The merger was a long time coming, but so far, so good.
Wilf Edgar recently hooked up with the Rick Hjertaas Red Deer foursome and has been skipping the rink during the Southern Alberta Curling Association senior men’s playdowns at the Pidherney Centre.
On Sunday, he helped the foursome, which also includes front-enders Eldon Raab and Randy Hjertaas, to a 6-1 win over Red Deer’s Lowell Peterman to advance to the C-event semifinals of the triple-knockout southerns.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” said Edgar. “I had never played with these guys before, this is our first weekend. We were always going to years ago but it never happened.”
Sunday’s win gave Edgar and company a 3-2 record for the weekend, although the skip admitted they could just as easily won all five games.
“We lost one in an extra end and the other we were one up coming home with the hammer,” said Edgar, who opened the playdowns with an 8-7 loss to Duncan Chisholm of Calgary. “Our best game was our first game, but we had one bad end. Otherwise all our games have been about the same.
“It’s a tough field here and the ice is tricky. But being this is our home club we should have it figured out better than the other guys.”
Edgar and his supporting cast takes on Rob Armitage of Red Deer in a C semifinal today at 9 a.m., while Scott Hellwig of Calgary will face Paul Gowsell’s Airdrie rink in the other semi. The final goes at 1:30 p.m., with the winner — along with A- and B-event qualifiers Ed Lukowich and Lloyd Hill, both of Calgary — advancing to the provincials Feb. 17-21 at Coaldale.
Edgar is more than familiar with Armitage, having tossed lead stones for the foursome while winning the 2012 Alberta and Canadian championships and a world title a year later.
“I had a hernia operation in June and I can’t do the sweeping,” said Edgar of his decision to leave the Armitage rink and take on skip duties with his new team. “I stepped out of there and these guys asked me to play with them. The sweeping was just bugging me so I didn’t want to aggravate it. It doesn’t matter when you’re playing on the back end.”
Armitage dumped Chisholm 8-1 Sunday to advance to today’s C semifinal. Gowsell defeated Terry Meek of Calgary 7-3 to advance against Hellwig, who lost the B-event final 8-5 to Hill.
Lukowich downed Armitage 6-2 in Saturday’s A final.
• In the senior women’s SACA playdowns, also at the Pidherney Centre, Red Deer’s Heather Caseley put herself into a position to play in a second event final after falling 7-6 to Terri Loblaw of Medicine Hat in the A qualifier Saturday.
The Caseley foursome, including third Brenda Stickel and front-enders Barbara Wilfort and Shelley Bolin, opened the six-team women’s playdowns with an 11-2 thumping of Springbank’s Cinthia Zeer Friday, lost to Loblow and then fell 6-5 to Michelle Ewanchuk of Calgary in a B-event semifinal Saturday.
On Sunday, the Red Deer rink defeated Zeer 6-1 to move into today’s 9 a.m. C final.
The senior women’s provincials are also at Coaldale.