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Spatola, Rojeski tackle mixed doubles at 2012 Cup
Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) teamed up with Canada's Wayne Middaugh against Team World's duo of Tom Brewster of Scotland and China's Qingshuang Yue. The game resulted in a 7-7 tie to split the six available points. It was a similar outcome for Rojeski (Chisholmn, Minn.), who teamed up with Canada's Marliese Kasner, against Team World's Thomas Ulsrud of Norway and Cissi Ostlund of Sweden, 9-9. In the third mixed doubles match, Team World's Anette Norberg and Sebastian Kraupp (both of Sweden) defeated North America's Reid Carruthers and Kim Schneider (both of Canada), 8-4. That outright win gave Team World a six point advantage in the overall standings, 21-15, after two rounds of action.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 12, 2012
Team World takes 21-15 advantage at 2012 Continental Cup
(LANGLEY, British Columbia) – USA’s Nina Spatola and Shawn Rojeski helped contribute to Team
North America’s points total this afternoon in mixed doubles action at the 2012 World Financial
Group Continental Cup of Curling at the Langley Events Centre.
Spatola (McFarland, Wis.) teamed up with Canada’s Wayne Middaugh against Team World’s duo
of Tom Brewster of Scotland and China’s Qingshuang Yue. The game resulted in a 7-7 tie to split
the six available points. It was a similar outcome for Rojeski (Chisholmn, Minn.), who teamed up
with Canada’s Marliese Kasner, against Team World’s Thomas Ulsrud of Norway and Cissi
Ostlund of Sweden, 9-9. In the third mixed doubles match, Team World’s Anette Norberg and
Sebastian Kraupp (both of Sweden) defeated North America’s Reid Carruthers and Kim
Schneider (both of Canada), 8-4. That outright win gave Team World a six point advantage in the
overall standings, 21-15, after two rounds of action.
“It’s a very fun event,” Rojeski said about mixed doubles. “It gets a little tricky when you don’t
have the sweepers so you’ve still got to be a little careful whether you’re throwing or standing in
the house holding the broom, you’re doing a lot of running back and forth. It’s enjoyable to
play.” This is the fourth Cup appearance for Rojeski.
For Spatola, the 2010 U.S. champion, it was her mixed doubles debut. “It was a lot of fun. I’ve
never played with Wayne before and had never had a chance to really get to know him before
this event so that was a real treat because I’ve watched him a ton. This was a little bit more
pressure and it was on TV. It’s a completely different game, but it’s fun.”
Spatola threw the first and last stones with Middaugh picking up the slack with the three rocks
in between. The team got off to a fast start against Brewster and Yue with a 6-1 advantage after
three ends of play as they capitalized on small mistakes by Team World. However, the North
American squad wouldn’t score in the final three ends. In this event, if you blank an end you lose
the hammer. Spatola unintentionally rolled out on her takeout in the seventh while going for a
single, which gave Team World the hammer for the final end to score the necessary two to tie
the game and thus split the available points.
“I’m so tired,” said China’s Qingshuang Yue after the game. This was the first time that she had
played mixed doubles curling, she said it was very tiring to throw and sweep all the time. She
said it was a different type of skill that was required and that she could only help herself with
sweeping and for the line of the stones – but she enjoyed it.
In Rojeski’s match, Team North America dominated early on in this game but saw the opponent
sneak back into the match. Ulsrud was heavy with his third stone of the second end, which
allowed Rojeski to draw in a fourth North American rock behind three guards. Ostlund’s final
stone was a tad heavy as well and left an opening for Kasner, the 2003 world junior champion,
to chip it out to score four points for a 4-1 advantage. Ulsrud and Ostersund answered right
back with four points of their own and stole one in the fourth. The game’s momentum swung
back and forth thereafter.Kasner drew for two more in the seventh end to regain the lead at 9-7. “We thought in the
seventh end there if we could have either two points or hold them to one we’d be pretty
happy,” Rojeski said. Team North America’s final stone in the eighth end slightly over-curled
leaving Ostlund with a draw to the button for two and the tie.
“It just over-curled a bit on us and it’s hard, again when you’ve only got the one sweeper and
you’re only sweeping it halfway … she threw perfect weight, it was a little tight and we thought
we had it by, but it was just enough to keep them from getting three. They had to be confident
in getting two, and it was a split of the points.”
Brewster/Yue (World) 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 2 – 7
Middaugh/Spatola (N.A.) 2 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 – 7
Kraupp/Norberg (World) 0 5 0 0 0 2 1 X – 8
Carruthers/Schneider (N.A.) 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 X – 4
Ulsrud/Ostlund (World) 1 0 4 1 0 1 0 2 – 9
Rojeski/Kasner (N.A.) 0 4 0 0 3 0 2 0 – 9
This is the eighth edition of the Continental Cup, which features Team North America composed
of four Canadian and the two U.S. teams taking on six of the top European and Asian teams
representing Team World in skins, mixed skins, singles, mixed doubles, and team competitions
during the four-day event.
Each discipline is weighted with points the two sides can earn. The first to reach 201 points is
declared the winner. The event began in 2002 in Regina, Saskatchewan, with all subsequent
events taking place in Canada as well. North America holds a 4-3 advantage over Team World
after their dominating Cup win in 2011 in St. Albert, Alberta. This year, the winning side will earn
$52,000 in prize money with the losing team receiving $26,000 divided amongst the athletes,
captains and coaches. An additional $13,000 will go to the winning side of the final men’s skins
Visit www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup/ to find out more.
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