Thursday, 20 September 2012

Ongoing Community Support

The recipe for a waiting list:

A Manitoba Safeway Championships Berth  +  Fantastic Community Support to BOOST THE PURSE TO $50,000 = The Best In The World and those who wanna be here.

We have a full court press for the Cash and the Berth.  The Ice is In and will be in Top Notch Condition for the Remembrance Day weekend and the White's.  What a Line-up.

Please Support our sponsors.  They selflessly donate cash to make this event happen.  The 15th Annual White's Drug Store Curling Classic is ready to roll.

Our gold sponsor, White's Drug Store welcomes our annual Silver Sponsors and our generous Bronze group.

Silver Sponsors.  Thanks for the Boost!
Bronze Sponsors contribute products, services or cash.

Any businesses wanting to participate in The White's this year, or in the future can contact Joyce, to get on board.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

What's in a Name

Peters Galbraith Einarson Neufeld.  Not so young anymore and hunting for the chemistry to put it all together.  Whites fans have watched the young Peters mature from temper to tactics.  We love his sometimes radical shot decisions and his aggressive wins and play.  His team has seen it all too and if, no, WHEN this team clicks.  Watch Out.  The anger settles into determination and the experience ices the cake.  Daley Peters, Chris Galbraith, Kyle Einerson and Mike Neufeld have trekked up to The Valley to topple a few.

Saturday, 15 September 2012

The Regina Shuffle.

Randy Bryden has knocked on the door of the Championship Final in the White's, and more than once.  He always leaves with money.  This year, he is bringing a different team.  A friendly rivalry will ensue should the former team mates meet, and as Murphy's Law dictates, they likely will.  But Bryden is a take-the-helm kind of guy and is great to watch.  He's a Saskatchewan Tankard regular.  He's methodical.  Steady.  Finalist in the MNP - Classic this season. Hungry. Great to have you back Randy.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

World Champs

... with that Newfoundland Labrador transplant at LEAD!  This should be a tough challenger, and, can we say for the repeat?  Second Reid Carruthers is returning as defending champ... this time with his skipper in tow.  All Eyes On The Valley - these games will be important, yah, for the money but those top contenders for the Olympic CTRS Points will be knocking eachother off here at The Whites'. 

Welcome to The Valley, Jeff.  Happy to have ya.

Manitoba Champs

These athletes have played with and against one another.  They know the teams they will face at the Whites' and are coming because they can depend on the Ice.  Team Fowler is a regular to the Whites and has qualified more than once.  Third Allan Lyburn has taken  home the big winnings more than once.  Bronze at the 2012 Brier. Shooting for the stars.  Team Fowler always brings a cheering section.  Welcome back Brandonites.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Team Martin - Say No More

They are back - for the money.  They know the rocks are good and they trust Barry Tall... translation? Ice = world class. They have flown back to Alberta with the big prize twice before, but with the Manitoba Championship berth at stake, a few more of the tough Winnipeggers are trekking up to The Valley to get a slice of that hefty money pie.  Having Team Martin in the mix will bring some extra zest to the Whites.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Sask Champs

Remember these guy?  Poof!! From vitually out of nowhere, spotlighted into the 2012 Brier, mild- mannered Manners and his western Saskatchewan foresome became the ones we were rooting for.  No slouches, and clearly in for the long haul, they will not be taken for the one trick pony some predict they may be.  They've thrown themselves into the mix and with their attitude, will be ready for the showdown.  Will be great team to follow.

Team Sven Michel - On a Roll

Team Michel won the opener for the 2012-2013 World Curling Tour in Baden Switzerland.  And just to rub it in, it was their second consecutive win of that prestigeous event.  Clearly Team Michel is heading to Canada to get in tough with some of our best, and has chosen the White's as an event worth fighting for.  Skip Sven Michel is as buff as a bricklayer, because he is one!  This team is fit and furious.  Watch for some Swiss wins.

