Ferbey takes shots on and off the ice

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:06 AM ET

Randy Ferbey still had a few good shots left in his arsenal.

So, after a quick 7-1 decision over Calgary's Brent Bawel in the final of yesterday's $24,000 Shamrock Classic, Ferbey took some of his fellow no-show Edmonton curlers to task.

"I just wish more curlers would have supported it,'' said Ferbey. "It's kind of strange. You hear curlers in Edmonton whining, 'We don't have a spiel, we don't have a spiel.' Out of the 23 teams here, only 14 were from Edmonton. Well, you know ...''

It didn't even bother him that Shamrock club manager Garry Stevenson declined to pay the World Curling Players Association about $5,000 to sanction the event.

That decision means none of the cash paid out to the eight playoff teams this weekend, including Ferbey's $6,750 for the win, will be recorded on the official World Curling Tour money list.

"Quite frankly, I don't blame him one single bit,'' said Ferbey. "Give the money back to the curlers. Whatever we've won (on the WCT list), we'll know we've won seven grand more.''

At least, the Ferbey foursome made its decision to become a full-time curling team a profitable one. The Shamrock Classic was the team's first of 12 bonspiels over the next 13 weeks.

"Obviously, this year is going to have its ups and downs,'' said Ferbey, whose team snapped to attention after losing Saturday's B qualifier to James Pahl.

"We know we're a good team. We just have to keep building and building to our level. These teams come out and play hard against us. Next weekend, we could be out in three straight. We can't win all the time.''

Still, Ferbey remains confident the team has made the correct decision.

"Taking a year off work isn't a gamble at all,'' said Ferbey. "It's something that, in 20 years from now, we'll say we gave it our best shot to get to the Olympics because it's all about the Trials in Halifax next year. There will be no regrets, win or lose.''

The team's Sports Canada training allowance has been bumped from $1,100 to $1,500 a month per player until the contract runs out after July.

"It's our No. 1 priority right now,'' said Ferbey. "If we make a lot of money, great. If we don't, it's not like we're going to say, 'Geez, what are we doing?' I kinda wish it (allowance) would have been retroactive for four years.''

EXTRA ENDS: Edmonton's Kevin Martin picked up $9,000 for winning the Shorty Jenkins Spiel.


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