Albertas Koe beats Newfoundland/Labrador 6-5 in 3-versus-4 Page playoff at Brier

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Alberta skip Kevin Koe has extended his first trip to the Tim Hortons Brier, advancing to the semifinal with a win over Newfoundland and Labrador in the 3-versus-4 Page playoff game Saturday afternoon.
The 35-year-old took an early lead and held off a late charge from Brad Gushue, beating the former Olympic champion 6-5 in Halifax.
Alberta will play Northern Ontario in the semifinal later Saturday, with the winner of that game moving on to face Ontario in the Canadian men's curling championship Sunday. A team from Alberta has won the event in each of the last two years.
Koe started strong against Gushue, drawing to the button to count two in the first end. He did it again in the third to open a 4-1 lead, silencing the vocal support Newfoundland and Labrador had been receiving from the crowd.
Gushue rallied with a steal in the seventh, scoring two in the ninth to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the final end.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, Halifax Northern Ontario

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  • Christopher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    It's plain and simple, untill Saville Curling Club members (Martin, Ferbey, Koe) retire along wtih Glen Howard no team in Canada will have a snowball's chance in hell of beating them.

    Gord Wells: its certain you have never seen a game on www.curltv.com as you would have seen many other TOP curlers well past Korab's level get on the same way as he has(minus the hair styles) one curler that comes to mind is Christopher Svae from Norway.

  • TIme to end our
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    What a waste of TV time. Why do we have to be forced to pay to have this foolish event on TV in the first place. I do not pay satellite fees to be forced into supporting a non-sport in the first place. This whole Gussie thing has over stayed it's welcome as it is. Washed up, washed out. Time he took up a profession such as garbage collector. I am sure he could hit the truck.

  • Derek
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    And while we're at it, let's get rid of some of those allrgedly 'professional' athletes who have a greater ability with their fists and elbows that they do with their hockey sticks.
    Gushue's day will come.

  • hurry harrrd
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    I was rooting for the Gushue team again in this years briar, however I am not surprised at the results, and let me state why I am not surprised. Winning a gold medal does not entitle one to stand at the top of the heap. br br Others have pointed out that Brad has a propensity to play the high percentage shot rather than the safer shots early into the game. We saw this once again, and it put him in trouble early in a game against the Alberta team which has proven to be rather more consistent and patient. br br The Gusjue team needs a level of maturity before it can get into the realm of the top Canadian teams, and it isn't there yet despite what Brad believes. Speaking of maturity, Jamie Korab needs to stow the juvenille attitude. The guy tends to show off a tad much, you can only get away with that behaviour in a sport like football or basketball and be accepted by your peers, not in curling. br br As reported in the Weekend edition of the Telegram Prior to the competition, Gushue went out on a limb, suggesting a playoff berth was virtually guaranteed. He nearly ate those words, requiring a win in his last round-robin game to get into today's Page 3-4 playoff (12:30 p.m. NT) against Alberta's Kevin Koe. br br And this is a problem with Brad, he tends to be cocky, however being cocky and falling short vs being cocky and following it up with the desired result are two different things. It would be beter if Brad chooses his words carefully and works on pefecting his game. Brad needs to understand that he is not entitled to respect from his peers simply because the team won a gold medal, and that he will get respect when he does less mouthing off and perfects his game and strategy. br br One thing that I don't understand, is that anybody who points out the shortfalls of this team is all of a sudden anti-Newfoundland. Most of the comments I read on the Gushue team can be considered constructive critsism, with the exception of the few troll type remarks. br br I want to see this team win the briar, and I think it will happen if the team does some tweeking to it's approach.

  • Jerome
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Really too bad; however, as usual
    Brad wants to be the single-handed hero on his team, so it's his own fault.

  • Kris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Really, I think the main problem here is Ryan Fry in the house when Brad is throwing. Everyone has a bad day, and that's just a part of curling. But Fry's mouth is always just going, and he can't even call a line when Mark and Jamie are communicating weight to him from the get-go. I can see why he's in the house, he is not an effective sweeper and Mark and Jamie. I think until the team finds a second who is a solid player, it's just not going to happen for them.

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Well it seems yoou must win and nothing else is acceptable. I'm from NL and I enjoyed watshing the curling from the start of the spiel. Just think, for a team to be down 4-1 at that level of play, most woud fold and go quietly into the night. The Gushue team, and I emphasize team, regrouped and tied the score, albeit with a normally insurmountable disadvantage of not having the hammer in the tenth. Like it or not, at that level of play,, the final rock, normally thrown by the Skip, is supposed to score as it is a result of the entire end of play.

