February Newsletter

Juniors at BC Winter Games in Quesnel

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Left to right: Arianna Wu, Chloe Yuen, Yalda Tabesh and Sharlotte Wong, with coach Brian Fitzgibbon

We are wishing good luck and good curling to these Zone 5 team members as they compete at the BC Winter Games Lhtako Quesnel 2024, Feb. 23-25. This team of curlers from the Marpole CC and Vancouver CC junior program has been training every Saturday at Marpole with coach Brian Fitzgibbon.

 

Marpole ladies qualify for BC masters event

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 Left to right: skip Laura Rampton, third Janice Robinson, second Cindy Waller, lead Karen Morley

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 A Marpole CC team, skipped by Laura Rampton, has qualified for the BC Masters Combined Championship (PCMCA/BCIMCA)  in Vernon Mar. 23-28. They qualified at the Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association 60+ women's zone competition, a four-team double knock out at the Howe Sound Curling Club, Feb. 16-17.
 
The Rampton team was down to two players on Wednesday morning, as lead Elaine Wass was suffering from a back problem and third Pam Chow tested positive for Covid. Karen Morley, new to the day ladies, and Cindy Waller changed weekend plans to fill the void.
 
The revamped team won its first game against the Marilyn Burris team from Royal City CC in an extra end. It was the ultimate come-from-behind win in the second game against Nancy Stagg from Royal City. After a couple of tough ends, the Rampton team scored five in the eighth end to tie, and stole the win in the extra end. Pam Chow will rejoin the team as fifth for the provincial championship. 
 
 

Cafe back in business

After serving up soup and sandwiches at our two recent bonspiels, the Marpole CC cafe is now open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with a limited menu. Check the board in the cafe for menu items being offered. 

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Chelsea serves up another soup and sandwich order.                                                                  

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The Thursday Day Ladies now can have lunch at the club.

 

Club Championships coming up 

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Club closure on Feb. 15 should help maintain good ice

The Marpole CC was closed to curling on Thursday, Feb. 15 so that our ice technicians could flood the ice and do some maintenance scraping. The goal is to continue on with the improved playing conditions we've seen this year. Head ice technician Norm Scott feels the deterioration in ice conditions that took place towards the end of last season won't happen again this season.

 

2024 Marpole Ladies' Bonspiel rocked January 

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Diner food, poodle skirts and pink satin jackets were on the agenda for the annual Marpole Ladies' Bonspiel under rockin' 1950s theme. There were 28 teams competing over four days, including teams from Seattle and Squamish.

The bonspiel committee would like to thank general manager Patrick Prade and all the club staff members for the great ice, the food and all of their support throughout the weekend and during our planning. Special thanks to Connie Bailey and all the Marpole volunteers for their commitment and to Laura Rampton forbeing the backbone of the bonspiel and communicating with the teams.

Thanks to Dale Cameron for putting our draw on the website, the Marpole teams for the breakfast goodies, businesses and club members for their generous donations of raffle prizes and to Joe Meyler for the fantastic music.

We hope to see all 28 teams back again next year. Same time! Same place! 
Additional results and details are here.
 

A Event

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A Event sponsored by Waller Construction Limited
Winner: Poodle Skirts / Seattle Granite CC
Lisa Rauliuk, Lori Markham, Jiyoung Lee, Mijung Wick
2nd - Pink Ladies, Seattle Granite CC

B Event

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B Event sponsored by Van Sports and Physiotherapy
Winner: The Rolling Rocks / Royal City Curling Club
Gabriela Farias, Isis Regadas, Melissa Sampaio, Ana Teodoro, Barbara Zbeetnoff
2nd – Mick, RCCC & VCC

C Event

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C Event sponsored by Taku Resort and Marina
Winner: Rockin’ Around the House / Royal City Curling Club
Dianne Gauthier, Estafana Quintero, Amy Edwards, Emma Baker
2nd – They Who Must Not Be Named, VCC 

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For the first time in many years, we offered a lunch service

at our diner counter. Great fit with this year's bonspiel theme.

 

TESAC Funspiel returns in a big way in February

It was a busy Saturday, Feb. 3 as 24 teams curled almost non-stop in the annual TESAC Funspiel. 

A big thank you to our fabulous ice crew, Bree and Jeremy, and bar staff Marilyn and Spencer, who ended up working the afternoon/night shift on his own. We appreciated that people helped clear tables, since he was very busy at the bar!

A round of applause for our caterer, Chris and his staff, for the yummy salmon dinner and for stocking the cafe with tasty soup, sandwiches and chilli. There were no leftovers! Thank you Sam for keeping the pro shop busy by collecting food money and selling inventory.
 
