While the VCC will be hopping this weekend with the 16th Annual Barry Naimark Charity Skins Bonspiel, some of our younger members were competing at the Kamloops Curling Club from February 28 to March 2 for provincial glory.
David Thompson Secondary - from the Club's high school league - competed in Kamloops for the 2013 British Columbia Boys Secondary School Curling Championship. The team finished in fourth place with a 4-3 record, including wins over two of the three medal-winning teams.
The David Thompson team is skip Matt Chan, third Kevin Chen, second Benny Jiang, lead Niko Savas, fifth John Dinh and the coaches are Greg Alyward and Roger Chan. You can check out the team's results at playdowns.com.
This past weekend saw four VCC teams entered in the regional playdowns for the 2013 Williams Moving & Storage BC Mixed Curling Championships. With four berths on the line from Feb 22-24 at the Delta Thistle Curling Club and 19 teams vying for the opportunity to compete at this year's provincials - being held at the VCC from March 14-17 - two VCC teams will be competing on home ice.
Congratulations to Team Wakefield (Jay Wakefield, Rebecca Turley, Jeff Cawker, Michelle Dunn) and Team Switzer (Keith Switzer, Sandra Comadina, Leonard Firkus, Carman Cheng) on qualifying. Team Wakefield had an impressive run as they won their first three games before losing the A final. The team regrouped, though, to win two more games and capture the B bracket. Team Switzer, meanwhile, won one and lost one in the A bracket and repeated the one win, one loss pattern in the B bracket. They then got on a roll to win three games in a row on Sunday to capture one of two qualifying positions in the C bracket.
Additional kudos are also extended to the two other VCC teams who competed in the Mixed playdowns. Team Hall (George Hall, Shelley Birston, Kevin Mintenko, Krista Frazee) finished the weekend with two wins and three loses, bowing out in the C quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Team Bos (Jan Bos, Amy Gibson, Andrew Gray, Pamela Lai) battled hard but were eliminated in their first game from the C bracket.
Lastly, a couple of other teams - Meger and Watson - had VCC members competing on them.
Complete results are available at playdowns.com.
The 2013 Doubles Bonspiel was held on Saturday, February 16 and there are two winners: Two's Company (George Hall and Logan Chinski) are this year's champions and the Sandra Schmirler Foundation received a record donation amount from the Club of $1400.
We were pleased to host another sold-out event, so thank you to all 32 teams for taking part. We had teams from Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley and across Metro Vancouver who represented eight different clubs and 11 of the VCC's 20 leagues. The competition was exciting throughout the day and the event winners and runners-up are listed below (and a copy of the full results can be downloaded here).
Many thanks to this year's Doubles Bonspiel chair - Siobhan Holladay - and the supporting team of Kathy McInnes, Scott Allen and Brad Blackwell for their work done before and during the event. Additional kudos to our day-of volunteers - Heather Kisbee, Kathryn Willey and Keltie Worrall - and the Club's ice and lounge staff for helping host a great event.