    Well done team Gushue! See you on TV at the next Tiim Horton's Briar.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Since Brad Gushue rink lost in the 3-4 page playoff for the second year in the row, the team needs some top quality players if they want to get past the 4th place trap.

    If they want to get their Brier title to augment their Olympic Gold Medal and World Junior Titles and make Newfoundland and Labrador into a Curling superpower instead of Alberta (especially Saville Sports Centre) or Ontario all the time, the first steps include hiring a reliable Coach or Sports Psychologist, play in more cash spiels, and bring in more reliable players.

    First approach is to get rid of Jamie Korab and his bad boy image for good as his punk rock hairstyle and attitude issues doesn't endear him to the Curling world.

    Second approach is to have a local Sport Psychologist or competent coach with Curling expertise, and not someone from outside the province like Ken Bagnell, whom is a Nova Scotian.

    The last approach is to start putting more emphasis on stealing points and score big when they have the Hammer or last rock advantage.

    Its the only way the Brad Gushue rink will unlock their potential, get out of our 4th place trap, dominate Curling, and take Curling supremacy away from Ontarians (Glen Howard and Brad Jacobs rinks) and Albertans (Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin, and Kevin Koe rinks).

  • Roger
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Yeah , part of the wedding party again . I knew Gushue wouldn't get to the dance because you need the hammer going home unless you're a super super team . Gushue will never win a Briar till they ban Alberta and Ontario , or Glen Howard , Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe retire . Then , they're on a level playing field , but so are the other teams . I'll predict another 4 yrs , provided the Gushue team stays together .

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Brad had a great chance to steal a point in the first end but instead of playing the sure shot he again went for the hero shot. I have news for you Brad you can't hit the big shot when you need it and you get yourself in all kinds of trouble trying to win the game yourself.

    It is like he is afraid that somebody else might get recognition for playing well if they win and he don't want that. Until you lose that selfish I'm the best attitude and play as a team you will never win the .

    Martin has no problem letting Morris win the game with great shots and taking praise for it. All he is concerned about is winning the game and he has some pretty good results this way don't you think?

  • observing
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I am again blown away by the anti-Gushue feelings. The guys curled tremendously in the 2nd half of the game yesterday...oh so close to moving on. Truly great reps for the province. However, we are so hard to please..us nflders.

    Keep it up Brad and crew. The Brier win will come! Proud of you!

  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Isn't it about time to name a few more buildings after him? Or are we waiting a few months to call everything Williams, deference to the greatest man in the history of Earth?

  • Bob
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    As for the team playing better in the second half you can attribute that to some goofs by Koe that lead to some steals. Gushe didn't stand out any more there than the first half.

    As for the guy who feels he didn't sign on to pay and watch this stuff what kind of deal have you got? Nobody says you have to watch it, surely you have other channels. In any case curling is better than most stuff on CBC anyway.

  • Laura
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Brad, you blew it once again with your desire to be a single-handed hero. You are almost thirty and have been curling for many years, but you still haven't learned too much by just watching the other top-notch curlers.
    Yes, you and your Team are good, but are kind of staying stagnant.
    I always said that Russ Howard won
    the Olympic Gold Medal, not Team Gushue, and that's been proven over and over the past four years. He had to call you on a lot of bad decisions then. So, come on now, Brad, you are representing Newfoundland and Labrador, not yourself for your own glory.

  • Gord
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Hi

    I would like to congratulate the Gushue Rink on your showing at the Tim Horton's 2010 Brier.

    1. As a NL'er I am very proud of your team's accomplishments to date but there are certainly area's of growth required before you will be a serious contender.

    2. Right now I would rank you guys, Newfoundland and Labrado,r at best 4th-6th in men's curling.

    3. As skip Brad you yourself still needs to mature, maintain your composure and address the needs of the team behind close doors, not in front of a national audience with microphones and cameras everwhere.

    4. Korab, your junior years are behind you and now is the time for you to become a man. Give up your adolescent behavior : waving at the camera, licking out your tongue and your unique hair styles. This sort of behavior does absolutely nothing for your image

    To be the top's in the country and be the best in any sport is not easy guys. You guys are getting there and I am sure the best for this team is yet to come. I have been one of your mainstays along the way and I will be there with you once you get there.

    I hope Team Gushue you read this comment and take the positives from it.

    All the best
    Gord

  • Edward
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Not having much better to do I watched most of the recent curling on TV and found that I enjoyed it all right up until the final game, then,before the last rock came to rest, I could'nt believe what I was seeing, the way the immature, ungraceous, winning team acting like three year olds, or less, left me woudering why I was wasting my time watching them.

