Dave Shortill from the Kerry Park CC near Duncan has won the mixed event championship at the Americas Masters Games, defeating Richmond's Vic Shimizu 7-4 in the final. Shortill's team included VCC curler Jan Bos at second, along with third Donna Langlands and lead Crystal Murray.
VCC skip Keith Switzer won the bronze medal after qualifying through the C event for the playoffs, but losing the semi-final to Shortill.
The Island Girls, composed of curlers from various Vancouver Island communities and skipped by Lynne Noble, have won the women's event of the Americas Masters Games at VCC. The Steve Wright team from Royal City CC and Kelowna has won the men's event.
The mixed event is now on until Sunday. For all the results and information, go to http://amgcurling.curlbc.ca/.
The game of curling has had some significant changes in sweeping equipment since I first starting curling in 1981 and, even without the fuss this season over directional sweeping and what changes need to be made, it appears to me brushes are about to undergo another change.
I was going to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario when I started curling in a university league on Sunday nights at the Cataraqui Golf and Country Club. I remember feeling rather inept using the rental brooms, which were those old Rink Rat type ones that were shaped like a corn broom but had some sort of foam inside and a cloth cover. I had no training on using my arms and wrists properly to employ the corn broom sweeping technique, and I’m sure I looked rather clumsy going down the ice sweeping between my legs. Not as interesting though as the curler I used to watch at the Vancouver Curling Club in the 1990s who used to just lift it straight up and slam it down on the ice. He reminded me of “Bam Bam” from the Flintstones.
Members will be excited to learn that the new Dyson hand dryers arrived this week. Guaranteed to dry your hands in 12 seconds flat and turn off by the time your foot hits the washroom threshold. No need to use your pants or sweater...oh happy day!
The World Curling Federation Sweeping Summit was held between 23 and 26 May at the North Grenville Curling Club in Kemptville, Ontario near Ottawa, Canada.;
This event brought together an impressive group of world class athletes, high performance experts, curling administrators and curling equipment manufacturers to conduct testing and research into the unusual and over-effective impact of sweeping reported during this past season.
The Athlete group included Olympic Champions, World Champions and World Championship competitors.
Testing was conducted under the supervision of the National Research Council of Canada, using scientific methodologies and high-tech recording equipment.
A VCC member is at his peak supporting a local charity.
Congratulations to Gary Lubin, VCC and Super Seniors member who completed the Grouse Grind thirteen times within a day this past Tuesday, June 21 to benefit BC Children's Hospital Foundation.
A very impressive physical feat Gary all for a good cause!!!
Get your curling season started early by curling in the inaugural Americas Masters Games at Vancouver Curling Club, Aug. 26 to Sept. 4. There will be men's, women's and mixed competitions for curlers 50 years plus, 60 years plus and 70 years plus. Curling is just one of the 25 sports available in the AMG, hosted by the City of Vancouver and bringing in participants from around the world.
Each team is guaranteed three games and curlers can curl in the mixed, taking place after the men's and women's competitions, at no extra cost.
The new VCC Champions. Left to right are Hamish Macdonald, Jan Bos, Craig Whitaker and Chris Brown.
Two Thursday Open League teams, both former VCC Championship winners, faced off in this year's final on Thursday night (April 14) with the Hamish Macdonald team winning a back and forth game over Andrew Gray.
Macdonald scored three in the first end, only to give back three in the second and give up a steal of one in the third end. The game went back in Macdonald's favour with a five-ender in the sixth end, including a shot through a narrow port.
Macdonald's team included Jan Bos, Craig Whittaker and Chris Brown. Gray's team, last year's champs, had Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell and Dave Marchant.
In the B event final, a Super Senior squad skipped by Brock Tully (Sandy Greig, Ron McKay, Doug Poulin) won in six ends over Joe Krapiec's rink from the Point Grey League.
For complete results from the 32-team event that included teams from nearly every VCC league go to our VCC Championship page.
The Aaron Thompson and Jessica Ingram teams represented VCC at the Mainland Club Challenge, April 8-10 in Richmond, with Thompson's team finishing 2-1 and Ingram's team 0-2 in their round robins. Neither team advanced to the playoffs. The event featured men's and women's club champions from around the Lower Mainland vying to qualify for the Pacific International Cup, April 13-17.
One BC team from the PIC will then advance to the Travelers Curling Club Championship next November in Kelowna that includes teams from every province and territory.