Team Europe claimed the Continental Cup yesterday, beating Team North America handily by taking 229 points of the available 400. Team North America played well early on in the event but just couldn’t get it done in the skins games as the European contingent won almost all of the available points. Rumour has it that the Continental Cup is in jeopardy due to lack of funding and some misgivings on the part of the WCF. Hopefully this is not the case as I found the entire event a joy to watch and from what I can gather all the players enjoyed the experience as well.
Speaking of fun events, I thought NBC did a fantastic job on their coverage of the Korbel Elite Challenge. Pete Fenson squeaked out a win over Debbie McCormack in the battle of the sexes, but the real winner here was the game of curling itself. Don Chevrier and Don Duguid did a great job of explaining strategy and all of the different shots from draws, quiet tap backs to up-weight takeouts which should make the game more interesting to anyone new to the sport. It was also nice to see that Dan Jansen and Picabo Street seemed genuinely interested in learning the strategy and they appeared to be enjoying to whole experience. Could an Olympic curling medal be in their futures….. on second thought, I highly doubt it.
Tickets are still available for the Home Hardware Masters grand slam of curling in Waterloo, Ontario starting this Wednesday. The field is full of talent which should make for some great curling so show your support. CBC Sports will be showing the final this Sunday for those of you who can’t be there in person.
The alarming trend of clubs closing down continues, this time it is the Lakeshore Curling Club in Lower Sackville, N.S. and the local curlers are understandably upset. Please see the article in The Daily News.
Gushue’s golden boys are to be inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador with Russ Howard becoming an honourary member. Congratulations and well deserved.