Thank you for making the 2015/16 PRCL season a success!

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On behalf of the entire PRCL Board of Directors, I want to thank everyone for makingthe 2015/16 season such a successful and memorable one.

We had a great party at the Junction on Friday night, congrats to all our winners! Gerald kindly took photos at the event, which you can find on our Facebook page.

This league does all it can through the support of many volunteers. We need your help to make this league even better! If you are interested in volunteering on our Board, email us at pacrimcurling@gmail.com. We could definitely use folks with event planning and WordPress web authoring skills.

The league also needs dedicated sponsors to help keep fees low. If you know of a business that would be interested in support our little league, please connect us!

On that note, thank you to all our league sponsors from the past season: The Junction, Numbers, Fountainhead, gravitypope, Sandman on Davie, Drive Mortgage Store and Pumpjack Pub.

It’s been wonderful serving on this board for the past five years and acting as your league president for the past three! Hope to see everyone in the Fall back on the ice.

Johnny!
(Past) President, PRCL

PRCL Membership Survey Comments and Replies

The entire league has once again provided us some great feedback in our annual Membership Survey, thank you to over 100 folks who took the time to leave us feedback!  Your comments help influence future programming for our league.

Of course, we get all these great comments and questions without folks necessarily getting a reply!  So, as I did last year, I’ve pulled out a few select comments made on the survey and provided a short answer as to what happened/what could happen, etc.  As always, you can email us at pacrimcurling@gmail.com if you want to chat with us about any topic to do with our curling league our the bonspiels we run.

It’s been a peach being your President for the past 3 years, thank you for everyone’s support and kind words!  See you on the ice in September. :)

– Johnny!

The late curling times on Sunday / Monday nights, they suck! Especially if you work at 7 am the next morning!
Sorry, unless we’re able to secure another draw time on Sunday then 9pm games will be part of everyone’s future. Hopefully, you don’t get too many 9pm games throughout the season!

Get rid of discriminatory points for each division. Who ever thought of such assinine format? You win a game in Div. F should give the same points in Div. A. Get rid of this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The point differences are meant to help keep the more skilled teams in the upper divisions so that lower teams don’t get routed. We think it works fairly well (and the results from the Membership Survey seem to agree).

Bring back the contact info for all members on the team list, not just the team skips’ contact info. The lack of information really sucked this year !
We can’t win on this one. Some folks want the privacy, others want everyone’s digits. Guess you’ll need to put up good old-fashioned posters to invite everyone to your party.

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Vancouver repeats for the fifth straight time! Congrats to Team Thompson: 2016 CGCC Champions

Congratulations to Team Thompson for an outstanding weekend at the 2016 Canadian Gay Curling Championships in Winnipeg!  They fought a tough battle against Toronto’s Team Taylor, winning 7-5 in 8 ends.  “Rewatch” the game at CurlingGeek.com.

Pictured above is Team Thompson: Brian Oldham (Second), Mark Trowell (Lead), Aaron Thompson (Skip), and Jack Holmes (Third).  Not pictured is fifth Gerald Gunn.

Also representing Vancouver this year was Team Hall (George Hall, Shelley Birston, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski, and Aaron Lindgren), who also had a great weekend making it into the Consolation final, losing to Halifax’s Team Koroscil.

This is Vancouver’s fifth straight CGCC title, having been won three straight times by Team Schneider in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and by Team Ordog in 2015 (check out the banner’s in the curling ice shed!).

Follow PRCL Curlers at BC Men’s and Canadian Gay Curling Championships this week!

Take note: your PRCL peers are curling in two major curling events this week!

Team Schneider at BC Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance BC Mens Curling Championship (Feb 9 to 14, Nelson BC)

PRCL member’s Stephen Schneider, Shawn Eklund and Brant Amos (along with their third Jamie Sexton) are competing this week at the BC Provincial Championship.  Their first game is Wednesday (tomorrow).

Team Schneider have had a great season so far, and will be following them closely as they compete to represent BC at the Brier.

Follow the results here:
http://playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=600

Teams Hall and Thompson at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships (Feb 12 to 14, Winnipeg MB)

We have two great teams representing Vancouver at the Canadian Gay Curling Championships this weekend:

  • Team Hall: George Hall, Shelley Birston, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski, Aaron Lindgreen
  • Team Thompson: Aaron Thompson, Jack Holmes, Brian Oldham, Mark Trowell, Gerald Gunn

Both teams’ first game is first thing on Friday morning.  Vancouver has won the CGCC four years straight.  Good luck to our teams as they go for a fifth straight title!

