Tourney over and out*

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

CAMROSE -- What will likely be the final Continental Cup ever played ended early and was completed in controversy.

"It's a shame," said John Morris at the fourth end break as Team World celebrated winning the title on a shot by Thomas Ulsrud before the two teams were forced to go back to the ice and play the final four ends of an event not only over for now but almost certainly forever.

"It was such a great event. It's a shame there should be an asterisk involved," said Kevin Martin's third.

"It's just so unfortunate there was confusion involved. You never like to lose like this. And you never like to win or like to lose like this.

"Somebody made a mistake. We should be going back out there with this game still for the winning. This shouldn't be over like this because somebody didn't make the lineup right. It was an honest mistake.

"We're not playing for millions of dollars here. We're playing for pride.

"Mostly we're playing to showcase our sport," he said of leaving TSN with the final hour and a half of 28 hours of live television out of here with the two teams playing the final four ends of the men's skins game as an exhibition.

"This is such a great event, it doesn't deserve to end like that."

The winning World team players each received $2,000 and the members of the losing team each took home $1,000. Martin will play in the TSN Skins game Jan. 10-11 in which four teams will play for $100,000.

The controversy went down the night before in the mixed skins game featuring Martin and Jennifer Jones playing together against Ulsrud and Anette Norberg, the skips from teams which would end up going for 110 points on the final day.

The game was declared a 15-15 draw during the tie early in the contest because of a lineup mistake.

Morris's morning 15-5 mixed skins win was also declared a 10-10 tie long after the fact, causing a 10-point adjustment in the standings.

If the lineup mistakes had been ignored, Martin would have still been alive going into the fifth end of the eight end final.

"This game still would have been in doubt," said Morris as he headed back to the ice to mop up the game to fill the TV window.

As it turned out Martin won all four of the remaining ends and thus won the game 40-15.

That left the final score for the tournament at 208-192. The lineup mix-up, arguably, cost North America the title.

"That was expensive," said Martin.

"It's one of those weird things, I guess."

The North America lineups in both mixed skins events included ineligible players according to the rules in the Continental Cup competitors guide, calling for two U.S. members to play in the mixed skins games when none were in the lineups.

Morris played with fellow Canadians Marliese Kasner, Blake MacDonald and Lana Vey while Martin and Jones also played with Canadians Marc Kennedy and Dawn Askin.

"I hate things like this," said Team World coach Pal Trulsen of Norway.

"We want the team with the most points to win the event, not the team that can't read English."

Canadian captain Russ Howard said the mistake was made trying to field the best team and he didn't catch the mistake.

"Unfortunately nobody else caught it, either."

That's what bugged Morris most.

Saturday's lineups were filed Friday.

"The whole gong show could have been eliminated," said Morris.

Head judge Arlene Day of Regina said she should have caught the mistakes and said she apologized to both teams.

Because this event is going away, it's a controversy with a seriously short shelf life, as well.


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