2014 WFG Continental Cup of Curling http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en Canadian Curling Association Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Team North America captures 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/20/team-north-america-captures-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/20/team-north-america-captures-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:36:38 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=652 LAS VEGAS — Team North America sent a record-breaking crowd home happy from the Orleans Arena on Sunday night.

Team North America players, from left, John Shuster, Ryan Harnden and E.J. Harnden celebrate Sunday night's win. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America players, from left, John Shuster, Ryan Harnden and E.J. Harnden celebrate Sunday night’s win. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The home team captured the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup, finishing off a 35-25 win over Team World in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.

It was a historic night on two counts; the draw attendance of 4,823 pushed the event total to 51,215, shattering the record of 42,317 set in 2004 in Medicine Hat.

As well, it was the first time a team has repeated as champion; the winners had alternated in the nine previous editions, giving Team North America a 6-4 edge in the historical standings.

Team North America won the winner’s cheque of $52,000 ($2,000 per member, including captain Steve Brown of Madison, Wisc. and coach Rick Lang of Thunder Bay, Ont.), while the World team took home $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain David Hay of Scotland and coach Peja Lindholm of Sweden).

Team North America also won the $13,000 bonus cheque ($500 per member, including captain and coach) for collecting the most points in the skins games on Sunday.

World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness, left, and World Financial Group Insurance Agency of Canada president Rick Williams, right, present the Continental Cup to Team North America coach Rick Lang (second from left) and captain Steve Brown. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

World Curling Federation president Kate Caithness, left, and World Financial Group Insurance Agency of Canada president Rick Williams, right, present the Continental Cup to Team North America coach Rick Lang (second from left) and captain Steve Brown. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The victory was clinched in the sixth end of the men’s skins game between Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway) when Ulsrud missed his final shot. That game Team North America a half-point to push them to the needed 30-point threshold in the overall standings.

Jacobs would end up a 4-1 winner over Ulsrud (each skins game was worth five points)

“It felt excellent to go out there and finish this week off as a team,” said Jacobs, whose next assignment — along with eight other teams that competed this week in Las Vegas — will be the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. “We had quite a bit of work still to do today, and to go out and play the way we did in all three of those final games was pretty clutch by everybody. It was a great feeling to win this thing.

“I know our team was really eager to go out there and show that we can play and bring back the same attitude we had the Trials. We did today. And we can’t wait for Sochi after playing the way we did tonight.”

In the mixed skins game, Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton, Emma Miskew, Mark Nichols and Lisa Weagle rolled to a 4-1 win over Team World’s David Murdoch, Satsuki Fujisawa, Scott Andrews and Miyo Ichikawa.

In women’s skins, Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.) — who’ll represent the United States in Sochi — edged Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland) 3-2. Muirhead will skip the Great British women’s team in Sochi.

“It was great; it was so great to be on the ice with those guys getting a whole bunch of skins and us muddling through,” said Brown, who also made history as the first four-time winner of the WFG Continental Cup. “That was a good finish. It’s a great boost for Sochi. I knew secretly that it would be four wins for me if we ended up on top so that was pretty awesome.”

“It feels amazing,” added Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg), the Canadian women’s skip for the Sochi Games. “We just played outstanding today and it just feels awesome. We’re absolutely excited about Sochi. We got everything and more we wanted to get out of this Continental Cup, and we’re feeling great. We’ve got some confidence, and it’s exactly what we wanted heading into the Olympics.”

Next year’s World Financial Group Continental Cup is scheduled for Jan. 8 to 11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary.

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-fr/

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Team World narrows gap at 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/team-world-narrows-gap-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/team-world-narrows-gap-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:49:28 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=646 LAS VEGAS — It’s going to come down to the final round of skins games to decide the winner at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena.

Team North America's Victor Kjäll, left, and Maria Wennerström celebrate after Sunday afternoon's draw. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America’s Victor Kjäll, left, and Maria Wennerström celebrate after Sunday afternoon’s draw. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team World was down by five points heading into Sunday afternoon’s first round of skins competition, but thanks to some late comebacks managed to cut into that Team North America lead by two points.

As a result, Team North America takes a 24-21 lead into the final draw of competition, beginning at 6 p.m. (all times Pacific). A total of 15 points will be on the line in the final three skins games, and the first team to reach 30.5 points will win the WFG Continental Cup, although as defending champion, Team North America would need only 30 points to retain possession and become the first side in the 10-year history of the event to win back-to-back titles.

Speaking of history, more of it was made on Sunday afternoon. The crowd of 4,802  broke the event total attendance record, set in 2004 in Medicine Hat 42,317. Going into the late draw, the 2014 total stands at 46,392.

Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden) was the big winner on Sunday afternoon, earning a 3.5-1.5 win against Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) — the skins in the first six ends are worth half a point each, while the final two ends are worth a point each.

Team North America's Rachel Homan is happy after making a big shot against Team World on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America’s Rachel Homan is happy after making a big shot against Team World on Sunday. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Jones had a shot at the last-end skin to tie the game but missed on a runback takeout.

“It feels fantastic that we have a good shot at the last draw tonight,” said Sigfridsson. “It turned out well in all the games (this afternoon). It’s a lot of fun (in skins competition) – each end is like a new game, so it’s like eight games within one so every end is really exciting. It will be fun to watch the games tonight, we will enjoy it for sure.”

Team World got a clutch draw from Niklas Edin (Sweden) to earn a 2.5-2.5 tie with Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.). The eighth-end skin was carried over, meaning the skips needed to draw the button to decide the last available point, and Edin outdrew Shuster.

“In that situation I just tried to figure out how much it slowed down during the game,” said Edin of his last draw. “I had to play a lot of take-outs earlier on so I was just trying to figure out what speed it was. It’s hopefully going to come down to the last few rocks (in the evening skins games). We’re really glad we could win this because it looked really bad with three ends to go. Hopefully the crowd will be able to see some good curling tonight.”