Follow the results here:
http://keystonecurling.com/league/page.aspx?PageID=7368

Pac Rim Cup 2016: APOCAL-LIPS an epic success!

32 teams from Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto battled it out at the annual PRCL bonspiel at the Vancouver Curling Club from January 22 to 24.

After all the battles had been fought, the Guardians of the Gay-laxy (George Hall, Aaron Lindgren, Greg Ohashi and Logan Chinski) claimed the Pac Rim Cup championship over a hard fought battle against the Fantastic 4: The Rise of the Silver Sliders (Stephen Bailey, Kieren Thompson, Greg Kirkham, Chad Jupe, and Andrew Bass). George Hall also covered the pin the win the Old Farts Draw to the Button challenge.

The tournament featured some amazing costumes, some worn the entire weekend! Double Trouble a local Vancouver team took home the best team costume for their amazing Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Evil Queen and Wicked Witch of the West costumes. The best individual costume went to the feisty feline, Catwoman by Matt Gillis.

The Last Draw Lounge was busy serving up Poison Ivy and Storm cocktails as curlers finished their games and posed for an action shot with the green screen. On Friday, several curlers took the FREE shuttle to The Junction for some dancing. The next day, after the delicious Villains VS Heroes Dinner Banquet (catered by Socorro), teams dabbed their way to prizes at the Friend’s For Life Gay Bingo: Clash of the Queens. With several drag performances by our hosts Queens Connie Smudge and Sienna Blaze. The evening continued until close with several curlers doing karaoke in the Last Draw lounge, with prizes being awarded to the best villain and hero sing-off.

Throughout the weekend the Pac Rim Cup hosted 50/50’s and sold bingo cards for the charity Friends For Life (www.friendsforlife.ca). Together, we raised over $2,000 for Friends for Life! A superhero thank you to all participants for their generosity and support for this important organization.

Crowds roared for event sponsors Graveley & Sons, MASC, Little Sisters, Arts Club, FMAV, SweatFX, Dennis Dahl, Cobbett & Cotton, Stephen Caldwell, and the Vancouver Curling Club. Also, big thank yous to our PRCL season sponsors The Junction, Numbers Cabaret, Fountainhead Pub, Gravity Pope, Sandman Hotel, The Drive Mortgage Store, and the Pumpjack Pub for helping keep our bonspiel affordable and accessible.

Full event results:

  • Pac Rim Cup Champions: Guardians of the Gay-laxy (Vancouver’s George Hall, Aaron Lindgren, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski)
  • A-Consolation: Bitches and Whorlocks (Vancouver’s Scott Robertson, Shelley Birston, Kevin Mintenko, Krista Frazee)
  • B-Event: The Run Backs (Vancouver’s Kelly Kipp, Sergio Colussi, Eric Bond, Michael Work)
  • B-Consolation: Curlers & Slippers (Calgary’s Phil Ivers, Nathan Lang, Pierre Cadieux, Rob Armstrong, Stuart Brotherhood)
  • C-Event: Dorby’s in the House! (Vancouver’s Grant Hurrle, Kirk Olson, David Greve, Matt O’Grady)
  • D-Event: Stone Farmers (Vancouver and Chilliwack’s Dan Brownell, Yui Ishida, Mat Brownell, Valdina Brownell)
  • Wild Card: Rolling Stones (Vancouver’s Ted St. Pierre, Sean Mcdowell, Rob Seto, Terry Halliday)

More photos are available from our Facebook page.

See everyone for Pac Rim Cup 2017!

Yelling Yellow yanks victory from the jaws of defeat at Pink Broom 2015

It came down to a draw to the button for the final skin at the 2015 edition of the Pink Broom.

Stephen Caldwell’s clutch final draw gave team Yelling Yellow the points it needed to claim victory.  Congratulations to the whole team including Jack Holmes, Robert Kirkwood, Jeff Berg, Brad McKeage, Ian McPherson, Sarah McNeil and Victor Kazakov for a wonderful performance all day!

The 2015 edition of the Pink Broom is now the fourth year of it’s “Continental Cup”-style format that sees teams of 8 mix and match their rosters throughout the day in traditional curling, doubles, skins and a skills competition.

