Ferguson skips her way to a win

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:23 PM ET

Dana Ferguson may have just moved to the top of everyone's sub list.

The hired gun skipped her way to the B Event win in the 2011 Scotties Northern Women's Playdown at the Fort Saskatchewan Curling Club.

Filling in for new mom Bobbie Sauder, Ferguson skipped the squad of Kara Johnston, Marie Miller and Rachel Pidhemy to an 8-1 victory over Jessie Kaufman on Sunday.

"I just joined this team this weekend. The skip just had a baby, actually," said Ferguson, who curls out of the Saville Centre. "They called me up. This was like our second game together."

While she was new to her own team, Ferguson was more than familiar with Kaufman's, whom she knows both inside and out.

"I curled with them like way back in the day. We were in juniors together so I knew they were a good team" Ferguson said of the Kaufman rink, who lost Saturday's A Event final 9-8 to Crystal Webster. "We had a close game with them early on."

But the B final was a measure of revenge for that 6-5 loss to Kaufman to open the B Draw on Friday, the victory was a long time coming for Ferguson.

"The team I was playing on never actually beat them this year," she said. "We played them every tournament, every Super League, every bonspiel and every time we lost.

"This is the first time we beat them, so we're like: 'It has to come soon, right?"

And when it finally did, it was in dominant fashion that had the top-seeded Kaufman shake hands after just six ends.

After blanking the opening end, Ferguson took three in the second before Kaufman scored her lone tally in the next end. Ferguson played safe and protected her lead in the second half of the game.

"We got the lead early and I wanted to keep up the pressure," said Ferguson.

"I didn't want to take any chances. When we were up three, I wanted to take my opportunities when we had hammer."

It's the second time in as many seasons Ferguson was picked up by another squad on short notice, filling in at third for Brenda Doroshuk on their way to the same B Event championship in 2010.

"I was at Super League on a Wednesday night and they said: 'Hey, our third is injured, can you play with us on Friday?' And I said sure," said Ferguson, who is making quite a reputation for herself as a reliable hired gun.

"I hope so," she laughed, imagining the scenario. " 'We need a fifth, we need someone to throw in. Let's throw her in!' "

QUICK SIX: The B final was one of three games held Sunday morning that finished in six ends. Lloydminster's Michelle Corbeil downed Saville's Diana McNallie 10-1, while Shamrock's Delia DeJong defeated Saville's Hlly Whyte 9-3.

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