Ryan still has Trials playoffs in sight

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Randy Ferbey is glad his game against Pat Ryan is on the morning draw, not the night draw.

"Even if we beat him, then he's still alive and can still make it into the playoffs,'' said Ferbey.

"Mind you, we're sort of ripe for the picking,'' he added after losing 9-4 to Mark Dacey to drop to 2-5 at the Olympic Trials here yesterday.

Ryan scored an 8-1 win over Shawn Adams to head into the double draw final day of the round robin with the exact opposite record of Ferbey - 5-2.

Ferbey won two Briers and a world championship playing third for Ryan's Express in Edmonton before Ryan moved to B.C.

Now back in Alberta, living in Red Deer but playing third and skipping his old Kelowna rink, Ryan has run under the radar all the way to today.

A win over Ferbey in the morning would assure him of a playoff position. Ryan plays 3-4 Glenn Howard on the evening draw.

Wearing a baseball hat and glasses, Ryan is inspiration for 46-year-old Ferbey who will be Ryan's age, 50, four years from now at the trials for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.

Ryan has gone through the entire tournament showing no emotion.

"Oh, he's definitely fired up,'' said last-rock thrower Jim Cotter. "He's a competitor.''

But Ryan says he's not getting excited about being one win away from playoff play.

"No,'' he said.

"Nothin'.

"I'm still looking forward to retirement.''

If Ryan is showing no excitement, that's certainly not true for 49-year-old Russ Howard who will be a 50-year-old at the Olympics if he gets there with 6-1 Brad Gushue.

Gushue keeps making great shot after great shot as Howard holds the broom.

He looks like he's having the time of his life.

"It's true. It's so true,'' he said after Gushue clinched a playoff spot with Calgary John Morris with a last rock 7-6 win over Jay Peachey of B.C.

"Not throwing the last rocks, there's a little less pressure on me. And these kids are infectious,'' he said of Gushue's Newfoundlanders.

Howard didn't predict this sort of success for the rink.

"I picked Ferbey, Martin and my brother Glenn in the playoffs,'' he said.

Martin still has a shot. If he loses one more, it will be none of the above.


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