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Pac Rim Cup: Apoca-lips is underway!

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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.

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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!

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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

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Pink Broom 2015 Registration is now open!

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Visit prcl.ca/pink to learn about our 2015 event, and register you and your friends today!

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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.

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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!

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Important Information on the 2015/16 Season

PRCL Round One Draw is now available

Thanks for everyone’s patience as we finished up registration and got the draw together. Please find your game matches, dates and times on our website:

prcl.ca/draw

Please be ready to go on the ice 10 minutes before your first game on September 20 or 21 so that we can share some important announcements with everyone.

Throughout the year, we will do our best to keep the online draw populated with the latest results. We appreciate your patience in the matter.

For your part, please remember to mark your result immediately following your game.

Please Complete a VCC Online Waiver

All players must complete the VCC waiver prior to stepping onto the ice! This waiver is separate from the registration information you provided us.

Complete it at http://www.vancurl.com/vcc-registration-form-and-waiver

Team Photos on Sep 27/28 Draw

We will be taking photos of every team before your game over September 27 and 28.

Get your uniforms together, and get the whole team out! We’re going to put together a yearbook for everyone, and it would be great to have everyone’s photo.

Important Reminders

  • As a courtesy to your opponents, please be ready to go 5 minutes prior to the start of your game. Use the time to shake hands and flip the coin for last rock advantage so you’re ready to start on time.
  • A buzzer will ring when 25 minutes of play remains. Our “bell rule” is: finish the end and play one more.
  • Spares must throw lead or second rocks. They may play the role of skip or vice-skip. Teams should choose spares that are appropriate to your division’s skill level.
  • If you are going to use the brooms provided by the VCC, please consider making a $20 donation for the season to the club for the upkeep of those brooms (there is a donation box on the ice alongside the broom rack).
  • Grippers are intended for rentals and novice curlers, and will not be available after October. Please visit the VCC Pro Shop to purchase your own grippers.

And if you have any questions about the season, please do not hesitate to email us here at pacrimcurling@gmail.com.

See everyone on the ice on September 20th and 21st!

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Online Registration is Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who registered for our 2015/16 season!  We are putting the final touches on team assignments, but we are pleased to announce we are full at 48 teams again!  Welcome to our new teams and players, and welcome back to our returning teams.

Information on our upcoming season is still available at prcl.ca/registration.  We will be in touch with teams about the schedule and other details shortly.

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2015/16 Season Event Calendar is live!

We are pleased to present the PRCL 2015/16 Season Event calendar to everyone. Not only will you find key dates in the PRCL’s calendar, but also external LGBTQ bonspiels across Canada as well as VCC events.

Click on the “Events” tab at the top of the page to see all that’s in store!

Some key events in the upcoming weeks:

  • August 15: Online registration opens here at prcl.ca!
  • August 30: PRCL Open House (1pm to 3pm at the VCC)
  • September 2: PRCL Registration Party (7pm to 10pm at Numbers)
  • September 3: VCC Locker Registration (6pm)

Also note than an ICAL feed of our event calendar is available as well.

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PRCL Summer Social at The Fountainhead: July 21st, 7pm to 9pm

Interested in joining our league?
Want to meet the new Board of Directors?
Find out more about the PRCL’s upcoming 2015/16 season?

Come join us at The Fountainhead (1025 Davie St) from 7pm to 9pm.

We’ve had many members ask about having a summer get together, and here it is!

We’ll be hanging out by the dart boards in the lower area. It will be a pretty informal gathering, but we’ll see about having some snacks around.

This is also a great way to support our new Gold Season Sponsor, the Fountainhead!

We’ve created a Facebook event where you can mark yourself as attending (and “Like” our Facebook page if you have not already!)
https://www.facebook.com/events/591613390981569/

Hope to see a good crowd at the Fountainhead next Tuesday!

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