Team Ordog 2014 VCC Club Champions

Team Ordog members (L to R): skip Christopher Ordog, third Scott Robertson, second Greg Ohashi and lead Logan Chinski.

Team Ordog members (L to R): skip Christopher Ordog, third Scott Robertson, second Greg Ohashi and lead Logan Chinski.

For the second year in a row, a PRCL team has won the title of VCC Champions.

The annual event saw 19 of the Club’s 20 leagues – each with their own unique and diverse membership – come together to compete, with Team Ordog earning the Club’s most coveted prize.

Team Ordog captured the 2014 crown of VCC Club Champions by defeating Thursday Open (1) in a tie-breaker extra end. The game was back and forth throughout, with the final result hinging on the game’s final shot.

Congratulations gentlemen, truly a great way to end an amazing season of curling.

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PRCL 2013-14 Season Results

PRCL 2013-14 League Champion and A-Division Winners: Make It a Double (Jack Holmes, Aaron Thompson, Brian Oldham and Mark Trowell)

PRCL 2013-14 League Champions and A-Division Winners: Make It a Double!! Jack Holmes, Aaron Thompson, Brian Oldham and Mark Trowell.

With two exciting draw-to-the-button’s during the PRCL 2013-14 season finals, the following teams are the new champions of their divisions:

  • Junction (Division A): Make It a Double!
  • Numbers (Division B): Team Broad
  • Morneau Shepell (Division C): Oh My Guard!
  • Savoury City (Division D): Baby Broomers
  • The Lazy Gourmet (Division E): Tight Ends, Loose Morals
  • Kermodi Living Art (Division F): Curl Jam

The full play-off draw is on our Draw and Results page.

Congrats as well to our League Champions (based on total season points), Make It a Double!!  We will be updating the Winner’s Circle in the next few days with full team rosters, so stay tuned!

Last night also saw Carolyn Tanner inducted in the PRCL Honour Roll for 2013/14 (Honour Roll section will be updated shortly).

The night at Junction wrapped up with presenting the Member’s Choice awards, voted by you:

  • Best Team Uniform: Sweepy Time
  • Rookie of the Year: Andrew Lee
  • Most Fun Team to Play: Ladies of the VCC
  • Best Team Name: Hay Curl, HAAAY!
  • Most Improved Team: Tap That (started in D-division, ended in A-Division play-offs)

Thank you to all our members for another amazing season and great curling everyone.

Also, special thanks to our dedicated PRCL Board members: Clayton Berquist, David Devine, Gerald Gunn, Heather Kisbee, Johnny LaRusic, Casey Smith, Glenn Smith and Jason Tusor (Graphics design: Christopher Ordog and Dylan Waite).

See you all on the ice for the 2014-15 season!

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Three-peat for Schneider at 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championship

Three-time National Champions - Team Schneider.

Three-time National Champions – Team Schneider.

For the third consecutive year in a row, the Pacific Rim Curling League’s Team Schneider solidified their hold as the undisputed Canadian Gay Curling Champions.

During the intense all-Vancouver re-match, Team Schneider (Skip Stephen Schneider, Third Shawn Eklund, Second Shelley Birston and Lead Glenn Smith) came out on top against long-time rivals Team Thompson (Skip Aaron Thompson, Third Jack Holmes, Second Brian Oldham and Lead Mark Trowell). Both teams are long-time members of the PRCL.

This year’s event (which also included the Icebreaker Bonspiel) was hosted by Edmonton’s Curling With Pride at the Granite Curling Club, where the inaugural CGCC was held in 2005 with Thompson taking the very first CGCC title.

We are extremely proud of the skill level displayed at the gay National level by our PRCL teams. Congrats Team Schneider for a well-earned three-peat!

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Play-off schedule is out!

The play-off schedule is now posted on the draw page.

A few notes and reminders:

  • Teams that play the Monday, April 7 draw at 6:45pm and win will immediately play their semi-final draw at 9pm.
  • There are no ties. For playoff games, a tie is broken through a draw to the button. One player from each team throws one rock, and the closer rock to the button wins. Teams may sweep their own rocks, but cannot sweep an opponents rock behind the T-line.
  • If your team is not available to play on Monday, April 13, please consider offering your next game to the last team you lost to. We’d rather no one win their division “by default”!

After the play-off finals on April 13, join your fellow PRCL members for food and drinks at Junction Pub at 1138 Davie St. from 6 to 9pm to wrap-up a fantastic season!

Best of luck to everyone in the play-offs!

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VCC Bring a Friend Day / Meet the Leagues (April 5)

Bring a Friend Day is at the VCC Saturday, April 5.

Bring a Friend Day is at the VCC Saturday, April 5.

On Saturday, April 5, the VCC Member ‘Bring-a-Friend’ Day will be happening out on the ice. Bring along a friend (or two!) interested in trying out curling for the first time. All they need to bring are clean (indoor) running shoes. Experienced coaches will be out on the ice to help demonstrate the sport.

Are you curious about the other types of leagues at the Vancouver Curling Club? The VCC has over 20 different leagues that vary in the format and time they run each week, to gender and age mix, social events and prizes.

Come meet league reps and ask questions during the ‘Meet The Leagues’ event, also on April 5. There will be complimentary food/snacks and a FREE raffle for a brand-new Fiberlite broom!

Bring a Friend Day: 10-4pm in the Ice shed
Meet the Leagues: 12-2pm in the Last Draw Lounge

Click here for more info about both events. See you at the Club on April 5!

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Pac Rim Cup: Fabulous Van Vegas!

2014 Pac Cup Champions: North of 40 (from left: skip Rick Feeney, second Reg Krake, lead Trevor Boudreau and third Brad McKeage).

