North America win Continental Cup

Sun, 16 Jan 09:43:00 2011

Team North America secured victory in curling's Continental Cup with a whole day still to play.

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They won all three skins games and scooped up a total of 62 points to take them over the 201 point threshold to win their fourth title in the history of the event. 

In the concluding end of the women's skins game between Canada's Jennifer Jones and Team World's Mirjam Ott from Switzerland, Jones stole a 22-point skin to win 22-8.

Next, it was Canada's Kevin Koe, who stole an eighth end skin, worth nine points, to defeat Sweden's Niklas Edin, 21-9.

And finally, in the mixed skins game between teams skipped by Canada's John Morris and Scotland's David Murdoch, it was Morris who stole the nine point skin to claim a 19-11 decision, after the game had ended with a carryover.  

The skips then drew to the button to determine the winner, with Morris having the better result.

"In a sense it's a premature ending but on the other hand it got really exciting for the crowd when it comes right down to the last rock like that," said North America coach Rick Lang.

Team World coach Peja Lindholm admitted his side were well beaten but vowed to restore some pride in the concluding matches.

"It's devastating but they were a lot better than us, we just have to accept that," said Lindholm. 

"We just didn't perform as well as I know we can. When we are on the top level of our game we play really well, but there were too many errors."

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