A work in progress

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

INNISFAIL -- Add Dave Nedohin's name to the list of curlers who are not completely sold on the new provincials format. Most of the reservations are about the cumbersome playoff format.

Even though there were no tiebreakers, it's possible most of the field still has a chance to sneak in with a 2-3 record.

"All I can say this is a great progression having 12 teams in here,'' said Nedohin. "It would be unrealistic to expect everything to be perfect the first year. After this event is over, I'm sure the ACF (Alberta Curling Federation) will look at it for ways to improve it.''

Nedohin believes two teams out of each pool would be a better system, but that could create some problems for the event, which would have fewer games to sell.

"That's for the organizing committees to worry about,'' said Nedohin. "I never thought of that. I can just look at it from the players' perspective as to what would be the best system for teams to advance. Probably a Page System where four teams advance, just like the Brier, would be fair.''

STREAK-BUSTER: One streak had to end when Randy Ferbey met Mark Johnson in the final Pool A round-robin game.

And, when Johnson found himself at the wrong end of a 9-1 score yesterday morning, his 10-game winning streak was history.

Then, Johnson's day turned into Black Friday when he lost his 2-3 playoff game when a ninth-end pick that gave Rob Armitage a chance to score a three-ender in nine in a 7-4 loss.

"Too bad,'' said Johnson, who goes home empty-handed after a 4-0 start. "I'm getting too old for this game. We weren't quite as sharp today and one miss was all it took.''

JUNIORS RUN WILD: Mark Bice's Ontario rink and Andrea Kelly's New Brunswick foursome advanced to the men's and women's finals respectively at the Canadian junior curling championships in Fredericton.

Bice defeated Ian Fitzner-LeBlanc of Nova Scotia 7-3, and will face Kyle George's Saskatchewan rink in today's final.

Kelly scored three in the eighth end to defeat Quebec's Marie-Christine Cantin 7-5. Kelly will meet Alberta's Desiree Robertson tomorrow.


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