 60 or older, with one 55-60 per team. The Bonspiel featured five games for all entrants, followed by a delicious lunch, presentation of the OK Tire Cup, cash prizes for the top six teams, and prizes for all teams (based on games won).

Team Gibson heading to 2014 BC Scotties

Team Gibson is off to the 2014 BC Scotties in search of the Vancouver Curling Club’s 50th purple heart.
 

Earlier this month in Kelowna, Team Gibson (pictured L to R: third Rebecca Turley, skip Amy Gibson, second Carman Cheng, and lead Michelle Dunn) captured one of two available spots for the BC Scotties. In a strong field of eight teams, Gibson won every game, including a come from behind extra-end win vs Roberta Kuhn (Vernon), as well as stealing three against former BC Champion Marla Mallett to win the A final.

 

The Scotties take place in Prince George from January 6-12. All results will be posted online at http://bcscotties2014.curlbc.ca/ with the semi-finals and finals televised on Sportsnet. The VCC wishes all the best to Team Gibson in their pursuit of a purple heart - we're very proud to have you represent the Club!

Team Schneider tops Marpole field

From Curl BC news (Dec. 2, 2013):

Stephen Schneider heads into the Lower Mainland men’s playdowns this weekend at Royal City with a boost of confidence after winning the Marpole Sportsmen Bonspiel on Dec. 1.

Schneider and his team (featured from L to R: third Shawn Eklund, skip Stephen Schneider, second Brant Amos, lead Dwight Tomalty) won the A final over Mike Moss from Richmond.

The A final was a tight back and forth game. Schneider was one down with hammer coming home and took two points for a 5-4 win when Moss drew heavy on a freeze attempt.

 

Also this past weekend, Team Gibson won the 2013-14 BC Women's Open Event #2 A Pool and will be representing the VCC at the Women's Provincial's this year. Team Forrest from the VCC also made the semi-finals of the A pool. Check out Curl BC for more information on the remaining tour dates.

*NEW* 8 Week Learn To Curl Program

Learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!

Starting January 8th, we will be running an eight-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 eight weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and progress to sweeping, team communication and game strategy! The eight weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%).

Congratulations to Team Switzer and Team Gibson

The two VCC teams competing at national championships have seen their weeks come to an end, but we are so proud of their efforts over the past week as they took on the rest of the country.

TEAM SWITZER (pictured below L to R: skip Keith Switzer, third Sandra Comadina, second Leonard Firkus and lead Carman Cheng) wrapped up their time at the 2014 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships in Ottawa on Thursday evening.

Competing as Team BC, one of their highlights during the event was defeating the defending national champions from Ontario. They wrapped up the 2014 Canadian Mixed Championships in 10th place.

 
TEAM GIBSON (pictured below L to R: skip Amy Gibson, fourth Rebecca Turley, second Michelle Dunn and lead Marilou Richter) put up a valiant effort in Thunder Bay as Team BC at the 2013 Dominion Curling Club Championships.

They finished in a tie for third in their pool, with only the top two teams moving on to the playoffs. Manitoba went through undefeated but Team Gibson beat the second place team from the Yukon. They then had a couple of very close games against New Brunswick and Alberta, whereby the game against second place Alberta go down to the wire whereby Alberta's final and winning rock was heavy but got a tick from an outside rock to roll towards the button.

Congratulations to both teams for representing the province and the Club with pride. If you would like to check out the game scores and more for both events, please click here (and select either '2014 Canadian Mixed' or 'Women-Dominion Curling' from the drop down menu on the left side of the page).

Colourful curlers ‘Rock the Rainbow’… Pink Broom style!

On Nov. 16, 56 colourful curlers “Rocked the Rainbow” in a fun-filled day of curling at the VCC for the 2013 Pink Broom Bonspiel, hosted by the Pacific Rim Curling League (PRCL).

Dressed in their official colour, teams of eight curled in a variety of games, including: a standard 4-end game, Skins game, Skills Challenge, two Doubles games and ending with a Skins game.

In addition to many of its own members, the PRCL was pleased to welcome participants from other VCC leagues and curlers from the Richmond and Marpole Curling Clubs.

 

After the points were totalled, Team Tap-back Turquoise (Debbie McKay, Rob MacEachern, Mallory Miller, Alan Antasuda, Shelley Birston, Matt Kluke, Scott Robertson and Logan Chinski) took the title as the 2013 Pink Broom Champions. Click here for all the event details and photos.

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