A Warm Welcome to the VCC's New and Returning Curlers

Curling is upon us, it's time to pull out your slippery shoes and warm clothes (I know, it still feels like summer) and come down to the VCC for some curling. Stay tuned to your league rep's emails as they will indicate when your particular league will start curling.

We look forward to curling with you this 2015 - 2016 season. Welcome back all returning members, and to our new members, we hope the VCC soon feels like home.

Good Curling!

55+ BC Games Curling Events

The 55+ BC Games “For Life, For Sport and Friends” is an annual multi sporting event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society for the 55+ population of BC to participate in 20 to 29 individual sports. This year the city of North Vancouver hosted the event with 3,500 athletes participating in 24 sports from August 25 - 29. The Vancouver Curling Club hosted the six events in three curling categories: Women’s, Men’s and Mixed. At the end of the event, teams were really appreciative to the organizers, VCC staff and for the great ice! A special thanks to our Ice Shed team for getting the ice in early and to rave reviews!

For the results of the 55+ BC Games visit: www.55plusbcgames.org

2015 VCC Volunteer BBQ & AGM

The VCC's Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 3 from 7pm to 9pm and is open to all VCC members to attend. Our AGM is an important activity for our member-run organization. It provides the Board an opportunity to summarize its activities for the year, and it also gives members a chance to voice their feedback. In addition, a number of positions on the Club’s Board of Directors are up for election at each AGM. For more information, click here.

Did you volunteer at the Club last season? The annual VCC Volunteer BBQ will take place from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 3 (before the AGM). All volunteers of the 2014-2015 season are invited to come down and enjoy a drink and BBQ meal and socialize with other members. Please RSVP to Ryan via email mms@vancurl.com

Team Tully Takes Silver at Pacific International Playdowns

It was a terrific week for Team Tully: Jeff Guignard (Skip), Brock Tully (Third), Dustin Koch (Second), Nick Kuit (Lead), and Ron McKay (Alternate) at the Pacific International Cup Event, the qualifier for the Travelers Canadian Club Championships.

Unfortunately a silver medal means that the team does not receive an all expenses paid trip to Ottawa for the Champs, however it does mean that they're the second best club team in BC, which is quite spectacular. The boys went 6-1 in the round robin, beating the team from Richmond, who won the Lower Mainland Challenge a week earlier. Their loss in the round robin was to Chilliwack, the team tha would eventually beat them in the finals for the BC pool.

Team Gray are VCC's 2015 Club Champions!

It is with great pleasure that the VCC announces Team Gray (Skip: Andrew Gray, Third: Andrew Forrest, Second: Kris Davis, Lead: Allison DenToom) from the Thursday Open, as the 2015 VCC Club Champions. Team Gray is pictured to the right.

On Thursday April 16th, Team Gray defeated Team Holmes (Skip: Jack Holmes, Third: Brian Enns-Oldham, Second: Mark Trowell, Lead: Jeff Berg, Alternate: Aaron Thompson) from the PRCL, to secure the title.

It was a storied bonspiel for team Gray, defeating teams such as Meller (Super Seniors, and eventual winners of the B-Final), and Tully (VCC's representatives in the Pacific International Cup) to clinch the title. Congratulations Team Gray!

 

The B-Final was also a hard fought battle, with Team Meller (Skip: Harvey Meller, Third: Brad Burton, Second: Jerry Ewan, Lead: Joel Bronstein, Alt: Brian Gessner, Alt: Steve Zolnay, Alt: Jim Tarnava) from the Super Seniors, beating Team Sutherland from the Granville Island Open.

Men Win Bronze at Lower Mainland Travelers Club Challenge Playdowns

The men's team consisting of Jeff Guignard (Skip), Brock Tully (Third), Dustin Koch (Second), Nick Kuit (Lead), and Ron McKay (Alternate) won their first two games on Friday against Port Moody (9-3) and Langley (9-2). They suffered a loss to Delta Thistle (8-5) on Saturday morning, however if they win against Tunnel Town at 4:30pm they will make it into the Semis.

In an exciting tie breaker 9-8 Team Tully won its way into the Dominion semi-finals. They're playing the home club Richmond team. Behind 6-2 after end 4, took 3 on a flash by the opposition skip and drew for the 3rd point. They then stole 1 to claw their way back. Delta took 2 and Vancouver took 2. 8-8 going into the last end without hammer. Jeff Guignard guarded a centre line rock in the 8 foot. Opposition skip peeled. Jeff tapped 8 foot rock into top 4 foot. Delta skip called draw but was heavy. That's the story. Team Tully at 11.

On Sunday they played Richmond, the home club and suffered a loss that sent them to the Bronze medal game. The top 3 teams proceed to the Pacific International Cup (PIC). Team Tully came out on top against Cloverdale to secure the bronze and the berth to the PIC. CONGRATULATIONS TEAM TULLY!

The Women's team consisting of Shelley Birston (Skip), Allison Dendoom (Third) Siobhan Robinson (Second), and Krista Frazee (Lead) unfortunately lost their third and final game at the same time this article was published. On Friday they beat Delta Thistle (8-0) and on Saturday were victorious against Tunnel Town (9-2), however fell to Coquitlam on Saturday afternoon.

Great work ladies, and good luck to the men at the PIC.

For a full list of results: http://www.bcclubchallenge.ca/mainlandcomp.php

2014-15 VCC Membership Survey Open

Invitation for Club Members to Complete Membership Survey

The Club would like to take this opportunity to thank you for curling with us this season. On behalf of the board and the staff, thank you for your support in the Last Draw Lounge, the Pro Shop, and at Club Events.

