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Weary Koe basking in glow of world title

Kevin Koe was dog-tired when he arrived in Dawson Creek for the Grey Power Players' Championships. After all, last week he was halfway around the earth winning a world curling championship in Italy.

Kevin Koe was dog-tired when he arrived in Dawson Creek for the Grey Power Players' Championships.

After all, last week he was halfway around the earth winning a world curling championship in Italy.

"I think we are still going a bit on adrenaline and just having fun. I think we will be okay this week but come next week we will be glad that the season is over, said the Grande Prairie skip.

But jetlagged or not, he's here in Dawson Creek with 15 other men's rinks and 16 women's rinks for the season's last Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event.

And it felt pretty cool to be introduced before Wednesday afternoon's game as the reigning world champion.

"That will never get old. It feels great. It was an extreme run of ours in the last couple of months and we can't be happier."

Just a month after Koe and third Blake MacDonald, second Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen won a national title, they captured the world title with a 9-3 final game win over Norway.

Koe opened the Grey Powers event with a 7-6 extra-end win over Ted Appelman.

Up by 6-3 after six, Koe allowed Appelman to score two in the seventh and steal one in the eighth before Koe earned one in the extra end for the 7-6 win.

"We struggled a lot ourselves and the ice was a little tricky today. It was a mix of both, but we were happy to pull it out and we are just hoping to last until the weekend and then the intensity will pick up."

Koe plays Jeff Stoughton at 4 p.m. today and would dearly love to win the title in Sunday morning men's final and complete an amazing season.

"This is big tournament and we are playing for the Capital One Cup and we still have got to win a slam and that is one of our big goals left, and it would be amazing to do it at this one," said Koe, adding that despite the jet-lag the rink wouldn't think of missing this tourney.

"If it was any other tournament it would be a lot harder. We just got home a day and half ago, but it is the Players' Championship and one of the toughest ones to win. No offence to the teams at the worlds, but this is a way harder event to win."