Team North America extends lead after Day 3 at WFG Continental Cup

Team North America extended their lead to nine points over rivals Team World in the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup as both teams head into the final day of play tomorrow.

Canada's Kevin Martin led the charge for Team North America today Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

Mixed Doubles were first up this morning and saw Team North America dominate, with three victories earning them three valuable points for their efforts.

In Mixed Doubles, teams throw five rocks per end, with one player throwing the first and fifth rocks of the end, while the teammate delivers the second, third and fourth rocks.

Team North America’s Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing from Canada, defeated the Team World pairing of Torger Nergård from Norway, and Carmen Küng from Switzerland, 7-5.

Afterwards Jones was happy following her first Mixed Doubles outing with Laing. She said: “Brent and I practise a lot together so we knew what to expect. He’s obviously super smart so he was really helping me out; he played outstanding. Absolutely, he took directions well. Like I told you, he’s smart.”

Glenn Howard from Canada, and Natalie Nicholson from the USA, combined well to defeat Team World’s Greg Drummond and Anna Sloan from Scotland. The North American pair scored four points in the second end which helped them go on to win the game 7-6.

The third victory of the morning for Team North America came thanks to the USA’s Heath McCormick and Jessica Mair from Canada. They remained in control throughout the game against Team World’s Maria Prytz and Sebastian Kraupp from Sweden, winning comfortably 9-3 and earning Team North America their third point of the morning.

Team World hit back in the afternoon however, earning one win and one draw in the women’s team games to earn themselves a much needed one and a half points.

Current world champion skip, Mirjam Ott, from Switzerland, was able to stop Team World’s poor run of results by beating Team North America’s Heather Nedohin, from Canada, 6-2 to earn Team World one point.

Afterwards a relieved Ott said: “We were under pressure and we fought back and made an important point.” Looking forward to tomorrow’s Skins games, Ott added: “We knew from the beginning that the skins games are very important. We still have a chance and we still will fight for the win. We’ll see at the end.”

The other half point for Team World came thanks to Margaretha Sigfridsson, from Sweden, who showed great determination to battle back from a 4-0 deficit to tie her game against Team North America’s Allison Pottinger, from the USA, 5-5 which earned both teams half a point.

Canada’s Jennifer Jones however, picked up another point for Team North America. In the final end she made a delicate come-around tap back to score two points which earned her team a 5-4 win over Team World’s Eve Muirhead from Scotland.

Team North America added to their lead on Saturday night in the final men’s team games, winning two of the three games to earn a further two points.
Team North America’s Kevin Martin and his team from Canada scored two points in the first end and four more points in the third end as they cruised to an 8-3 win over Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud from Norway.

After their comfortable victory, Martin said: “We seem to be firing on all four cylinders right now and that’s nice to see. We got an early lead on those guys and just kept the pedal on the gas.”

In the other men’s team game, North America’s Heath McCormick, from the USA, made an open hit for one point in the eighth end to earn a 4-3 win over Team World’s Tom Brewster from Scotland, who were playing with only three men having lost Michael Goodfellow to illness.

The current European champion however got one over the current world champion, when Team World’s Niklas Edin from Sweden made a raise-double takeout to score one point in the eighth and final end to secure a 5-4 win over Team North America’s Glenn Howard from Canada. In doing so Edin earned Team World the only point of the evening.

30 points are still to play for tomorrow when both teams face up to each other in the Skins games. Earlier this afternoon the matchups for these games were announced and can be found below:

SUNDAY, Jan. 13

1 p.m (PST)
Skins

Sheet A (Men): Team North America/Heath McCormick (USA.) vs. Team World/Niklas Edin (Sweden)
Sheet B (Mixed, listed in order of skip, third, second, lead): Team North America/John Morris, Beth Iskiw, Ben Hebert, Jessica Mair (all Canada) vs. Team World/Tom Brewster, Anna Sloan, Scott Andrews, Claire Hamilton (all Scotland)
Sheet C (Women): Team North America/Allison Pottinger (USA) vs. Team World/Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden)

5 p.m.
Skins

Sheet A (Women): Team North America/Jennifer Jones (Canada) vs. Team World/Mirjam Ott (Switzerland)
Sheet B (Mixed, listed in order of skip, third, second, lead): Team North America/Kevin Martin, Heather Nedohin, Marc Kennedy, Laine Peters (all Canada) vs. Team World/Eve Muirhead, Greg Drummond, Vicki Adams, Michael Goodfellow (all Scotland)
Sheet C (Men): Team North America/Glenn Howard (Canada) vs. Team World/Thomas Ulsrud (Norway)

The six Skins games (two mixed, two women’s and two men’s) on Sunday offer a total of five points per game, with the first six ends of each game worth one-half point each, while the seventh and eighth ends are worth one point each. In skins, a count of at least two with last rock or a steal is required in order to win an end. Otherwise, the points carry over.

This year’s event sees a new points system being used. A total of 60 points is now available meaning the side which earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion. For the six Mixed Doubles and six Singles matches, one point was awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied). There was 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, instead of the previous 12, each worth one point for a win, one-half point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.

RESULTS

SATURDAY, Jan. 12

Mixed Doubles

Sheet A:
Team North America (Natalie Nicholson, USA and Glenn Howard, Canada) 7
Team World (Anna Sloan and Greg Drummond, both Scotland) 6
Sheet B:
Team North America (Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing, both Canada) 7
Team World (Carmen Kung, Switzerland and Torger Nergård, Norway) 5
Sheet C:
Team North America (Jessica Mair, Canada and Heath McCormick, USA) 3
Team World (Maria Prytz and Sebastian Kraupp, both Sweden) 9

Total Points after session 7:
Team North America 16
Team World 8

Women's Teams

Sheet A:
Team North America (Jennifer Jones, Canada) 5
Team World (Eve Muirhead, Scotland) 4
Sheet B:
Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA) 5
Team World (Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden) 5
Sheet C:
Team North America (Heather Nedohin Canada) 6
Team World (Mirjam Ott, Switzerland) 2

Total Points after session 8:
Team North America 17.5
Team World 9.5

Men's Teams

Sheet A:
Team North America (Kevin Martin, Canada) 8
Team World (Thomas Ulsrud, Norway) 3
Sheet B:
Team North America (Heath McCormick, USA) 4
Team World (Tom Brewster, Scotland) 3
Sheet C:
Team North America (Glenn Howard, Canada) 4
Team World (Niklas Edin, Sweden) 5

Total Points after session 9:
Team North America 19.5
Team World 10.5

The Canadian Sports broadcaster, TSN, will provide complete coverage of the Cup inside Canada and this coverage will be available to curling fans outside Canada to enjoy via the World Curling Federation website: http://www.worldcurling.org/world-financial-group-continental-cup-2013-web-coverage

Tickets:
For ticket and event information, visit: www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup.

• The winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side which generates the highest points total from the six Skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).

• The World Financial Group Continental Cup, which will be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in 2014 (16-19 January), is a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and United States Curling Association.