The Pacific Coast Masters Curling Association (PCMCA) was formed in 1963 to create a competition specifically for curlers aged 60 and above. The association is for curlers living in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.
Visit their website at http://www.pcmca.ca/.
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).
Guy Philp curled at the Chilliwack Curling Club and became the President of the club in 1961. His vision was to create a competition to involve curlers at the senior level. A meeting was arranged with senior curlers in Victoria in January of 1963. A slate of officers was elected with Guy as the first Secretary/Treasurer.
Guy donated a trophy and the four zones of the new organization were established to compete for the trophy. The main rule for entry was that all members of the team had to be from the same club.
In 1970, the first competition between the coastal seniors and seniors from the equivalent interior BC association (BC Interior Masters Curling Association) took place in Kelowna. The McAllister Trophy was created to honour another curler (Jack McAllister) promoting senior curling and was awarded to the winning team at the Combined Competition.
In 1984, the interior curlers established the Walter Hobbs Trophy, which was awarded to the interior champion. These three trophies were combined into one event.
The PCMCA is governed by a Board of Directors which is made up of representatives from each of the four PCMCA Zones. Each zone has two directors and they elect a President and Vice-President at the PCMCA Annual General Meeting each year. They also appoint a Secretary/Treasurer for a two-year term. The AGM also sets the policy, budget and fee for the organization.
The PCMCA President and Secretary/Treasurer provide liaison with the BCIMCA and with Curl BC on all matters related to the association.
PCMCA Executive for 2016-17
President: Dale Gregory (Coquitlam)
Phone: (604) 942 – 5586; E-mail: email@example.com
Vice-President: Lawrence Woytowich (Glen Meadows)
Phone: (250) 655 – 1602; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past President: Peter Graham (Tunnel Town)
Phone: (604) 943 – 0486; E-mail: email@example.com
Secretary/Treasurer: Deane Crutch (Chilliwack)
There are four Zones that make up the PCMCA.
Zone 1 – South Island
Director: Mike Toller (Esquimalt)
Phone: (778) 433 – 1020; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs: Duncan, Esquimalt, Glen Meadows, Juan de Fuca, Kerry Park, Victoria
Zone 2 – Fraser Valley
Senior Director: Gord Wallington (Abbotsford)
Phone: (604) 853 – 1194; E-mail: email@example.com
Director: Don Evers (Langley)
Phone: (604) 275 – 6727; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs: Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Cloverdale, Delta, Haney, Langley, Mission, Peace Arch
Zone 3 – Metro Vancouver
Senior Director: Wayne Collinge (Richmond)
Phone: (604) 275 – 6727; E-mail: email@example.com
Director: Wayne Welsh (Tunnel Town)
Phone: (604) 952 – 6036; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs: Coquitlam, Gibsons, Marpole, Howe Sound(Squamish), North Shore Masters, Richmond, Royal City, Tunnel Town
Zone 4 – North Island
Director: Brian Scorer (Nanaimo)
Phone: (250) 758 – 9569; E-mail: email@example.com
Clubs: Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum
PCMCA members are curlers aged 60 and above who have paid the annual membership fee and belong to a coastal curling club. They have the opportunity to participate in leagues and bonspiels at their own club, as well as participating in bonspiels at other member clubs. All members of the team must come from the same club. Members can enter the playdowns in the two categories (60+ and 70+) at the club level, with the club winner moving on to the zone playdowns. Each zone winner becomes the zone representative in the Combined Playdowns which take place in early March of each year, continuing to alternate between the coast and the interior.
Affiliation with Curl BC
The PCMCA is an affiliated association with Curl BC and augments the organization by fostering and promoting curling opportunities to BC residents who are 60+ years of age. In so doing, the PCMCA and BCIMCA receive a combined annual funding of $5,000 from Curl BC.
Championships for the coastal region are currently held for Men only, but the PCMCA and the BCIMCA are working together to establish a Mixed competition to take place at the same time as the men’s competition at a location nearby.
Click here to see the PCMCA bonspiel calendar for 2015/16. Curlers, please also check the Masters bulletin board at your club for more details.
The 60+ (Master Men’s) Playdown competitions are held in each of the four Zones respectively with the Zone winners advancing to the Provincial Combined Championship that determines a PCMCA Champion (Jack McAllister trophy), a BCIMCA Champion (Walter Hobbs Trophy Winner), and a Combined Provincial Champion (Hobbs-McAllister Trophy).
The Provincial Combined Championships alternate annually between the Interior and Coastal associations.
All member clubs in each Zone are eligible to host a Zone playdown event. Host clubs are selected on a rotation basis within each Zone to provide an equal opportunity to host.
The 2016 Combined took place in Kelowna and it was the largest event yet with teams competing across four different categories, as listed below.
Combined gold – Team Abrey (Summerland)
BCIMCA winner of the Hobbs trophy – Team Duplisse (Salmon Arm)
PCMCA winner of the Guy Philip Trophy – Team Feltham (Qualicum)
Combined gold – Team Lepine (Langley)
BCIMCA winner – Team Skinner (Summerland)
PCMCA winner – Team Lepine (Langley)
Combined gold – Team Holden (Comox Valley)
BCIMCA winner – Team Martell (Kelowna)
PCMCA winner – Team Holden (Comox Valley)
Combined gold (Dale Gregory Shield) – Team Wilson (Glen Meadows)
BCIMCA winner of the Grand Master Shield – Team Tholl (Creston)
PCMCA winner of the Donaldson Shield – Team Wilson (Glen Meadows)
In 2017 the Combined will take place in Zone One (South Island) of the PCMCA.
Gala Awards Banquet
At the closing of the Provincial Combined Championships a Gala Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony is held for all curlers, their guests and special guests. This is a grand social event to acknowledge the winners, give thanks to the host and unwind after four days of competition.
Rules of the Game
All PCMCA bonspiels or playdowns are governed by the “Rules of Play of Curl BC”.
The delivery of a stone may be delivered with a “curling/delivery stick” in all BCIMCA and PCMCA play. Here, “Stick Curling Canada Rules” apply.
At Provincial Combined Competition play, should a tie result after round-robin play a special “playoff” will take place. All members of each team will deliver two stones up and two stones back in their team throwing order. Sweeping is allowed. Points for each stone thrown by each team player are awarded and totaled on the basis of 4 points for a stone touching the button, 3 points touching the four-foot, 2 points touching the eight- foot, and 1 point touching the twelve foot. The team having the highest combined team point total is declared the Provincial Combined Champion.
Why should I be a PCMCA member?
- To support and promote healthy competition and fellowship for curlers 60+ years of age.
- To have the opportunity to compete at the 60+ Master level.
- To compete on a regular four-member team, to compete in Zone playdowns and provincial competition level if a “stick curler”.
- The cost to enter a Zone competition is a kept at a very reasonable amount.
Facts and Figures
The PCMCA currently enjoys a membership of over 2,100 curlers in 29 clubs.