Fairy tale Peters out

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

That Hollywood finish ended with a fizzle. The popular father-and-son curling combo of Vic and Daley Peters failed to advance to today's semifinals of the Grand Slam's $100,000 Canadian Open.

Ontario's Glenn Howard re-wrote that script when he handed Manitoba's Peters a 9-4 loss in a quarter-final before 5,867 fans at the MTS Centre last night.

"It's disappointing that we didn't play well enough the last game to win," said Daley, 20. "But it was a fun week and encouraging for next year.

"You can't win 'em all. We qualified and I've got 1,700 tissues ($1,700) to console me."

That would be his share of the $7,000 qualifying cash.

"It was fun," said Vic. "Going in, that would have been as good as we could have asked for, really. But once you do it, it's frustrating not to advance a little bit more. But we've got to be satisfied, for sure."

Alberta's John Morris also eliminated Manitoba's Kerry Burtnyk 7-6.

"We had an 0-2 start, we came back to qualify so that was great," said Burtnyk. "I'm really disappointed with my own performance (against Morris). If I had played up to par, we would have been right in that game or maybe even won that game -- not taking anything away from John's team."

Howard will play Alberta's Kevin Martin in one semifinal at noon today. Martin bounced Norway's Paal Trulsen 8-6.

In the other semifinal, Morris will face Randy Ferbey, his Alberta nemesis who has beaten him in three major finals, including the 2002 Brier. In baseball terms, Ferbey is his 'daddy.'

"I'm sure he's shaking in his boots," Morris said facetiously. "I just try not to think about it and think of it as a new game each time."

Ferbey, who shellacked Quebec's Jean-Michel Menard 10-2, cannot figure out the domination, either.

"We've had a fair bit of success against John and we know it's going to come to an end sooner or later," said Ferbey.

"It's unbelievable that he hasn't been able to beat us. It's not that we're outplaying him or anything, it's just that we're very lucky against him.

"I'm scared it's going to come to an end sooner or later. Hopefully, not here or the provincials."

Should both Ferbey and Martin win, the hated rivals will meet in today's 5 p.m. final.

In the tie-breakers, Burtnyk nipped fellow Manitoban Dave Boehmer 6-5 while Trulsen eliminated Ontario's Wayne Middaugh 9-5.

Ferbey, by the way, raved about the week.

"This is the No. 1 event of all time," he declared. "To have 6,000 people watching a bonspiel -- it's not a Brier or a Scott or anything -- it's unbelievable."

BITER: Sportsnet will televise today's games on tape delay.


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