South curler ready for big boys

TODD SAELHOF, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

Southern teams aren't a consideration when talking up an Alberta men's title.

But don't tell that to Steve Petryk.

While some skips in southern Alberta feel winning a spot in the provincials should be goal enough, Petryk is among those who believe the banner is well within reach despite the opposition of Edmonton super-shooters Kevin Martin, Kevin Koe and Randy Ferbey.

"Are they scary? Are you kidding?" said Petryk, moments after beating his brother Dan to win the A final last night at 2009 Southern Alberta Curling Association's Boston Pizza Cup -- a.k.a. the Southerns.

The victory gives Petryk the right to represent SACA at the 2009 Alberta Men's Provincial Curling Championship in Wainwright Feb. 11-15.

"We beat Martin and Koe at the Canada Cup Qualifier. And Dan and I are from the north, too, so Martin and Koe and Ferbey know us well," Petryk said. "They're not exactly happy to play us. We beat them, and they beat us. I will absolutely take a one-game situation against those guys."

The Calgary Curling Club skip and rinkmates Rob Schlender, who throws skip stones, Brent Bawel and Sean O'Connor get their shot next month after running the table at the Southerns at The Glencoe Club. Petryk won all four games, including last night's 8-6 defeat of his sibling, to score the A-event qualifier.

Winners of today's B final at 3 p.m. and tomorrow's C final at 1 p.m. will join Petryk as the south contenders at the provincials. The trio will join three reps from the north, two victors from the Peace District and the four rinks which earned byes into the provincials -- Martin, Koe, Ferbey and fellow Edmonton curler Ted Appelman.


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