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Jan. 20, 2019
Team World breaks through for 2019 WFG Continental Cup title
(LAS VEGAS) – Anyone who put a bet down that the 2019 WFG Continental Cup would go down to the final stones of the eighth end, would have very full pockets tonight as North America nearly pulled off a huge upset tonight at Orleans Arena.
However, it has been a long wait for Team World to take back the Cup title and they did it in dominating fashion by leading throughout the entire event.
Only needing 1.5 points when tonight’s final skins draw began, it took until the sixth end for Team World to earn a half point from Bruce Mouat and the final shot of the eighth end by Eve Muirhead to cinch the victory. With the 34-26 win, Team World broke a six-year losing streak. Team World’s last Continental Cup victory was in 2012 in Langley, B.C.
“I knew it wasn’t over until the scoreboard said it was over. My heart’s still beating. It’s really exciting,” said Muirhead. “They came so close and kept crawling back, and back and back. To play that last shot was really exciting. You’re not just playing for your team (on the ice), you’re playing for the entire team.”
In a last gasp effort, Team North America gave the fans their money’s worth as they won the first 17 ends of action across the three sheets.
“It was very exciting. I was very nervous, taking a lot of deep breaths. But, it felt great to have a chance – for us and for the fans as well,” said Monica Walker, who was playing lead for Brad Gushue on Sheet B in the mixed skins final. The team also featured USA’s Sarah Anderson (Minneapolis, Minn.) at vice skip and Canada’s Geoff Walker.
Entering the eighth end, Team World just needed to win one end on one of the three sheets to clinch the title and finally did with Muirhead’s takeout as they secured the skin against North America’s Rachel Homan.
“I think we just felt that we had nothing to lose so we left it all out on the table,” Walker said. “Prior to that it felt like there was a lot at stake and this game we just had that weight off our shoulders and just played really well.”
The victory earned $85,000 (CDN) for Team World while Team North America takes home $45,000.
“It was so much fun out there,” Anderson said. “We kept taking it one end at a time – maybe peering over at a sheet next to us. Everyone was so supportive on Team North America and it was a lot of fun. We had a great last day and I’m really proud of the way we played.”
The dates and the location for the 2020 Continental Cup have not been announced yet.
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