She's solid as a Rocque

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:15 AM ET

Canadian girls kick butt.

That's an estrogen-power message many gutsy gals are flaunting on T-shirts.

And, it's the position taken at the curling Rocque household in west Edmonton.

Marcel Rocque, lead for the Randy Ferbey team, went through an agonizing process before getting a six-month leave of absence as a teacher at Riverbend junior high. Each team member left their day job so they could hone their curling skills leading up to the 2005 Olympic Trials.

Ferbey's squad won $10,000 as finalists last weekend at Bonnyville to raise their Gold Trail earnings to $32,750.

Not good enough.

THAT'S 500 BIG BUCKS

Raylene Rocque flings second stones for Cathy King's rink, which has already hauled in $33,250 - or 500 bucks more than her husband's foursome.

Needless to say, Raylene has continued a line of merciless teasing in Marcel's direction that started when the King gals upended Ferbey 6-4 in a pre-season Edmonton Super League game.

"The pressure on weekends for me to win is enormous, because my husband is not working," said Rocque. "That is mentally draining for me. I come home beat and exhausted.

"I just need to put my feet up while he cooks me dinner."

Well, what's a gal to do when she's bringing home more of the bacon?

"It is fun," said Rocque. "I love it."

The King team got a big jump on Ferbey when it won $30,000 a couple of weekends ago in Kelowna, an unprecedented payday for female curlers.

"I called him after we won (in Kelowna)," said Rocque. "He answered the phone and I'm like, 'Who's your daddy?' He starts laughing.

"It's a friendly thing. He's so proud of me. He wants me to win almost as much as I want to win. He's right up there. I want to win, but he wants us to win bad."

Marcel would like nothing better than to have his wife join him at the Olympic Trials.

First, the team has to be the leading money winner on the women's tour by the end of November.

They're currently No. 2 on the women's list behind Calgary's Cheryl Bernard, whose win at Winnipeg last weekend upped her season earnings to $36,300.

Both Alberta teams have more jingle in their jeans than World Curling Tour list leader Glenn Howard. The Trojan warrior has earned $30,000 in sanctioned WCT event earnings.

Ferbey is second on the WCT list with $26,000 and added $6,750 for his win at the Shamrock Classic.

That event remained unsanctioned when club manager Garry Stevenson refused to pay what he considered exorbitant fees to the WCT.

Still, Canadian girls kick butt.

TAKING A RAZZING

"All my brothers (Derek, Doug and Dennis Jones) call Marcel and ask him, 'Marcel, how much money did you win this weekend? Where are you on the money list? Oh, yeah, just below Raylene,' " said Rocque of the digs on her husband. "They give him a hard time. They're just razzin' him to the max. Poor, poor Marcel."

EXTRA ENDS: Game 7 of the Yankees-BoSox series drew a Canadian audience of 1.14 million. That's still under last year's Brier final, which attracted 1.26 million viewers.


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