The Ferbey 4, the World Financial Group-sponsored curling team, earned an automatic bid to the “Roar of the Rings” earlier this year. To warm up for those Olympic trials, Randy Ferbey, David Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque began their 2009-10 season this past weekend in Baden, Switzerland at the Baden Masters. Joining the “Kings of Canadian Curling” were teams from Switzerland, Scotland, Norway and even Japan on the first stop on the World Curling Tour.
Friday, September 11, the team, wearing their WFG curling shirts, faced two rinks. Up first was the rink of Manuel Ruch of Uitikon, Switzerland, and although Randy and the guys didn’t have the hammer, they did score in five out of nine ends to win 8-6. Their second match on Friday was against Thomas Dufour of Chamonix, France. Although Dufour had the hammer and exploded with a five rock first end, the Ferbey 4 came back strong to take this match 10-6.
On September 12, the first match for our WFG-sponsored Ferbey 4 was opposite Baden’s own rink of Toni Üller. Although they didn’t have the hammer, the Ferbey 4 only took five ends to win 9-1.
Unfortunately, their second match was a defeat. Event with the Ferbey 4 having the hammer, Yusuke Morozumi’s team out of Japan proved too powerful for Randy, Scott, David and Marcel. garnering the Japanese team a win with a score of 6-3,
Still, Randy and the team progressed to the quarterfinals scheduled later that evening, which turned out to be quite fruitful. Facing the rink of Jiri Snitil from Brno, Chez Republic, the Ferbey 4 used the hammer to throw a 6-0 victory in six ends.
The semi-final match on September 13, however, would not see our World Financial Group-sponsored curling rink advancing to the finals. In this match, Randy, David, Scott and Marcel faced the rink of Thomas Ulsrud of Oslo, Norway, who had won this tournament in 2008. Despite having the hammer and a fast start, our Ferbey 4 fell to a 9-4 loss.
However, the Baden Masters is a “triple knockout” tourney, which allowed the Ferbey 4 to advance to the third place game opposite David Murdoch and his team from Scotland. And our WFG rink won third place with a score of 5-2. Brad Gushue and his team from Newfoundland won the tournament.
Up next for the “Kings of Canadian Curling” is the September Shootout, which starts on September 17 at the Saville Centre in the Ferbey 4’s hometown of Edmonton. Let’s wish our guys in the WFG curling shirts all the best as they take “the house” in Edmonton and beyond!