We would like to thank Patrick for donating homemade bread for the best team name and VCC for the handmade Scotties table that was signed by Team Grandy. A big shout out to our longtime reverse draw prize supporter, Locus Cafe (4121 Main St., Vancouver), who serve delicious food & drinks in a cozy, quiet space.
 
Last of all, thanks to all TESAC curlers as well as other leagues and clubs that make this such a fun event every year.
 

A Box winners

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Left to right; Warren Threlfall, Beckie Gibbons, Mike Gomm, Linette Chatsky

Only Sweepers in the Building swept into first by only a few points to win the coveted Carl Anderson trophy.

 

A Box second

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Are You Sheeting Me, left to right: Pablo Navarro, Merit Thorson, Emily McMillan, Paul Keelan

Congratultions to our other box winners:
 
B Box: Joe & the Girls (Joe Krapiec, Kris Grant, Sonya Stedman, Kathy Kerr)
C Box: Newbs (Bree Kiter, Jeremy Howe, Kaisen Choi, Tamara Choi, Stacy Ramkissoon)
D Box: The Curling Stones (Patrick Walls, Brandon Leeper, Audrey Varner, Dale Rondeau)
 

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Countdown to the 2025 Invictus Games in Vancouver and Whistler 

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Prince Harry smiles after delivering a stone from a wheelchair, while Michael Bublé looks on. Photo: Invictus Games Foundation

The Vancouver Curling Club hosted a one-year countdown event on Friday, Feb. 16 with special guests:  Invictus Games patron Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Canadian singer Michael Bublé of Burnaby. They met with Invictus Games training camp competitors during a wheelchair curling demonsration. 

 

New CurlFit sessions available with new format 

CurlFit is back with 16 new classes for 2024 at the Vancouver Curling Club. The classes are 45-minute fitness-style classes, and you can drop-in to the classes that fit your schedule. Just buy a class-pack and come to the classes that work for you.
 
In these CurlFit classes, you will build strength, improve your core, steady your stability, calibrate your cardio and improve your game. You will learn to enhance your strength, stability, and overall athleticism on (and off) the ice through strength- and endurance-focused training including the use of resistance bands and other tools.

Classes are Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. and Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. This season, we are selling class packs which you can use on a drop-in basis. Details here: https://vancurl.com/index.php/about-the-club/curlfit-101

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January newsletter

Marpole Ladies' Bonspiel expands to 28 teams

Ladies Bonspiel 2024

Thanks to a great response, we've added an extra four teams to our ladies' bonspiel, Jan. 25-28, increasing it to 28 teams. This year, it's a rockin' 1950s theme. In addition to Marpole teams, we also have teams visiting us from Seattle and other Lower Mainland clubs.  A big thank you to the ladies' bonspiel committee for its organizing efforts. Click here for the draw and results.

 

Club championship runs Mar. 7 - 10

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Join the board and help shape the club's future

By MCC president Becky Gibbons

This is your chance to join the Marpole Curling Club’s dynamic team. We are on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to become a part of our 10-member board. As a board member, you’ll have the exciting opportunity to shape the future of our club, influencing decisions and contributing to its direction during a rewarding two-year term. Actively participating in the growth of our beloved not-for-profit club by giving back to the community, sharing your passion for curling, and being a vital part of this close-knit curling family. We will be voting in five new members at our May AGM but would love to talk to interested curlers now. Contact either Evan Valensky at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or myself, Becky Gibbons, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or talk to us at the club. Hope to hear from you.

 

TESAC Bonspiel on Feb. 3 is full

The annual TESAC one-day mixed funspiel on Saturday, Feb. 3 is full, but you can add your name to a waitlist. This funspiel at Marpole is a 24-team event where teams play five, four-end games. The $280 fee includes snacks, dinner and prizes! All skill levels are welcome and this event is great for novice teams. Contact Susanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Name tags can now be ordered

Marpole Name Tag

Marpole name tags are now available with pin backing or magnetic backing.

 

Marpole CC jackets on sale in two styles

We have new Marpole Curling Club jackets. They're available in both tradional and modern styles. Stop by the club office for sizing and to place your order. $115 plus taxes.

Traditional Jacket

This is the traditional style with a pattern like an old Marpole wool sweater. 

 

New Jacket

This is the more modern design jacket.

 

Intermediate curling clinics hosted at Marpole CC

Sweeping Clinic

The third and final intermediate clinic at Marpole CC on Saturday, Jan. 13 focused on sweeping. These folks are trying to get more weight on the broom head. The clinics were headed by Curl BC coaching course conductor Chris Summers, assisted by other coaches on each sheet. The first two clinics focused on delivery of the rock.