12295499_1167456129951051_6744736496679270964_nThis year also saw the introduction of a “Mystery End” of curling that saw new rules applied to each end of play.  One such rule saw each player forced to deliver their stone using a delivery aid (or “stick”, as it’s commonly referred to).  Powered by a donation the Pacific Rim Curling League made to the Vancouver Curling Club for 8 “sticks”, it helped show just how tricky it is to use the device.  “Ultimately, this is about trying to break down the stigma of using these devices,” said PRCL president Johnny LaRusic.  “Our sport is wonderful in that people of all body types and abilities can participate.  We hope the experience goes some way to keeping our curlers involved in our sport for a lifetime.”

The PRCL is also partnering with the Vancouver Friends For Life Society this season, with proceeds from our bonspiels going to help support individuals living with very serious illnesses in our community.  At the Pink Broom this season we raised $371 for FFL.  Thank you to all participants for their generosity!

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The Pink Broom is such a special event because of the enthusiasm participants each year bring to the festivities.  There were some creative costumes, including two Jennifer Jones!  Thank you to everyone who dressed up in their team’s colours.

And a final big thank you to all of the sponsors that made this event possible! Our event sponsor, Mortorcycle World; Beer sponsor The Drive Mortgatge Store; Libations sponsor Graveley & Son’s; and our league sponsors The Junction, Numbers Cabaret, Fountainhead Pub, Sandman on Davie, gravitypope, the Drive Mortgage Store, and Pumpjack Pub.

See more photos of the event on our Facebook page!

See you at Pink Broom 2016!

CGCC Playdowns Update

We have 3 teams particpating in the CGCC Playdowns this year.

Team Hall:  George Hall, Aaron Lindgren, Greg Ohashi, Logan Chinski, Shelley Birston
Team Thompson: Aaron Thompson, Jack Holmes, Brian Oldham, Mark Trowell
Team Schneider: Stephen Schneider, Shawn Eklund, Brant Amos, Glenn Smith, Rick Feeney

The double knockout draw format will be scheduled over 3 consecutive Tuesday’s starting on November 17th.

Game 1: Tuesday Nov 17th – 6:45 PM
Game 2: Tuesday Nov 24th – 9:00 PM
Game 3: Tuesday Dec 1st – 6:30 PM *updated

Full draw details and results can be found here

CGCC Playdowns Expression of Interest

As many of you know, the PRCL has been well represented and has won the Canadian Gay Curling Championship (CGCC) for the last four years in a row.  Can we make it five in 2016?

Two Vancouver teams can qualify for the 2016 CGCC to be hosted in Winnipeg from Feb 11th – 14th 2016. Teams can consist of any PRCL member in good standing (i.e. it does not have to be your regular league team).

If you have a team interested in qualifying for the 2016 CGCC in Winnipeg, email us with the Subject heading: ‘CGCC Expression of interest’ and with the names of your team members no later than 6pm Friday October 16th, 2015.

The play-downs (if required) will be scheduled in late November/early December and final dates will depend on the number of teams that enter as well as the availability of VCC rental ice.

The final playdowns draw and schedule will be released in early November after the completion of Round 1.

Please note that there is a maximum number of teams that will be allowed to participate in the play downs and that a nominal play downs entry fee of $100 per team will apply as rental ice will be required this year.  Similar to previous playdowns, the draw will be a seeded, double knockout format.

Please see our CGCC Nationals and PRCL Playdowns Rules and Guidelines for more detailed information.

PRCL Cheat Sheet: Understanding key league rules

With the new season underway, it’s a good time to remind everyone of a few important rules unique to our league:

  1. Bell Rule: An automatic buzzer will sound when 25 minutes of play remains, teams should finish their end and play one more.
  2. Spare Rule: Spares may act as a skip or vice-skip, but must throw lead or second stones.  If the team has only 3 players (including the spare) then the spare should throw the first three stones.
  3. No “Make-Up” Games: Games must be played during the posted draw date and time.  Games may not be completed at an earlier or later date.  If you cannot field at least 2 members of your team (plus at least one spare) then your team will default.
  4. Golden rule:This ain’t the Brier!”  We’re a recreational curling league, and there’s no great prize at the end for winning it all, so don’t take things too seriously!  Play quickly, keep your cool, and HAVE FUN.

Out of respect to your opponents, aim to arrive at the club at least 15 minutes prior to your game time.  Your posted draw time is when you are expected to be throwing your first rock.  You can go out on the ice as soon as your scoreboard has been cleared for practice slides, handshakes and coin flips.  If there is a delay going out on the ice, find your opponents in the Lower Lounge for handshakes and coin flips.

Good curling to everyone this season!

p.s. Team rosters are now available at our Member’s page!