Final On-Ice Event of the 2011-12 Season

The 2012 VCC Championships have had three nights of good curling action and some very exciting games take place since Monday evening. Tonight, though, will see the final two games take place: Team Macdonald (Thursday Open) plays Team McNichol (PRCL) in the A final to determine our 2012 Club Champion, and Team Allen / Bos (Sunday Open) plays Team Martin (Motors) in the B final.

Come on down to the Club to watch both games (7pm start) and get your final curling fix of the season. Complete results from the event so far are available by clicking here.

Congratulations to Team Faa

Congratulations are due to Team Faa (Chris Faa, Jan Bos, Sean Ramsay and Brian Oldham) for representing the VCC this past weekend at the Lower Mainland playdowns for the BC Dominion Club Challenge.

The team had four very competitive games but they were not able to defend the Lower Mainland title that they won last season as they finished this year's event with a 2-2 record in the round-robin portion. Please click here to check out the results from the weekend's event.

Throw Like a Pro... or Learn to Throw

Ford Hot Shots This Saturday, April 15 is your chance to throw like a pro and win prizes in the Ford Hot Shots event at the VCC. Just like the pros at the Scotties and the Brier, you have a chance to put your curling skills on display for free. All you need to do is register ahead of time, so please click here for more information and to register.

Ford will also be on hand in the Hillcrest parking lot so you can test-drive some of their cushy rides for a good cause. Ford will be donating $20 to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation for each test drive so tell your friends and family to come on out.

Public Open House  
Running simultaneously this Saturday, April 15 from 10am to 4pm, is the final Public Open House of the season. All are welcome to come on out to enjoy the roaring game and experience the thrill of throwing rocks at houses. Instruction sessions will be available (30-minute sessions at a cost of $10) for those who’ve never tried the sport.

Anyone visiting the Club during the open house sessions is encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and be sure to bring clean shoes. Kids, teens, adults and seniors are all welcome!


Help Plan our 100th Anniversary

The VCC plans to host a very special event in the fall of 2012 to honour the Club’s cetenary. We are proud to have been a part of this city’s social fabric since 1912, and we have many great stories to tell.

So now is the time to provide your input as a meeting of the planning committee for the VCC 100th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Wednesday, March 28 at 7pm, and all Club members interested in helping out or contributing ideas are welcome to attend.

Please click here to learn more and RSVP.

New Spring League for VCC Members

The arrival of spring doesn’t mean an end to key freezes, tap backs and hit and rolls. Members can keep on playing the roaring game in April in the new Thaw Draw Spring League.

Starting on Tuesday, April 3 (6:45 to 9:00 pm) and lasting for five weeks, the Thaw Draw offers VCC members an opportunity to enjoy the game and get to know other members of the Club.

“We’re using the pick-up sports model,” explains Brad Blackwell, Manager of Membership Services. “Curlers can show up and play a game with other league members in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.” The league also provides an opportunity for newer curlers to get more experience.

You can register for five sessions or show up each Tuesday evening until May 8 (no curling on April 24). Cost is $10 for each session or $40 if you register for all five evenings of curling. Please email Brad or stop by the Pro Shop to sign-up.

Charity Skins Sets New Records

This past weekend saw the expanded Barry Naimark Charity Skins take over the VCC. Everything about the 15th annual event was larger than in the past including how we grew to 48 teams and were able to raise more than $5,000 for this year's charity, Aunt Leah's Place.

Congratulations to Team Bourdage (featured on the right) for their impressive display on the ice throughout the weekend as they marched through the draw and took home more than $600 in Skins winnings.

Team Bourdage, 2012 Barry Naimark Charity Skins Champions 

Countdown to the Skins

The final countdown is on to the start of the VCC's premier event of the year - the Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel - this Thursday. We are looking to host our biggest event ever, and are pleased to have a full draw of 48 teams.

Tune-up Your Curling Game

As the second half of the curling season is in full swing, do you have some parts of your game that could use a tune up? Do you have some mid-season bad habits creeping into your game? We have a couple of solutions to these problems and more.

New Doubles Champions are Crowned

Jan Bos & Noah Grant, 2012 VCC Doubles Champions 

This past weekend saw the largest-ever VCC Doubles Bonspiel take place on February 11.

A full-draw of 32 teams played multiple four-end games, using the unique world doubles format rules, and Jan Bos and Noah Grant (featured on the left) were crowned the 2012 Champions.

The Club's annual fundraising event for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, the Doubles Bonspiel is a unique format that ensures every participant gets to play a number of games all inside of one day. All of the participants had a thoroughly enjoyable time on and off the ice while raising over $1,000.

Team Schneider are National Champions

Congratulations to the VCC's Team Schneider for capturing the 2012 HSBC Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC) this past weekend. Made up of Stephen Schneider, Shawn Ecklund, Shelly Birston and Glenn Smith, Team Schneider strung together five wins over the three-day event held here at the Vancouver Curling Club to claim the national crown.

VCC teams did themselves proud over the weekend battling against 16 teams, 13 of which came from clubs from across the country. Team Thompson (made up of Aaron Thomson, Brian Oldham, Robbie Gallaugher and Billeh Nickerson) captured the silver medal behind Team Schneider. Meanwhile, Team Kipp finished the weekend tied for 10th place. Complete event results are available by clicking here.

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