Home grown curler wins Brier gold and playoff MVP title

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Alberta’s Kevin Koe earned his second championship title at the Tim Horton’s Brier in Kamloops Sunday evening after a 10-5 win over BC’s John Morris.

Grande Prairie native Carter Rycroft, who throws second stones for Koe, earned some individual recognition as well, being named playoff MVP.

Rycroft says the title came as a bit of a surprise to him.

“It was just kind of icing on the cake as far as it goes for me, this quite possibly could be my last Brier, so it was kind of one of those things. I just didn’t expect it, but when they announced it, and I got that, it was kind of like ‘wow, that was kind of cool!’.

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Rycroft also shot 96 percent in the final, which the team went into having lost four match-ups in a row to the Morris rink.

“The 1 vs 2 game, the round robin game we lost, and the Olympic trials we also lost to them, so our record against them going into the game wasn’t great, but we still felt good as far as our game went.”

Rycroft says he can’t say for certain that he is retiring from curling for good after this season, but he does plan on taking at least a year or so to concentrate on his young family and career.

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