Marpole TESAC League One-Day Open Mixed Funspiel

The Marpole CC TESAC league will sponsor a one-day mixed Funspiel on Saturday, February 7th, 2015. It’s a great bonspiel for novice (or experienced) curlers.

INCLUDES: 

  • 4 prizes per team
  • “Reverse Prize Draws”
  • Hog pot cash draw
  • All teams play 5 four-end games
  • Dinner & Entertainment!

Limited to 24 teams. Team fee $200 (cheque payable to “TESAC Curling Club”).

Questions?   Contact Susanne Whalley (muccamama@telus.net)
8730 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC
604-327-3400

Olympic Medallist Viktor Kjall

On January 23-25, 2015 Evergreen Curling Club will welcome Viktor Kjall, Olympic Bronzeviktor kjall sweeping Medalist (2014) and World Champion (2013) for a weekend of curling camps, classes and competition.   The Olympic Celebration Tour weekend, sponsored by the World Curling Federation, is intended to introduce the sport to the public and help grow the sport for all.

Kjall (pronounced like “shell”) was born in Vasteras, Sweden and now resides in Karlstad, Sweden.

Details:  Olympic Weekend Schedule of Events

More about Viktor:

See Curling on ESPN3

Great news for USA curling fans.

ESPN3 is providing streaming access to this week’s Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling.    This event invites the top 7 Men’s and Women’s Canadian curling teams for a week of round-robin and playoff competition.   Brad Jacobs, Jennifer Jones, Mike McEwen, Rachel Homan, Glenn Howard, Val Sweeting… all the best.   Semi-finals and Finals will be streamed this weekend.

But wait, it gets better! More than 300 hours of live curling, broadcast by TSN in Canada, will be shown on ESPN3 this year, including:

— The Home Hardware Canada Cup
— The World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, Jan. 8-11 in Calgary
— The Pinty’s All-Star Curling Skins Game, Jan. 16-18 in Banff, Alta.
— The M&M Meat Shops Canadian Junior Championships, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Corner Brook, N.L.
— The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Feb. 14-22 in Moose Jaw, Sask.
— The Tim Hortons Brier, presented by SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, Feb. 28-March 8 in Calgary.

See this CCA article for more details.

You do need to have a contract with a cable company that pays ESPN (extra) for inclusion of ESPN3.  Comcast does, but DirecTV does not.

At Evergreen Curling Club in Beaverton we will stream ESPN3 curling coverage to the big screen as much as possible.   Good Curling!

BTW, if you think ESPN has done the right thing, and if you like watching curling in the USA, then take a minute and send a few words of support to ESPN:  click here

 

ECC Wheelchair Curlers Compete at 2014 Canadian Open

[Thanks to ECC curler Stephen Hart for this report]

Each year the Richmond (British Columbia) Center for Disabilities hosts an international wheelchair curling event at the Richmond Curling Club in BC, Canada. Teams compete for Gold, Bronze, and Silver medals as well as cash.  This year was the eighth annual wheelchair bonspiel.ECCrichmond2014-1

ECC members Robin Resnick, Bill Gray and Stephen Hart attended this year’s wheelchair bonspiel. Ten teams played in the event: Teams Alberta, BC, Canada, Graves, Kuchelyma, Petrie, Oregon, Russia, Korea, and Scotland. The event went from November 19th – 23rd, 2014.

Wheelchair curling is a bit different from able-bodied curling. The stone is released with a curling stick and must be released. The same kinds of shots are made as in regular curling; draws, tap-backs, take-outs, freezes, and guards. As there are no sweepers, every wheelchair curler is on his/her own. Strategy is the same as with able-bodied curling. There are no able-bodied people using wheelchairs; all players curl from a wheelchair because of disease, spinal accident, loss of limb, or birth defect.

Russia won the event. Team Oregon came in seventh.

There was a banquet on Saturday night with entertainment and great food. The initial amusement was a “floating camera,” which was passed from table to table; this hilarity went on throughout the evening. An additional merriment was that each team had to come up with a 3 – 5 minute skit. Then there was karaoke; Team Korea outshined everybody. This really brought the group together and got away from competition. Everyone had a great time.

It was nice to see that Evergreen Curling Club’s ice was just as good as Richmond Curling Club ice. Both are Olympic quality ice. The RCC has eight sheets of ice.

ECCrichmond2014-2Click Here for more event photos.

Family Tree Bonspiel

StickPeople_curl-01Enjoy a day of curling on December 27th!    Evergreen Curling Club will hold a fun, friendly one-day bonspiel.   It will be a great way to get out of the house and get some exercise for the whole family.

Register Now!

 

Two pools: early and late

Early Pool Draw Times: 9am, noon, 3pm

Late Pool Draw Times: 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm

Each family team will play 3 games, each game will be approximately 4 ends.

Teams: Each family team must have have at least two players who are already “kin”,
i.e., related by blood or marriage. If needed, teams may “adopt” additional members into their family for the bonspiel.

