2012 Brier preview from Team Kevin Koe

Kevin Koe

Kevin Koe

Things get cooking with the 2012 Tim Hortons Brier starting this Saturday in Saskatoon. Looks like a great field with many of the top men’s teams back again this year.

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.

2012 TSN Curling broadcast schedule

Great news for Canadian curling fans that TSN signed a new long term deal with the Canadian Curling Association to expand coverage of top curling events on the network through 2020. As part of the deal TSN will be the exclusive rights holder for Season of Champion events like the Tim Hortons Brier and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Check out this page for a full listing of 2012 curling broadcasts on TSN and TSN2.

This is an important deal for all involved:

“The Canadian Curling Association is absolutely delighted to be announcing that our partnership with TSN has not only been extended, but also further enhanced for the long-term. This is one of the most significant items that the CCA has been able to achieve in our recent history,” said Greg Stremlaw, Chief Executive Officer, CCA. “This exclusive broadcast partnership with TSN, and now RDS, has provided an exceptional opportunity to further expose our sport to both existing and potential curling enthusiasts across Canada; grow our already significant programming hours; and ensure comprehensive broadcast stability for the next decade. The fact that approximately 250 hours of Season of Champions coverage will also be shown on French- language television is a wonderful success story for curling.”

It’s great to see curling become a cornerstone sport in TSN’s lineup. It should provide Canadian curling fans the breadth and consistency of coverage they have come to expect.

The Scotties gets going from Feb 18-26th, 2012.

Meanwhile the Brier is back in Saskatoon this year and happens Mar 3-11th, 2012.

 

 

Curling on TSN – 2010/11

The leader in TV curling coverage, TSN, has released its schedule for the upcoming 2010/11 curling season.

TSN’s lineup includes extensive coverage of CCA ‘Season of Champions’ events including The Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts as well as its homegrown, made-for-TV TSN Skins Game from Casino Rama.

Canada Cup of Curling
Saturday 12/4, 3:30pm – Women’s Semi Finals
Saturday 12/4, 8:30pm – Men’s Semi Finals
Sunday 12/5, 1:00pm – Men’s & Women’s Finals

Continental Cup of Curling
Thursday 1/13, 10:30am – Women’s Team Competition
Thursday 1/13, 3:30pm – Mixed Doubles
Thursday 1/13, 8:00pm – Men’s Team Competition
Friday 1/14, 10:30am – Women’s Team Competition
Friday 1/14, 3:30pm – Mixed Doubles
Friday 1/14, 9:30pm – Men’s Team Competition
Saturday 1/15, 11:00am – ‘A’ Skins Competition
Saturday 1/15, 4:00pm – Singles
Saturday 1/15, 9:30pm – ‘B’ Skins Competition
Sunday 1/16, 1:00pm – Women’s ‘C’ Skins
Sunday 1/16, 8:00pm – Men’s ‘C’ Skins

Casino Rama Skins Game
Saturday 1/22, 1:00pm – Semi Final #1
Saturday 1/22, 8:00pm – Semi Final #2
Sunday 1/23, 1:00pm – Championship Final

Canadian Junior Championship
Saturday 2/5, 7:30pm – Women’s Final
Sunday 2/6, 7:30pm – Men’s Final

Scotties Tournament of Hearts
Saturday 2/19, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws # 1 & #2
Sunday 2/20, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #3, #4 & #5
Monday 2/21, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #6, #7 & #8
Tuesday 2/22, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #9, #10 & #11
Wednesday 2/23, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #12, #13 & #14
Thursday 2/24, 8:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm – Draws #15, #16 & #17
Friday 2/25, 1:30pm – Tiebreaker
Friday 2/25, 6:30pm – Page Playoff 1 v. 2
Saturday 2/26, 11:00am – Page Playoff 3 v. 4
Saturday 2/26, 4:00pm – Semi Final
Sunday 2/27, 6:30pm – Championship Final

Tim Hortons Brier
Saturday 3/5, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #1 & #2
Sunday 3/6, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #3, #4 & #5
Monday 3/7, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #6, #7 & #8
Tuesday 3/8, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #9, #10 & #11
Wednesday 3/9, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #12, #13 & #14
Thursday 3/10, 9:30am, 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Draws #15, #16 & #17
Friday 3/11, 2:30pm – Tiebreaker
Friday 3/11, 7:30pm – Page Playoff 1 v. 2
Saturday 3/12, 2:30pm – Page Playoff 3 v. 4
Sunday 3/13, 7:30pm – Championship Final

Kevin Koe – what a season!

Our hats go off to Alberta’s Kevin Koe who had a fantastic season this year capturing the Tim Horton’s Brier and going on to take the Ford World Championships a few weeks later.

Koe certainly took advantage of his opportunities this year. First off, not having to face nemesis Kevin Martin in the Alberta playdowns, he knocked off Randy Ferbey’s team to secure the Brier berth for Alberta. He and his team then played progressively better and better as the Brier week went along, culminating in a sweet extra-ends victory over Glenn Howard in the final. The cold draw that Koe made in the final end (see video below) was clutch, that’s all I can say. Congrats.