Team World maintains big lead at Continental Cup

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 19, 2019, 7:38 p.m. (ET)


Jan. 19, 2019

North America can’t break into Team World’s lead at 2019 WFG Continental Cup title

(LAS VEGAS) – With three draws left, Team North America trails Team World by 11 points in the chase for the 2019 WFG Continental Cup title at Orleans Arena.

In the debut of men’s team scramble this afternoon, North America didn’t gain any ground, but more importantly – they didn’t give up any as they earned 1.5 points to bring the team tally to 6.5. Team World secured wins from Benoit Schwarz and a tie from Niklas Edin. Kevin Koe’s rink, which featured Chris Plys (Duluth, Minn.) in at vice skip, earned the lone North American win as they defeated Team World’s Bruce Mouat, 7-3.

Plys and Koe, an Olympian and multiple world champion, were paired with Canada’s Brett Gallant and Ben Hebert, who normally plays lead for Team Koe.

“It was a lot of fun to play with those guys,” Plys said. “I consider myself to be a player, too, but part of me was thinking about being a junior watching Kevin win so getting to hold the broom and play along those other two was a lot of fun.”

The Team Koe victory aids Team North America’s plight to get back in the Continental Cup race.

“It’s nice to come to these things and pull your own weight so whatever happens at the end, happens, but if you can look back at the week and be proud of the way you played, that’s all good,” Plys said.

John Shuster (Superior, Wis.) was paired with Canada’s Mark Nichols and Colton Flasch as well as his normal lead John Landsteiner (Duluth, Minn.). The foursome had a rough going as they gave up steals in three straight ends to Schwarz and his team of Oskar Eriksson, Peter de Cruz, and Christoffer Sundgren.

Matt Hamilton (McFarland, Wis.) served as Brad Gushue’s second along with Canada’s B.J. Neufeld and Geoff Walker. The team battled back to steal a point in the seventh end for a modest 4-3 lead. A solid eighth end forced Edin to draw for a single point for the game to conclude in a tie and split of the available point.

Tonight’s focus turns to the new mixed scramble games where the point values double to two per game. Shuster and Hamilton will return to the ice to compete with Jamie Sinclair and Monica Walker as they take on Team World’s Schwarz, Alina Pätz, de Cruz, and Melanie Barbezat. 

Current point totals:
Team North America:  6.5
Team World:  17.5

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.: Mixed Team Scramble (each game worth two points)
Sheet A – Brad Gushue/Kaitlyn Lawes/Brett Gallant/Dawn McEwen (North America) vs. Bruce Mouat/Jennifer Dodds/Bobby Lammie/Lauren Gray (World)

Sheet B – Rachel Homan/B.J. Neufeld/Joanne Courtney/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Anna Hasselborg/Oskar Eriksson/Agnes Knochenhauer/Christoffer Sundgren (World)

Sheet C – John Shuster/Jamie Sinclair/Matt Hamilton/Monica Walker (North America) vs. Benoît Schwarz/Alina Pätz/Peter de Cruz/Melanie Barbezat (World)


Sunday, 11 a.m., skins (each game worth five points)
Sheet A – Jennifer Jones (North America) vs. Silvana Tirinzoni (World)


Sheet B –Mark Nichols/Jamie Sinclair/Brett Gallant/Taylor Anderson (North America) vs. Oskar Eriksson/ Anna Hasselborg/Christoffer Sundgren/Sofia Mabergs (World)


Sheet C –John Shuster (North America) vs. Benoît Schwarz (World)


4 p.m., skins (each game worth five points)
Sheet A – Rachel Homan (North America) vs. Eve Muirhead (World)

Sheet B – Brad Gushue/Sarah Anderson/Geoff Walker/Monica Walker (North America) vs. Niklas Edin/Sarah McManus/Rasmus Wranå/ Agnes Knochenhauer (World)

Sheet C – Kevin Koe (North America) vs. Bruce Mouat (World)

How to watch:

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:

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.


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.

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