In the other game, Rachel Homan (Ottawa) skipped the Team North America mixed lineup (third Jon Mead, second Alison Kreviazuk, lead Reid Carruthers) to a 3-2 win over Team World’s Tom Brewster (Scotland), who was backed up by Emi Shimizu, Greg Drummond and Chiaki Matsumura.

“It’s all on the line tonight – hopefully we can pull through,” said Homan. “I thought we would get some points out there but one or two shots didn’t come off. We played our game, that’s all you can do. We’re going to cheer the rest of the team on as loud as we can. Hopefully we can make as many shots as we can tonight and get many points.”

The final round of skins games features Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland) against Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.) in the women’s game; Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) against Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway) in the men’s game, while the lineups for the mixed game are: Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton, Emma Miskew, Mark Nichols and Lisa Weagle against Team World’s David Murdoch, Satsuki Fujisawa, Scott Andrews and Miyo Ichikawa.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point was awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There were 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

 

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The Morning Cup Daily Paper: Day 4 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-4/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-4/#comments Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:59:17 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=639 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-4/feed/ 0 <_edit_last>45<_edit_lock>1390143483:45<_thumbnail_id>542<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_pprredirect_url>http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/the-morning-cup-daily-paper/ Team North America closing in on victory at 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/team-north-america-closing-in-on-victory-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/19/team-north-america-closing-in-on-victory-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:41:54 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=631 Team North America will take a five-point lead into the final day of the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena.

Team North America skip John Shuster uses some body English on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America skip John Shuster uses some body English on Saturday night at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The home team, which is bidding to become the first back-to-back winner in the history of curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, won two games and tied another to claim 2.5 of the three available points in Saturday night’s closing round of traditional team games.

With those results, Team North America opened up a 17.5-12.5 lead in the overall standings. A total of 60 points are available, meaning the first team to 30.5 points will win the WFG Continental Cup, although as reigning champions, Team North America would need only 30 points to win.

Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg) recorded the most crowd-pleasing win of the evening. Bowing to the wishes of a crowd in excess of 5,000, he decided to attempt a double-takeout and made it to score four en route to a 6-2 win over Team World’s Niklas Edin (Sweden).

“It’s a good thing we listened to the crowd,” said a laughing Stoughton. “We were just looking at how we could jam the rock. We were going to play the double the whole time – we wanted to see which way we wanted to hit it to miss the back two or at least jam off it so it was fun. It was nice to let the crowd influence you a little bit.

“Going down the sheet, with everyone knowing we were going for it, then to make it, the crowd goes crazy and it’s a great feeling – it’s something else.”

In other action, Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg), who was feeling under the weather earlier in the day, recovered enough to make a dandy double takeout with her last rock of the game for a 6-5 win over Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan).

Team North America skip Jennifer Jones urges her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America skip Jennifer Jones urges her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“I wouldn’t want anyone else throwing that rock,” said Jones’s vice-skip Kaitlyn Lawes. “She had a fantastic game. She had draw weight in her pocket, she was making the big shots when we need to come through – when I would miss. Happy to see she was feeling good.”

In the other Saturday night game, Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) stole one in the eighth end when Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway) was just a hair tight with his last rock, producing a 6-6 tie and half a point for both sides.

“Any time you can get points and add to the total the closer we are to getting that trophy back is a good thing,” said Shuster, whose last rock in the eighth end forced Ulsrud into the difficult draw. “I was really happy. We tapped one spot there and pretty much hit it. The guys did a phenomenal job judging it. I love having those guys in the front end.”

On Sunday, the skins games draws are set for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the matchups were decided late Saturday afternoon.

In the women’s skins games, Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden) will play Team North America’s Jones at 1 p.m., while at 6 p.m., Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland) will play Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.).

In men’s skins, at 1 p.m. it’s Team World’s Edin against Team North America’s Shuster, while at 6 p.m., Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) will play Team World’s Ulsrud.

The mixed skins at 1 p.m. features a Team North America squad skipped by Rachel Homan, with Jon Mead at third, Alison Kreviazuk at second and Reid Carruthers at lead, playing Team World’s Brewster, Emi Shimizu, Greg Drummond and Chiaki Matsumura. The 6 p.m. mixed skins lineups: Team North America’s Stoughton, Emma Miskew, Nichols and Lisa Weagle against Team World’s David Murdoch, Satsuki Fujisawa, Scott Andrews and Miyo Ichikawa.

Each skins game is worth five points in the overall standings.

“The skins finishes off the week for us and there’s a lot of points left out there still, so we’re just happy to have a little bit of a lead going into Sunday and we’re looking forward to seeing what unfolds tomorrow,” said Lawes. “Every end is like a little game – you never know, it could go down to the last end with all the points.”

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point was awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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Late comebacks produce crucial half-points for Team World at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/late-comebacks-produce-crucial-half-points-for-team-world-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/late-comebacks-produce-crucial-half-points-for-team-world-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Sun, 19 Jan 2014 01:05:05 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=620 LAS VEGAS — Every half-point counts at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup, and Team World picked up a couple of much-needed ties out of nowhere on Saturday afternoon at the Orleans Arena.

Team World's David Murdoch shows his intensity on Saturday at the WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team World’s David Murdoch shows his intensity on Saturday at the WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team World stole points in the eighth and final ends of a pair of games to salvage what could turn out to be two crucial half-points against Team North America in traditional team play in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.

There could have been another, but Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland) missed on her open hit-and-roll attempt to score a game-tying deuce in the eighth end and wound up losing 5-4 to Team North America’s Rachel Homan (Ottawa).

