2015 VCC Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel Results

This year's event was a great success, raising just over $4000 for Pets and Friends, a charity that brings animals to hospitals and care facilities to provide patients with furry friends. During the Saturday night banquet a representative from Pets and Friends thanked the VCC for their support over the last two years.

Thank you to all who participated, the curling was excellent, and the skins format always makes for an exciting event. Every team had a great showing and represented several clubs outside the VCC including, Marpole CC, Grand Forks CC, Langley CC, and Delta Thistle CC.

The four event winners were:

A Event


Winner - Spuzzum Rocks: Mike Bednarz, Kristin Mercer, Scott Weber, Troy Mercer (VCC)

Runner up - Get a Gripper: Andrew Forrest, Becky Campbell, Dave Marchant, Lori Isfeld (VCC)
 

B Event


Winner - Parry: Keith Parry, Jan Bos, Tammy Cameron, Melinda Michalak (Marpole CC)

Runner up - Miller: Paul Miller, Brett Smith, Ed Burnet, Brian Gisel (VCC)
 

C Event


Winner - Crafty Devils: Croft Bain, Sharon Taylor, Rob Hodgins, Dick Adams (VCC)

Runner up: Game of Stones: Phil Barrs, Brent Forbes, Colin Chan, Jeff Sexton (VCC)
 

D Event


Winner - Marpole Skin Hounds: Gary Ritchie, Thomas Friesen, Jack Chow, Jim Lawson (Marpole CC)

Runner up - Shamrockers: Kris Wright, Selwyn Alexander, Pat Patterson, Brett Ballah (VCC)

For the full event results and draws click here

Competition Corner - January 2015

Whew! January was another busy month with provincial events, playdowns, and bonspiels galore. Congratulations to all who participated. We will start off with teams that competed in provincial championships this month, followed by those who qualified for provincial events and move on to club spiels.

The VCC was well represented at the Mixed Doubles Provincial Curling Championships with five of 13 teams. Taking place at the Peace Arch Curling Club, January 30 to February 1, 2015, three of the eight teams making the playoffs were comprised of VCC members. Participants included: Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson, Jon Braun/Alison Koch, Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell, Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom and Keith Switzer/Carmen Cheng. Congratulations to Shelley Birston/Scott Robertson and Andrew Forrest/Becky Campbell who went undefeated in the round robin and Daniel Jun/Allison DenToom who also made the playoffs.

From January 21 - 25, 2015 Team Gushulak took part in the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, where the team finished with a 1-3 record, narrowly missing a spot in the page playoffs.

Team Brower, Skip: Richard Brower, Third: Denis Sutton, Second: Jan Bos and Lead: Larry MacDonald, will be representing the VCC at the Senior Men’s Provincial Championships held February 16 - 21, 2015 at the Alberni Curling Club, after winning the C event at the playdowns in January.

January also saw playdowns for the Senior Women’s Provincial Champions being held in Port Alberni in February. Team Richter, Skip: Marilou Richter, Third: Deb Walker, Second: Brenda Garvey and Lead: Pam Cuthbert took home the B qualifying spot at the event. Team Birston also participated at the event.

On January 26, 2015, Team Robinson won the Princeton Curling Club bonspiel. On the same weekend Team Gibson was in Idaho taking part in the Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, where they lost in the C semis. The last weekend in January was busy for VCC members as Team Guignard, Skip Jeff Guignard, Third Chris Faa, Second Brock Tully, and Lead Jeff Sargent, won the 'A' Event at the Tunnel Town Bonspiel in Tsawwassen.

On the weekend of January 9 – 11, 2015, the Club had three teams in the last playdown for the BC Men’s curling championships. VCC Teams Ordog, Forrest, Brower and members from Team Faa were all in action at the event. Team Forrest missed out on the last qualifying spot, coming up just short. On the same weekend, Team Watson lost in the lost in the A semi-final at the Delta Mixed Bonspiel.