  • NL living in alberta
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    You should be proud of Brad Gushue and his team. I will cheer for them over Alberta anytime. He is a great sport. At least he tries his best and as for curling, he sure makes NL look good. So if he doesn't make it to the top, he tries his best. Keep up the good work and make us Newfoundlanders living in Alberta proud of their province.

  • Disapora
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Gushue blew it with that questionable call in the first end. He's a player but not a stratetist. Perhaps it's time he took up swimming.

  • Christopher
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    It's plain and simple, untill Saville Curling Club members (Martin, Ferbey, Koe) retire along wtih Glen Howard no team in Canada will have a snowball's chance in hell of beating them.

    Gord Wells: its certain you have never seen a game on www.curltv.com as you would have seen many other TOP curlers well past Korab's level get on the same way as he has(minus the hair styles) one curler that comes to mind is Christopher Svae from Norway.

  • TIme to end our
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    What a waste of TV time. Why do we have to be forced to pay to have this foolish event on TV in the first place. I do not pay satellite fees to be forced into supporting a non-sport in the first place. This whole Gussie thing has over stayed it's welcome as it is. Washed up, washed out. Time he took up a profession such as garbage collector. I am sure he could hit the truck.

  • Derek
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    And while we're at it, let's get rid of some of those allrgedly 'professional' athletes who have a greater ability with their fists and elbows that they do with their hockey sticks.
    Gushue's day will come.

  • hurry harrrd
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    I was rooting for the Gushue team again in this years briar, however I am not surprised at the results, and let me state why I am not surprised. Winning a gold medal does not entitle one to stand at the top of the heap. br br Others have pointed out that Brad has a propensity to play the high percentage shot rather than the safer shots early into the game. We saw this once again, and it put him in trouble early in a game against the Alberta team which has proven to be rather more consistent and patient. br br The Gusjue team needs a level of maturity before it can get into the realm of the top Canadian teams, and it isn't there yet despite what Brad believes. Speaking of maturity, Jamie Korab needs to stow the juvenille attitude. The guy tends to show off a tad much, you can only get away with that behaviour in a sport like football or basketball and be accepted by your peers, not in curling. br br As reported in the Weekend edition of the Telegram Prior to the competition, Gushue went out on a limb, suggesting a playoff berth was virtually guaranteed. He nearly ate those words, requiring a win in his last round-robin game to get into today's Page 3-4 playoff (12:30 p.m. NT) against Alberta's Kevin Koe. br br And this is a problem with Brad, he tends to be cocky, however being cocky and falling short vs being cocky and following it up with the desired result are two different things. It would be beter if Brad chooses his words carefully and works on pefecting his game. Brad needs to understand that he is not entitled to respect from his peers simply because the team won a gold medal, and that he will get respect when he does less mouthing off and perfects his game and strategy. br br One thing that I don't understand, is that anybody who points out the shortfalls of this team is all of a sudden anti-Newfoundland. Most of the comments I read on the Gushue team can be considered constructive critsism, with the exception of the few troll type remarks. br br I want to see this team win the briar, and I think it will happen if the team does some tweeking to it's approach.

  • Jerome
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    Really too bad; however, as usual
    Brad wants to be the single-handed hero on his team, so it's his own fault.

  • Kris
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Really, I think the main problem here is Ryan Fry in the house when Brad is throwing. Everyone has a bad day, and that's just a part of curling. But Fry's mouth is always just going, and he can't even call a line when Mark and Jamie are communicating weight to him from the get-go. I can see why he's in the house, he is not an effective sweeper and Mark and Jamie. I think until the team finds a second who is a solid player, it's just not going to happen for them.

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Well it seems yoou must win and nothing else is acceptable. I'm from NL and I enjoyed watshing the curling from the start of the spiel. Just think, for a team to be down 4-1 at that level of play, most woud fold and go quietly into the night. The Gushue team, and I emphasize team, regrouped and tied the score, albeit with a normally insurmountable disadvantage of not having the hammer in the tenth. Like it or not, at that level of play,, the final rock, normally thrown by the Skip, is supposed to score as it is a result of the entire end of play.

    Well done team Gushue! See you on TV at the next Tiim Horton's Briar.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    Since Brad Gushue rink lost in the 3-4 page playoff for the second year in the row, the team needs some top quality players if they want to get past the 4th place trap.

    If they want to get their Brier title to augment their Olympic Gold Medal and World Junior Titles and make Newfoundland and Labrador into a Curling superpower instead of Alberta (especially Saville Sports Centre) or Ontario all the time, the first steps include hiring a reliable Coach or Sports Psychologist, play in more cash spiels, and bring in more reliable players.