“Thankfully we got that win,” said Homan after the game. “Some disasters just happened over there (on the other sheets). It’s tough out here – there’s so many good teams. One little shot here or there makes a huge difference and there’s points all over the place.”

It could have been a clean sweep for Team North America; instead, the home team took two of the available three points and now leads the overall standings 15-12. A total of 60 points are available, meaning the first team to 30.5 points will win the WFG Continental Cup, although as reigning champions, Team North America would need only 30 points.

The most shocking tie game was between Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden) and Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.); Brown missed her last shot of the game, wrecking on a guard, to give a steal of three to Team World, producing a 7-7 tie.

“We struggled a little bit in the fourth end,” said Sigfridsson’s last-rock thrower Maria Prytz, referring to Team North America’s steal of four in the fourth end. “I missed a draw and they took a four which didn’t end well. We had to fight back and there became an opportunity in the eighth end and we took it. It feels like we won, so it feels good.”

In the other game, Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) rolled too far on his last rock of the game to give Team World’s David Murdoch (Scotland) a stolen single and a 4-4 tie. Murdoch’s deuce in the seventh end set the stage for the comeback.

Team North America skip Erika Brown instructs her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America skip Erika Brown instructs her sweepers. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“Every half point does count,” said Team Murdoch vice-skip Tom Brewster. “Every point or half point you get on the board is one step closer to the total. There was two good comebacks there – the two half-points feel almost like two wins to be honest.”

Play on Saturday continues with the final round of traditional team games, at 6:30 p.m. (all times Pacific).

On Sunday, the skins games are set for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and the matchups were decided late Saturday afternoon.

In the women’s skins games, Team World’s Sigfridsson will play Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) at 1 p.m., while at 6 p.m., Team World’s Muirhead will play Team North America’s Brown.

In men’s skins, at 1 p.m. it’s Team World’s Niklas Edin (Sweden) against Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.), while at 6 p.m., Team North America’s Jacobs will play Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway).

The mixed skins at 1 p.m. features a Team North America squad skipped by Homan, with Jon Mead at third, Alison Kreviazuk at second and Reid Carruthers at lead, playing Team World’s Brewster, Emi Shimizu, Greg Drummond and Chiaki Matsumura. The 6 p.m. mixed skins lineups: Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton, Emma Miskew, Mark Nichols and Lisa Weagle against Team World’s David Murdoch, Satsuki Fujisawa, Scott Andrews and Miyo Ichikawa.

Each skins game is worth five points in the overall standings.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point was awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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Mixed doubles wins extend Team North America lead at 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/mixed-doubles-wins-extend-team-north-america-lead-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/mixed-doubles-wins-extend-team-north-america-lead-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 20:02:59 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=613 LAS VEGAS — Team North America has added another point to its lead in the overall points race at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena.

Team North America's Emma Miskew, right, accepts congratulations from her teammates on Saturday morning. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America’s Emma Miskew, right, accepts congratulations from her teammates on Saturday morning. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

The defending champions picked up two victories out of the three games in the concluding round in mixed doubles action on Saturday morning to take a 13-11 lead on Team World in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup. A total of 60 points are available, meaning the first team to 30.5 points will win the WFG Continental Cup, although as the Cup holders, Team North America would need only 30 points to maintain possession.

Team North America got victories from the tandems of Ryan Fry and Emma Miskew (10-4 over Team World’s Greg Drummond and Anna Sloan), as well as John Shuster and Jessica Schultz (10-2 over Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud and Miyo Ichikawa). Team World’s David Murdoch and Eve Muirhead prevented the clean sweep with a 7-2 win over Team North America’s E.J. Harnden and Rachel Homan.

Fry and Miskew took control of the game by scoring threes in the first and third ends — the latter on a precision pick from Miskew to remove a Team World rock that she could only see a sliver of from the hack.

“I couldn’t see a lot (of it),” said Miskew. “I threw it with normal weight, but knew it would come up a little bit, and hoped for the best. With no sweeping it’s pretty much a guess so you just throw it and hope for the best.”

Shuster and Schultz, meanwhile, stole deuces in the first, second, sixth and seventh ends against the struggling Team World pairing.

Team North America's Jessica Schultz, right, encourages teammate John Shuster. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

Team North America’s Jessica Schultz, right, encourages teammate John Shuster. (Photo, CCA/Michael Burns)

“Luckily John and I both got our draw weight pretty quickly and we were able to come around and make the freezes that we needed to … and that’s big,” said Schultz.

“You get a good shot there to start and you get the momentum,” added Shuster. “Every shot during the end you just have to make sure you maintain that good position. We did a pretty good job with that. She got us great starts and I tried not to screw it up.”

The Scottish duo of Muirhead and Murdoch also was in a thieving mood, stealing singles in the first three ends, then putting the win away with a stolen deuce in the seventh.

“It’s a lot of fun out there,” said Muirhead. “It’s a lot different to traditional curling — you can give up threes, you can be up and give it away really easily. I got to play with Dave, which was extra special and getting to mix with the other genders is also good.”

“Each draw is a little seesaw just now, one way or another, and you just have to hang in there up to the skins,” added Murdoch. “The skins will obviously decide it, so if we’re tight going into that we like our chances.”

Play on Saturday continues with the final two traditional team games, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (all times Pacific).

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point was awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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The Morning Cup Daily Paper: Day 3 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-3/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-3/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 17:25:44 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=607 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-3/feed/ 0 <_edit_last>45<_edit_lock>1390079079:45<_thumbnail_id>542<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_pprredirect_url>http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/the-morning-cup-daily-paper/ Team North America prevails on intense Friday night at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/team-north-america-prevails-on-intense-friday-night-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/18/team-north-america-prevails-on-intense-friday-night-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:08:45 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=599 LAS VEGAS — A topsy-turvy World Financial Group Continental Cup took another twist on Friday night at Orleans Arena.

