2015 Harvest Bonspiel "Oktoberfest" an Über Success
The Vancouver Curling Club would like to say a big "danke schön" (thank you) to all the participants, volunteers, and staff members who helped make the 2015 VCC Harvest Bonspiel a tremendous success.
This year's spiel featured lots of spirited teams (many in costume), an excellent Oktoberfest-inspired Saturday feast, and some terrific curling. A special thanks goes out to "Mama and the Oompahpahs," for their great tunes during the Saturday banquet.
Also in the mix this year was an integrated wheelchair team skipped by Darryl Neighbour, 2010 Paralympic Gold Medalist, and two-time World Wheelchair Curling Gold medalist.
The finals saw four great matchups, with a good mix of VCC teams, as well as two out of town teams. A special thanks to Rink Barajas from the San Francisco Bay Area, and Rink Placek, a regular at VCC bonspiels, from The Evergreen CC in Portland, Oregon.
Summary of Results
A Final: Chamber's Vs. Robertson
The A final was a hard fought battle between these two teams. Robertson, a successful team in the PRCL League, and Chambers, a well known group composed of VCC and Marpole CC members. Both teams made for a very entertaining game to watch, with Team Chambers making just a few extra "clutch" shots to score in critical ends. Congratulations to the winners of the A Final, and the Harvest Trophy, Team Chambers (Skip: Randy Chambers, Third: Jim Lawson, Second: Brian Russell, and Lead: Jack Chow).
B Final: Giles vs. Barajas
A warm welcome to the VCC from a former North Shore Curling Club, Team Giles. Now curling out of the VCC, this team fit right in on Sunday with their defeat over Rink Barajas, from San Francisco. While we hate to see our American guests lose, we're very proud that they has such a great showing this weekend, second place in B is impressive in this competitive field. Congratulations to the winners of the B Final, Team Giles (Skip: Don Giles, Third: Glen Dickson, Second: Elaine Dickson, and Lead: Roxie Giles).
C Final: Make it a Double vs. Placek
Another strong team in the local PRCL League, Team Make it a Double defeated Team Placek from the Evergreen Curling Club in Portland. Team Placek is now a staple at this annual bonspiel, travelling up from Portland to join us each year. A great game indeed, with Make it a Double, indeed making a few "key doubles" to come out with the W. Congratulations to the winners of the C Final, Team Make it a Double (Skip: Aaron Thompson, Third: Jack Holmes, Second: Brian Oldham, and Lead: Jeff Berg).
D Final: $hamrockers vs. Rolling Stones
The $hamrockers are another staple of VCC Bonspiels, usually showing up in one final or another. Clearly their new and improved name, now with a $, helped them pull out a win this weekend. Up against another great group of curlers from our PRCL League, The Rolling Stones, the $hamrockers made it clear that they deserved to be in the finals with a healthy point lead. Congratulations to the winners of the D Final, $hamrockers (Skip: Kris Wright, Third: Selwyn Alexander, Second: Jon Braun, and Lead: Brett Ballah, Alternate: Jon Braun).