North America wins World Financial Group Continental Cup

North America captured the 2011 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Monsanto, at Servus Credit Union Place, beating Team World 298-102. In doing so, North America also established a Cup record for most number of points, eclipsing the former mark of 290 set by North America in 2007 in Medicine Hat. It was the fourth Continental Cup win for North America, following victories in 2002 (Regina), 2004 (Medicine Hat) and 2007 (Medicine Hat).  Team World has won three times…2003 (Thunder Bay), 2006 (Chilliwack) and 2008 (Camrose).

John Morris at the 2011 Continental Cup

As the winners of the seventh edition of the Cup, North America received $65,000, including $13,000 for winning the final men’s Skins game [$2,500 per member – 24 players, one captain, one coach], while Team World got $26,000 ($1,000 per member). It was the second Continental Cup win for Kevin Martin (2002), Carter Rycroft (2002), Jennifer Jones (2007), Jill Officer (2007) and Dawn Askin (2007),  but it was the third Cup win for Erika Brown (2002, 2004). North America had actually clinched the title Saturday night, prior to today’s final two Skins games, by registering 217 points, well above the 201 points needed. In Sunday’s 55-point Skins games, North America’s Cheryl Bernard defeated Team World’s Bingyu Wang, 42-13 while North America’s Kevin Martin beat Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud , 39-16, taking a 35-point Skin in the seventh end en route to clinching the game and the total points record. Total event attendance was 16,340. The 2012 World Financial Group Continental Cup, presented by Monsanto, will be played in Langley, British Columbia, from January 12-15.