A little more than two weeks have passed since the World Financial Group-sponsored Ferbey 4 took second place at the Casino Rama Skins Game without fourth thrower David Nedohin. Last weekend, however, David returned with his team as they competed at the BDO Canadian Open, another match in the “Grand Slam of Curling”. Unfortunately, team skip Randy Ferbey had to sit out this tournament with a knee injury, so Paul Fleming of Halifax, NS, threw third for our curling rink as David took over the skipper role for the Open.
On the first day of competition, Fri., Jan. 22, our “Kings of Canadian Curling” faced three teams. First was the fellow Edmonton rink of Kevin Koe. The Ferbey 4 had the hammer and used it to throw to a 7-3 victory in seven ends, and it was Paul Flemming who had the best accuracy during the match with 90%.
Immediately after this win, our team took on Jason Gunnlaugson of Beausejour, MB. And the guys in the WFG curling shirts used the hammer to score four rocks in the first end and won the second match 7-4 in seven ends. Scott Pfeifer led all shooting with 92% accuracy.
The Ferbey 4’s third opponent was the rink of Thomas Ulsrud of Oslo, Norway. While our rink had the hammer, Ulsrud’s rink ended victorious in eight ends by a 6-4 score. But lead thrower Marcel Rocque, of the Ferbey 4, had the best accuracy among both teams with 84%.
The next day’s Round Robin started opposite the Edmonton rink of Ted Appelman. Ted had the hammer and used it to win 10-7, but the Ferbey 4 did take the match to extra ends thanks to Marcel’s 91% throwing accuracy. The Round Robin ended for our WFG-sponsored team with a game against Kerry Burtnyk from Winnipeg, in which David led the team to a 7-4 win, despite Kerry having the hammer. Scott’s 85% accuracy was the best of this match.
The 3-2 record at the end of the Round Robin helped land the Ferbey 4 in the quarterfinals. Their opponent was Thomas Ulsrud and although our guys gave the Oslo rink a run for its money, Ulsrud had the hammer and used it to win 6-5 in eight ends. However, this match boasted another top accuracy rating from Scott with 89%.
Although our team lost the BDO, they are still in a good place to take the “Grand Slam of Curling”. David tells us that “we are number two right now [in the “Grand Slam” standings] going into the final event, the Player’s Championship, in April.” David also tells us that the Ferbey 4 is in a very good position and they are certainly in the running to win the title outright. The next tournament our WFG-sponsored rink looks to win is the Alberta Provincial Championship being held February 3-7. Keep reading here for all the latest on our favorite curling team!