TEAM WORLD BEATS NORTH AMERICA TO WFG CONTINENTAL CURLING CUP TITLE
British Curling’s Team Muirhead and European Champions Team Mouat celebrated success as part of Team World, who defeated Team North America in the World Financial Group Continental Cup in Las Vegas. Captained by British Curling National Coach David Murdoch, Team World’s victory was even sweeter as it ended a six year drought in the Ryder Cup style event to lift the trophy in Orleans Arena.
After Team World opened up an impressive lead on the first day of action, Team North America waged an impressive comeback to close the gap for a dramatic final day of action. However it was skip Eve Muirhead who played a pivotal role in denying them the chance of extending their winning run to seven consecutive titles in the event’s history.
In one of the last crucial Skins games, Muirhead knocked out a North American stone in the eighth end to score a two against 2017 world champion Rachel Homan, to tie the match for the final points which saw Team World over the line. With a final score of 34-26 Team World celebrated winning the title for the first time since 2012 and for skip Eve Muirhead, the opportunity to lift the silverware at her fifth Continental Cup.
“I knew it wasn’t over until the scoreboard said it was over. It’s really exciting,” said Muirhead.
The 15th staging of the event comprised various formats including mixed doubles, men’s and women’s team play, men’s and women’s team scramble and skins games with 60 points available from the four days of action. Team World was the first side to 30.5 points on Sunday, preventing Team North America from adding to their 10 title wins in 14 previous attempts and earned the $84,500 prize pot.
Team Bruce Mouat, Scotland
Team Niklas Edin, Sweden
Team Peter de Cruz, Switzerland
Team Eve Muirhead, Scotland
Team Anna Hasselborg, Sweden
Team Silvana Tirinzoni, Switzerland
Team Captain: David Murdoch, Scotland
Team Coach: Fredrik Lindberg, Scotland
Team North America
Team John Shuster, United States
Team Brad Gushue, Canada
Team Kevin Koe, Canada
Team Jennifer Jones, Canada
Team Rachel Homan, Canada
Team Jamie Sinclair, United States
Team Captain: Pete Fenson, United States
Team Coach: Jeff Stoughton, Canada
Assistant Coach: Jill Officer, Canada
Images courtesy of Curling Canada - Michael Burns.