Countdown to the Skins -- Register Now

The countdown is on to the 16th annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel. With a registration deadline of Sunday, February 24, time is running out to be part of the Club's premier event.

With a goal of matching last year's biggest-ever Skins event and having 48 teams, there are still some spaces available. The VCC Charity Skins 'spiel is a fun-filled and competitive event with exciting action and money for every game on the ice as well as great food, fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes and so much more off the ice. So sign up now before the event is sold out.

Please click here for complete event details and to register your team. Don't forget that the early-bird deadline is this Saturday, February 16.

Congratulations to Jan Bos and Team Wakefield

VCC member and past president, Jan Bos, competed this past week at the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men's Provincial Championship. Playing third for Team Brower (out of the Peace Arch Curling Club), Jan's team finished the event with a 1-3 record and tied for 10th place.

Meanwhile, Team Wakefield - VCC practice members - battled their way to the C final. They lost a one point decision to finish tied for 5th and come with oh so close to the playoffs and the chance to earn a berth to the Brier.

The 2013 BC Men's Championships continues over the weekend. Follow live results at playdowns.com and read current event news on the championship website.

Team Birston/Hall Finishes Tied for 5th at Provincials

Congratulations to Team Birston/Hall (Shelley Birston and George Hall) for finishing tied for 5th place at Curl BC's inaugural Mixed Doubles Provincial Championships held on February 1-3.

Shelley and George played five 8-end games of Mixed Doubles in just over a 24-hour period from Friday evening to Saturday evening. They finished the round-robin portion tied for second in their pool with a record of 2-1 and had to play a tie-breaker. After winning the tie-breaker, they lost their quarter-final game by one point on a measure (to the eventual winners).

George Hall and Shelley Birston

For those VCC members and friends of Team Birston/Hall who went over to the North Shore Winter Club to watch the live action, they saw Shelley and George master the comeback during their run. All of their wins featured deficits of six or seven points that were overcome during the game, with the winning points scored in either the eighth or extra end.

For a complete summary of Team Birston/Hall's results from the BC Mixed Doubles, please click here.

Another Close Call at Provincial Playdowns

Over the weekend of January 25-27, one more VCC team was involved in provincial playdowns. Congratulations to Team Martin (Jerry Martin, Roy Murao, Wayne Saito, Wayne Chin) for a strong showing at the Masters Men's Region 11 Playdowns.

With only two qualifying berths on the line, Team Martin lost in the A semi-final and then lost their B quarterfinal game to the eventual B winner.

Additional congratulations to other VCC members who played on Team Switzer. Complete results are available here.

Dirty, Flirty and Thirty at the Pac Rim Cup

2013 Pac Rim Cup Champions  

The weekend of January 25-27 saw the VCC's Pacific Rim Curling League take over the Club to host the 30th annual Pac Rim Cup.

With a theme of dirty, flirty and thirty, a full draw of 32 teams had a wonderful team on and off the ice. Congratulations to the 2013 Pac Rim Cup Champions - Team Hall (George Hall, Shelley Birston, Kevin Mintenko and Krista Frazee). The complete draw results and all of the event winners can be found by clicking here.

Kudos to the organizing committee of Johnny LaRusic, Clayton Bergquist, Gerald Gunn and Jason Tusor for organizing a fabulous weekend.

Strathcona Cup Success

Shouts of “hurry hard” – with a Scottish accent – were heard during the afternoon at the Vancouver Curling Club on January 11, 2013 as the Club was one of the stops of the Strathcona Cup 2013 tour.

More than 60 Scottish curlers are in Canada this month for curling matches against Canadians in curling clubs. The Strathcona Cup Tour is a tradition dating back to 1902 that sees curlers from Canada and Scotland compete every five years.

The Vancouver Curling Club stop – which included an afternoon game and evening banquet – was organized by a local committee chaired by Stan Turner. A big thank you to Stan and all of the other volunteers and staff involved in creating a memorable event!

