Competition Corner - November 2014

Competition Corner (November 2014) - Update

We have a couple of corrections and a couple of editions to the jam-packed November edition of Competition Corner.

November was a great month for VCC members in competitive events as bonspiel season hit full stride and results keep pouring in. We have a lot to report from mixed, women’s, and men’s events so we will jump right to it.

Team Forrest had a successful month winning the Marpole Mixed Bonspiel, the B Event at the Peace Arch Mixed Bonspiel and the C Event at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel with a come from behind three in the eighth. Team Forrest consists of Andrew Forrest, Allison DenToom, Dave Marchant and Becky Campbell. Krista Frazee was subbed in for Becky Campbell at the Peace Arch ‘spiel.

Andrew Forrest also skips a men’s team that played in the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge. While they had a big extra end win against Sean Geall the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

VCC colours were in full force at the Tunnel Town Mixed Bonspiel as Team Robinson (Mark and Siobhan Robinson, Heather Lawrence, Craig Coyne) had a great run making it all the way to the A final where they had a pick in the second end which led to a steal of four for their opponents and left them chasing the rest of the game. The team was very proud to take a “solid silver”.

Continuing with their busy bonspiel schedule Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, Michelle Dunn) came oh so close to qualifying for the BC Scotties, rattling off three straight wins before falling short by one in the last end of the C final at the Provincial Playdowns in Kelowna. The team also had a successful runs at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out making it all the way to the semifinals in a competitive field and a sixth place finish at the Coronation Classic in Maple Ridge.

Team Ocean Village (Diane Gushulak, Grace MacInnes, Lorelle Weiss, Sandra Comadina) kicked off their bonspiel schedule at the Vancouver Island Shoot Out, the first of five world curling tour events the team is playing in this season, where they took home second place.

VCC men had a strong showing at the North Delta Men's Bonspiel with Team Schneider taking home the A Event and Team Brower taking the B Event with a win over Team Forrest.

A number of VCC men’s teams competed at the Golden Ears Curling Club at the start of the month, all of them picking up valuable points on the Region 11 Men's Tour. Team Brower (Jan Bos and Richard Brower) took home the C Event. Team Schneider and Team Forrest had great runs losing in the A final and B semifinal, respectively.

Congratulations to all of the above members and those who competed but who have yet to let the Club know when they are playing. Be sure to follow the VCC on Facebook ( facebook.com/vancurl) and twitter (@vancurling) to cheer our members on. If you are curling in an event, please contact champions@vancurl.com.

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Harvest Bonspiel a Resounding Success

This past weekend saw the VCC host our annual fall classic, the Harvest Bonspiel. Featuring a sell-out of 32 teams representing clubs from across the Lower Mainland as well as some visitors from south of the border, the eventual champions were the Shamrockers from the VCC.

  2014 Harvest Bonspiel Champions - Shamrockers

Featured above, the winning team is from the VCC and plays in the Shamrock, Motors and Thursday Open leagues. Team members (pictured left to right) include: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Brett Ballah, and Andrew Playfoot. Other event winners from the weekend-long 'spiel were as follows:

  • B Winners - Meller/Gray (from the VCC - Sunday Open, Super Seniors, Thursday Open)
          Andrew Gray, Harvey Meller, Jon Braun, Norm Scott
  • C Winners - The Curldashians (from the VCC - PacRim Curling League)
          Christopher Ordog, Aaron Lindgren, Stephen Bailey, Logan Chinski
  • D winners - Hill; (from the VCC - Shamrock, Motors League, B&B)
          Earl Hill, Steve Nelson, Keith Budd, Shawn Joinson

    Click here for more details, including the complete event draw.

    Special thanks to the event organizers, led by Mark Robinson and Craig Coyne, as well as Kathy McInnes and all of the volunteers and staff who helped ensure everyone had a great time on and off the ice.