Team Camozzi, Skip: Rob Camozzi, Third: Eugene Amberg, Second: Iris Thompson and Lead: Robin Crocker, from the Vancouver Blind and Visually Impaired League competed and placed second in the West Coast Blind Curling Association Bonspiel which was held in 100 Mile House January 9 – 10, 2015. The team now moves on to compete in the Western Blind Curling Championships which will be in Kamloops March 18 – 21, 2014.

Pictured Jim Hall (coach), Iris Thompson (second), Robin Crocker (lead), Eugene Amberg (third) and Rob Camozzi (skip).

2015 VCC Doubles Bonspiel Results

Thank you to All Players and Attendees

The 2015 VCC Doubles was a roaring success thanks to the players, volunteers, and fans. We had great representation with teams from Brazil, New Zealand and the United States as well as lots of local teams from the VCC, Marpole, Golden Ears, Langley, Hope, Delta Thistle Curling Clubs and the North Shore Winter Club.

Here are the final results from the event:

A Event Winners: Team Robinson - Siobhan and Mark Robinson - VCC
Runner up: Team Grant - Noah Grant and Lisa Speers - Golden Ears CC

B Event Winners: Shamrock Juniors - Kris Wright and Patrick Patterson - VCC
Runner up: Flightless Furry Fruit - Brett Sargon and Kieran Ford - New Zealand

C Event Winners: Gromas - Ken Grahame and Sheri Lomas - VCC
Runner up: College Sweephearts - Katherine Morrison and Thomas Sayer - VCC & Marpole CC

D Event - Gneiss Guys - Thomas Schuster and Ian Foreman - VCC
Runner up - Legion of Broom - Robert Kirkwood and Barry Trischuk - VCC Novice League

We raised $350 in the raffle draw and there was another $50 contributed as a donation.
All of these funds will go to support the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.
Thank you all for your generous support.

Click here for the results brackets

For the Love of Family - Diane Gushulak

This past weekend marks the 15th anniversary of Sandra Schmirler's death, and Feb. 15th has officially become Sandra Schmirler Day in Saskatchewan, and here at the VCC.

The Foundation was set up in Sandra's name in 2001 and they have donated over $2.8 million to 35 hospitals from coast to coast for the purchase of life-saving equipment for their newborn intensive care units. In 2015, they expect to shatter the $3 million target with the help of generous donors like you. If you donate, please mention that your home club is the VCC. Call 1-866-210-6011, or donate on-line at www.sandraschmirler.org

Recently, a VCC club member and competitive curler in her own right Diane Gushalak shared the story of her own child Emma, who was born prematurely. The funds that the Schmirler Foundation raise support the equipment used to save Emma's life. Below is Diane, Brian, and Emma telling their story - have some tissues ready.

The VCC is also be holding a silent auction for two 4th row event tickets to the Brier, valued at $1000. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Schmirler Foundation. Bid here: http://vancurl.com/brier-silent-auction

Coach Beginner Curling Groups at the VCC

If you're like many athletes or casual sports enthusiasts, you know that coaching not only enriches the grass-roots development of a sport, it also improves your own game. On Feb. 7th and 8th, CurlBC in partnership with the Vancouver Curling Club is hosting a Club Coach Workshop here at the VCC.

The CurlBC Club Coach workshop (Link to Registration) is the most effective way to learn how to coach the sport of curling to beginners and at the club level. You will graduate the coarse as a certified club coach under CurlBC. The workshop teaches coaches how to provide safety demonstrations and help their students learn about the fundamentals of delivery, sweeping, and strategy.

Plus, once you're certified, the Vancouver Curling Club offers paid and volunteer assignments to coaches for our rental groups, novice, high school and junior leagues, open houses, and many more coaching opportunities. This will give you the ability to keep your coaching skills sharpened, while also taking home some extra income.

Sign up for the CurlBC Club Coach workshop today!

Ann de la Hey Appointed as General Manager

VCC members,

On behalf of the Board of Directors it is our pleasure to appoint Ann de La Hey as the General Manager of the Vancouver Curling Club. Ann joined us in August of 2014 [as the Interim General Manager] leading us through a time of immense change. She has done a superb job of bringing together a strong team, leading the organization, and working strategically with our Board to build a strong, viable, and sustainable club.