A couple of different photo albums have been set up for the event so please click here and here to check some of the images from the Strathcona Cup tour visit. To find out more about the entire Strathcona Cup tour, visit strathconacuptour2013.co.uk.

 

VCC Teams Almost Qualify for the Senior Men's Provincials

The VCC sent two teams to this past weekend's Regional 11 playdowns for the 2013 Tim Hortons BC Seniors Curling Championship. Team Gessner (Brian Gessner, Greg Monkman, John Smiley, Howard Maisey and coach Brad Burton) almost qualified for the provincials as they made it to the C final on Sunday after they made it to the A semi-final on Saturday. They lost the final winner-take-all game as they were playing their eighth game in three days.

Meanwhile, Team Watson (Ken Watson, Dale Hockley, Randy Nelson and Dale Reibin) made it to the B semi-final on Saturday and then also made the C semi-final on Sunday. They lost the B semi in an extra end by one point and then lost the C semi to the eventual C winner and qualifier.

Congratulations to Team Gessner and Team Watson for their strong showings at the playdowns. Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's senior men's playdowns.

VCC to be Represented at Men's Provincial Championships

At this past weekend's final playdown event for the 2013 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship, the Vancouver Curling Club was well represented. In fact, a VCC member has qualified as a member of Team Brower for the provincials on Feb 5-10 in Parksville - congratulations to Jan Bos.

Additional kudos go out to the two VCC teams who played well during the weekend. Against 17 teams, whereby four teams qualified, Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Brant Amos, Shawn Ecklund and Chris Faa) came oh-so-close to qualifying as they lost the B qualifier by one point in an extra end. The team then couldn't quite make it through the C draw. Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest, Chris Chute, Nigel McInnis, Kris Davis and Norm Richard) had a tough road during the event at the Golden Ears Curling Club in Maple Ridge as they were unable to win a game.

Please click here to see all of the game results from this past weekend's men's playdowns.

Start the New Year Off Right... and Volunteer

2013 will see a number of special events make our Club more than just an ice shed to come to once or twice a week to curl with your team and league members. Given our membership make-up, VCC bonspiels, open houses and other events showcase that curling is a sport enjoyed by a very diverse group of people. While our staff members do as much as they can for special events, they need the support of volunteers, before, during and after events, to make sure things run smoothly.

Volunteering at the VCC has a long history and it can take many forms. Each year, a dozen individuals volunteer their time to participate on the Board of Directors and help guide the staff and implement our long-term plan. Board members also lead the six standing committees that oversee specific areas of the Club’s overall operations. Note: There is currently a vacancy on the Board so if any member is interested in serving, please email Scott Allen, our club president.

Staff and Board members, though, welcome the input and participation of members at large on all of the Board committees and sub-committees. League representatives take on the role of wrangling their members, building draws and attending meetings to give member feedback to the Board and the staff. Each special event also has its own organizing committee that requires people to help plan, gather prizes, fundraise, raise awareness, and provide support on the day(s) of the event.

In short, volunteering at the VCC can take any form you want it to. A couple of hours greeting people at open houses, or many hours planning one of our great bonspiels, is appreciated. The more people we can get involved, the better our Club will be.

The VCC is a member-run club, not just an organized sport league. Volunteering is a great way to meet some of our very interesting members, give back, and ensure the legacy of curling in Vancouver continues.

If you want to volunteer, or find out more about volunteering you can do so by emailing Willa, contacting Brad, checking out a couple of key current needs. We’d love to have you!

 

VCC in the News - December 2012

Building on the Club’s success of gaining exposure in the local media at the start of this season - our 100th Anniversary - the VCC has continued to be featured by the local press.

Check out an article in the Vancouver Courier, a recent feature on Breakfast Television and a fun YouTube video from the Southsiders (the Vancouver Whitecaps fan club).

Thank you to our members, coaches and staff who helped work with the media over the past couple of weeks.

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