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Pesky MCT Regulars

Manitoba teams are never counted out.  These teams earn berths to the provinicals through their regions, or through the spiels.  They earn their points and the win the money.  They know the ways to win and are in the Whites', fearless and determined.  Young front ends.  Seasoned skippers.
  • Sam Antila drives south to The Valley from the Burntwood Curling Club is a well known face in the Whites'.  Marnoch comes from Cash Spiel Headquarters in Carberry.  Has Safeway Championships play under his belt.  Sean Grassie known for his play at the Mixed Nationals and also as a heavyweight among MCT teams. The Whites has been rounded out by team Scott Madams from Winnipeg.  Thanks for making the trip Scott.

Back for More

Steve Laycock went to the chiropractor for a season and now has adopted a strapping Colton Flasch, runner-up skip from Whites' 2011. In fact, he is bringing a completely revamped team to steamroll in a classically Saskatoon way, through the lineup at the Whites' Drug Store Curling Classic.

Their state goal: "winning the Brier Championship for the first time in 33 years for Saskatchewan and ultimately to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics in 2014".
Team Laycock is  Steve Laycock Kirk Muyres, Colton Flasch and Dallan Muyres

Never under estimate the rank and file of Saskatchewanians.  Grrrrr.

Willie the Younger

William Lyburn is a former Scottish Junior Champion who curls to win.  Current, as in reigning, MCT leader, Lyburn burned (as in killed) at last year's Manitoba Safeway Championships.  He is no stranger to the Whites'.  He knows Barry Tall's ice.  He knows how to win.  He just may.  He curls with a Kirkness and a couple of Forrests.  YIKES.  Watch Out!

Young and Hungry

Peter deCruz and team is just off national juniors success.  Runner up at WCT Baden in 2012-13 - they are chasing the big guns with a serious attitude.  Where have they found them?  Well, at The Whites'!

A second Swiss team is on the roster so watch for the grudge match and that serious European motivation.

Family Power Team

Langenburg will depopulate for the weekend, well, the Hartung residence in particular.  Jeff and his boys have made the White's a regular event for the past few years.  They can knock of the big guns and they do.  The young Hartungs curled without the senior last year, but they are back with that extra advantage of the unspoken communication method.  A relaxed and supportive group.  Friendly off the ice.  Focused on.  Will chalk wins.

HARTUNG: Jeff, Kody & Tyler with outlyer, Clair Decock. 

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Regional and Local Favourites

van Krommer
Rob van Kommer from Carberry wants to repeat.  He made his way to the 2012 Safeway Championships through the berth 'spiel and you can bet he's heading here to get back to the big 'spiel and improve his record there.  van Kommer curls in the Westman Superleague.

Howie Scales - the OTHER Scales.  A Swan River team with the same pedigree as the former provincial champ. Unscathed. Unrattled. Watch for Truck Saver Auto Imports.  That's these guys.

Neil Watkins.  A precision thrower and a strategist.  Curlers throw well for Neil.  He puts a great end together and is in the mix to line 'em and stack 'em into some wins.  Valley fans will be out in full support.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

McNamee & Jacobson - Mens 'n Mixed

Early into the mix are Terry McNamee from Westman - Brandon for curling - and Jason Jacobson from the Saskatoon race.  McNamee plays the MCT events and has knocked on the door at the Provincial championships more than once. Steady and steely.  He has represented MB in Mixed as has Jacobson, out of SK.  Jason Jacobson curled vice at the White's, losing the final to Martin in '09 and qualifying more than once. So, he's back, calling the game and intending to make a bit more dough. Looks like Clint Dieno will throw last brick for Team Jacobson.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The 2012 edition of the White's Drug Store Curling Classic will include a berth to the Manitoba Curling Championships.

Novermber 9 - 12.  Curling starts on the Friday.  Championships for 8 qualifiers on the Monday.

24 teams.  Triple knock-out

This event with $50,000 in prize money will fill quickly and more of Manitoba's great curlers will get to experience the great ice conditions of the Swan River Curling Club via icemaker Barry Tall and his able and dedicated crew.

Saskatchewan teams are always big finishers at the Whites.  Get your entries in early.

Contact Gord Hardy by email or by phone 204-734-8767 to get the ball rolling on your entry.

Monday, 3 September 2012

 2011 finals featured a young break-away team from Saskatoon, Colton Flasch, making the final against a world champion in Reid Carruthers.