Monday, 11 November 2013

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Marsh - Eriksson Qualify

As always, the A-Side qualifiers get a Skins Game - a chance to make a bit more coin.  And this year, It's the young bloods

A-Side Qualifyer Team Marsh from Saskatoon
Team Marsh from Saskatoon sports curling's version of the Sedin Twins! These young Marsh boys, Kevin and Dan, along with mates Matthew Ryback and Aaron Shutra have quietly marched to the A-Side Final in the $50,000 Whites Drug Store Curling Classic.

"They even use Sedins' numbers on their curling jerseys."

Spectators were contemplating whether they were twins. "Well they certainly share the same build." "They are definitely brothers."

Three women discussed the possiblity of twinship while watching the early ends of Marsh's game agains their Saskatoon Nutana Curlinc Club mates, Team Korte. It was a hockey fan on the next bench, an eavesdropper, who spouted in the hockey jersey fact.  Sporting numbers 22 and 33, they are definitely having fun with the Canuk's Sedin twins.
"Well that clinches it,"  the women agreed.

And it was the fourth time Korte and March had met this season including a loss to them in the Point Optical in Saskatoon.  Korte had the veteran feel, runner-up in the 2013 Saskatchewan Tankard, but this time, when there was money at stake, Marsh exuded playful confidence. It seems getting out of the home down has given them a relaxed feel.  They are on a roll and their youth friendly demeanor has warmed them to the Swan River audience.

A-Side Qualifier Team Eriksson from Karlstad Sweden
And they will be up against another youthful team.  This time there are no twins, but yes, brothers Eriksson.  A team that is much higher in the WCT cash rankings - in 18th spot - and a chance to move up significantly, Team Eriksson from Sweden. They've had a grueling season with good results, QF's and CF's losses, and have regularly hit the money.  One of six European teams at this year's Whites, Team Eriksson downed perennial Whites qualifier Randy Bryden from the Callie Club in Regina in his qualifying game.  Until this loss, Bryden had notched up eight straight wins in WCT play this season, taking the big winnings in Medicine Hat in October.  Team Ericksson took an early four, and then Bryden started picking away, at the young Swedes, coming within a point and with a chance to steal a tie, but Eriksson shook off the dust of consecutive steals by Bryden and put him away to move into the money round and play the skins game today, at 1:30 pm Central Time.

Whites  THE SKINS GAME.
1:30 pm CST
Marsh of Saskatoon - $1000
vs
Eriksson of Sweden - $500

The championship final will be streamed.  Monday at 4pm Central time. Follow here for links.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Entries to Date

It's a month until the qualifying round of the $50,000 16th annual Whites Drugstore Curling Classic.

There are still several openings - but the field at this point is 25% European!  There are several returning teams and as usual, the Saskatchewan contingent is heading to Swan for the purse.


From Switzerland:
 
Pascal Hess - Florian Meister,, Meico Oehninger, Stefan Meienberg   
Peter De Cruz - Benoit Schwarz, Dominic Maerki, Valentin Tanner

Bernie Wetheman - Yves Hess, Bastian Brun, Paddy Kaser





From Sweden:

Oskar Eriksson - Kristian Lindstrom, Mankus Eriksson, Christoffer Sundgern






From Saskatchewan: 

Brad Heidt - Drew Heidt, Mitch Heidt, Kyle George
Josh Heidt - Brock Montgomery, Matt Lang, Dustin Kidby
Joel Jordison - Jason Ackerman, Chris Haichert, Curt Horwath
Randy Bryden - Troy Robinson, Brennen Jones, Trent Knapp
Brock Virtue - Braeden Moskowy, Chris Schille, DJ Kidby
Jason Jacobson - Clint Dieno, Dane Roy, Matt Froehuch
Bruce Korte - Dean Kleiter, Roger Korte, Rob Markowsky
Kevin Marsh - Matt Ryback, Daniel Marsh, Aaron Shutra
Terry Martniuk - Yorkton
Jeff Hartung - Kody Hartung, Tyler Hartung, Clair Decock




From Manitoba:

Brent Scales - Gord Hardy, *.*, Todd Trevellyan
Dennis Bohn - David Bohn, Dillon Dednarek, Larry Solomon
Richard Daneault - Chris Galbraith, Braden Zawnda, Mike Neufeld
Sean Grassie - Corey Chambers, Kody Janzen, Stuart Shiells
Neil Watkins - *,*.*

  

Friday, 11 October 2013

New Silver Sponsors for Whites 2013




Whites is pleased to welcome three new businesses to our loyal group of SILVER sponsors, many who have been with us since the beginning.

CKDM
Cook & Cooke
Flaman Group
Formo Motors
Home Hardware
Investors
Larry Kobelka Drywall
Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries
McKay Real Estate & Auction
Mullen Plumbing
NAPA
Nykolaishen's
OK Tire and Auto
Phatboys
Powell Motors
Prairie Security Services
Richardson Pioneer
Riddell's Plumbing
Sauder Trucking
Spruce Products
Subway
Super 8
Swan Valley Co-op
Swan Valley Credit Union
Swan Valley Dental
Swan-Pas Refrigeration
Valley Bearing and Auto
Valley Meat Packers
Westwood
Y Not Johnnys

Our Bronze sponsorship group participants donate services, products, time, and or money to Whites.


Wednesday, 2 October 2013

2013 Whites Entries are Arriving

Teams are writing Whites into their money earning curling schedule.  It's the 16th annual!

November 8-11 - with the championship round on the Monday - a day of remembrance.

Because the the grand purse, Whites attracts the world's best.  And the location is also great - a reasonable road trip for Manitoba and Saskatchewan teams.  And teams will also come by air - private planes (Swan has a great little air port) or with a rental car from Regina - a bit of a trip (3hrs) - but so worth it.  Teams also drive up from North Dakota and Minnesota, and Whites has a history of European teams making the trip.

Why?

The Ice.  The ice at the Whites is reliable, keen, and world class.  Swan River Curling Club is a 6 sheet open, arena style club, with great viewing.  It is an easy event because the community is small enough to be convenient - 5 minutes to the club from anywhere - and the hospitality is easy going.

The WCT page shows that KMart won it two in a row, a few years back.  What it fails to show us is that he also shot for the big bucks in 2012 but the field was too tough - and it's getting tougher. Great teams love Whites.

Get your entries in. Contact Brent Scales
E: bscales@mymts.net
P: 204-734-0002

And keep following to see who is in the mix.

While you are here, take a gander at the sponsor participation - this is an event that draws attentive regional crowds of folk who know the background on all of the teams and appreciate the feisty nature of the WCT 8-end contests.