2014 Pac Cup Champions: North of 40 (from left: skip Rick Feeney, second Reg
Krake, lead Trevor Boudreau and third Brad McKeage).

This past January, some great curlers gathered in fabulous Las Vegas for the Continental Cup. All the other amazing curlers gathered in Fabulous Van Vegas for the Pac Rim Cup.

32 teams competed in the 31st annual event from Jan.24-26, 2014, hosted by the Pacific RimCurling League (PRCL).  Participants walked into a transformed Last Draw Lounge: a pastiche of Vegas glitz and glamor, with fancy dressed bar staff, martinis and music.

“The participants and volunteers really transformed the Club into an exciting weekend experience,” said PRCL president Johnny LaRusic. “When you combine the glitz of Vegas with fantastic curling, the end result is pure Fabulousness!”

After the cards were dealt and the chips were totalled, North of 40 (Rick Feeney, Brad McKeage, Reg Krake, Trevor Boudreau) overtook Shelly and the Showgirls (Shelley Birston, Scott Robertson, Kevin Mintenko, Krista Frazee) in the Spades Draw to become the 2014 Pac Rim Cup Champions. The additional draw winners included:

  • Hearts Draw: Between the Sheets (Marc Hutton, Bryan Matthews, Dave Doig, David Thill)
  • Clubs Draw: Caldwell (Scott Harcourt, Liam Hughes, Karl Zeilbauer, Stephen Caldwell)
  • Diamonds Draw: 4 Queens Beat a Straight (George Hall, Christopher Ordog, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski)
Team Noble soar into Fabulous Van Vegas.

Team Noble soar into Fabulous Van Vegas.

The Friday night activities included a Poker Face team photo booth (taken by PRCL member Jason LaChance), Straight Flush Old Farts Draw to the Button (won by David Thill), and Van Vegas Karaoke, featuring some truly amazing vocalists from our league (and some who hit the right attitude if not the right notes).

On Saturday night, after the Pair o’ dice Buffet, the Last Draw Lounge was transformed for the Chip and Ale Casino Challenge, featuring jaw-dropping magician Steve Dickson, roulette, poker and black jack tables, and of course – the big wheel.

After much betting and winning, the Fabulous Van Vegas Strip Show took over the lounge with performances by Babs and Cher (aka: Anna Propriette and Kitty Litur). Anna and Kitty then became mentors for Team Noble and Slide on In in a Britney vs. Shania showdown. Randall Noble’s “Stronger” and Jae Navid’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” had the audience cheering up and down the Van Vegas Strip. Shanda Leer, who hosted the show, capped it all off in true Vegas diva fashion with Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.”

Van Vegas or bust for Team Vandebeld.

Van Vegas or bust for Team Vandebeld.

Sunday featured The Hangover breakfast, the event finals (led by Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas) and ended with the Fabulous Van Vegas Jackpot Ceremony. Throughout the event, over $3500 was paid out in prize money, and another $600 in 50/50 cash prizes.

On behalf of the organizing committee, the PRCL board would like to thank all the fabulous participants, volunteers, sponsors and the Vancouver Curling Club for making the 2014 Pac Rim Cup: Fabulous Van Vegas a huge success.

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Round 3 draw available!

The Round 3 draw schedule is posted at the usual spot. As a reminder, if you need a spare you can find a list in our Member’s Area.

Good curling in Round 3!

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Ugly Sweater Party a hit!

The Ugly Sweater party was back for a second year during the Dec 15/16 draws.

The PRCL celebrated the holiday season with wonderfully gaudy get-ups, complemented with homemade goodies, a 50/50 draw on Sunday and even a visit from jolly ol’ St. Nick himself on Monday night.

Thank you to everyone for participating and to those who shared their yummy baking with our league!

Happy and safe holidays to all our members and we’ll see you all in the New Year!

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Volunteer in Van Vegas!

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We are looking for:

  • Casino dealers
  • 50/50 sellers
  • Button measurers
  • Musicians
  • Showgirls
  • Illusionists/Magicians

Even if you are not curling in the Pac Rim Cup bonspiel, you can still join the fun. Volunteers are needed on the evenings of Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25. If you want to help make Van Vegas fabulous, contact us with details of your skills, talents and availability.

Check out the full event itinerary.

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2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championship Playdown Results

The 2014 Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC) takes place April 3-6, 2014 in Edmonton, AB.  Vancouver is eligible to send two teams to the event, and we’re very fortunate to have five teams interested in representing our city:

  • Last year’s runner-up, Team Thompson
    (Aaron Thompson, Jack Holmes, Brian Oldham, Mark Trowell);
  • Defending 2013 CGCC champions, Team Schneider
    (Stephen Schneider, Shawn Eklund, Shelley Birston, Glenn Smith, Brant Amos);
  • Team Ordog 
    (Christopher Ordog, Scott Robertson, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski);
  • Team McNichol
    (Ray McNichol, Chris Chapman, Cam Carruthers, Greg Gale); and
  • Team Kipp
    (Kelly Kipp, Gerald Gunn, Rob MacDonald, Sergio Colussi, Eric Bond)

The five teams competed in a five-team play down bracket. Congrats to Team Thompson and Team Schneider, who fought their way through a very competitive play downs process to earn the right to represent Vancouver at the CGCC in Edmonton in April.

Both teams have been incredibly successful on the National scene: Team Schneider is the two-time defending CGCC champion, while Aaron Thompson (along with teammate Brian Oldham) won the inaugural CGCC in 2005 (not to mention the runner-up from the past two years).

The PRCL would like to thank both teams for stepping up to represent our club and our city. Best of luck to both of you in Edmonton!

Edmonton’s Curling With Pride is also hosting their annual Icebreaker Bonspiel alongside the CGCC. Vancouver teams are encouraged to attend!

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