Team World tightens grip on Continental Cup lead

By Terry L. Davis | Jan. 19, 2019, 2:36 p.m. (ET)

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Jan. 19, 2019

Team World not backing down in hunt for 2019 WFG Continental Cup title

(LAS VEGAS) – Team North America has a lot of ground to make up with a limited number of draws to do it in as day three of the 2019 WFG Continental Cup unfolded at Orleans Arena.

In the debut of the Team Scramble competition, six new women’s teams took to the ice this morning at the Orleans Arena with Team World winning two out of three matches to extend its lead to 16-5. Team North America was able to resurrect a half point when Jennifer Jones tied Eve Muirhead.

The Jones rink featured Team USA’s Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Monica Walker (St. Paul, Minn.) as well as Jocelyn Peterman, who normally plays second for Team Jones.

“I don’t think that there would be any other chance for me to play with Jocelyn or Jennifer so it was a lot of fun,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s first vice skip draw in the eighth end helped bolster the odds of a tie when Muirhead missed removing it with her first attempt. Jones would eventually have a hit for three points for the 6-6 tie and split of the available point with Team World’s Muirhead, Alina Pätz, Vicki Chalmers, and Melanie Barbezat.

“We were thinking about that in the seventh end – how to at least set up a situation to be in a tie and split the points as it would be much better than a loss,” Anderson said. “It felt like a half point was a win at this point with where we are at in the standings. But, the skins game are coming up and we have the scrambles tonight so hopefully we can get some extra points.”

USA’s Jamie Sinclair (Manotick, Ontario) and Taylor Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) teamed up with Canadians Emma Miskew and Lisa Weagle and fell to Team World’s Swedish/Swiss combo of Silvana Tirinzoni, Sara McManus, Esther Neuenschwander, and Sofia Mabergs, 8-3.

“We struggled mostly with the ice,” Sinclair said. “We over-curled on quite a bit of stones. We found it difficult to call line and anticipate the break point so that was the biggest thing. The speed was really good, it held up throughout the whole game, but it was really just managing that break point.”

Tirinzoni’s team took an early lead that Sinclair’s group could not surface from.

“It was a lot of fun. It was a little bit different, and I was nervous going into it,” Sinclair said about the new format. “The other girls were great and Emma (Miskew) helped me out a bunch with strategy, which gave me a lot of confidence. It was fun to mix it up, and I thought our communication was pretty good for our first time playing together.”

The third women’s match featured 2018 Olympic gold medalist Anna Hasselborg of Team World defeating Team North America’s Rachel Homan, 6-5.

Up next is the men’s team scramble at 1:30 p.m. with John Shuster and John Landsteiner teaming up with Canada’s Mark Nichols and Colton Flasch. Chris Plys will play vice skip for Kevin Koe while matt Hamilton will be Brad Gushue’s second.

Tonight’s mixed scramble games will be worth two points per game as the point values begin to escalate. Sunday’s pairing for the skins competition will be announced tomorrow.

Current point totals:
Team North America:  5
Team World:  16

(First team to 30.5 points wins)

Saturday, 1:30 p.m.: Men’s Team Scramble
Sheet A – Kevin Koe/Chris Plys/Brett Gallant/Ben Hebert (North America) vs. Bruce Mouat/Sven Michel/Bobby Lammie/Valentin Tanner (World)


Sheet B – Brad Gushue/B.J. Neufeld/Matt Hamilton/Geoff Walker (North America) vs. Niklas Edin/Grant Hardie/Rasmus Wranå/Hammy McMillan (World)


Sheet C – John Shuster/Mark Nichols/Colton Flasch/John Landsteiner (North America) vs. Benoît Schwarz/Oskar Eriksson/Peter de Cruz/Christoffer Sundgren (World)

 

6:30 p.m.: Mixed Team Scramble
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)

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: https://go.teamusa.org/2DAFBOY

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.

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