Ferbey needs fine-tuning

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

EDMONTON - Now that the final lineup has been set for the Boston Pizza Cup next month in High River, the stakes are pretty clear.

Olympic gold medallist Kevin Martin and world champion Kevin Koe are a bit of an intimidating presence.

Randy Ferbey is still not convinced his team has what it takes to challenge the big dogs.

“It’s a whole gamut of things we have to improve on, and we don’t have that much time to do it,” said Ferbey, who won Saturday’s B Event final, stealing a point in an extra end on a measure.

“Two weeks ago, we were saying it was nice to play a few extra games. Now, it’s different.”

A Event winner Tom Appelman looks like he has a good run going.

Also pre-qualifying for the event were Edmonton’s Don Walchuk and Rob Schlender.

Going into the men’s provincial, Glen Kennedy’s first-year squad with a first-year skip looks to be outmatched, but Kennedy is taking an optimistic outlook.

“We’re all kinda past that stage of being intimidated by anybody,” said Kennedy.

“We’ve played both Martin and Koe many times over the years. Sure, when you look shot for shot, player for player, I think it’s tough to keep up with those guys, if they’re on.

“I’m just really excited to get to that next level where we can get some cracks at those guys.

“Any time you can play the Koes and Martins, it means you’re doing well.

“We’re not talking UFC where we’re going up against 250-lb monsters. We’re going to take a run at it, hopefully do some damage and see what happens.”


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