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02-07-19 11:28AM
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Boston Pizza Cup 2019

Seems like a weird/stupid idea to me to have the provincials on club ice rather than arena ice, which is what the Brier is played on:

https://edmontonsun.com/sports/curl...ips-go-clubbing

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Lots of demand for arena ice, perhaps there was none available or it was too expensive.

But surprised they didn't book it last season...

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Harty and his team of 10 year olds - based on pics beat kk 6-3

Love the new blood

And would love to be young like these guys !

Well done - what a thrill

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Also a horrible name for Provincial Playdowns - 'Boston Pizza Cup'???
And a bad title for a thread - how many people will know that this is supposed to be the thread about the Alberta Playdowns/Tankard?

Many people will think the 'Boston Pizza Cup' is yet another bad 'made for TV' idea.

In any case... both Bottcher and Koe lost on Thursday.

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In any case... both Bottcher and Koe lost on Thursday.
It is lucky they have a three leg system in AB. In MB - Koe'd be waving bye bye and fighting for the play-in for the Brier. Feint Hope Clause exists in AB. Same team is doing the toppling - Team Vavrek. I do not recognize these curlers and none are named Vavrek. They must have an interesting story, and they are good curlers!
EDIT: Vavrek is not curling. Third Lautner stepped into the house and there has been a mixup - Lizmore at lead. New formula is working. Link a sports journalist's story if you find one. Interesting.

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A wounded and disconsolate Kevin Koe now has to crawl out of the C-event to qualify for Alberta/Boston Cup . . . .

Even Bren Bottcher got rocked last nite - by fresca's "10 YR OLDS"

Both Koe and Bottcher immo are sand-bagging a bit, trying to fortify their A-game and get ready for Sunday finals.

Don't get ahead of yourself boys. There's young guns comin' for you.

The nightmare scenario for Brendo Bottcher is both he and Koe get bounced in Alberta - and Bottcher can't make up the points spread on Mr. Epping to qualify for the Brier play-in.

Sandbaggers prediction - both Koe & Bottcher will lurk Sunday.

If Koe can't make Brier, I suspect B.J. Neufeld will be issued a 1-way bus ticket back to Manitoba!

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It is lucky they have a three leg system in AB. In MB - Koe'd be waving bye bye and fighting for the play-in for the Brier. Feint Hope Clause exists in AB. Same team is doing the toppling - Team Vavrek. I do not recognize these curlers and none are named Vavrek. They must have an interesting story, and they are good curlers!
EDIT: Vavrek is not curling. Third Lautner stepped into the house and there has been a mixup - Lizmore at lead. New formula is working. Link a sports journalist's story if you find one. Interesting.



Regarding the Vavrek team, to the best of my knowledge they are playing with their regular lineup. I think there's been a slight mixup in the CurlingZone web site with respect to the players they are showing.

Regardless, this team did make it to the Alberta men's semi final last year and there is junior national and world championship experience on the team so they aren't quite coming from out of nowhere.

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Also a horrible name for Provincial Playdowns - 'Boston Pizza Cup'???
And a bad title for a thread - how many people will know that this is supposed to be the thread about the Alberta Playdowns/Tankard?

Many people will think the 'Boston Pizza Cup' is yet another bad 'made for TV' idea.

In any case... both Bottcher and Koe lost on Thursday.



I'm a stupid American and I know the Boston Pizza Cup is Alberta's Tankard.

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Regarding the Vavrek team, to the best of my knowledge they are playing with their regular lineup. This team did make it to the Alberta men's semi final last year and there is junior national and world championship experience on the team so they aren't quite coming from out of nowhere.
Thanks! They curl out of Sexsmith, which is north of Grand Prairie, and here is a link to their team profile on the event website. I will follow these up'n comers. https://www.2019bostonpizzacup.com/teams

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A wounded and disconsolate Kevin Koe now has to crawl out of the C-event to qualify for Alberta/Boston Cup . . . .

Even Bren Bottcher got rocked last nite - by fresca's "10 YR OLDS"

Both Koe and Bottcher immo are sand-bagging a bit, trying to fortify their A-game and get ready for Sunday finals.

Don't get ahead of yourself boys. There's young guns comin' for you.

The nightmare scenario for Brendo Bottcher is both he and Koe get bounced in Alberta - and Bottcher can't make up the points spread on Mr. Epping to qualify for the Brier play-in.

Sandbaggers prediction - both Koe & Bottcher will lurk Sunday.

If Koe can't make Brier, I suspect B.J. Neufeld will be issued a 1-way bus ticket back to Manitoba!



