Ferbey wins, survives to meet Kevin Koe this afternoon

TERRY JONES, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

DRAYTON VALLEY -- Finally the Ferbey Four looked like they might be finding their form.

And for the first time at the Kia Cup provincial curling championships, they'll have hammer when they play Kevin Koe of Edmonton today.

The four-time Brier winners and three-time world champions had won 40 consecutive games at provincials but lost three last year and two early this year.

With two wins yesterday, they're still three wins away from a sixth Brier appearance in the last seven years. Koe, Jeff Ginter and Kevin Martin remain in their path.

"It's a little like the Victoria Worlds,'' said Randy Ferbey. "We had to win our last six in a row there.''

Yesterday, Ferbey beat Don Walchuk's rink 6-3 without Walchuk in the lineup and then ran Adrian Bakker of Calgary out of rocks to win 7-4 in last night's playoff game.

Losing draws to the button for last rock in all five round-robin games, Ferbey didn't have last rock against Bakker either.

But with two in the fourth end and a steal of one in the fifth, he was up 4-2 and in control.

When he stole three in the seventh, the megre gathering of fewer than 500 fans broke curling etiquette and cheered a Bakker miss which gave Ferbey a 7-3 lead and sent them to the win.

They'll meet Koe this afternoon. The winner advances to tonight's semifinal.

After the morning draw, Ferbey, Walchuk and Ginter all finished at 3-2 in their pool.

Ginter, having beaten both in the six-team round robin, finished first and advanced to today's 1-1 Page playoff game against Martin between the first-place finishers. Ferbey's win over Walchuk gave him second place in the pool.

"It'll be a tough game against Koe. Those guys are playing well. We've had two good games in a row. If we play like we did today, it'll be close.''


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