Team North America's Ryan Fry shows some intensity during Friday night action at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America’s Ryan Fry shows some intensity during Friday night action at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America, which suffered five defeats in the six singles contests on Friday afternoon, bounced back with two victories in team play on Friday night, and earned a tie in the other game, as all three games were decided on skips’ rocks in the eighth and final end.

By claiming 2.5 of the three available points, Team North America takes an 11-10 lead into play Saturday in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup. A total of 60 points are available, meaning the first team to 30.5 points will win the WFG Continental Cup.

Team North America skip Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg) made the shot of the evening, bringing the crowd of nearly 5,000 to its feet with a stunning in-off through a narrow port to score one in the sixth end against Team World’s David Murdoch (Scotland). Stoughton carried the momentum into the eighth end, scoring a game-winning deuce for a 5-4 triumph.

“That’s exactly what an old fart needs at this point – I was nervous, I was excited, the crowd was fantastic, there was some big shots,” said Team Stoughton vice-skip Jon Mead. “(Stoughton’s shot) was huge. We had a good end going and had a couple just miss by nothing and to be in such a bad situation – it was a tough in-off without having to go off two rocks just to get there and he made a beauty and the place went nuts and it was a three-point swing, which was huge.”

“We got outplayed (in singles) and we tip our hats to the World team,” added Mead. “They played really well again tonight and we scrapped out two and a half points – the two men’s teams got two points and we were never winning until it was over so it was a good night for us.”

In other men’s action, Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) also scored two in the eighth end to pull out a 4-3 win over Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway). A beautiful freeze by Jacobs’ vice-skip Ryan Fry set the table, and Jacobs didn’t need to throw his final rock.

“It was incredible tonight – there was a couple of loud cheers, especially when Stoughton made that shot; we look over and we had to stop our game – it was like being at the Brier or the Trials or something,” said Jacobs. “It was a really cool atmosphere and everyone played pretty good tonight. I know on our sheet it was really tight, which was awesome.

“Team North America was really resilient tonight because we had a rough afternoon. But we came out and we bounced back really well. It was nice to see the girls (Team Brown) split that game – that was huge, and it was good to see our team an Stoughton’s team win as well.”

In women’s play, a big steal of one in the sixth end by Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.) made the difference in a 3-3 tie with Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland). Muirhead had a shot at two for the win, but couldn’t make the angle raise and settled for the game-tying single.

Team North America's Erika Brown delivers her rock during Friday night's game against Team World's Eve Muirhead. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America’s Erika Brown delivers her rock during Friday night’s game against Team World’s Eve Muirhead. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

“It was so intense when the crowd was so loud doing the wave… I just took it all in,” said Team Brown vice-skip Debbie McCormick. “Oh my gosh, this is so fun to play in an atmosphere like this. I wanted to enjoy the moment. It was so much fun and there was so much energy.”

On Saturday, the final mixed doubles draw goes at 9 a.m., followed by the final two traditional team games, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

 

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Dominant singles performance gives Team World lead at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/dominant-singles-performance-gives-team-world-lead-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/dominant-singles-performance-gives-team-world-lead-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 23:44:09 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=589 LAS VEGAS — Team World has taken over the lead in the overall standings at the 2014 World Financial Group at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Team World players celebrate their singles performance on Friday afternoon. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team World’s Håvard Vad Petersson, left, and David Murdoch celebrate their singles performances on Friday afternoon. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

And the World squad can thank a brilliant performance in the Friday afternoon singles competition in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.

Team World won five of the six games, and earned five of the six available points as a result. That erased Team North America’s lead, and left Team World on top with a 9.5-8.5 advantage. The first team to win 30.5 of the 60 available points will win the WFG Continental Cup.

The Team World women set the tone, sweeping their three games against Team North America.

Each team has to throw six shots — draw the button, hit and roll to button, draw the button through a port, raise to the button, runback takeout and double takeout — with each shot scored one through five depending on its success.

In the women’s game, Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden) beat Team North America’s Rachel Homan (Ottawa) 24-18; Team World’s Eve Muirhead (Scotland) beat Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) 19-12; and Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan) turned back Team North America’s Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.) 19-13.

“It’s six quite easy points there, so it’s important to do the singles well, and it turned out well for us,” said Sigfridsson, who will represent Sweden at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “We almost never practise those shots, except the draw. But they’re good shots, quite difficult, so it’s fun to have that kind of competition.”

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Team World’s Sebastian Kraupp takes a tumble during singles play on Friday. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

In the men’s singles games, Team World’s David Murdoch (Scotland) was a 16-13 winner over Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) and Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud (Norway) doubled Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg). Team North America’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) prevented the clean sweep with a 13-11 win over Team World’s Niklas Edin (Sweden).

“Definitely a tough afternoon, but we were able to get out of there and we’re only down one point,” said Team Jacobs vice-skip Ryan Fry. “Hopefully in tonight’s team games we can get some momentum back going our way. It’s a hard format, to be honest with you. You miss one shot and they make it, you’re down five points going into the next shot. It’s a momentum thing; it can swing one way or the other. Get us into the team games and hopefully we’ll rise to the top.”

It was a splendid comeback for Team World, which lost all three traditional team games on Thursday night.

“That’s what we said last night; you get good days and bad days at this event, and it doesn’t take much at times,” said Murdoch. “It swings pretty rapidly, and you just saw a huge swing again. We’re back in it, and one (point) ahead, which is nice.

There is one more draw on Friday, a traditional team draw at 7 p.m. (all times Pacific).

