Balderston disappointed again

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 7:30 AM ET

SPRUCE GROVE -- After missing out on last year's provincial, Kurt Balderston was back for another crack.

Given the Grande Prairie rink's record at past provincials, the team was given a good chance to make the playoff round after getting here by winning the Alberta Tour.

An opening-round loss to James Pahl meant Balderston, the No. 4-seed coming into this weekend, had to scramble if he wanted to get back into the playoff picture.

After that opening-round loss, Balderston won three out of his next four starts.

And, the way he played Kevin Koe on Thursday afternoon gave him some hope he could get into the playoffs in the C Event final yesterday.

But Koe's steal of a pair in the seventh end paved the way to a 8-4 win and sent Balderston's team home disappointed yet again.

Balderston shouldered all of the blame for the way his team's week ended.

"I didn't play good this last game," said Balderston, who's lost four Alberta finals in a stellar curling career. "My team played good. If I play a sharp game, it's right down to the wire, but I just didn't play good enough myself.

"As long as we're playing like we can, we'll be down to the wire with them every time and we'll beat them our share. As a skip that's your responsibility and today I missed way too many shots."

Balderston has been enough of these shindigs to know there's no guarantees.

"We basically had one bad end against James Pahl (giving up a four-ender) and we played poorly today," said Balderston.

"Other that that, I think we had a pretty strong weekend. Certainly, it would have been nice to get to tomorrow, but there's going to be three awfully strong teams playing tomorrow, so Alberta will be well- represented."

At least Baldeston got a chance to play unlike last year when his team was eliminated in the Peace District playdowns.

"I've been here so many times that the chance doesn't matter any more," said Balderston.

"We're here to win, play your best and when it's done, not to worry about it.

"Against teams like Martin, Ferbey and Koe, you'd better play your best and today I just didn't play good enough."


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