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.

Want to Represent the VCC with your League Team?

Do you yearn for competition, but don’t have the time or drive to take your weekly curling addiction to Provincial Playdowns? The CCA and The Dominion have started the Dominion Curling Championships so that club-level teams can compete in hopes of qualifying for a national championship.

Dominion Curling Championships

In February, the VCC will hold playoffs to determine our representatives for the Lower Mainland Division and that’s where you and your team come in. Your team must be all men or all women and play together regularly in one of the VCC's leagues to be eligible.

Sweep your way over to the event page for complete details and to register.

New League at the VCC

The VCC is pleased to offer a new half-season league that will focus on teaching the game and provide some unique experience both on and off the ice.

The School of Rock will begin play on January 11 and run for 15 weeks until April 18. Playing each Wednesday and alternating between 6:45pm and 9:05pm, this small league will allow players to receive instruction, try all positions on the ice, experience different game formats and enjoy some fun off-ice activities.

What Does the VCC Mean to You?

As we enter the holiday season, we know that people are inundated every year with requests for donations for many causes. Donations to any cause are a personal and private choice. Some choose to donate because a disease or issue has impacted their life in a meaningful way, some choose because the fundraising request letter, event or story touched them, some choose because it seems like a good idea and the tax break is beneficial. There are many choices and many reasons so why do we ask you to think about the VCC?

VCC Men at Provincial Playdowns

The VCC was well represented at this past weekend's Men's Provincial Playdowns. Team Schneider (Steve Schneider, Rick Feeney, Shawn Ecklund and Glenn Smith) and Team Marchant (David Marchant, Andrew Gray, Noah Grant and Kris Davies) represented the club as VCC teams. Unfortunately, they did not qualify but, between them, had a number of very close games throughout the weekend.

New Executive Director Starts on December 13

The Club's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that we have selected the new Executive Director. Willa Thorpe will begin her tenure at the VCC on December 13 so please take a moment to read the letter of introduction (linked below) to learn more about Willa, the position and the process undertaken to select our newest team member.
 
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