Harvest Bonspiel registration is now open
It's fall, it's the Halloween season and it's time for our annual Harvest Bonspiel! The open format, four-person team bonspiel will be held Octobr 27 to 29. Bring a constume to compete for prizes -- as a team or individual. Late-night trivia with Craig is back on Friday evening. And on Saturday, we have a live band.
Cost is $320 per team. Register here.
Curling in the club is now live-streamed
We are happy to announce the launch of Curling Stadium live streaming for league and event games on YouTube. This exciting addition will offer enthusiasts a front-row seat to the action. The state-of-the-art system promises to deliver high-quality broadcasts so members, their friends, family and fans can now follow their favorite teams and players increasing accessibility of this beloved winter sport. You can find the live streams on the Curling Stadium Vancouver YouTube Channel here:
Eight ender scored in the Thursday Open League
The Frosty Boys scored an eight-ender in Thursday Open League play on Oct. 5. Congrats to skip Ken Siggers, third Logan Siggers, second Dani Riecken and lead Garrett Bagg.
Another purple heart on the wall!
The latest purple heart is now up on the wall beside sheet 8 and the banner from Curl BC will be going up as well. Congrats Team Grandy!
Double Back Bonspiel begins new curling season at VCC
The first bonspiel of the season was the 16-team Double Back Bonspiel, Sept. 8-9 . The event winners are pictured below.
A event winners: Good BYE - Patrick Prade (left) and Brian Cole, Vancouver CC
B event winners: Janie Berg and Daniel Simon, Evergreen Curling Club, Portland
C event winners: D&A - Jeff Guignard (left) and Chris Faa, Vancouver CC
D event winners: Spectacurls - Ben Smith and Sabrina Pitre, Vancouver CC
Annual general meeting brings new board of directors
The VCC had a very engaged annual general meeting on Sept. 13 where the board of directors presented the membership with our organization's three-year strategic plan and presentation on the board's decision to enter into an operating agreement to manage the Marpole Curling Club. The VCC is excited to announce that Andrew Prest, Jon Benjamin, and Floyd Bardell were elected to serve on the board of directors, having been elected to serve the open three-year terms.
If you are interested in serving on any club committees, please contact the directors below:
Little rocks now in use
General manager Patrick Prade (left) and Ron hold one of the new little rocks that are actually full size but weigh less.
Prior to the September AGM, 1965 Brier champion and longtime VCC member Ron Braunstein delivered a ceremonial first little rock. We thank him for his generous donation to fund a new set of little rocks to be used by youngsters, primarily in our little rockers program on Saturdays. The little rocks can also be used if advance notice is given to the ice techs, who must cool them with mesh between the rocks and ice before they are used.
Jerry McKenzie awarded an honourary life membership
Motors League rep Jerry McKenzie has been awarded an honourary life membership to VCC for his long-time service to the club. This year marks Jerry's 20th year of curling at the Vancouver Curling Club, as he joined the Motors League in 2003. Some of his contributions to the club include:
- VCC Board of Director from 2010-2013
- Helped setup the Hillcrest facility with TV, internet, and phones
- Spent two to three years negotiating with beer companies for facility and bonspiel in-kind support
- Led the sponsorship committee, developing pricing packages and secured many the advertisers who are still with the Vancouver Curling Club
- His company, Digitel Systems Inc, has been a VCC sponsor since 2012
- Supported bonspiel with donated prizes every year since 2012 and has been a long-time returning volunteer
- Motors’ League rep since the 2007-08 season
- Joined the Shamrock League in 2011, becoming its league rep and uniquely serving as league rep for two VCC leagues
- Spearheaded changes to membership in the Motors and Shamrock Leagues to make them more diverse and inclusive
- Participated in bonspiels outside of the Vancouver Curling Club and has always promoted the Vancouver Curling Club
Kathy McInnes is 2022-23 volunteer of the year
Kathy McInnes is already an honourary life member for her years of volunteer support of VCC. She's also been named VCC's volunteer of the year for the past season. Some of Kathy's contributions are:
- Co-chair of the VCC special events committee, ensuring the success of VCC bonspiels each year
- Volunteer coordinator for the Barry Naimark Skins Bonspiel.
- Long-time league rep for the Tuesday Women’s League and the Pharmacists and Travelers League
Practice ice now available at Marpole CC for VCC members
One of the changes included in the operating agreement that VCC now has with the Marpole CC allows members from both clubs to practice at each other's facility. VCC curlers can book ice to practice at MCC for $10 per hour, just like at VCC, but they cannot drop in for free practice ice. If you can't find a sheet to practice on at VCC, there is a good chance you might find one at MCC at a similar date and time. Click here to book practice ice at either rink.
Try the triples curling game at Marpole CC on Sunday, Nov. 5
Try out triples curling as developed by Curling Canada (https://www.curling.ca/files/2020/06/Triples-Curling-Canada-EN.pdf). A coach will be on hand to introduce the game and provide help with rules. The event runs 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday, Nov. 5 and cost is $20 per curler. Click here for registration.
The game features teams of three, six rocks per team, three sets of two ends each, and players rotating positions after each set. If you enjoy the try triples event, you can sign up for a four-week program on Sundays at 3:00 pm from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10 with no curling on Nov. 26. This program will include a coach on hand to help with rules and also help new curlers with deliveries, etc.
Get fit for curling - new session of CurlFit 101 in November
More details are available here or ask Stephen about it when you see him around the club.
A call for curlers with a connection to the Phillippines
Here's an example of curling's reach around the world. We received an email from Micha, a member of the Curling Winter Sports Association in the Phillippines. They are looking for Filipina curlers. If you have dual citizenship or parents from the Phillippines, they want to hear from you. They are looking for female curlers and Micha says she is "passionately committted to efforts of growing the love of curling among Filipinos in the Phillippenes and globally."