Harvest Bonspiel registration now full

Registration for the annual Harvest Bonspiel, Oct. 28-30 at VCC, is now full, but we are taking names for a waiting list. For information and registration go to http://www.vancurl.com/events/harvest2016

High school program for all abilities

VCC offers a high school program on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, beginning on Oct. 19. The fall session runs for nine weeks until Dec. 14 and costs $63.00 plus GST per student.

We welcome students of all abilities, including beginners, and provide instruction and equipment for those who don't have their own.

For more information and online registration, visit our high school program page.

Balance is the key in your delivery

By Richard Brower, VCC Member Services Coordinator

I’ve taught curling to countless groups and individuals over the years since I first started working in curling at the old Vancouver Curling Club in 1993. It’s been my observation from both teaching the fundamentals and working on my own game in preparation for competition that balance is the key ingredient separating most club curlers from those playing at a competitive level.

VCC Brazilian curlers at world mixed

Brazilian mixed team

Left to right: lead Lucianna Barrella, second Marcio Cerquinho, third Alesandra Barros, skip Raphael Monticello

Strategy workshop on Saturday, Nov. 5

A strategy workshop will be held in the boardroom from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 5. The workshop will be led by Membership Services Coordinator Richard Brower and include a a Power Point presentation put together by Al Moore, coach of Swiss women's world champions and an honourary life member of VCC. Richard will also be drawing upon his 25 years of competitive curling experience.

For online registration ($15.00 per person) and payment go to https://vancurl.wufoo.com/forms/rtefxlz0b7nd6d/.

VCC team in the medals at BC Senior Games

VCC senior tam

Left to right: Nick Parotta (second), Joel Bronstein (lead), Harvey Meller (skip), Joanne Mick (Zone 4 coordinator and VCC curler), Croft Bain (third)

Congratulations to the Harvey Meller team from VCC that won the bronze medal in the BC Seniors Games men's curling event at Coquitlam. There were six zones from around the province represented in the event, which was won by the Kevin Jeannotte team from Langley.

Shortill team wins mixed event at AMG

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.

Mixed event now on at Americas Masters Games

AMG logo

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/.

Brooms Continue to Evolve: by Richard Brower

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.

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