3rd Annual DIY Bonspiel Results

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Fourteen teams competed in the 3rd DIY Spiel this past weekend (December 12-14, 2015) at Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR. The bonspiel featured a number of close matches, including an A final decided on Jimmy Sattem’s double angle raise to the four-foot on the last shot of the game.

The players enjoyed a potluck dinner on Saturday evening with a variety of homemade dishes. Special thanks to the Ice Ops team for their hard work to maintain great ice throughout the weekend!

The DIY Bonspiel is an annual event for ECC members to remember and celebrate the great Do-It-Yourself successes of Evergreen’s members in building Oregon’s first dedicated curling facility with the Dedicated-Ice-in-a-Year project in 2012.

Event Winners:

A — Sattem/Placek Rink: Jimmy Sattem, Kathy Placek, Kristin Glanville, Art Placek
B — Schaak Rink: Kyle Bauman, Yvonne Perceval, Steve Liske, Doug Schaak
C — Rutherford Rink: Greg Agamalian, Kevin Rutherford, Jared Rutherford, Thomas Poon

ECC DIY Event A Winners 2014_12_14

ECC DIY Event B Winners 2014_12_14

ECC DIY Event C Winners 2014_12_14

Olympic Celebration Weekend

Schedule of Events for the Olympic Celebration Weekend, January 23-25, 2015 at Evergreen Curling Club in Portland, OR.

Guests of Honor: 

Viktor Kjäll:  2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist and 2013 World Champion, Sweden
Darrell Ell:  Former Coach of Team Hungary and Team Netherlands

Friday January 23

Morning and Afternoon:  Viktor and Darrell visit local schools to talk about their experiences at international competitions, introduce the Olympic sport of curling, and welcome students to the OCT weekend events.

3pm-6pm:  Sponsor/Partner Appreciation Event.   An opportunity for Evergreen CC’s sponsors and partners to meet and curl with Olympian Viktor Kjäll.

7pm-9pm:   Olympic Learn-to-Curl Class.   Viktor and Darrell to lead 1 hour of beginner instruction followed by an hour of game play.    Space limited to 30 students.   Cost $20.   Register on the Evergreen CC website.   Broomstacking (drinks and snacks) to follow at Evergreen CC’s Broken Stone Warmroom.

Saturday January 24

9am-11am:  Olympic Juniors.   Viktor and Darrell bring world-class curling instruction to local kids.  This class welcomes all in grades 5 through 12.   Cost $10.   Scholarships available.

noon-6pm:  Olympic Open House.   Evergreen CC welcomes all to learn the great Olympic sport of curling.   Guests will receive instruction on delivery and sweeping featuring coaching from Viktor and Darrell.   Prizes for all curlers who win the “Hit the House” full-sheet curling skill challenge.    Cost $10.

6pm-8pm:  Meet the Olympian.   Free social event at Evergreen CC with a chance for all to meet Viktor and Darrell.   Q&A, photo opportunities, snacks and more in Evergreen CC’s Broken Stone Warmroom.

Sunday January 25

9am-3pm:  Olympic Microspiel.  New curlers partner with Evergreen CC members to play two 4-end games and receive in-game coaching from Viktor and Darrell.    Limited to 48 curlers total.   Registration to be available on Evergreen CC’s website.  Cost $10.  Fee is waived for all who participate in any of the weekend’s other Olympic Celebration Tour events.   Award ceremony at 2:30pm.

International Coach Darrell Ell to Visit Evergreen CC

curl hungaryOn January 23-25, 2015 Evergreen CC will welcome Darrell Ell, former Coach of Team Hungary (2002-2010) and Team Netherlands for a weekend of curling camps, classes and competition.

Details:  Olympic Weekend Schedule

Darrell is a Canadian Level 3 Curling Coach who coached at 13 European Championships and 2 World Championships.   For Hungary he coached the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles teams.   He has coached at camps all over the world, including Czech Republic, USA, Scotland, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Canada and Korea.

He is also a Level 1 Ice Technician, a Level 2 Official, an expert on the business of curling and was the General Manager of the 10 sheet Lethbridge Curling Club in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Darrell currently resides in Lethbridge, Alberta where he serves as the Competitions and Development Officer for the World Curling Federation.

The Olympic Celebration Tour weekend (January 23-25, 2015 at Evergreen Curling Club in Beaverton, OR), sponsored by the World Curling Federation, will introduce the Olympic sport of curling to the public and help grow the sport for all in the Portland, OR metro area.   Darrell will be joined by Viktor Kjäll, 2014 Olympic Curling Bronze Medalist from Sweden.

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 Medalist Viktor Kjäll to Visit Evergreen CC

On January 23-25, 2015 Evergreen Curling Club will welcome Viktor Kjäll, Olympic Bronzeviktor kjall sweeping Medalist (2014) and World Champion (2013) for a weekend of curling camps, classes and competition.

Kjäll (pronounced like “shell”) was born in Vasteras, Sweden, curled out of  Karlstad, Sweden and now lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Details:  Olympic Weekend Schedule

Viktor started curling at the age of 10 in 1995 when he was introduced to the sport through his mom and his hockey team.   Through his teens he played many sports including hockey, soccer, badminton, golf, floor-ball, and handball.   Around age 17 he shifted his focus to curling alone and got really serious about it.

Viktor was a full-time curler from 2009 to 2014, funded by the Swedish Olympic Committee.    His team was part of Sweden’s elite performance program for 5 full years.   During that period Sweden’s team consistently ranked among the very best in the world.   Here is a brief list of Viktor’s team’s accomplishments:

2013 World Champion
2 time Olympian, 4th Vancouver 2010, bronze medal 2014 Sochi, Russia
Participated at 6 World Championships: bronze 2011 and 2012, and gold in 2013
Participated at 7 European Championships:  silver in 2009 and gold in 2012
Participated at 4 Continental Cups, winning in 2011
Sweden was the #1 ranked team in Europe 2010-2014
13-time Swedish National Champion

More about Viktor:

The  Olympic Celebration Tour weekend (January 23-25, 2015 at Evergreen Curling Club in Beaverton, OR), sponsored by the World Curling Federation, will introduce the Olympic sport of curling to the public and help grow the sport for all in the Portland, OR metro area.

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.

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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 Registration

 

DIY2014_web-01Register 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