World weariness

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

CAMROSE -- World domination?

After the Team World dominated the first two days of the Continental Cup - doubling Team North America 72-36 - the beat continued here in the first two events yesterday mostly because of home-team failures in games involving Canada's women or Edmonton's Kevin Koe.

Koe, who lost two previous games, lost in the singles competition here yesterday afternoon. Both Koe and second Carter Rycoft were also on losing teams in mixed doubles.

In three events involving her entire team and two others involving a member of her team, defending world champion Jennifer Jones' team had yet to win one of them here going into a mixed game combining with Kevin Martin last night.

The Winnipeg team has to come through in the 8:30 a.m. morning women's final to give Martin a chance to win it in the 2 p.m. men's final.

"It's huge," she said of her morning game today.

"There are a lot of points at stake."

The North Americans closed the gap by 10 points in an amazing morning skins competition but then dropped back 18 in the afternoon singles event leading into another round of skins competition in the evening with the World leading 119-81.

110 POINTS

A total of 110 points are available in today's skins finals with Jones scheduled against Ott with 55 available and Martin versus Thomas Ulsrud of Norway for the other 55.

The first team to get to 201 points will win the event, which has been won three of five previous hostings by the North Americans, including a 290-110 drubbing last year in Medicine Hat.

That one was over on the Saturday. At least this one remains in doubt going into today.

All three Saturday morning skins games, men's, women's and mixed, went down to sudden-death draws to the button - with one requiring a repeat.

In eight game-on-the-line draws to the button, seven were on the button and five covered the pinhole.

MORRIS TEAM

The result was an overall win by John Morris and team of Marliese Kasner, Blake MacDonald and Lana Vev over David Murdoch's collection of World team players in the mixed, with Fengchun Wang of China scoring a draw with Craig Brown of the U.S. in men's and Debbie McCormick of the USA also getting a draw against Bingyu (Betty) Wang of China.

In the singles event, which this year features individuals taking six different shots - the draw-the-button, run- through, draw-the-port, raise, hit-and-roll and double-takeout with each member of the team required to take a least one of the shots which are scored on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis by where the shooter ends up in the rings.

In the women's event, Canada's Stefanie Lawton beat Aette Norberg of Sweden 15-12, Mirjam Ott of Switzerland and Debbie McCormick of the U.S. battled to an 11-11 draw while China's Wang beat Canada's Jones 18-16.

In the men's singles, Koe, who lost two previous team games, lost yet again, this time 20-15 Fengchun Wang of China a 20-15 with Ulsrud edging Brown's Americans 18-17. Only Kevin Martin's Edmonton outfit came through with a 19-16 win over Murdoch.

When Koe's second Rycroft scored zero on the last shot double takeout, the World won the total points aggregate 95-93, to win the overall singles event 45-27.


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