Losing sendoff by familiar foes

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Paul Moffatt ends his Calgary curling career with another familiar disappointment, never reaching full potential.

Moffatt, lead for John Morris, is returning to his home province of Ontario, location of his girlfriend and a career in teaching.

"It's mixed emotions right now because I'm moving onto pretty exciting things as well," Moffatt said last night, after the Morris foursome lost 6-5 to Edmonton's Randy Ferbey in the World Curling Tour's Players Championship quarter-finals at the Corral.

"It's been a real great ride out here and I'm going to miss these boys I've played with."

Morris, third Kevin Koe, second Marc Kennedy and Moffatt burst onto the scene three years ago and won the 2004 Players Championship in St. John's, N.L. The next year was a struggle as they faced Ferbey on a regular basis, losing on every occasion.

They rebounded this season to win one cashspiel event and finish runner-up in three others. They were third at the Olympic curling trials in December.

Ferbey holds a 14-4 overall record, although Morris won three in a row this season.

"It's sort of fitting that Ferbey's been our nemesis over the past three years and he's kinda sent me on my way," said Moffatt. "Those are classy guys and you couldn't ask for a better team to lose to."

Ferbey spotted Morris a couple of points last night, holding the hammer but giving up one in each of the first two ends. Dave Nedohin, throwing last rocks, chipped a guard on his last rock in the first end and then missed a raise takeout in the second.

But Ferbey's crew stormed back and took three in the third and stole one more in the fourth. The three-time world champs merely held the Morris crew back the rest of the way.

"Unfortunately, it was probably our worst game of the weekend and not a great time for it," said Morris.

In the other quarter-finals, Kevin Martin dumped Scotland's Tom Brewster 6-3, while Pierre Charette of Gatineau, Que., beat Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., 9-8 in an extra end. Pat Simmons of Moose Jaw beat Pete Fenson of Bemidji, Minn., 7-6.


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