Final Countdown to the Last Rock

April 30th is fast approaching... and that means time is running out to purchase your raffle ticket to be the final person to throw a rock in our current facility. Who will the winner be?
Meanwhile, have you marked off April 30th on your calendar to attend the Last Rock Open House and the Last Rock Ceremony?

Season-ending VCC Championships

The final competitive curling event at the current location of Vancouver Curling Club was played on April 6th. Eight teams remained in the season-ending VCC Championships as the semi-finals and finals of the A and B draws were played.

Congratulations are in order for Team Bos from Sunday Open and Team McGinty from the Motors League for capturing the A and B Championships, respectively.

Jan Bos has the honour of throwing the final rock in competition at our current building, and it was needed in the eighth end of the A Final to ensure that he ran Team Lutes out of rocks. Team Lutes, from the Thursday Open League, made their way to the final by beating Team Dunkin from the Super Seniors League in their semi-final. Team Bos, though, became 2011 Club Champions by first beating Team Miller of the Tuesday Women's League in the A semi-finals. They then built a 4-0 lead after three ends, a 6-2 lead after six ends, and an eventual 6-5 win over Team Lutes in the A final.

Team Bos is skip Jan Bos, third Brian Oldham, second Dave Marchant, and lead
Darcy Greiner.

The Skins Needs a New Charity

Each year the VCC holds the Barry Naimark Annual Skins Bonspiel . This is a fun event which allows curlers to try a different format and to contribute to a local charity.

The goal of the Club is to find a charity where a $2,000 - $4,000 donation can really make a difference, and now is your chance to submit the name of a worthy charity.

2011 Charity Skins is a Great Success

The 2011 Barry Naimark Charity Skins took over the VCC from March 3-6, and a fantastic time was had by all who spent their weekend at the club to enjoy some great curling, fun times in the Last Draw Lounge and do it all while raising funds for the Talitha Koum House.

The bonspiel organizing committee are in the midst of doing their final tasks to finish off the event so we do not yet have a final tally on the funds raised. But early indications are that this year's event will come close to the previous event fundraising record of approx $3,300.

Team Miller Captures Silver Medal

Congratulations to Team Miller on their silver medal finish at the Tim Horton's BC Senior Women's Curling Championship. Competing in Kamloops from February 22-26 against the top women's teams aged 50 and over from across the province, Team Miller came oh so close to capturing the provincial crown.

After four days of round-robin play, Team Miller - who is skip Karen Miller, third Beckie Ross, second Dianne Petrant and lead Kathy McInnes - finished in a tie for third-place. This meant that the team had a long road in front of them if they wanted to make the final. But they were undeterred.

2011 Charity Skins Draw Now Available

The schedule and draw for the 2011 Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel is now available... please click here to visit the event page to learn more.

Meanwhile, as of Feb. 22nd, the 2011 Charity Skins has a full complement of 32 teams. Any additional teams who are interested in adding their names to the waiting list, can do so by clicking here.

Here's looking forward to a fantastic four days of fun at the club from March 3rd - 6th!

Special Update on Ice Conditions

Email message below was distributed by the VCC President on Feb. 16...

Many members have noticed that our Club’s ice situation seems to be worse than in the past, and you would be correct if you thought so. You should, however, also know that our Club’s staff have been working extremely hard since December to try to mitigate the problems.

I have outlined below a summary of what the issue is and the steps that the club has been taking to rectify the situation. The Board has been monitoring the state of affairs and we have sought external advice. Over the past month, as the ice has deteriorated, members have been growing increasingly frustrated. Any member with an issue regarding the ice is free to contact me directly at president@vancouvercurlingclub.com.

VCC team heads to Senior Provincials

A team from the Vancouver Curling Club will be competing in the Tim Horton’s BC Senior Women’s Curling Championship in Kamloops. Team Miller - skipped by Karen Miller – is one of eight teams vying for the provincial title from Feb. 21 to 27.

Pictured left to right, Miller, Beckie Ross (third), Dianne Petrant (second) and Kathy McInnes (lead) only formed as a team just one month before the coastal playdowns. Miller, Ross and McInnes are from the Tuesday Women’s League, and Petrant plays in the Thursday Open.

Team Miller

Town Hall Meeting for the New Facility

Do you have questions about the club's new facility? Do you want to know more about the club's new home?     Saturday - February 26th at 10am - is your chance to learn more about the VCC's new facility at a special town hall meeting that will be held at the club.

Please click here to learn more.

Don't Miss Out on Spiel Fun

As the first month of 2011 comes to a close, the VCC has a number of bonspiels that are fast-approaching on the horizon. Registration is going well and a couple of them are already getting close to filling up, so be sure to register now to guarantee your space.

The 2011 Doubles Bonspiel takes place on Saturday, February 12th, and the registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 8th. This one-day spiel features two-person teams playing the game with a unique format. Click here to learn more, and be sure to sign-up soon since the event is already over two-thirds full.

The VCC Playdowns for the Club Challenge get underway on Saturday, February 19th, and the registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 11th. There are two divisions – men’s and women’s - and interested teams are to be compromised of players forming a regularly-playing team in one of the VCC's leagues. Click here to learn more about this opportunity to represent the club at the Lower Mainland division of the Dominion Curling Club Championships of British Columbia in April.

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