Martin reels, others rock

CON GRIWKOWSKY, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Kevin Martin may have lost his first two games at the Edmonton area men's curling playdowns, but he's developed a sense of humour. Martin made a bee-line for the draw sheet after crashing his in-turn on a guard, allowing Doug McLeod a 6-5 win on a steal yesterday.

"Who's our next victim?'' joked Martin, who stayed alive in the C event after eliminating Alan Sweeney in the late draw.

While Martin was working on his comedy act, Jamie King and Wade White earned berths to the men's northerns in Edson ( Jan. 21-24) with their A qualifier wins.

King is looking to get back into the provincials after his three-year string was snapped in '04 and is now one step away after an 8-2 win over Ted Appelman.

And, in keeping with the jovial mood of the day, White was nowhere near the Glen Allen Recreation Centre ice as the remnant of his team carried their skip's name into the northerns lineup.

"He's kinda got a work-related commitment,'' said Dan Holowaychuk, who took over the skipping reins in a 6-5 win over Les (Ol' Cagey) Rogers.

White could have been found at the Crestwood Club in the west end in a game that started a couple of hours earlier.

He's skipping the defending national telecommunications workers champion and a scheduling conflict occurred.

"If he could have put the other game away earlier, he would have been here, but we had a back-up plan in place,'' said Holowaychuk.

Adam Enright, the 2002 Alberta junior champ, took over Holowaychuk's third rocks and the team won its fourth straight game to qualify.

"Adam played good,'' said Holowaychuk.

"It was a good feeling. I was going to start out the season playing with him.

''Things didn't work out and I ended up playing with the White crew.

"I left him a bit high and dry, so it was good that he was able to get in the mix for us. Before we even entered, we went to the First Chance (bonspiel) hoping to get one there so we could alleviate this problem.

"We knew he wanted to go back and defend his title, so we put ourselves in the best position possible in case he wasn't here.''

Holowaychuk has been the fifth man for the Randy Ferbey crew during their incredible run.

"I heard that he's qualified already (in Perth, Scotland),'' said Holwaychuk, who's skipped several rinks to city zones in the past.

It wouldn't be the end of the world if Martin was bounced out of the city playdowns today. In 1997, he came out of the Last Chance Spiel and won his second Brier.

There will be five zones available at next weekend's Last Chance Spiel, but the way the Martin crew is going ...

"Geez, maybe only five teams will enter,'' joked Don Walchuk, Martin's third.

That's the kind of wacky day it was.


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