Randy Ferbey defeated Glenn Howard 10-7 for the 2009 Grey Power Players' Championship on Sunday, earning him the final direct berth into the Canadian Olympic curling trials in December.
"It's a thrill, a load off our minds," the Edmonton skip told CBC Sports' Scott Russell after the win. "The team played great today."
The win meant more for Ferbey, as Howard, of Coldwater, Ont., has already secured a direct berth to the trials. Ferbey's and Howard's rinks will join Edmonton natives Kevin Martin and Kevin Koe at the trials.
Four more teams, yet to be determined, will join them in December to try to represent Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
The Grande Prairie, Alta., event was the final one of the 2009 Capital One Grand Slam of Curling.
Didn't come easy
The win didn't come easy, as Ferbey needed his final shot to win the event.
With a Howard stone parked directly on the button and another guarding near the hog line, Ferbey's fourth, David Nedohin, curled his final shot around the guard and knocked Howard's rock out of the house for the trophy.
The whole match was a see-saw affair, as both Howard and Ferbey traded big ends on the way to the nail-biting finish.
It was 2-1 after two ends before Ferbey scored big. Nedohin, of Winnipeg, scored four on an angle-raise to put Ferbey up 5-2.
But Howard bounced right back, scoring three on a draw in the fourth to square the game again.
Back and forth they went, as Ferbey broke the 5-5 deadlock in the sixth end with Nedoin's draw for two, after Howard came up short with his final shot.
But Howard bounced right back in the seventh, scoring a deuce of his own to set up a dramatic finish to the championship.