Koe concocts special formula to beat Ferbey

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:22 AM ET

SPRUCE GROVE -- Kevin Koe has a plan on how to take out Randy Ferbey.

Just call it Rope-A-Ferb.

The Koe squad concocted the scheme up in the lounge at Grant Fuhr Arena after Ferbey manhandled Koe in Friday night's B Event final.

"We're doing the rope-a-dope with Ferbey," said Koe's last rock Blake MacDonald. "We let him take a couple of knockout punches at us and hopefully that's given him a false sense of security. At some point, he's going to get tired of kicking the spit out of us.

"At some point, we're going to wear him down.

"We were 4-4 against him last year and we're currently 2-4 against him this year. We owe him a couple."

Must have been some pretty strong tonic up in the lounge.

They'd been reeling after a pair of losses to Randy Ferbey, their only two playdowns losses this year.

"That was our stinker of the year," said MacDonald, whose team got into today's 9:30 a.m. semifinal with a convincing 6-3 win over James Pahl in last night's C winners Page Playoff game.

After his second loss to Ferbey this week, Koe needed to win four straight if the foursome had any hopes of parlaying a terrific cashspiel season into their first provincial title.

Now, they're halfway there.

In yesterday's C Event final against Grande Prairie's Kurt Balderston, the team rediscovered the touch that has made them one of the world's most-feared foursomes.

They rolled to an 8-4 win and kept rolling against Pahl.

"It's a funny game sometimes," said Koe, who is a former Calgarian. "That (Balderston win) was our best game this week by far. We had some draw weight, which usually means good things."

Yep, an evening of R&R seems to have done the trick.

"We went and had a few beers last night and tried to wind down," said Koe. "Maybe we were getting a little uptight. We came out today, had a little bit of fun and played well."

This is not an unfamiliar path for the team, who found themselves in a similar situation in 2007. The only difference is that instead of Pahl, Koe got into the Sunday semifinal by upending Ferbey in the 3-4 game.

"We were in a very similar path last year where we had to win four in a row," said Koe. "We played better today and we have to keep getting that much better as we go along."

Especially since the path to a provincial title is blocked by a fired-up Ferbey team and a confident Kevin Martin, who hasn't missed much this week.

Martin beat Ferbey for the second time this week, downing him 7-6 last night. Martin awaits the winner of Ferbey vs. Koe.

"It helps doing what we did last year," said Koe. "We won four in a row, we got by Ferb and we should have won the final. We know we can do it and it's matter of putting it all together."

The team's fortunes will lie in the hands of MacDonald, whose job was made much easier with the play of his setup men yesterday.

"You've got to be sharp and we really have to focus on that," said MacDonald. "We should have done it last year, so we'll see if we can do it this year.

"We played real well today. Everybody was solid both games. I don't know what the percentages would be, but they're probably in the 90s for everybody."

MacDonald remembers all too well how the team caught fire late in the week at Drayton Valley last year, only to fall short.

It's Koe who is going to the final-day dance today in a much better frame of mind than he was when he went up for some elixir at the lounge Friday night.

All the story needs now is a happy ending.


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