Learn to Curl at the VCC

Join our 8-Week Learn to Curl sessions and learn about curling in a small group with a dedicated coach!

Starting January 29th (Thursdays) OR Feb 21st (Saturdays) we will be running an 8-week introductory program for beginners looking to learn about all aspects of the curling game.

Participants will be placed in a small group of eight curlers and paired with an experienced coach for a series of eight weeks. Start out learning the basics of throwing rocks and curling rules, progressing to sweeping, team communication and game strategy! The eight weeks will comprise of on-ice instruction (60%), off-ice strategy talk (10%), and mini game time (30%).
Program Cost: $165 + GST - Cost includes broom, gripper and slider rental

Register here: http://www.vancurl.com/vcc-learn-curl-2015

Two schedule options:

8-Week Learn to Curl Program Runs on Thursdays from 4:30pm - 6:30pm OR Saturdays from 12pm - 2pm. *Please note - The schedule does not run every consecutive week, there are a off-weeks. Click here for a downloadable PDF schedule.

Dates:
Thursdays: Jan. 29 - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26 - Mar. 12, 19 - Apr. 2

Saturdays: Feb. 21, 28 - Mar. 14, 21, 28 - Apr. 4, 11, 18

Competition Corner - December 2014

We would like to open this edition of Competition Corner by congratulating Team Schneider (Skip: Stephen Schneider, Third: Jeff Guinard, Second: Shawn Eklund, and Lead: Brent Amos) who qualified for the 2015 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championship taking place February 3 – 8, 2015. Team Schneider will be headed to the Vernon Curling Club to take on the best in BC for a chance to be British Columbia’s representative at the 2015 Tim Horton’s Brier in Calgary. On the road to victory, Team Schneider took on Team Forrest (Andrew Forrest Dave Marchant, Chris Chute, and Kris Davis) in the semi-finals and the C-1 qualifying final was an all VCC affair with Team Schneider playing Team Brower (Richard Brower, Jan Bos, Cameron De Jong, and Deryk Brower).

The VCC will be represented at the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship by Team Gushulak (Skip: Diane Gushulak, Third: Grace MacInnes, Second: Lorelle Weiss, and Lead: Sandra Comadina). Team Gushulak will be competing January 21 – 25, 2015 at the Golden Ears Winter Club in Maple Ridge, so if you are headed to the event please be sure to cheer the ladies on in their bid to represent British Columbia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on February 14 - 20th, 2015.

The second-to-last open men’s qualifying event, which took place December 12 – 14, 2014 saw four VCC men’s team and a fifth with VCC members competing for four spots. Teams Schneider, Brower and Forrest all ended up in the C event with the three teams vying for one qualifying spot. Team Schneider defeated Team Forrest in the semi-final, with Team Brower taking on a team from the Cloverdale Curling Club on their road to the final and an eventual loss to Team Schneider. Team Cooper (Travis Cooper, Jack Holmes, Brian Enns Oldham, and Jeff Berg) went 2-3 in the event and Team Faa (Chris Faa, Leonard Firkus, Brad Blackwell, Jeff Sargent, and Keith Switzer) with a number of VCC members, finished the weekend with a 1-3 record.

December 12-14, 2014 also saw the ladies in action, with 11 teams competing for the last two qualifying spots for the BC Scotties. Team Gibson (Marilou Richter, Amy Gibson, Rebecca Turley, and Michelle Dunn) and VCC members on Team Hudyma (Lindsay Hudyma, Allison DenToom, Carman Cheng, Krista Frazee, and Shelley Birston) both competed and while each team had victories, ultimately they came up short.

We would also like to thank VCC members that provide the Club with updates on teams that are competing but who have not yet caught Competition Corner fever and aren’t updating the Club directly! If you know of any VCC teams competing in events, please email champions@vancurl.com.

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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VCC Christmas Party

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