Randy will throw third rocks
By TERRY JONES, QMI Agency
Four years ago, Brad Gushue picked up 50-year-old Russ Howard to skip and throw second stones to qualify for Turin 2006 and then go on to win Olympic gold.
Now he's going with 50-year-old Randy Ferbey.
"I was shocked when they contacted me. They're three of the best players in the game and one of the best skips," said Ferbey.
While there were rumours Ferbey might end up taking the place of Blake MacDonald on Kevin Koe's Brier-winning team currently at the world championships, Ferbey said Gushue pitched the idea to him a couple weeks ago and they agreed to it last week at the tour stop in Victoria.
"Considering what's happening with our team, everything is going to work out really well," said Ferbey of the break up of the Ferbey Four with the other three members of the team all deciding not to curl next season.
"I still want to play the game.
"My heart is still there. I still feel I'm very, very competitive," said the only curler ever to win six Briers.
"With Brad Gushue, I'll hold the broom and throw third rocks. He'll throw last rocks just like Dave Nedohin.
"Mark Nichols will move from third down to second and Ryan Fry will move from second to lead. Jamie Korab, the lead, has decided to take a year or two off."
World Financial Group sponsorship will go with Ferbey to the new team.