Martin inches past Ferbey

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

SPRUCE GROVE -- The measure of a champion is often calculated by the thinnest of margins.

With two skips each battling to make their record ninth Brier appearance for Alberta, there was plenty at stake.

Their teams are ranked No. 1 and No. 4 in the world, so, you had to believe it was a toss-up. A break here, a phenomenal shot there would make the difference between winning and losing.

In Kevin Martin's 7-4 win over Randy Ferbey yesterday, the star of the day proved to be the measuring stick.

The world's top-ranked team was down 2-1 after giving up a second-end deuce. Then, Martin did what he had to do, skinnying past a high guard on a soft-weight tap-back and gently nudging Ferbey's shot-rock back off the edge of the button.

"I wasn't even sure the shot was there," Martin said. "We got by by maybe an eighth of an inch and with just enough weight. Any more weight and any more by the guard and we get one point, for sure."

But was it nudged back far enough? That much was in doubt as the officials were called in.

Round and round went the measuring stick. Once, twice, three times ...

After what seemed like an eternity, the head official was called in, quickly whirled the stick around again and determined Martin had bumped Ferbey's rock back far enough to score a pair.

"They go to the thousands," said Martin. "We had 890, and they had 900. So it was one one-hundreth of an inch."

With the control point in his pocket and a 3-2 lead, Martin never looked back.

"We had them in trouble most of the game," said Martin with a smile.

When it was over, all Ferbey could do was shake his head.

"There's not too many teams in the world that can beat us three times in a row, except for them, and I give them all the credit," Ferbey said.

Third John Morris' game-preserving double in the seventh end sealed the deal, as Ferbey was held to one. Morris and second Ben Hebert live in Calgary.

"The guys played fantastic. We're going all right and the whole team is playing well," Martin said.


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