One of this year’s contenders is without a doubt Team Alberta and Kevin Koe. The 2010 champ is back and looking to take another run at the title.
Over on the Team Kevin Koe blog they did a great preview of their upcoming Brier week, with some great breakdowns of their upcoming games. Thought it was worth sharing as its a great look inside the team’s thinking as they enter the competition.
On their game with Team Glenn Howard:
Team Glenn Howard has been a nemesis of ours over the years. I think we are about 4-12 against them in six years together. Not exactly a shinning record. We did beat them in the Brier final though and that is enough to give us the confidence that we can compete with the favorites here this year week. It will also put a big giant shiny bullseye on us for them, they are going to want some vengeance for that loss. Hopefully we do not give them any here.
And their Tuesday games against Team Brad Gushue and N. Ontario’s Brad Jacobs:
Our hardest day on paper by far. This is Brad’s 27th Brier appearance (in all honesty it’s only his 9th, but he’s only 31! 9 Briers, 6 Junior Canadians and one Olympics by 31!) so there is no lack of experience in the back end of this squad. Surprisingly this is only the second time we will have played Brad this year. His team will always be in the hunt at the Brier and this year will not be any exception.
The team from Moose country. Easily one of the top teams in Canada. When we played them at the Halifax Brier we weren’t expecting to see them in the playoffs but they played great all week and we ended up having to beat them in the semi-final that year. Now … we expect them in the playoffs and we will hopefully be there to meet them. These guys put in the effort and play all over Canada now on tour and it is paying off. This is the fourth game in four draws for us so hopefully our conditioning is going to pull us through and we go out and finish off this tough stretch with a good win.
Should be an interesting week, good luck to all the teams. See the full blog with Brier preview from Team kevin Koe here.