VCC Bring a Friend Day / Meet the Leagues (April 5)

On Saturday, April 5, the VCC Member ‘Bring-a-Friend’ Day will be happening out on the ice. Bring along a friend (or two!) interested in trying out curling for the first time. All they need to bring are clean (indoor) running shoes and a few layers of warm clothes. Experienced coaches will be out on the ice to help demonstrate the sport.

Are you curious about the other types of leagues at the Vancouver Curling Club? The VCC has more than 20 different leagues that vary in the format and time they run each week, to gender and age mix, social events and prizes.

Come meet league reps and ask questions during the ‘Meet The Leagues’ event, also on April 5. There will be complimentary food/snacks and a FREE raffle for a brand-new Fibrelite broom!

  • Bring a Friend Day: 10-4pm | Ice shed
  • Meet the Leagues: 12-2pm | Last Draw Lounge

Click here for more info about both events. See you at the Club on April 5!

Nominate an Honourary Life Member/Volunteer of the Year

The VCC offers members the opportunity to recognize another member who has made a significant impact on the Club through volunteering or other resources. The Club’s Honourary Life Members and Volunteer of the Year are individuals we recognize for their important contributions.

Our Honourary Life Member Sub-Committee reviews all applications and makes a recommendation through the Board for a vote by the membership at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in June. The recommendations are then voted on by the members in attendance.

For Volunteer of the Year, the Special Events Committee reviews all written submissions and make a recommendation to the Board of Directors, who have final approval. The chosen volunteer(s) will also be honoured at the AGM.

If you know of a member (or members) deserving of these honours at the VCC, forward their name and a summary of their contributions to president@vancurl.com by Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (*Indicate either HLM or VotY in the subject heading.)

Click here for a complete list of VCC Honourary Life Member recipients. The criteria for Volunteer of the Year is available here.

VCC Names Men's and Women's Teams to Compete in 2014 Club Challenge

Dominion Club Challenge Logo

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!

VCC Men
Skip: Stephen Schneider
Third: Shawn Eklund
Second: Brant Amos
Lead: Christopher Ordog

VCC Women
Skip: Shelley Birston
Third: Allison DenToom
Second: Siobhan Holladay
Lead: Krista Frazee

Two times the fun at the VCC Doubles Spiel!

Doubles Winners

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)
A Runner up: Siobhan Holladay and Mark Robinson (VCC)
B Winner: Noah Grant and Kris Davis (VCC)
B Runner up: Bill MacAulay and Shirley LeClair (Chilliwack/Richmond)
C Winner: Steve Musgrove and Ian Baart (Richmond)
C Runner up: Kris Wright and Kevin Leaske (VCC)
D Winner: Brent Forbes and Scott Weber (VCC)
D Runner up: Allison DenToom and Craig Coyne (VCC)


Unclaimed Raffle prize: ticket 661234
*Must have ticket to claim prize*

$5000 Raised for Pets & Friends @ The Skins!

Skins Winners

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!

The VCC Annual Doubles Spiel is March 15th

Team Gessner

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.

REGISTER NOW


Team Gessner Qualifies for Mixed Provincials

Team Gessner

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!

TEAM GESSNER

Brian Gessner (Skip), Marilou Richter (Third), Chris Chute (Second), Jaime McLaren (Lead)


To view complete event results, including game scores, statistics and more, visit playdowns.com.

Learn to Curl @ VCC this Spring!

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
REGISTER NOW

David Thompson High School Boys Set to Represent VCC at Provincials in Parksville!

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

 

2014 Charity Skins Rocked the VCC!

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.
 

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