    First approach is to get rid of Jamie Korab and his bad boy image for good as his punk rock hairstyle and attitude issues doesn't endear him to the Curling world.

    Second approach is to have a local Sport Psychologist or competent coach with Curling expertise, and not someone from outside the province like Ken Bagnell, whom is a Nova Scotian.

    The last approach is to start putting more emphasis on stealing points and score big when they have the Hammer or last rock advantage.

    Its the only way the Brad Gushue rink will unlock their potential, get out of our 4th place trap, dominate Curling, and take Curling supremacy away from Ontarians (Glen Howard and Brad Jacobs rinks) and Albertans (Randy Ferbey, Kevin Martin, and Kevin Koe rinks).

  • Roger
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    Yeah , part of the wedding party again . I knew Gushue wouldn't get to the dance because you need the hammer going home unless you're a super super team . Gushue will never win a Briar till they ban Alberta and Ontario , or Glen Howard , Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe retire . Then , they're on a level playing field , but so are the other teams . I'll predict another 4 yrs , provided the Gushue team stays together .

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Brad had a great chance to steal a point in the first end but instead of playing the sure shot he again went for the hero shot. I have news for you Brad you can't hit the big shot when you need it and you get yourself in all kinds of trouble trying to win the game yourself.

    It is like he is afraid that somebody else might get recognition for playing well if they win and he don't want that. Until you lose that selfish I'm the best attitude and play as a team you will never win the .

    Martin has no problem letting Morris win the game with great shots and taking praise for it. All he is concerned about is winning the game and he has some pretty good results this way don't you think?

  • observing
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    I am again blown away by the anti-Gushue feelings. The guys curled tremendously in the 2nd half of the game yesterday...oh so close to moving on. Truly great reps for the province. However, we are so hard to please..us nflders.

    Keep it up Brad and crew. The Brier win will come! Proud of you!

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Isn't it about time to name a few more buildings after him? Or are we waiting a few months to call everything Williams, deference to the greatest man in the history of Earth?

  • Bob
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    As for the team playing better in the second half you can attribute that to some goofs by Koe that lead to some steals. Gushe didn't stand out any more there than the first half.

    As for the guy who feels he didn't sign on to pay and watch this stuff what kind of deal have you got? Nobody says you have to watch it, surely you have other channels. In any case curling is better than most stuff on CBC anyway.

  • Laura
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Brad, you blew it once again with your desire to be a single-handed hero. You are almost thirty and have been curling for many years, but you still haven't learned too much by just watching the other top-notch curlers.
    Yes, you and your Team are good, but are kind of staying stagnant.
    I always said that Russ Howard won
    the Olympic Gold Medal, not Team Gushue, and that's been proven over and over the past four years. He had to call you on a lot of bad decisions then. So, come on now, Brad, you are representing Newfoundland and Labrador, not yourself for your own glory.

  • Gord
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Hi

    I would like to congratulate the Gushue Rink on your showing at the Tim Horton's 2010 Brier.

    1. As a NL'er I am very proud of your team's accomplishments to date but there are certainly area's of growth required before you will be a serious contender.

    2. Right now I would rank you guys, Newfoundland and Labrado,r at best 4th-6th in men's curling.

    3. As skip Brad you yourself still needs to mature, maintain your composure and address the needs of the team behind close doors, not in front of a national audience with microphones and cameras everwhere.

    4. Korab, your junior years are behind you and now is the time for you to become a man. Give up your adolescent behavior : waving at the camera, licking out your tongue and your unique hair styles. This sort of behavior does absolutely nothing for your image

    To be the top's in the country and be the best in any sport is not easy guys. You guys are getting there and I am sure the best for this team is yet to come. I have been one of your mainstays along the way and I will be there with you once you get there.

    I hope Team Gushue you read this comment and take the positives from it.

    All the best
    Gord

  • Edward
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Not having much better to do I watched most of the recent curling on TV and found that I enjoyed it all right up until the final game, then,before the last rock came to rest, I could'nt believe what I was seeing, the way the immature, ungraceous, winning team acting like three year olds, or less, left me woudering why I was wasting my time watching them.

  • NL living in alberta
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    You should be proud of Brad Gushue and his team. I will cheer for them over Alberta anytime. He is a great sport. At least he tries his best and as for curling, he sure makes NL look good. So if he doesn't make it to the top, he tries his best. Keep up the good work and make us Newfoundlanders living in Alberta proud of their province.

  • Disapora
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Gushue blew it with that questionable call in the first end. He's a player but not a stratetist. Perhaps it's time he took up swimming.