On Saturday, the final mixed doubles draw goes at 9 a.m., followed by the final two traditional team games, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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Team World salvages split with Team North America at 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/team-world-salvages-split-with-team-north-america-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/team-world-salvages-split-with-team-north-america-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:54:39 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=581 LAS VEGAS — Team World is still in the race at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena.

Emi Shimizu, right, accepts congratulations from Team World teammates on Friday morning at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Emi Shimizu, right, accepts congratulations from Team World teammates on Friday morning at the Orleans Arena. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Taking on Team North America in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, Team World earned a split of the three points up for grab on Friday morning during traditional team games.

The result left Team North America with a 7.5-4.5 lead in the most unique event in curling, featuring teams battling in traditional team play, mixed doubles, singles and skins formats. A total of 60 points are up for grabs, and the first team to reach 30.5 will win the WFG Continental Cup.

The half-point came out of nowhere on Friday morning. Team North America’s Rachel Homan (Ottawa) had a two-point lead and the hammer in the eighth and final end, but flashed on her last-rock hit attempt to give Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan) a stolen deuce to tie the game 5-5. With no extra ends in the WFG Continental Cup, each team was awarded half a point in the overall standings.

Team North America's Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer share a laugh on Friday morning. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America’s Kaitlyn Lawes and Jill Officer share a laugh on Friday morning. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

“It was very, very exciting (to get a tie in that game),” said Fujisawa through an interpreter. “Halfway through when we lost those two points (through a Homan steal in the fifth end), we thought we were going to lose, but we got that one point and then at the end we thought we were going to lose in the eighth end but we managed to get the two points back and get the tie which was exciting.”

World champ Niklas Edin of Sweden, meanwhile, posted a full point for Team World thanks to a 7-3 win over Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.). Edin’s team scored three in the third end and two more in the fifth and never looked back.

“We needed a good win here and we needed to get some points on the board as well,” said Edin. “We were lucky in that last game (Team Fujisawa) to tie it up. It’s looking better and better, we’re starting to get a feel for the ice and some points on the board, so I think it should be interesting the next few matchups.”

In the other Friday morning tilt, Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) bounced back impressively from an opening-day loss to Team World’s Eve Muirhead. Jones stole two in the first end and three more in each of the third and fourth ends for a 9-3 win over Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden).

“We certainly felt a lot better out there today,” said Team Jones second Jill Officer. “We were a lot more confident with the ice and with ourselves too which made a big difference. We’re happy to put some points on the board for Team North America as well. It’s nice to be able to bounce back like that because yesterday certainly wasn’t pretty and definitely wasn’t our normal team (performance). So it was nice to come back out quite a bit sharper today.”

There are two more draws on Friday: the singles competition at 1 p.m. (all times Pacific) and another traditional team draw at 7 p.m.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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The Morning Cup Daily Paper: Day 2 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-2/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-2/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:27:54 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=578 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-2/feed/ 0 <_edit_last>45<_edit_lock>1390192695:45<_thumbnail_id>542<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_pprredirect_url>http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/the-morning-cup-daily-paper/ Sweep of evening games gives Team North America lead at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/sweep-of-evening-games-gives-team-north-america-lead-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/17/sweep-of-evening-games-gives-team-north-america-lead-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 06:09:15 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=568 LAS VEGAS — A huge double takeout from Sochi-bound Brad Jacobs played a huge role in giving Team North America the lead after the opening day of the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup on Thursday at the Orleans Arena.

Team North America skip Brad Jacobs, middle, talks strategy with teammates Ryan Harnden, left, and E.J. Harnden. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America skip Brad Jacobs, middle, talks strategy with teammates Ryan Harnden, left, and E.J. Harnden. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Jacobs made a double takeout to blank the seventh end in his traditional team-play showdown against Team World’s Niklas Edin on Thursday night.

And in the eighth, Jacobs, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., made an open hit to score one for a 4-3 victory in a rematch of last year’s Ford World Men’s Championship gold-medal game in Victoria, which was won by Edin.

That result, combined with two other Team North America victories on Thursday evening, was part of a clean sweep of Thursday night’s games, giving Team North America a 6-3 lead on Team World in the overall standings heading into Day 2.

“That feels great,” said Jacobs, who will skip Team Canada at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. “That was my first game ever, all of our (his teammates) first games, at the Continental Cup and that was a blast. I can’t believe how many fans were out there. It was awesome — a clean sweep, we’re up 6-3. Perfect.”

A total of 60 points are available in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup; the first team to reach 30.5 points will win the event.

“That was a no-risk shot,” said Jacobs of the blank attempt in the seventh end. “If we hit one of the back ones and give up a steal, it’s not the worst, coming up with hammer. It was a no-fear shot; I threw it real aggressive and it worked out perfect.”

In other action, Team North America’s Rachel Homan (Ottawa) was a 6-4 winner over Team World’s Margaretha Sigfridsson. Homan’s team stole a deuce in the sixth end to turn the game around when Sigfridsson’s last-rock thrower, Maria Prytz, couldn’t execute a hit-and-roll to score.

“Just barely,” said a laughing Homan about the victory. “But that was good. My whole team played well and so did Sigfridsson’s. Pretty excited about the three-team sweep tonight.”

Team North America skip John Shuster checks out a shot. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team North America skip John Shuster checks out a shot. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

In the other evening game, Team North America’s John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) hung on for a 5-3 win over Team World’s David Murdoch. Shuster, who will skip the United States in Sochi, scored two in the fourth end and never looked back.

“Any time you can go out there and get a win it feels great,” said Shuster. “It’s amazing how different it feels when you’re winning for a whole team of 24 instead of just for a team of four.”

There are three draws on Friday: traditional team games at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., sandwiched around the singles competition at 1 p.m.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

For live scoring and up-to-date standings, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/results/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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Team North America comes on strong at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/team-north-america-comes-on-strong-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/team-north-america-comes-on-strong-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:14:53 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=557 LAS VEGAS — It’s all tied up going into the evening draw of the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup at the Orleans Arena.

