World Financial Group-sponsored Ferbey 4 competed in the 2009 Alberta Boston Pizza Cup in Wainwright this past weekend. This curling tournament determines the champion of Alberta and who would represent Alberta in the ever important Tim Horton’s Brier in two weeks.
In the beginning, it was easy sailing for Randy, Marcel, Scott and David. Their first draw was against the rink of Kurt Balderson of the Sexsmith Curling Club. In early action Thursday, Randy and the guys fell behind, but they came back with the hammer to take a 7-4 victory. Ten ends were needed, but they got the job done.
A little later in the day, the men sporting the WFG curling shirts faced fellow Edmontonian Kevin Koe and his team. And this game was decided rather early. Only six ends were needed for the 6-2 Ferbey 4 victory.
But our guys would not be the first all-out qualifier of the tournament. At the end of competition Thursday, Randy and his rink faced their cross-town rival Kevin Martin. Despite taking the early lead and having the hammer, Kevin’s rink took the seventh, eighth and ninth ends to secure the 8-5 win over our guys.
There was good news, however, as Randy, Marcel, Scott and David were pre-qualified based on their previous wins on the Alberta Curling Tour. That meant our World Financial Group “Kings of Canadian Curling” continued in the tournament later on Friday against the Calgary-based rink of Dean Ross. The Ferbey 4 had the hammer in this match and, over eight ends, won by a score of 10-3. And in the last draw on Friday, Randy and his rink once again faced Kevin Koe and his team and won by a score of 9-5. Their victories on Friday made our curlers from Edmonton the second qualifier in the tournament!
On Saturday, the WFG-sponsored Ferbey 4 rink had their first championship bout against Kevin Martin. In what was called the “page one-two” game, Kevin squeaked by Randy with a 6-5 win. But in their second game of the finals, Randy, Scott, Marcel and David took on Sherwood Park’s James Pahl and won that game 7-6. The Ferbeys had the hammer and needed all ten ends to win.
That meant the championship match was decided. And, once again, Randy and the guys would face Kevin Martin. Kevin had won against Randy twice this past weekend. Would Randy put a stop to Kevin’s winning? Alas, despite a valiant effort, Kevin Martin and his rink won 7-3.
But our guys are not done this year by a long shot. The Ferbey 4 will return in the Canada Cup of Curling on March 18-22. And look for more coverage of our own curling rink here from your friends at World Financial Group.