November 19-22, the World Financial Group-sponsored Team Ferbey headed to Brampton, Ontario to participate in the 2010 Sun Life Classic, a stop on the World Curling Tour. How would our team of Randy Ferbey, Brad Gushue, Mark Nichols and Ryan Fry fare?
Well, the Sun Life Classic was a slow starter on Friday for Team Ferbey. Their first opponent was Howard Rajala’s rink out of Ottawa. Despite our men in the WFG curling jackets having the hammer (the last rock of the match), Howard beat our guys 6-3 in eight ends.
But since this was only their first match in a triple elimination tournament, our team took the house back first thing Saturday morning against Peter Corner’s rink from Brampton with a 6-2 win in five ends, despite not having the hammer. On Saturday afternoon, our WFG curling team faced Heath McCormick’s rink from New York City. Randy and the guys had the hammer and used it to win 6-3 in seven ends. And the winning continued for Randy and the guys on Saturday opposite Glenn Howard from Coldwater, Ontario. Although Glenn’s rink had the hammer, we only needed seven ends to win this one 6-4.
The winning, however, could not continue forever. On the first draw on Sunday, Team Ferbey faced Wayne Middaugh’s rink from Toronto. Middaugh had the hammer and used it to win 6-5 in extra ends. So with two losses, our WFG curling rink headed into the last draw of the round robin to face Mike Harris’s rink out of Oakville, Ontario. In only six ends, Team Ferbey had and used the hammer to win 6-2 in six ends.
With a 4-2 record in the round robin, Team Ferbey started the quarterfinals late Sunday opposite John Epping’s rink from Toronto. Despite John having the hammer, our guys won this one 8-2 in seven ends.
Early Monday morning, the winning continued. Our WFG curling rink faced off against Mark Bice’s rink from Tara, Ontario in the semifinals. In only four ends (and without the hammer), Team Ferbey took the match 7-1.
In Monday afternoon’s final, their opponent was Mike McKewen and his rink from Winnipeg. McKewen and his team won last year’s Sun Life Classic. And, unfortunately for our WFG curling rink, they won it again 7-5 in seven ends.
Up next for Team Ferbey is the 2010 Challenge at the Casino de Charlevoix in Clermont, PQ starting on November 26. We at wfgsports.com wish Team Ferbey continued success this season!