Koe and Co. finding consistency

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

In a city whose curling glory is usually delivered by Kevin Martin and Randy Ferbey, it's tough to get noticed.

Kevin Koe's rink is giving it their best shot.

This weekend, Koe beat Bob Ursel 7-5 in an extra end to win the Twin Anchors Invitational at Vernon, B.C.

While Ursel was winning the season-opening September Shootout at the Saville, Koe and Co. opened their season by qualifying at the Shorty Jenkins Spiel in Brockville, Ont.

Koe's team picked up $7,500 for the win to run their earnings to $10,900, but the money is nowhere near as important as regaining the on-ice World Curling Tour edge that vaulted them into curling's elite level a couple of seasons back.

"It wasn't much money, but the thing we were really looking for is to get some consistency back," said Blake MacDonald, who throws last rock for the squad that includes second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen. "If we can keep going like that, we'll be pretty happy about it."

They're already in the lineup for December's Roar of the Rings at Rexall Place, along with Ferbey, Martin and Ontario's Glenn Howard.

Koe's rink finished No. 8 on the World Curling Tour's money list last season.

A lot of other rinks would be happy to be among curling's Top 10.

Koe's rink considered it a sub-par season.

So far, the way the team started out of the gate is about as good as can be expected.

"We're pretty happy with it," said MacDonald.

"We had signs of it coming back last year. There's a fine line between playing really well and coming close."

Koe's rink will be in New Westminster this weekend for the Westcoast Curling Classic, an event Martin won last season.

EXTRA ENDS: The first women's Grand Slam event of the year, the Autumn Gold Classic, will be held at the Calgary Curling Club this weekend.

CON.GRIWKOWSKY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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