Americas Challenge begins Friday

The USA will take on Brazil in the Americas Challenge which begins on Friday at USA Curling's National Training Centre in Blaine, Minnesota.

Brazil men Photo: CBDG
USA men Photo: US Curling

Brazil, a World Curling Federation member since 1998, will challenge the USA for the second Americas zone berth at the upcoming Ford World Men's Curling Championship 2015 which is taking place in Halifax, Canada.

The USA will host the challenge at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine. A best three-out-of-five game competition will take place to decide upon the winner.

The first draw is set for 7pm Friday. Games two and three will be played at 2pm and 7pm Saturday. If necessary, games will take place on Sunday at 9am and 2pm. All times are local (Central Standard Time - CST).

Twelve teams compete at both the men's and women's world curling championships each year. Two teams represent the Americas Zone, encompassing both North and South America.

Since the inception of the World Curling Championships, the only two WCF Member Associations to represent the Americas have been Canada and the USA.

Canada has qualified for the Ford World Curling Championship 2015 (March 28-April 5) by finishing higher than the USA at the CPT World Men's Curling Championship 2014 last spring in Beijing, China and by virtue of hosting this year's world championship.

The USA will be represented at the Americas Challenge by the Heath McCormick rink - Heath McCormick (Sarnia, Ontario), Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.), Joe Polo (Duluth, Minn.), Ryan Brunt (St. Paul, Minn.), and Colin Hufman (Seattle) with Pete Fenson (Bemidji, Minn.) serving as team coach.

Brazil's team includes Marcelo Mello, Scott McMullan, Cesar Santos, Filipe Nunes, and Raphael Monticello. The team is coached by Craig Lightbody.

Brazil challenged the USA in 2009 and 2010 for world berths with the USA sealing its appearance in those world championships by winning the challenge each time in three straight games (Brazil also put forth a challenge in 2012 but later withdrew).

Live scoring will be available throughout the competition courtesy of USA Curling's partner CurlingZone. Go to www.usacurl.org for updates.

Report provided by US Curling