     

  • Competition Corner - October 2014

    Welcome to Competition Corner, a new feature on our website in which we highlight achievements of VCC members in events outside of VCC bonspiels in the prior month. One of the goals of the Club's Board of Directors when planning for the move to the VCC's post-Olympic home was to support competitive curling with the hope that the VCC would once again become home to some of the best curlers in the Province.

    Over the last four years we have had VCC members participate in, and win, regional, national and provincial events. At the VCC we believe it is important to celebrate not just the successes, but all our members' efforts. We established champions@vancurl.com this year so that members can let the Club know when they are playing outside the VCC.

    VCC Seeking Junior Ice Technician

    The Vancouver Curling Club is currently seeking two full-time positions to start immediately for an annual term:

    • Junior Ice Technician

    Click here for more information about these exciting job opportunities.

    Affordable curling at the VCC

    The VCC strives to make curling affordable for people at differing stages of life out of respect for a diverse membership that includes youth, students, people entering the workforce, people established in their careers, and retirees.

    To put the cost of curling in perspective, we calculated the average cost of curling per week and compared it with other popular entertainment and fitness activities. To read more about this and other topics to get you back into a curling frame of mind, check out the September edition of The Backline

    New - Online Registration & Waiver Form

    In an effort to move our processes online and go paperless, the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC) now offers a web-based registration and waiver form.

    The VCC requires members fully complete this form to gather and maintain accurate information from our members. This info is entered into a database maintained by – and for the exclusive use of – the VCC, for membership service and insurance purposes. No personal identifiable information will be shared with any outside individuals / groups, except for insurance purposes.

    Start of 2014-2015 season coming soon!

    New to Curling?

    The Vancouver Curling Club welcomes all levels of curlers to enjoy the roaring game. We have opportunities for people to try the sport in clinics or group rentals, and also have a wide range of leagues – from beginner to competitive. Click here for more info about the game and how you can get involved at the VCC.

    Looking for a League?

    The VCC has 20 different leagues running this season, with a full range of competitive and social opportunities for everyone young and old. While some of our leagues are already full with a waiting list for the season, others have space and are ready to welcome new members. Click here for a full summary of the Club's leagues.

    Join Us at Our Open Houses

    Start the 2014-15 season off right by visiting the club at one of our public Open Houses. Bring your friends and family to try the sport of curling, learn about the VCC and what we have to offer, and much more during our next Open Houses on Sept. 7 & 13 from 10am to 4pm.

      Get Tuned Up for the Season

    Work off the summer rust with the many clinics we offer - great learning opportunities with skilled, knowledgeable coaches. The Basic Skills Clinic is a two-evening affair on Sept. 10/11 or 15/16, and our Intermediate Clinic is one-evening on either Sept. 9 or 17.

    Building Our Junior Program

    Our Junior Development Program is continuing to expand, so we're seeking curlers 10-18 years old to join. The program runs Saturday mornings and provides young curlers a chance to learn the game, develop skills and have fun.

    To learn more about the league and to register, check out the Junior Development page here.

     

    Click here for our Calendar and links to more info on what's happening at the VCC in September and for the rest of the 2014-2015 season.

    Ready, Set, Curl - Tips for your Speed of Play

    With the new season knocking at our door, we wanted to offer some tips for one of the biggest challenges for league play: game speed. Most leagues play games in two hour time slots. Strategy is often determined by expecting to play eight ends, and we want to ensure we get them all in before our time runs out. Listed below are some great tips to save time and keep the game moving.

    Help plan the 2014 Harvest Bonspiel

    Planning is now underway for the Harvest Bonspiel, the VCC's first exciting event of the season that runs from Nov. 7-9 (inclusive).

    Do you have some creative ideas and are interested in joining the Harvest organizing committee or volunteering at the event?

    We're looking for some enthusiastic people to participate in delivering a fantastic event. Join us for our first meeting:

    • When: 6:30 pm, Aug. 7 
    • Where: Last Draw Lounge at the VCC 

    If you can't attend the meeting but would like to be involved, contact Craig at harvest@vancurl.com.

    *Click here for more info about the 2014 Harvest Bonspiel.

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