When you’re a world famous curling team, like the World Financial Group-sponsored Ferbey 4, your sport takes you around the world. And, last week, the “Kings of Canadian Curling” traveled “across the pond” to Switzerland, where they finished third in a curling tournament. But they returned home to play in their next tournament, the September Shootout. So, how would they do in front of their home crowd?
The action started for the Ferbey 4 on Thursday, September 17, with their first opponent Steve Petryk of Calgary. Although Steve’s team had the hammer, the Ferbeys only needed seven ends to win 5-3.
Early Friday morning, the men in those sporty WFG curling shirts faced off against the Edmonton rink of Doug Rae. The 9 a.m. start was very agreeable to Randy and the guys, and they had a three rock score in the first end and a six rock (!) score in the third, leading them to win handily with a score of 9-1.
Later on Friday, Randy, David, Scott and Marcel battled the rink of Aaron Sluchinski of Airdrie, AB. The Ferbey 4 had the hammer, as they did in the previous match, and used it to slide to a 7-1 victory in six ends.
Saturday saw the WFG-sponsored Ferbey 4 facing the rink of Jamie Koe out of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories. This early morning match saw the Ferbeys score early and often, leading to an 8-1 triumph in four ends.
Saturday afternoon, Randy and his teammates ended the round robin opposite Chris Schille and his rink, also based out of Edmonton. This match went to seven ends and featured a couple of lead changes, but in the last end, the Ferbey 4 threw a four rock score to take the game 9-4.
The quarterfinals of the September Shootout saw the “Kings of Canadian Curling” face off against Team China. The Ferbeys had the hammer and needed just six ends to win 8-3. Then, in the semifinals, the WFG-sponsored curling rink threw opposite the Edmonton rink of Jamie King and, with the hammer, the Ferbey’s took eight ends to seal their spot in the finals with a final score of 8-6.
In the finals, the Ferbey 4 faced RCMP officer Bob Ursel and his rink out of Kelowna, BC. The start was very slow, with no rocks scored in the first or second end, but Ursel’s rink drew first blood in the third end. Then no rocks were scored until Randy, David, Scott and Marcel scored two in the sixth end. However, victory was not in the cards for the Ferbey’s as Bob and his rink threw a four rock score to take the match 5-2.
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