Mark Nichols, left, and Jennifer Jones exchange low-fives during their win over Niklas Edin and Christina Bertrup. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Mark Nichols, left, and Jennifer Jones exchange low-fives during their win over Niklas Edin and Christina Bertrup. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

After Team World won two of three traditional team games in the Thursday morning draw of curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, Team North America did the same in the afternoon mixed doubles slate.

That left each side with three points in the overall standings; a total of 60 are available, with the first team reaching 30.5 points taking possession of the WFG Continental Cup.

The Winnipeg duo of Jennifer Jones and Mark Nichols set the tone on Thursday afternoon, racking up a 9-2 Team North America victory over the Swedish partnership of Niklas Edin and Christina Bertrup. Jones and Nichols stole one in the first, two more in the second and two more in the third. The Swedes opted in the fourth end to give the hammer to Team North America in an attempt to reverse the momentum, and it didn’t work; Jones and Nichols scored three more and the result was never in doubt from there.

“He (Nichols) was amazing,” said Jones. “We had so much fun out there – he made my job easy. Mixed doubles is a ton of fun to play, I love playing it. Any more medals that we can get in the Olympics (there is a drive to have mixed doubles included as an Olympic discipline), I’m all for it. I think it’s a great format and maybe in the future we’ll be able to play in it.”

Another all-Winnipeg pairing — Jeff Stoughton and Kaitlyn Lawes — had to work harder for its victory. Lawes had to draw to the full eight-foot with the last rock of the game for an 8-7 Team North America win over Team World’s Swedish duo of Sebastin Kraupp and Maria Prytz. Team North America led 6-2 after four ends, but the Swedes scored three in the fifth and two more in the seventh to knot the score and set the stage for Lawes’ game-winning shot.

“That encouragement (from the spectators) really made me sweep,” said Lawes after the game. “That was a pretty exciting finish to our game. The exciting thing is that at the Continental Cup last year we started off with two losses and a tie in the first round, so I said to our team: ‘We’re actually in a better position than last year,’ so things are looking good.”

Team World's Satsuki Fujisawa delivers stone in mixed doubles victory on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa delivers stone in mixed doubles victory on Thursday. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Team World managed to salvage one point out of the draw thanks to the combination of Christoffer Svae (Norway) and Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan). Svae and Fujisawa took three in the first end and three more in the third and sailed to a 13-1 win over Team North America’s Jeff Isaacson and Debbie McCormick.

“I enjoy playing mixed doubles, especially at this event because it’s more about fun and entertaining,” said Svae. “The game itself is challenging, more so than normal curling, especially with someone you have never played with before and when there’s not much sweeping going on because the ice gets tracky. So for people at home, don’t expect us to shoot 90-95 per cent which we sometimes do during normal games. It’s a great game if you shoot 65 per cent (in mixed doubles), so that’s the challenge.”

Thursday’s schedule concludes with a 7 p.m. (all times Pacific) draw featuring traditional team games, including a rematch of last year’s Ford World Men’s Championship gold-medal game between Team North America’s Brad Jacobs of Canada and Team World’s Edin, who prevailed over Jacobs last April in Victoria.

There are three draws on Friday: traditional team games at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., sandwiched around the singles competition at 1 p.m.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

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Team World off to quick start at 2014 WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/team-world-off-to-quick-start-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/team-world-off-to-quick-start-at-2014-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:14:28 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=548 LAS VEGAS — Team World swept to victories in two of the opening three games at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup on Thursday morning at the Orleans Arena.

Team World skip Eve Muirhead shouts instructions to her sweepers during win over Team North America's Jennifer Jones. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative

Team World skip Eve Muirhead shouts instructions to her sweepers during win over Team North America’s Jennifer Jones. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative

The World squad, captained by David Hay and coached by Peja Lindholm, got wins from reigning world champion Eve Muirhead of Scotland and Thomas Ulsrud of Norway in the traditional team games against Team North America in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup.

Muirhead’s team got off to a fast start against Team North America’s Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg) in a battle of teams bound for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Muirhead stole three in the fourth end and two more in fifth en route to a 12-2 triumph to earn the full point in the team standings. A total of 60 points are available through the four days of competition, with the first team reaching 30.5 points earning the WFG Continental Cup.

“It was a great start, we played really well and the ice conditions are fantastic,” said Muirhead. “We had a really solid game out there and to get the first points on the board for Team World was good.”

The teams will meet again — possibly this week, and certainly in Sochi.

“You forget that Sochi is only a couple of weeks away and Jennifer’s going to be there but it doesn’t really cross your mind,” said Muirhead. “We play Jennifer a lot during the season and every game is just as tough. It makes it no different to any other game if we play her here or at the Winter Olympics or at any (World Curling) Tour event.”

Ulsrud, meanwhile, picked up a three in the fourth end and cruised home with a 7-4 triumph over Team North America’s Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg) to add another point to the Team World account. Stoughton’s team could manage just single points against Ulsrud, who’ll be representing Norway at the Winter Olympics.

“I think we played pretty solid out there,” said Ulsrud, the silver-medallist at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. “We’ve been practising pretty hard in preparation for the Olympics; it’s good to get a good start for Team World. This is a big event for us. We get to play the Canadian Olympic (Brad Jacobs) team and the U.S. Olympic team (John Shuster), so we’re looking forward to that, it will be good practice. Hopefully we can send a message to them; I just hope they don’t crush us!”

