Team North America building lead on the World during Continental Cup

Team North America now leads Team World 17.5-9.5 in the World Financial Group Continental Cup.

Team North America swept the three mixed doubles games on Saturday morning at Penticton's South Okanagan Events Centre.

Setting the tone was the debut of North American pair Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing. Jones and Laing had their first baby, daughter Isabella, in November, and in their first time playing together, they defeated Team World’s Torger Nergård and Carmen Küng 7-5.

Teams throw five rocks per end, with one player throwing the first and fifth rocks, while the teammate delivers the second, third and fourth rocks. Jones delivered the last rock, and there was never a doubt she would, said Laing with a smile.

“Nope,” said Laing to the Canadian Curling Association. “When you have somebody like Jen who’s made so many last shots, you might as well let her throw them. I haven’t thrown a last shot probably since I was 15, so I tried to avoid that.”

In the other mixed action, Glenn Howard teamed up with Nathalie Nicholson, who plays with Allison Pottinger, for a 9-4 victory against Team World's Greg Drummond of Tom Brewster's rink along with Anna Sloan, who plays with Eve Muirhead.

The first team to claim 30.5 points out of the 60 available will win the WFG Continental Cup.

“It was a blast,” said Howard, the reigning world men’s champion. “It’s only the second (mixed doubles) game I’ve ever played; you’re sweeping, you’re jumping up and calling (after throwing the rock), you’re running around with your head cut off, but it’s a lot of fun. Nat was a great partner and I’d love to do this again.”

Heath McCormick and Jessica Mair of Heather Nedohin's rink, cruised past Team World's Sebastian Kraupp of the Niklas Edin rink and Maria Prytz of the Margaretha Sigfridsson rink, 9-3.

In the women's event, Jones' rink defeated Muirhead 5-4 to earn the point, while Pottinger and Sigfridsson tied 5-5 and Nedohin lost to Mirjam Ott 6-2

Check for more coverage of the Continental Cup which wraps up Sunday with the skins games.


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