Davidson a surprise A winner

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

EDSON -- Nobody would have bet the farm Dean Davidson would be the A Event winner in the northerns. Last night, the Kitscoty area farmer threw a haymaker and earned himself a trip to the provincials in Innisfail next month.

Davidson, 37, who has never reached a northerns qualifier, beat neighbour Doug Zingel of Lloydminster 6-4 in last night's A final.

"It's always tough,'' said Davidson, a former junior B hockey player who took up curling nine years ago. "To tell you the truth, I figured if we played well, we had a shot at it.''

While curling's stars were faltering, the stars lined up for Davidson.

Zingel and Davidson both come from the combined 7/8 zone, which straddles a good chunk of the east-central Alberta border from Cold Lake, Lac La Biche through to the Lloydminster area.

"It's awesome us two teams were in the final,'' said Davidson.

It's a developing curling hotbed, according to Tom McPhee, who coached Zingel to a second-place finish in last year's mixed provincials.

"When they do have a good year and get on a roll, it's something like 'nobody knows who they are.' It's sad,'' said McPhee.

EXTRA ENDS: Adrian Bakker won the A Event final in the southern playdowns.


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