VIVA LAS VEGAS FOR TEAMS MUIRHEAD AND MOUAT IN CONTINENTAL CURLING CUP
Scotland’s Team Muirhead and Team Mouat are joining forces with some of their international rivals to form Team World as they take on reigning champions Team North America in The Continental Cup, curling’s Ryder Cup style event which gets underway tomorrow.
European Champion skip Bruce Mouat is delighted to be involved in the 15th staging of the event and hopes to lend his weight to the campaign to end Team North America’s six year winning run, as well as preventing them from adding to their 10 title wins in 14 previous attempts.
Hosted at Orleans Arena, where Team Mouat won bronze at their first ever World Championships last year, Bruce Mouat said: “We get to play with and against some of the best teams in the world and we will be looking to get that title back from North America.”
Eve Muirhead is also relishing the prospect of ending North America’s dominance in the event, hosted in Vegas for the fourth time in the event’s history.
“We are really looking forward to the Continental Cup in Vegas. To get the chance to play in an event where you are not Team Muirhead but Team World is really cool.
“All the teams have a great laugh but the curling will be fiercely competitive on ice as usual!
“It’s also fun having the different game formats where we are all mixed up in different teams and playing alongside those who are normally your rivals.
“For me and for Vicki (Chalmers) this will be our fifth Continental Cup and we have only experienced winning it once, so it is time to get another win for Team World I think,” Muirhead added.
The event comprises various formats including mixed doubles, men’s and women’s team play, men’s and women’s team scramble and skins games with 60 points available from the next four days of action. The first side to 30.5 points on Sunday will claim the title and earn the $84,500 prize pot.
Team Bruce Mouat, Scotland
Team Niklas Edin, Sweden
Team Peter de Cruz, Switzerland
Team Eve Muirhead, Scotland
Team Anna Hasselborg, Sweden
Team Silvana Tirinzoni, Switzerland
Team Captain: David Murdoch, Scotland
Team Coach: Fredrik Lindberg, Scotland
Team North America
Team John Shuster, United States
Team Brad Gushue, Canada
Team Kevin Koe, Canada
Team Jennifer Jones, Canada
Team Rachel Homan, Canada
Team Jamie Sinclair, United States
Team Captain: Pete Fenson, United States
Team Coach: Jeff Stoughton, Canada
Assistant Coach: Jill Officer, Canada
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Photos: Perthshire Picture Agency- Graeme Hart.