Sweepers Debbie McCormick, left, and Jessica Schultz look for instructions from Team North America skip Erika Brown during win over Team World's Satsuki Fujisawa.  (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

Sweepers Debbie McCormick, left, and Jessica Schultz look for instructions from Team North America skip Erika Brown during win over Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa. (Photo, CCA/Chris Holloman, Katipo Creative)

The U.S. Olympic women’s team managed to stop the bleeding for Team North America in the final game on the ice. Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.) made a clutch draw to backing in the four-foot with her final delivery of the game to earn 5-3 victory over Team World’s Satsuki Fujisawa.

“It was a great big win. It’s fun to play in front of 4-5,000 people and to play well,” Brown said, noting that she was aware of the fates of the other two North American teams on the ice. “I think that’s the nature of this event. You’re keeping an eye on everyone and looking around and want to win for your team. I could sense that things weren’t going so well on the other sheets so I’m happy we got a point today [for North America]

With that result, Team World takes a 2-1 lead in the overall standings into the next draw — a round of mixed doubles beginning at 1 p.m. (all times Pacific).

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-fr/

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The Morning Cup Daily Paper: Day 1 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-1/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-1/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:48:14 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=541 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/16/the-morning-cup-daily-paper-day-1/feed/ 0 <_edit_last>45<_edit_lock>1389979517:45<_thumbnail_id>542<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_url>http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/the-morning-cup-daily-paper/ Team, mixed doubles, singles showdowns set at WFG Continental Cup http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/15/team-mixed-doubles-singles-showdowns-set-at-wfg-continental-cup/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/15/team-mixed-doubles-singles-showdowns-set-at-wfg-continental-cup/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:55:40 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=527 LAS VEGAS — A tantalizing rematch of last year’s gold-medal game at the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship will highlight the opening day of play at the 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup.

Canada's two Olympic teams have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2014 WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, Chris Holloman)

Canada’s two Olympic teams have arrived in Las Vegas for the 2014 WFG Continental Cup. (Photo, Chris Holloman)

Sweden’s Niklas Edin, a member of Team World, will take on Canada’s Brad Jacobs, a member of Team North America, in opening-day team competition in curling’s version of the Ryder Cup, after the respective captains and coaches — Steve Brown and Rick Lang for Team North America; David Hay and Peja Lindholm for Team World — announced their picks following Wednesday’s practice sessions at the Orleans Arena.

That game is set for 7 p.m. (all times Pacific); Edin prevailed in last year’s gold-medal final in Victoria.

There will be two rounds of traditional team competition on Thursday and Friday (8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. both days). Additionally, there will be a mixed doubles draw on Thursday at 1 p.m. and another mixed doubles draw on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The singles matchups for Friday’s 1 p.m. draw also were determined (see below for all of the matchups).

The unique format pits Team North America against Team World in various disciplines during four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties). A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games (those matchups will be decided on Saturday), with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

This story will be posted in French as soon as possible at www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-fr/

MATCHUPS

Thursday
8:30 a.m.
Team
Sheet A — Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet B — Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)
Sheet C — Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)

1 p.m.
Mixed Doubles
Sheet A —Niklas Edin/Christina Bertrup (World) vs. Mark Nichols/Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet B — Sebastian Kraupp/Maria Prytz (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton/Kaitlyn Lawes (North America)
Sheet C — Christoffer Svae/Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Jeff Isaacson/Debbie McCormick (North America)

7 p.m.
Team
Sheet A — Niklas Edin (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)
Sheet B — Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet C — David Murdoch (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)

Friday
8:30 a.m.
Team
Sheet A — Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet B — Niklas Edin (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)
Sheet C — Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)

1 p.m.
Singles
Women
Sheet A — Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet B — Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)
Sheet C — Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Men
Sheet A — Niklas Edin (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America
Sheet B — Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)
Sheet C — David Murdoch (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)

7 p.m.
Team
Sheet A — David Murdoch (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)
Sheet B — Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Sheet C — Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)

Saturday
9 a.m.
Mixed Doubles
Sheet A — Greg Drummond/Anna Sloan (World) vs. Ryan Fry/Emma Miskew (North America)
Sheet B — Thomas Ulsrud/Miyo Ichikawa (World) vs. John Shuster/Jessica Schultz (North America)
Sheet C — David Murdoch/Eve Muirhead (World) vs. E.J. Harnden/Rachel Homan (North America)

1:30 p.m.
Team
Sheet A — Margaretha Sigfridsson (World) vs. Erika Brown (North America)
Sheet B — David Murdoch (World) vs. Brad Jacobs (North America)
Sheet C — Eve Muirhead (World) vs. Rachel Homan (North America)

6:30 p.m.
Team
Sheet A — Thomas Ulsrud (World) vs. John Shuster (North America)
Sheet B — Satsuki Fujisawa (World) vs. Jennifer Jones (North America)
Sheet C — Niklas Edin (World) vs. Jeff Stoughton (North America)

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2014 WFG Continental Cup begins Thursday in Las Vegas http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/14/2014-wfg-continental-cup-begins-thursday-in-las-vegas/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/14/2014-wfg-continental-cup-begins-thursday-in-las-vegas/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:00:34 +0000 Al Cameron http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=512 Many of the curling teams heading to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics will get one final head-to-head test when the history-making 2014 World Financial Group Continental Cup gets underway Thursday at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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There may be an Elvis sighting or two during the 2014 WFG Continental Cup this week in Las Vegas.

Nine of the 12 teams that will participate in the WFG Continental Cup will also be at the Ice Cube Curling Center in Sochi for the Olympics; the curling competition begins in Sochi on Feb. 10.

Before then, though, they will face each other in Las Vegas as curling’s version of the Ryder Cup — a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and USA Curling, in partnership with the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition — takes place outside of Canada for the first time.

The unique format will pit Team North America against Team World in various disciplines during four days of competition — traditional team games, mixed doubles, singles, mixed skins and standard skins games. Each segment awards points for wins (or ties). A total of 60 points are available, meaning the side that earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.

