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2012 Brier preview from Team Kevin Koe

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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.

Reinvigorated Team Glenn Howard all set for new season

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Glenn HowardNice piece over at HoglineCurling.com on Glenn Howard and his team all set to hit the circuit for the coming curling season. (Update: original article was published by Simcoe.com)

As many of you know Glenn’s right hand man and third Richard Hart decided to retire in the offseason from competitive curling. So, the team will be hitting the ice this coming season with former world champ Wayne Middaugh stepping in as their third.

Should be an intriguing season for them. Could Middaugh be the added ingredient they need to finally get over the hump again after a series of Brier final losses? What do you think?

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.

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