Ferbey crew a big winner in print, too

JOE PAVIA -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

They are just decent guys.

In a new curling tome just published, Sun Media sports scribe Terry Jones scribbles a well-rounded look at Team Randy Ferbey in his textbook-sized volume called The Ferbey Four.

This biography reads like a movie script. Using voluminous quotes, Jones lets the rink do the talking. Their on-ice and off-ice quotes and antics show the reader that these men are just normal curlers who came to dominate a sport.

When he lost the initial flip in a disastrous game against Germany at a world championship, second Scott Pfeifer quipped, "I wasn't mentally ready."

The good quotes don't stop.

"It's not that we're bad losers, in one sense of the term", said Ferbey, "but whether we're playing for a toaster in Tofield or whatever, we treat it almost as the world championship. We don't like losing."

The players' wives, all curlers themselves, get recognition, too. On her desire to see the world through curling opportunities, Heather Nedohin (nee Godberson -- former junior world champion) observed: "We never left the province. The Peace playoffs were in Grand Prairie. The provincials were in Calgary. The Canadian championships were in Edmonton. And the world championships were in Red Deer."

Jones creates some good lines also.

"It's tough to keep a team together in this sport,'' he writes. ''But the team has discovered the secret to success. Their wives understand them."

They made the Queen laugh. They won Briers. They make a great read. Visit the publisher's website to find out how and where to purchase the book: lonepinepublishing.com

THE BIG BOYS: The Quebec men's provincials started yesterday in Sorel-Tracy. Jean-Michel Menard and a host of western Quebec teams face a tough field. The Ontario men's playdowns begin Monday in Sarnia.

OCA RESULTS: Area teams heading to the Gore Mutual school provincials are Geoff Spruit, Bowie Abbis-Mills, Emma Miskew and Jenna Harrington ... In Tim Hortons Colts and Trophy, the zone winners are: 1A -- Mark Homan and Betty Venning; B -- Kevin Baker and Kirsty MacLeod; 2A -- Keil Gallinger and Erin Morrissey; B -- Jason Curtis and Tracy Samaan; 3A -- Al Scott; B -- Marc Gagne. No women's teams entered in Zone 3.

SCOTTIES FIELD COMPLETE: Jan Betker defeated Stefanie Lawton 9-6 in the Saskatchewan women's final, becoming the last team to join the veteran rinks at the national championship starting Feb. 17 in Lethbridge, Alta.

THEIR HEARTS SHINE: Joyce Potter and her team of Bonnie Morris, Janelle Sadler and Diana Favel won the Crystal Heart Curling Classic on Sunday. The seniors' event winner was Betty Kereliuk. Potter's crew also received the female team of 2006 award at the 54th Ottawa Sports Awards. Jean-Michel Menard got the curling nod while both Rachel Homan's bantam and junior squads and Neil Sinclair's bantam rink were in contention for team of the year.

BLIND NATIONALS: Ottawa's Shawny Ross won the draw to the button in the skills competition on Sunday. The rock stopped a few inches back of the pin. Only totally blind athletes could participate in the button draw.

EIGHT IS GREAT: Cumberland's George Farrell recorded an eight-ender on Jan. 25. His team included George Butts, Bernie Dumontier and Tony Grunwald. It was Grunwald's second eight-bagger.

THIS WEEK IN CURLING: Ontario's Ryan Myler is looking strong at the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. CBC will air the men and women's finals, Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m., respectively ... The bantam boys' and girls' provincials begin Friday in Oshawa. Neil Sinclair, Geoff Spruit, Shannon Harrington and Stephanie Brown will represent this area ... The TSC Stores Tankard begins Monday on Rogers. The opening draw starts at 1 p.m.


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