Curling and showgirls — a natural combination in Las Vegas!

Curling and showgirls — a natural combination in Las Vegas!

Team North America, which will be coached by Rick Lang of Thunder Bay, Ont. (the national coach for the Canadian Olympic men’s team) and captained by Steve Brown of Madison, Wisc. (the U.S. Paralympic national coach), will feature four teams heading to Sochi: Canada’s Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg), along with the U.S. entries of John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.) and Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wisc.).

The North American team will be rounded out by two-time world champion Jeff Stoughton of Winnipeg and reigning Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s champ Rachel Homan of Ottawa.

Team World, meanwhile, consists of five Sochi-bound teams: reigning world champions Eve Muirhead of Scotland (wearing Great Britain colours in Sochi) and Niklas Edin of Sweden, two-time world champion David Murdoch of Scotland (Great Britain at the Olympics), 2010 Olympic silver-medallist Thomas Ulsrud of Norway, and four-time world silver-medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson of Sweden. Team World also will feature Japan’s Satsuki Fujisawa.

Scotland’s David Hay will serve as Team World captain while Sweden’s Peja Lindholm will be the coach.

It will be the 10th edition of the WFG Continental Cup, and no team has ever managed to win back-to-back titles. Team North America currently holds a 5-4 edge after prevailing at the 2013 WFG Continental Cup in Penticton, B.C.

For the six mixed doubles and six singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied. There will be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, each worth one point for a win and a half-point for a tie. All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends.  There will also be six skins games, with each game worth a total of five points to the winner.

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).

For ticket and other event information, visit www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/

For the complete schedule, go to: www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/draw-schedule/

TSN (RDS2 in French), the exclusive television network for the CCA’s Season of Champions, will provide complete coverage of the WFG Continental Cup.

Team North America Lineups

Men
Brad Jacobs (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.)
Ryan Fry
E.J. Harnden
Ryan Harnden

Jeff Stoughton (Winnipeg)
Jon Mead
Reid Carruthers
Mark Nichols

John Shuster (Duluth, Minn.)
Jeff Isaacson
Jared Zezel
John Landsteiner

Women
Jennifer Jones (Winnipeg)
Kaitlyn Lawes
Jill Officer
Dawn McEwen

Rachel Homan (Ottawa)
Emma Miskew
Alison Kreviazuk
Lisa Weagle

Erika Brown (Oakville, Ont./Madison, Wis.)
Debbie McCormick
Jessica Schultz
Ann Swisshelm

Captain: Steve Brown
Coach: Rick Lang

Team World Lineups

Men
Niklas Edin (Sweden)
Sebastian Kraupp
Fredrik Lindberg
Viktor Kjäll

David Murdoch (Scotland)
Tom Brewster
Scott Andrews
Michael Goodfellow

Thomas Ulsrud (Norway)
Torger Nergård
Christoffer Svae
Håvard Vad Petersson

Women
Eve Muirhead (Scotland)
Anna Sloan
Vicki Adams
Claire Hamilton

Margaretha Sigfridsson (Sweden)
Maria Prytz
Christina Bertrup
Maria Wennerström

Satsuki Fujisawa (Japan)
Miyo Ichikawa
Emi Shimizu
Chiaki Matsumura

Captain: David Hay
Coach: Peja Lindholm

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Spectator Guide now available! http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/10/spectator-guide-now-available/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/10/spectator-guide-now-available/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:51:31 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=506 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/10/spectator-guide-now-available/feed/ 0 <_edit_lock>1389358205:45<_edit_last>45<_thumbnail_id>499<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_pprredirect_url>http//www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/spectator-guide/ America’s newest cup hits the ice in Las Vegas – click here for your spectator guide http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/09/americas-newest-cup-hits-the-ice-in-las-vegas-click-here-for-your-spectator-guide/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/09/americas-newest-cup-hits-the-ice-in-las-vegas-click-here-for-your-spectator-guide/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:27:13 +0000 Danielle Inglis http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=503 http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/09/americas-newest-cup-hits-the-ice-in-las-vegas-click-here-for-your-spectator-guide/feed/ 0 <_edit_last>45<_edit_lock>1389358298:45<_encloseme>1YouTube0<_pprredirect_active>1<_pprredirect_type>302<_pprredirect_url>http//www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/spectator-guide/<_thumbnail_id>296 Shuster shooting for Team North America http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/09/shuster-shooting-for-team-north-america/ http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/2014/01/09/shuster-shooting-for-team-north-america/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:00:51 +0000 Graham Lloyd http://www.curling.ca/2014continentalcup-en/?p=482 John Shuster is one of a select group of athletes that have won an Olympic medal for the United States in the sport of curling. In fact, the only time it happened was at the 2006 Games when he threw lead stones for the Pete Fenson team that earned bronze in Turin, Italy.

Shuster was back on the Olympic ice surface in 2010 in Vancouver, moving up to skip Team USA. He will return at that role next month in Sochi with teammates Jeff Isaacson, Jared Zezel and John Landsteiner.

John Shuster (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

John Shuster (Photo WCF/Richard Gray)

Shuster secured the top spot at the 2013 U.S. Olympic Curling Trials in November… but that was only the first step in process. It took a trip to the World Curling Federation qualifying event in Fuessen, Germany before the Duluth, Minn. squad locked down a spot in the Olympic field.

The team won its final five games of the competition, including a playoff victory over Jiří Snítil of the Czech Republic.

The Shuster foursome will be part of the Team North America roster that takes on Team World in the 10th edition of the World Financial Group Continental Cup, Jan. 16-19 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

“You Gotta Be There” to see the biggest names in the roaring game compete in the last stop on the road to Sochi. Get your tickets today by clicking here.

 

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