Battle of Alberta becomes Battle of Sherwood Park

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

WAINWRIGHT -- It's the Battle of Sherwood Park as a sub plot at curling's annual Battle for Alberta.

And if James Paul wins it, it'll be two former Kevin Martin teammates going against the old bear in the final of the Boston Pizza Cup provincial curling final to get to the Calgary Brier.

It was unexpected to have the C-winners game last night featuring two stay-at-home teams, two outfits who don't play the World Curling Tour.

Kurt Balderston is no stranger to Sunday at the event having been a four-time provincial runner-up out of Sexsmith with a different lineup than Rob Bucholz, Geoff Walker and Del Shaughnessy.

Pahl, who went to a Brier as second for Kevin Martin in 1995, formed his team recently with Mark Klink and Roland Robinson. All three live in Sherwood Park where Randy Ferbey, Dave Nedohin and Scott Pfeifer also reside.

With Ferbey losing to Martin in last night's A-B game and Pahl scoring two in the 10th for a 5-4 win over Balderston in the C-winners game, it's Pahl vs. Ferbey in this morning's semifinal with the winner playing Martin in the final this afternoon.

Paul's lead, Don Bartlett, won two Briers and an Olympic silver medal with Martin.

Pahl played second for Martin in the 1995 Brier.

"If Donnie B. got to the final that would be awesome," said Martin of his long-in-the-tooth former lead.

"He'd love to have a beer after the game with me if he beat us. And I'd buy it for him," said Martin.

Pahl made a double takeout in the 10th end and Balderston wrecked on a guard on his last rock to decide the game.

The tournament had been an almost exact duplicate of last year's event in Spruce Grove until yesterday afternoon when Pahl upset Kevin Koe to take the Edmonton rink out of it before the final four.


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