Koe needs five wins now with no losses to make it through. A tough task, but not impossible for this team although they are probably not in a good mood because the event is being played in a curling club, not an arena. I don't think any team against any level of competition would feel good about needing five consecutive wins.

Bottcher lost to a different team than the "10 yr olds" that beat Koe. Appleman lost the provincial final in Alberta a mere two years ago.

BJ is not the weak link on this current Koe squad....

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Koe needs five wins now with no losses to make it through. A tough task, but not impossible for this team although they are probably not in a good mood because the event is being played in a curling club, not an arena. I don't think any team against any level of competition would feel good about needing five consecutive wins.

Bottcher lost to a different team than the "10 yr olds" that beat Koe. Appleman lost the provincial final in Alberta a mere two years ago.

BJ is not the weak link on this current Koe squad....



I agree BJ is NOT the weak link. He actually seems to have the same down personality that his skip favours, no?
But if they don't make Brier - and even if they do and falter vs. the other monsters I don't see BJ staying with the program.
BJ might still be carrying the stench of playing with McEwen for so long and batting their heads against the wall - first in trying to get out of Manitoba - then after breaking thru - failing to capture a Brier.

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Get rid of Team Canada, get rid of the wild card. You want to play in the Brier, you need to get out of your Province or move North...

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I agree BJ is NOT the weak link. He actually seems to have the same down personality that his skip favours, no?
But if they don't make Brier - and even if they do and falter vs. the other monsters I don't see BJ staying with the program.
BJ might still be carrying the stench of playing with McEwen for so long and batting their heads against the wall - first in trying to get out of Manitoba - then after breaking thru - failing to capture a Brier.



It's their first year together - relax. Although they have struggled here, they have qualified for other events and may be going through a growing pains, so to speak, but I see loads of potential for this team. They are humans first and foremost, crap sometimes happens.

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Too bad Team Canada didn't exist back in the early Brier days;

Otherwise,

Ken Watson might have nabbed 5 or 6 Briers.

He got to 3 Briers from Manitoba, won all 3 with relative ease. Might not have played 1950 Brier in Halifax cuz he retired after 1949 but have no doubt a 46 yr old Watson would have been better than Haligonian Don Oyler (eventual winner)

Watson had 5 or 6 teams that were as good as, sometimes better than his team. Guys like Howie Wood, Jimmy Congalton, Jimmy Welsh, Ab Gowanlock, etc. that could give the great man a great game any day of the week. Large British Consols field didn't help either.

That said - Matt Baldwin would certainly have another Brier to add to his 3.

Ron Northcott, too!

Perhaps Duguid?

EXTRA*** Whipper Watson won a 4th manitoba title in 1842 but the Brier was cancelled due to WWII, also 43 and 44.

Ab Gowanlock would have won at least one more Brier immo had Team Canada existed, perhaps Billy Walsh, too!

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Way too soon to count them out here. Even if they lose here they have the second chance at the wild card game.

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Way too soon to count them out here. Even if they lose here they have the second chance at the wild card game.


Agreed, and with their backs up against the wall, could build more fire in the belly.

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Agreed, and with their backs up against the wall, could build more fire in the belly.



Backs up against the wall, maybe?

But not fully - he's got a ticket to the Brier play-in in his back pocket . . .

Lainger vs. Benny grudge match!!! lol

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Streaming?

Same question as MB curling. Why no streaming?

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Vavreks father, Mike , May be the best curler in Alberta to not have won a provincial title.

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Tight game for Koe, corrected as it looked as though the scoreboard was switched. Still in contention.

I must say I like the triple knockout. Every game counts, no meaningless games at the end.

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Won't be a Bottcher vs. Koe Alberta final.

Veteran Teddy Appleman just upset Brendan Bottcher & Dr. Popcorn Darren Moulding so it appears Alberta semi-final is set

Bottcher vs. Koe

VIP game cuz the loser might not get a sniff at John Epping in the Brier play-in.

Especially if Appleman wins the province (outside chance, the upset kings usually have their 1 game (or 2) of glory and fade out. We'll see!

If Appleman succumbs to either Koe or Bottcher in the Alberta final (probable) then one Alberta super team makes it to the Brier as Team Alberta - the other then hoping that their semi-final foe wins the final - and they get pegged for the other play-in spot.

Clear as mud, right?

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Appleman won A side as well as 1-2 in page playoff. Normally that team will win final.

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The only way Koe doesn't play in the wild card game is if he wins Provs. If Bottcher loses he has has to hope Appelman doesn't win.

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All for a new team, non subsidized pro team. LOVE when the underdog comes through. Yes, not over yet but at least somebody who wasn't expecting to, is headed for the wild card.

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Team Koe's biggest fans in the final will be Team Bottcher.

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