The VCC strives to improve our membership services each year. Your feedback is critical for providing insight into how the Board of Directors and VCC staff members can make the Club a terrific place to curl and spend time with friends and colleagues alike.

Please take five minutes to fill out our 2014-15 Membership survey. At completion, you will be entered into a draw for a new Hardline Broom (Valued at $150). Your email address can be entered (optional) at this time and is necessary to win the prize, however anonymity is STRICTLY regarded. The email addresses will be separated from the survey responses.

Link to Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2ZW2M6Z

Thank you,

Ann, Shirley, Ryan, Norm, and the VCC Board

VCC Championships -- 2015

League play is coming to a close, and the ice shed is bustling in anticipation over which teams will represent their respective leagues in the 2015 VCC Championships.

This long-standing tradition at the Vancouver Curling Club gives a representing team an opportunity to bring honour to their league by emerging as the Club Champions. This four-day bonspiel runs from Monday, April 13th to Thursday, April 16th, 2015, and exhibits draws at 6:30pm and 9pm each day except for Thursday, which has one draw featuring the A and B final events at 7pm.

The Club encourages all members and their family to come out and support these teams as they curl toward the 2015 Club Championship. The lounge will be open from 5:30pm daily with food and drink features.

This event is unique as it pairs "unlikely" teams against each other. On Monday the 13th at 6:30pm one of the draws will feature the Blind and Visually Impaired Team "Camozzi", a very successful team in the Canadian Blind Curling circuit, up against a team from the Junior Development League.

We look forward to a great week of curling and hope to see you there!

Recognize VCC All-Stars

Every year, the Vancouver Curling Club (VCC) selects up to two individuals who have contributed to the betterment of the entire Club, for outstanding volunteer efforts throughout the season. Nominations are received as a written submission to the Special Events Committee citing the activities and reasons for the nomination. For more information, or to nominate someone please click here

Also, the Club regularly recognizes a member who has dedicated much of there time over the course of the Club's past to the betterment of our Club and the curling community. We'd love to hear from you if you know of someone that deserves this honor. Click here for a list of current Honorary Life Members

This year marked the second and final year that the Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel has donated proceeds to the Pets and Friends charity. We are currently looking to nominate a new charity for the next two Skins Bonspiels. If you know of a smaller, Lower Mainland based charity that could benefit from this event, please let us know.

All nominations can be directed to president@vancurl.com

Competition Corner - February 2015

With the bonspiel season winding down, this will likely be our last jam-packed edition of Competition Corner. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who submitted results and assisted in making the first season of Competition Corner a success.

February was another busy month with provincial playdowns, provincial, and national events. We would like to start with congratulating Team Ordog, Skip: Christopher Ordog, Third: Aaron Lindgren, Second: Greg Ohashi, and Lead: Logan Chinski on winning the 2015 Canadian Gay Curling Championship, held in Toronto the last weekend in February, adding another banner to the Ice Shed. Team Ordog went in knowing that the last three winners have been representatives of the VCC.

February also saw the Lower Mainland Playdowns for the BC Mixed Curling Championships. The VCC had five teams competing and members on a sixth curling out of the Richmond Curling Club. Team Gessner, Skip: Brian Gessner, Third: Danielle Callens, Second: Chris Chute and Lead: Jaime McLaren, along with Team Guignard, Skip: Jeff Guignard, Third: Elisha Yager, Second: Dylan Somerton and Lead: Lorelle Weiss, both made it to the semi-finals for a qualifying spot before their event came to an end. Other participants included Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Lindsay Hudyma, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Carman Cheng, Team Forrest, Skip: Andrew Forrest, Third: Becky Campbell, Second: Dave Marchant and Lead: Allison DenToom, and Team Robertson, Skip: Scott Robertson, Third: Shelley Birston, Second: Kevin Mintenko and Lead: Krista Frazee.

Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Second: Deb Walker, Third: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert finished fourth at the BC Senior Women’s Provincials held at the Alberni Curling Club making it to the playoff round after a great round robin. Team Macdonald, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Jan Bos, Second: Stan Walker and Lead: Larry Macdonald were also in Port Alberni competing in the BC Senior Men’s Provincials. Team Macdonald wanted to thank fellow VCC curler Stan Walker for stepping in at third, when the team had to make a last minute roster change. The team had a fun event and were just a few rocks away from qualifying for the playoffs.

Team Schneider, Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guignard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brant Amos, spent February 4 – 8, 2015 at the Vernon Curling Club, host of the Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship. The team went 0-3 but gained valuable experience and was thankful for the opportunity.

Amongst all the provincial events and playdowns, there were also VCC members playing in club spiels. Team Gessner, consisting of VCC members Brian Gessner, Jaime McLaren and Chris Chute took home the A event at the Royal City Curling Club mixed spiel held February 13 – 15, 2015. Team Forrest was also at the event, along with Team Carpenter, Wade Carpenter, Daniel Jun and VCC Ice Tech, Cher Choi who lost in the B event qualifier.

Though not officially in February, at the very beginning of March the VCC Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel took place, which raised about $4000 for the Pets and Friends charity. Three of the Four winning teams represented the VCC. Results can be found here.

As always, we want to celebrate the activities of all our members, so if we have missed anyone, or there is an error, please email champions@vancurl.com. Thank you for a great 2014 / 2015 season.

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