The Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA) was formed to foster competitions for daytime curlers aged 60 and above. The association is for curlers living in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
Annual competitions are held to determine four PCMCA Zone winners. Zone winners advance to a combined provincial championship with the four Zone winners from the BC Interior Masters Curling Association (BCIMCA).
The primary purpose today is to promote the sport of curling through fun and competetive events both at the Club level and the Provincial level for curlers aged 60 and above.
Updated Nov 17/21
Now that there is a positive outlook re Covid, it is nice to see the number of members increasing from last year’s dismal season. The Zones are beginning to receive entries and we hope to see playdowns in all categories. The 2022 Combined had a minor setback with the loss of ice availability in Parksville. However the Qualicum Host Committee has really stepped up to the plate and Zone 4 has secured extra ice time in Nanaimo. We are all looking forward to March 16-19, 2022 Combined.
- PCMCA Executive
Due to Covid and now the BC state of emergency we continue to have challenges in maintaining the numbers and enthusiasm we were always so accustomed to. This month your Zones are near completion re posting playdown dates and securing corresponding ice time. There are some issues I would like to reiterate taking into consideration that we have reduced the number of existing clubs, plus the number of clubs offering playdown ice.
As a Zone you are autonomous and have the ability to change playdown entry numbers, dates, rules, etc. For example it is great to see that to incorporate more entries one of the Zones previously did not hold the Mixed until early March, making sure all of the men and women who were competing (and did not secure a birth in their respective categories) still had the opportunity to enter the Mixed. It is imperative that every one of our members should be able to attend more than one playdown should they so choose. For example a competitive 70+ male should be free to enter the 60+, 70+ and the Mixed, without any conflicting dates. Also many of the Zones have set up very stringent rules as to how many teams can enter from each club and how many teams can enter a playdown. Please note the restrictions are your choice. For example one of the Zones has lifted the 8 team maximum for a category thereby no club playdowns are necessary.
Another example I wish to bring to your attention is some of the Zones are still abiding by our old Nov 30th deadline for the 60’s. May I suggest that if you do not have any ice conflicts and are still struggling to attract the 60+ Women and Men, consider extending your entry deadline. There is nothing wrong with delaying those cut off dates to Dec 15 or Jan 1. Maybe with a few more bonspiels taking place, we may peak more interest for the 2022 Combined. Remember the importance of encouraging more teams to enter the PCMCA playdowns.
Until we get through the challenges nature has thrown at us, we need to be as creative as possible. If you have any questions or further suggestions please contact me at any time.
Good curling……………President Lawrence
- Zone 2 - Fraser Valley
- Zone 2 of the PCMCA is also known as the Fraser Valley Masters Curling Association (FVMCA). It is the name it had when it merged into the PCMCA. The Zone 2 leagues play at the curling clubs of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Cloverdale, Port Moody, Delta, Haney, Langley and White Rock (Peace Arch).
- Zone 3 - Metro Vancouver
- Most Zone 3 Clubs re-opened in September 2021.
- Abbotsford Masters Curling League
- Masters curling in 2021-22 startup date --- Monday, September 27. The very successful Abbotsford Masters Bonspiel completed on Nov 12. The winning team was the Knutson team of the Chilliwack Masters Curling League. The members were Dale Hockley, Russ Knutson, Rick Jones and Vic Miller.
Historically severe rainfall on Nov 12-15 resulted in flooding at the club. Three pumps were damaged beyond repair and the ice was lost. Restoration of the ice is not expected until early December. The Senior Mixed Bonspiel on Dec 3 remains on the clubs schedule.
- Chilliwack Masters Curling League
- The Chilliwack Masters Curling League has two distinct leagues in 2021-22 (Monday and Wednesday). Startup on Monday, Sep 20 and Wednesday, Sep 22. The Chilliwack Masters Bonspiel was held Oct 15-17, The winning team was the Chilliwack Masters Curling League team of Bill Icton, Dale Paul, Ed Korbeld. and Jerry Wernicke.
- Langley Masters Curling League
- Langley Masters is now open for on-line registration starting on September 1, 2021. Provincial Health Orders apply. Masks are required in the building but not mandatory on the ice. There is a meet and greet on September 28th and league curling starts on September 30th.
Langley Masters bonspiel is November 17th to 19th.
- Peace Arch Senators
- Peace Arch Senators will commenced their Fall 2021 league Sept 27th. We have two draws on Mondays and Wednesday mornings. Sign up for one day or both. https://sites.google.com/site/pasenatorscurling/
- Marpole Curling Club
- Contact Gary Sutcliffe firstname.lastname@example.org for Masters Curling Fridays 10AM or Laura Rampton email@example.com if interested in Daytime Ladies Tues or Thursday 9:30 AM
- North Shore Masters
- The North Shore Masters league curls at the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster.
- Richmond Curling Club
- The Richmond Curling Club has entered into a new partnership with the City of Richmond while still providing curling programmes and services at this site. The ice plant is currently being replaced with a planned curling start-up in January 2022. As a result the Richmond Masters Bonspiel normally held in November is cancelled for this year, 2021.
- Tunnel Town
- Tunnel Town Masters curls twice weekly.