Not-so-instant replay

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

WAINWRIGHT -- Watched this movie before?

Kevin Koe took the question one way. Randy Ferbey took it another.

But either way, covering this year's provincial curling final has been a virtual rewrite of covering last year's, with a twist here and there.

"We've now lost to him five times in a row in the provincials," said Koe, who has watched either Ferbey or Kevin Martin play for Alberta in the Brier every year of the century so far.

Koe joined Martin, Ferbey and Glenn Howard as one of the top four teams in the world last year. But he's still No. 3 in Edmonton.

And that's the way it looks like it's going to be here again this year as Ferbey beat him 9-5 in last night's B final to advance against Martin in tonight's 1-2 Page playoff system game.

"We haven't had our 'A' game for most of the year. Where we are this week is where we deserve to be. We're the third best team here again unless we improve a lot in the next couple of days," said Koe.

Seen this movie before?

"Deja vu. It's very similar to last year," said Ferbey, the six-time Brier winner and four time world champion who turns 50 this summer.

Last year, Martin beat Ferbey in the A final on curling's 'Shot of the Year'. Martin beat Ferbey in the A final on the pick of the year here this year.

Koe and Ferbey ended up in the B final last year. They made the match again here last night.

This time, Ferbey did it by scoring four on the seventh end and stealing two more on the eighth to beat Dean Ross of Calgary 10-3.

Koe busted open a 5-5 game against Edmonton's Jamie King open with a draw for three in the ninth to set up the other side of it.

Ferbey jumped to a 3-1 lead after three, watched Koe's last rock thrower Blake MacDonald come up short on a draw in the fourth to make it 4-1, then watched MacDonald come up way short again on the fifth to make it 5-1 en route to another easy victory.

The loss left Team Koe down to a last life in this afternoon's C event, where they'll play Sherwood Park's James Pahl while Sexsmith's Kurt Balderston plays Edmonton's Ted Appleman.

So what happens tonight?

If it follows form, Martin wins again, Ferbey beats Koe again in tomorrow's semifinal then loses to Martin in the final.

"Koe keeps losing to us and we keep losing to Martin," said Ferbey. "Martin keeps beating us by one shot. They seem to have a lot of confidence playing against us right now. They've beat us a lot lately.

"They're the favourites. They're the world champions. They're the best team in the world now. But they won't be world champions forever."

Ferbey concedes his record against Martin in the last couple of years hasn't been good.

"It's awful," he said. "They're probably 10-0 against us. If it's money, we're up a few thousand dollars," he added rubbing in the fact he beat Martin in a TV event and ended up taking it all, winning $70,000 compared to Martin's $1,000.


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