Individuals: you are welcome in this bonspiel too!   sign up to be adopted into a family for the bonspiel.    either we will place you on a team or we will refund your money.

New Curlers: Never curled before?   No problem!   Get a free lesson Friday night (December 26th) at 7pm.

Awards: This will be a points spiel with points awarded for games won, ends won, and rocks scored.  The family winning the most points will have their name engraved on the new ECC Family Tree Bonspiel trophy.  We will also have awards for best holiday sweaters, youngest curler, oldest curler, biggest family curling team (not all family members need to curl at the same time), and the family that traveled the greatest distance for the bonspiel.

Register Now!

3rd Annual DIY Bonspiel

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Register now for the DIY, a fun, informal bonspiel celebrating the do-it-yourself accomplishments of Evergreen Curling Club.   The bonspiel takes place over the weekend of December 12-14, 2014.

The DIY bonspiel is an open format bonspiel, welcoming teams with any combination of men, women, young, old, able-bodied or wheelchair curlers. This bonspiel is designed to be “do it yourself” with potluck meals (everybody helps clean up) and no prizes for winners. As such its entry fee is much lower than other bonspiels. For only $30 ($120 per team) you will get at least three games of great competition.

Registration Link — CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The spiel will use a traditional ABC bracket so that you are guaranteed at least three games during the weekend. We will accept only 18 teams.  Curlers are encouraged to form their own teams. Or enter as an individual and we will try to find a team for you, however priority will be given to team entries.

Registration open to all ECC members.

First draw times will be 6PM, 8PM and 10:15PM on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Refunds will not be given for cancellations less than one week prior to the event.

Registration Link — CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

December 12-14, 2014 at Evergreen Curling Club

Recap: Welcome Wagon Bonspiel

Welcome WagonThe First Annual Welcome Wagon Bonspiel turned out to be a big hit – on an international level. Twelve teams, comprised of 32 inexperienced curlers (less than 5 years’ experience) and 16 experienced curlers, participated. Curlers from as far away as Eugene to the south, and Vancouver, BC to the north, descended upon the Evergreen Curling Club Nov 8-9 to take part.

The purpose of the bonspiel was to introduce new curlers to everything fun about bonspieling, in a fun, relaxed and learning environment – with little emphasis placed on the team’s win-loss records.

Having fun, making new friends, helping new curlers and learning a few of the finer points of curling is what this bonspiel was all about. With that goal in mind, it was a great success!

IMG_8650Thanks to all of the teams and individuals who helped make this a great event…..including those who deserve some special recognition:

Least Experienced Team: The Eugene Group – Josh Engle (2 years) and his team from Eugene who had attended only a single Learn-to-Curl class!

Best Outfits: Curls Gone Wild, with their great hats, from Marpole Curling Club in Vancouver, BC, Canada.   Great job Christa, Christina, Erin and Elizabeth!

Best Record: it wouldn’t be a bonspiel if we didn’t recognize the team with the best record – Team Schaak; Doug Schaak, Roger Chan, Margee Will (who came up with the great idea for this bonspiel) and Eric Bryant.IMG_8652

Congratulations to those, and all teams, for participating! See you next year!

Evergreen Curling Reps

Team “Evergreen Curling Reps” is now registered for the 2015 Stanly Idaho Outdoor Bonspiel. The team now has 2 players and we are looking for more Evergreen Curling Club members to join and help represent our club. The SOB bonspiel is sponserd by the Boise Idaho Club on January 23-25 in the high mountain town of Stanley Idaho. Including travel this will be a 4-5 day commitment dependent on how we travel and how many games we win. Please let me know if you’re interested via e-mail gene5504@gmail.com or 360-903-1365.

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USCA Level 1 Instructor Training Course

uscalogoRegister today to learn to be a USCA Level 1 Certified Curling Instructor!

USCA will offer a Level 1 instructor training course at ECC all day on Saturday, November 22, 2014.

Click Here to see the course flyer.

You will learn proper techniques for teaching learn-to-curl clinics and lessons during this day-long course. No prior instructing experience required (beginner curlers welcome!).  Teaching others helps the club and helps you to learn more about your own skills.

Completion of course helps you to become a certified USCA Level 1 Instructor. See the USCA website for a full listing of certification requirements.   This course is open to curlers from all USCA member clubs.

REGISTER ONLINE at USCA’s website:  https://usca.sportssignup.com/site

The course begins at 10am, includes lunch, and runs no later than 6pm.   Part will be classroom-based, and part will take place on the ice.

Cost of the course is $45.  Evergreen CC members, upon receipt of your USCA Level 1 certification, you can request reimbursement of $30 of your course fee by sending email to treasurer @ evergreencurling.com

Eleanor Robertson of Evergreen CC (2014 MoPac Mixed Champion) and Wes Seeger of San Francisco Bay Area CC (2013 MoPac Mixed Champion) will teach the course.   Both were specially trained by USCA to teach this course.