Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for February 10, 2014

Koe rinks earns another berth at the Tim Hortons Brier

Yellowknife’s Jamie Koe is going back to the Tim Hortons Brier to represent the North – for the sixth year in a row.

By Chuck Tobin on February 10, 2014 at 3:58 pm

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Photo by Vince Fedoroff

DOMINATING PERFORMANCE – Yellowknife skip Jamie Koe releases his rock during this weekendsʼ Yukon-N.W.T. championship while second Brad Chorostkowski, left, and lead Robert Border prepare to sweep it down to the house.

Yellowknife’s Jamie Koe is going back to the Tim Hortons Brier to represent the North – for the sixth year in a row.

Koe dominated the Yukon-N.W.T. Men’s Curling Championship hosted by Whitehorse on the weekend, going through the double-round robin with a perfect record of six wins and no losses.

“We had some good luck this weekend,” Koe said in an interview Sunday after the tournament was over.

As the number one seed out of the N.W.T., Koe’s first game against the Yukon’s number one seed, the Pat Paslawski rink from Whitehorse, was a seesaw affair but eventually the veteran Brier skip prevailed 9-8.

“It was really quite a close game,” said Koe. “They were up three and then we had a really good sixth.

We took five, and that was just one end.

“There was a lot of rocks in play every end.”

Paslawski said they missed a couple of shots in the sixth end.

“And when you miss against those guys you pay,” he said. “By the time I went to throw, we were in big trouble, it happens, especially against those guys.”

Paslawski said quite candidly his rink wasn’t expecting to beat Koe’s team, though they went into the round-robin hoping that the berth to the Brier would come down to their final round robin game Sunday morning against Koe.

But Paslawski had dropped a couple heading into Sunday with a 3-2 record, and no hopes of going to Kamloops, B.C. for the national men’s championship beginning March 1.

“We did not expect to win against Jamie Koe,” said the Whitehorse skip.

“It’s just that they are a better team than we are. They are tour curlers and we are Whitehorse league players.”

Paslawski said the two territories will be represented by the best team.

Paslawski finished with a 3-3 record.

Yukon’s number two seed, the Wade Scoffin rink, finished 2-4 and the N.W.T.’s number two seed, the Greg Skauge rink, ended up 1-5.

While it will be Koe’s sixth consecutive Tim Hortons Brier, it will be his eighth appearance overall.

His whole team, as a matter of fact, has Brier experience. It will the sixth appearance for Kevin Whitehead, his third, the ninth appearance for Brad Chorostkowski, his second and the third time for lead Robert Border.

Koe said he wasn’t in love with how his team performed over the weekend, but nor did they play badly.

“We have two and half weeks to get ready for the Brier, but we will be there.” Koe said they’ll be playing the best in the country, including his brother Kevin Koe who earned the right to represent Alberta when he defeated heavyweight Kevin Martin 7-5 in the provincial championship yesterday afternoon.

The top teams, he said, don’t miss shots.

“We are going to have to battle.”

Koe, however, is no stranger to doing battle at the Brier, having finished last year in sixth place with five wins and six losses.

In 2012, the team finished fourth in the round robin with seven wins and four losses.

In preparation for Kamloops, said Koe, the team will be hitting the gym regularly, and throwing stones everyday at their Yellowknife Curling Club.

The skip said playing 11 games in the round robin in less than a week takes its toll.

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