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Koe upsets Martin in Skins Opener

In a well fought match at the TSN Skins Game at Casino Rama that Kevin Koe's team had control of throughout the game, it still took a couple miscues in the eight end by Kevin Martin to for Koe take the win.

This is really beast of skins, you can play well all game and when your opposition puts on late pressure, it can come down to making the last few shots in the game. Martin knew this, and kept their composure for most of the game, even though they seemed to struggle at times.

An interesting moment in the game, when Martin remarked that they had made the wrong call, leaving a shot for Koe to sit two in the 4th end. Don't hear this from Martin often, and rarely see a strategy mistake like this from the 5 time Skins winner.

Tonight, Glenn Howard takes on Jeff Stoughton in the other semi-final, and the pro-Ontario crowd will surely be out in support of "Cliffy" and his band of Skins Masters. This year, Howard can point to Middaugh and his Skins mastery of the past and lean a bit on his shotmaking potential at third stone. Game time, 8pm on TSN.

Some Quick Hitters:

Scotties Regional playdowns are taking place in Gananoque and Penetanguishene this weekend, as teams play to qualify for the Provincials in Kenora. The Kenora Curling Club is preparing to host this prestigious event.  Early returns on the Regionals has reigning provincial champion  Rachel Homan sitting at 2-0 and another favourite Sherry Middaugh is 1-1 after dropping into the B-side.

A three way tie for first in Green Bay at the Midwest South Regional, and the teams will play for the three spots. Winner goes directly to Nationals, with 2nd and 3rd place advancing to the Challenge Round. In the semifinals, Blake Morton takes on Mike Farbelow and John Benton gets Paul Pustovar.

In even exciting news coming out of the USA, the long talked about a new facility in Blaine, Minnesota to give the Twins Cities another needed curling club seem to be moving forward as well.

In Provincial Juniors play, Manitoba Joey Witherspoon wants it all this time.

In an interesting story out of Winnipeg, 94-year-old Jack Motyer is still throwing them like he's 40. We can all hope to be this active by then.

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