 

Learn-to-curl programs and novice league growing

We've had a steady increase in new curlers coming in the door this season, signing up for our learn-to-curl clinics and carrying on in our Sunday Novice League. Both programs run for five weeks at a time. They started up again after the Christmas break and more will be going again in February. 

  

Successful food drive for the 2023 holiday season

With the generosity of Marpole Curling Club members, we collected 158 kilograms (350 pounds) of food in December. The donations went to the Marpole Community Food Hub.  Thanks to the TESAC League for leading this effort.

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Spring curling available at Vancouver Curling Club

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 Does the thought of no curling after March make you feel glum. Check out spring curling leagues at the Vancouver Curling Club.


December Newsletter

Driftwood Brewery Sportsman's Bonspiel returns to Marpole 

Twenty-four teams took part in the annual Driftwood Brewery Sportsman's Men's Bonspiel at Marpole, Nov. 24-26. It was a great weekend of competitive curling with $5,800 awarded to our event finalists an semi-finalists. Thank you to our sponsors Driftwood Brewing, Waller Construction and Save-on-Foods.

A Final Winners: Stone Age (Abbotsford & Vancouver)
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Left to right: second Deryk Brower, third Richard Brower, skip Lyle Sieg (lead Kent Bird not in the photo)
 
A final runner-up: Brad and the Bads (various clubs)
Skip: Brad Blackwell
Third: Doug Kilborn
Second: Peter Lang
Lead: Craig Coyne
 
The other A semifinalists were:
Patrick Prade (VCC)
44 Pounders (MCC) 
 
B Final Winners: Stu Harris (Cloverdale)
B winner
Left to right: skip Stu Harris, third Dean Lunn, second Todd O'Dell, lead Kent Royer
 
B final runner-up: Slidersaurus Rex (VCC/MCC)
Skip: Robin Wong
Third: Peter Kwok
Second: Steve Zolnay
Lead: Dale Bradley
 
The other B semifinalists were:
Roger Chan (MCC)
Andrew Forrest (VCC)
 
C Final Winners: Rock Hard (Tunnel Town)
C winners
Left to right: lead Taylor Hetherington, skip Colin Ross, third Jeremy Lake, second Carter Brown
 
C final runner-up: Warren Threlfall (MCC)
Skip: Warren Threlfall
Third: David Gurtina
Second: Mike Gomm
Lead: Hollis Lucky

 
The other C semifinalists were:
Broom for One More (VCC)
Hardline Bling (MCC)

Thank you to our bonspiel sponsors for our total prize purse of $5,800.

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Two more intermediate clinics coming up

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Over 40 people attended the first of three intermediate clinics on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Marpole CC. These clinics are headed by ACD (previously level 4) coach and Curl BC coaching course conductor Chris Summers. For more information and registration, click on the links below.

Clinic Two - Releases and Weight Control (delivery mechanics part 2)
Dec. 16, 4:50 pm to 7:50 pm
 
Clinic Three - Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Sweeper (including skips!)
Jan. 13, 4:50 pm to 7:50 pm

 

Learn-to-curl programs and novice leagues in January

The five-week learn-to-curl programs and novice leagues have been growing this season. We have more to offer in January with learn-to-curl programs and novice leagues on Sundays and Thursday evenings.

 

Start the new year with a new Marpole Curling Club jacket!

We have new Marpole Curling Club jackets. They're available in two styles: traditional and modern.  Stop by the pro shop for sizing and to place your order. $115 plus taxes.

Traditional Jacket

This is the traditional style with a pattern like an old Marpole wool sweater. 

 

New Jacket

This is the more modern design jacket.

 

Get your toe dipped over the holiday break

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 Protect the toe of your trailing foot shoe with an application of Tuff Toe protective coating. Drop it off at the office by Dec. 18, and it will be ready for you to pick up when you come to curl in January. $40 including taxes. 

 

Food drive for the Vancouver Food Bank is underway at Marpole CC 

The TESAC League has started a collection container for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. You can leave donations in the box by the front entrance. Thank you for helping during this holiday season!

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Holiday shopping ideas in the pro shop

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? Do some shopping before or after your game in December. New this season, we have an inventory of Asham and Goldline shoes. Members receive a 10 percent discount on curling merchandise.

 

 


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Marpole Curling Club

8730 Heather Street
Vancouver, BC, V6P 3S8

Phone: 604-327-3400

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About MCC

Our facility was built in 1959 and still holds the same inviting atmosphere that it did back then. With six sheets of ice, a cafe, bar/lounge, games room and meeting room, we are able to accommodate events of all kinds. We are continuing to work on our club to ensure it is up-to-date, while still respecting its history and character.

The Marpole Curling Club acknowledges that it is situated on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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