Randy will be roarin'

TERRY FARRELL, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- It's not that Prince George isn't a nice place to visit; it's just not the place Randy Ferbey wanted to visit in November.

Now he won't have to.

With their win at the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling Grey Power Players' Championship, Ferbey and his rink of third David Nedohin, second, Scott Pfeifer and lead Marcel Rocque can breathe easy until December.

Their win gave Team Ferbey a cheque for $25,000 and the fourth automatic berth into the Canadian Olympic Trials in Edmonton.

Anything less than an outright victory here and Team Ferbey would have had to play in the Canadian Olympic Pre-Trials in B.C. in November.

Based on the Canadian Team Ranking System points race, had Ferbey lost to Howard, Wayne Middaugh, of Midland, Ont., would have grabbed the final automatic berth.

"We were laughing that three years of working at this, every single weekend, to try to get into the trials, comes down to one shot at the end of the season," said Nedohin, who throws skip rocks for Ferbey.

Ferbey joins Glenn Howard of Coldwater, Ont., as well as Edmonton's Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe as the four teams automatically advancing to the Roar of the Rings.

HOWARD MAKES A POINT

Howard mathematically clinched the Capital One Cup points race with his semifinal victory (7-1) over Winnipeg's Mike McEwan on Saturday night.

"It's been a great year for our team," said Howard. "To come out here and win a big chunk of money, to win the Capital One Cup, was really, really crucial. Obviously you don't like losing, you want to win that final game, but Randy (Ferbey) and the boys deserved it."

Howard collected $50,000 for the Capital One Cup championship, as well as $16,000 for his second-place finish in Grande Prairie.

Ferbey won $25,000 for yesterday's victory, as well as another $25,000 for finishing second in the Capital One Cup standings. Kevin Martin's rink rounded out the Capital One Cup top three, earning a $10,000 cheque.


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