March 6, 2012
Koe and Koe dominate at Brier
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
SASKATOON - There are giant standings boards scattered around the Credit Union Centre which were a sight to behold here last night.
1. Koe, Alberta 5-0.
2. Koe, Territories 4-1
Fred and Linda Koe’s sons Kevin and Jamie left the building a combined 9-1 at the 83rd Brier.
“It’s pretty cool. It’s sure something you don’t thing about as being a possibility when you come here,” said Jamie, the twin brother of Kerry Galusha who represented the Territories at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer.
Jamie, who knocked off Ontario’s Glenn Howard Sunday evening, provided the front end of a Koe double whammy inflicted upon Scott Manners Saskatchewan squad, winning 9-5 in the morning while watching his brother bounce them 6-5 after wiping out PEI 8-2 in the afternoon.
“We’re scoring a lot of points and not giving many up,” said Jamie.
Kevin could have said the same thing having yet to win a game by fewer than three points.
“I really like where this team is,” said Jamie. “We came here thinking we matched up well against a lot of the teams which were here.”
Except maybe the one.
“They’re world champions,” he said of his brother’s team which his Polar Bears are scheduled to play Wednesday morning.
“The best we’ve done is win six games at the Brier.”
Jamie is in his sixth Brier coming out of the Territories. He was in a similar position — 4-0 to start and then 4-1 in 2007 in Hamilton.
“We got caught up with all the fans and the media and stuff and it’s pretty each to get sidetracked from curling when you go to the Brier Patch and whatnot.
“We still like to have our fun, but we’re a little tamer and wiser, I think.”
Kevin said the best place to have fun is on the ice.
“We’re having fun.”
He deadpanned when asked about the Koe’s being a combined 9-1.
“That’s pretty good,” he said.
“We’re playing pretty well. But my brother’s team may be playing even better.
“If they keep playing like that, they’ll be in a good spot.”
It’s been a wild and crazy Brier here so far. And the evening draw was the wildest and craziest yet.
It was ‘Green Day’ here last night as Alberta, with five-time Saskatchewan Brier rep Pat Simmons playing third, going against Scott Manners one-foot-on-either-side of the border Lloydminster Border Kings.
Like every day isn’t green day in the land of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But this one was different.
A phenomenal number of fans dipped themselves in green dye and showed up wearing nothing but white shorts with green wigs and various other paraphernalia.
They chanted “Mind Your Manners” and even managed to get Glenn Howard to go to the boards and high five a couple of them during his 6-5 extra end win over Brad Jacobs in the televised Battle of Ontario, or Don Cherry game, which few in the stands were paying much attention to as Howard managed to extend his record to 4-1 as well despite another wobbly sort of day. It was Howard’s fourth extra-end game in a row at the event.
Some guy wearing a blue-and-yellow superhero costume with a giant yellow cowboy hat and “Kaptain Koe” emblazoned on his barrel chest supplied the support for the Albertans.
Stuff keeps happening here. Strange stuff.
There was Rob Fowler and his Manitoba team, with only one game to play on the day, jumping to 3-0 lead over Jim Cotter of British Columbia after two ends.
Hello four-game winning streak.
But then, as Brad Gushue put it Sunday, Lady Luck became a bitch. After Fowler held B.C. to one in the third, the scorecard looked like this: Steal of one. Steal of one. Steal of three.
In the end B.C. won it 9-5.
Gushue had little sympathy for Fowler.
The Newfoundland skip lost his first three games by scores 8-7, 7-6 and 6-5 and two of those were in extra ends.
In the first three days draws, seven games went to extra ends and 11 were settled by a point.
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