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.

Pac Rim Cup & Canadian Gay Championships to Rock the VCC

2012 Pac Rim Cup and CGCC 

The VCC is proud to host the 2012 HSBC Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC) and the always-popular Pac Rim Cup on February 3-5.

The Club will be rocking on and off the ice all weekend long as 16 teams compete for the right to be crowned the national CGCC champion, including the VCC's own Team Thompson, Team Schneider and Team Kipp. Meanwhile, 32 teams will share the ice as they battle for bragging rights for the Pac Rim Cup. In all, nearly 200 curlers will be participating in this year's combined events.

Team Martin at the Masters Men's Playdowns

Team Martin (Gerry Martin, Irwin "Shorty" Sellars, Gord Wight, and Warren Brown) are to be congratulated for representing the VCC this past weekend in Mission at the Masters Men's Playdowns.

The team finished with a 2-2 record, a couple of wins away from qualifying for the provincial championships. Please click here to view Team Martin's results.

Beyond Team Martin, there were a couple of other teams in the Masters Men's Playdowns that featured VCC members: Team Lightbody (who qualified for the provincials) and Team Mukuyama.

VCC Men and Women at Senior Playdowns

The VCC would like to congratulate Team Miller and Team Bain for representing the Club at their respective playdowns this past weekend.

Team Miller (Karen Miller, Shelley Birston, Dianne Petrant, Kathy McInnes, and coach Pat McSherry) were attempting to repeat their success from last year when they qualified for the Senior Women's Provincial Championships and captured the silver medal). Unfortunately, their playdown journey came to an end short of their desired goal. After going 1-1 on day one, Team Miller battled valiantly to come from behind but lost both their games on the Saturday. Please click here to learn more about Team Miller's results.

Team Bain (Croft Bain, Paul Dunkin, Bill Dauphinee and Gary Lubin) also saw their playdown journey end sooner than they wanted after losing three close games on Thursday and Friday at the Senior Men's Provincial Championships. Please click here to see Team Bain's results.

In addition to Team Miller and Team Bain, other teams playing during the Senior Women's and Senior Men's Regions 8-11 playdowns included VCC members. Team Gessner (who qualified for the provincials), Team Hanafin, Team Johnson, Team Shimizu, and Team Steffin had at least one VCC member on their team as they played in the Senior Men's event. Meanwhile, Team Smiley (who qualified for the provincials) was coached by the VCC's junior program coach and lead intermediate clinician, Brad Burton.

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