Team World dominates day one in Vegas

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 18, 2019, 12:16 a.m. (ET)

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Jan. 17, 2019

Team World sweeps day one of 2019 WFG Continental Cup

(LAS VEGAS) – Team World continued its dominance of Team North America by sweeping all nine games of the 2019 WFG Continental Cup today at Orleans Arena.

USA’s Jamie Sinclair rink took the ice tonight for the women’s traditional team play session, coming up a few stones short against Silvana Tirinzoni’s Swiss team. The 6-5 loss by Sinclair and teammates Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.), Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) coupled with losses from the Jennifer Jones and Rachel Homan rinks puts Team World ahead 9-0 in the race for the Continental Cup title.

“We just need to raise our energy level up. I think everyone comes to Vegas and wants to have a good time. I think maybe we’ve underestimated our opponents a little bit, but I think if we can bring some positive energy and fill the bench with it and play with it, it’ll help us out,” Walker said.

Eve Muirhead led her rink to a 5-3 victory over North America’s Jones rink while the reigning Olympic champions from Sweden defeated Rachel Homan’s team, 8-3.

Team World is seeking to end Team North America’s dominance at this event in which they won the last six times.

“I think they have a lot of motivation because of that,” Walker said about Team World’s desire to break the streak. “I think we need to step up our game if we want to be equivalent with them.”

Aided by strong sweeping, Sinclair’s crew was able to capitalize with the final stone of the opening end for a deuce to start out on a positive note. The Swiss team capitalized for two in the following end when last-stone thrower Alina Patz drew down to the button to tie the game. The U.S. was narrow with its final shot of the third end as Team World stole two points to take a 4-2 advantage. In a shaky fourth end, the U.S. team had a great corner freeze with Sinclair’s first stone but couldn’t capitalize for more than one point.

After holding Team World to a single point in the fifth end, the U.S. had a difficult double takeout lined up for Sinclair but the shooter stone rolled too far and Tirinzoni’s team collected another point. The U.S. had a draw for two set up in the seventh end, but the final stone came up short as they settled for the single point. With a takeout with the final stone of the game, the Swiss ladies prevailed 6-5.

“It was the first time on the ice for my teammates and draws are a little tricky because of the frost. We played mostly one side of the sheet so when we did have to go to the other side of the sheet it was tricky,” Walker said. “But, I think we did a really good job of communicating, and I think just some of our shots just didn’t come off. I think our next game will be better.”

Three more draws of action are on tap Friday. The U.S. duo of Sarah Anderson and John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.) will take the ice in the 8:30 a.m. mixed doubles draw against Team World’s Eve Muirhead and Bobby Lammie of Scotland. USA’s Chris Plys, Matt Hamilton, Taylor Anderson and Sinclair all will compete in the afternoon mixed doubles session. The John Shuster rink will then take on Niklas Edin’s team in men’s traditional play tomorrow evening.

Live webstreaming of the event for U.S. fans is available on ESPN3 as part of Curling Canada’s partnership. Webstreaming details and a link to scores and standings are included on this page: https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY

Line score:

Team World (Silvana Tirinzoni)             022 011 00 – 6

*Team North America (Jamie Sinclair) 200 100 11 – 5

*last rock in first end

Current point totals:
Team North America:  0
Team World:  9

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Schedule for the first two days:

Friday:

8:30 a.m.
Mixed doubles
Sheet A - Joanne Courtney/Denni Neufeld (North America) vs. Silvana Tirinzoni/Benoit Schwarz (Team World)
Sheet B - Sarah Anderson/John Landsteiner (North America) vs. Eve Muirhead/Bobby Lammie (Team World)
Sheet C - Dawn McEwen/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Sofia Mabergs/Christoffer Sundgren (Team World)

1:30 p.m.
Mixed doubles
Sheet A - Emma Miskew/Matt Hamilton (North America) vs. Lauren Gray/Grant Hardie (World)
Sheet B - Jamie Sinclair/Chris Plys (North America) vs. Sara McManus/Niklas Edin (World)
Sheet C - Taylor Anderson/Colton Flasch (North America) vs. Melanie Barbezat/Valentin Tanner (World)

6:30 p.m.
Men’s team play
Sheet A - Team Koe (North America) vs. Team de Cruz (World)
Sheet B - Team Shuster (North America) vs. Team Edin (World)
Sheet C - Team Gushue (North America) vs. Team Mouat (World)

What’s at stake:

A purse of $130,000 (Canadian), with $84,500 going to the winning side. A total of 60 points are available to win, with the first team to earn more than 30 points being declared the winner.

Format:

Teams will compete in two draws – one men’s and one women’s – of traditional team play, reduced from six. Each team at the event will play one game worth one point in the overall standings. There will be four mixed doubles draws, increased from three. Each player will compete in a full mixed doubles game, and each of those games will be worth one point in the overall standings.

 

New this year are the Team Scramble and Mixed Team Play events, which put an emphasis on how curlers can perform with teammates they’d regularly play against as opponents. In the team scramble, men’s and women’s teams will be mixed to form new same-gender lineups. However, front-end and back-end teammates cannot be on the same rink. There will be one men’s and one women’s Team Scramble draw, with each game worth one point in the overall standings.

 

The Mixed Team Play comprises two men and two women on a team. There will be one draw of Mixed Team Play with two games featuring lineups of a male skip, female vice skip, male second and female lead. The third game will feature a female skip, male vice skip, female second and male lead. Mixed Team Play games will be worth two points each in the overall standings.

The World Financial Group Continental Cup will conclude with two draws of Skins games, with each game worth five points in the overall standings.

USA Curling is sponsored by AtomOS, Nike, Brooms Up Curling Supplies, CryoMAX 8-Hour Cold Pack, Sitrin, The RAM Restaurant & Brewery, ISS (Ice, Sports & Solar), and Twin Cities Orthopedics, and is partnered with Carhartt, Brakebush, Laurie Artiss Ltd. – The Pin People, United Airlines, 12th End Sports Network, IHG, and CurlingZone.

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For more information: Terry Davis, Director of Communications, terry.davis@usacurl.org, 608-338-9900 (mobile).