Fab Four fizzles again at provincials

TERRY JONES

, Last Updated: 9:47 AM ET

DRAYTON VALLEY -- Are they the former Fab Four?

Is the Ferbey Four's fantastic run done?

Did Randy Ferbey, Dave Nedohin, Scott Pfeifer and Marcel Rocque just become late greats?

Is their time at the top up?

Was Feb. 10, 2007 their expiry date?

Will curling's most successful and celebrated team -- a rink which made it to the Brier five years in a row -- ever get back to the big top again?

All fair questions this morning.

What we watched in Drayton Valley yesterday was a second straight Ferbey Flop -- actually more of a Ferbey Fizzle -- as Dave Nedohin fired blanks early and the team body language the rest of the way said 'Going Home Early Again' from the Kia Cup provincial curling championships.

The four-time Brier winners and three time world champions, -- a team which won 40 consecutive games at provincials between 2001 and 2006 -- lost three here for a second consecutive year and failed to make the semifinal much less the final for the second year in a row.

Last year it was a 6-5 loss to John Morris.

This year it was a 6-3 loss to Edmonton's Kevin Koe in the same Page playoff system quarter-final game.

"We haven't played as well in the last year and a half as we did in the first five,'' said Ferbey, despite the team finishing first in money winnings last year.

"We have to go back to Edmonton and look at what we've done wrong.

"We need input from all four of us. It can't just be Randy Ferbey shouting.

"We have to sit down and figure out what we're not doing and haven't been doing.

"This was our biggest event of the year and we had a bad weekend.

"We weren't ready to go,'' said Ferbey.

The bad weekend part, he can handle.

Not being ready to go is a different deal.

Have they lost their hunger? With all their sponsorship, have they become too secure? Has their new book been a distraction?

The Ferbey Four lost their first game to Jeff Ginter to make the 12th seed the big story.

The Dawson Creek skip lost the 1-1 game to Kevin Martin 14-2 at the same time Koe was putting the boots to the team celebrated as the greatest in curling history.

After playing six straight games without last rock advantage, they finally had hammer against Koe.

But Nedohin missed the broom on a hit and stick and rolled out to give up a steal of one to start.

The game, for all purposes, was over on the third end when Nedohin wrecked on a long guard leaving Koe a draw for three which was a measurement from being four.

"You're not going to win when the guy throwing last rock makes shots like that,'' said Nedohin, who curled only 76% in the game.

"Obviously we had some frustration here this week. But I felt we managed to get ourselves on track Friday.''

Obviously not.

"It was a disappointing week,'' said Ferbey.

"We just never got it going. We just didn't figure it out. No excuses.''

Nedohin said the ice conditions, which created an unbelievable number of picks during the week, improved.

He said his misses weren't picks.

"The best ice we've had was today.''


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