The Ken Koster rink from the Swift Current Curling Club came up just one win short of advancing to Provincials at the 2013 Affinity Credit Union Senior Men's Southern Playdowns in Moosomin. Koster recovered from a tournament opening loss to win four of his next five games to reach the final game of the C Event.
Koster and the rink of third Dan Kennedy, second Mitch Minken and lead Rod Quintin were one of the 16-rinks at the triple-knockout bonspiel to determine the four Southern teams advancing to the Affinity CU Senior Men's Provincial Championship in Assiniboia on Feb. 20 to 24.
Koster faced Al Schick from Regina's Callie Curling Club to open the tournament on Thursday evening and suffered an 8-3 loss. Koster opened the game with a single in the first end before Schick responded with two in the second. Koster quickly tied it 2-2 in the third end but Schick took the lead with two in the fourth and a steal of two in the fifth on his way to the win in eight ends.
Koster got out to a great start on his way to an 8-4 win over Lumsden’s Rick Day to open the B Event during the Friday afternoon draw. Koster opened the game with the hammer and scored two in the first end and stole one in the second for a quick 3-0 lead. He stole three in the third and two more in the fourth for a commanding 8-0 lead after four ends. Day answered back with singles in the fifth and sixth and two in the seventh before shaking hands.
The Swift Current rink picked up his second straight win against Whitewood’s Trent Brister on Friday evening with a 6-5 win. Koster scored two in the eighth and then stole one in the ninth to go ahead 6-4 and held on for the one-point win.
He faced Regina’s Vaughn Herauf Saturday afternoon and trailed from start to finish in a 7-2 loss in eight ends. Koster trailed 2-0 after two ends before a scoreless third end. Koster scored one in the fourth before Herauf widened his lead to 4-1 with two in the fifth. Koster scored in the sixth to make it 4-2 but Herauf added a single in the seventh and then stole two in the eighth for a 7-2 final.
Koster’s tournament was on the line again Saturday evening and he responded with an 8-1 win over Regina’s Al Kehler in the C Event. Koster scored two in the second and then stole four in the third before scoring two more in the fifth to end the game after just five ends.
He kept rolling Sunday morning with a 9-3 win over Melville’s Wilmer Kolybaba. Koster scored one in the first end and then stole four in the second for another sizeable early lead. Kolybaba chipped away at the lead with a single in the third and a steal of two in the fourth before the fifth end was blanked. The Swift Current rink restored part of the lead with a single in the sixth to lead 6-3 before adding three more in the seventh to end the game early.
Koster faced Regina’s Ken Petruic Sunday afternoon with a spot at Provincials on the line. The high scoring game began with Petruic scoring two in the first end and Koster replying with two of his own in the second. Petruic scored one in the third to regain the lead and then stole three in the fourth and two in the fifth for a commanding 7-2 lead on his way to an 11-4 win to end Koster’s run.