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All even at Continental Cup (II)

by Jeff Timson, St Clair's Group.

Thunder Bay, November 28, 2003

It's all even between Europe and North America at the Continental Cup after two days of intense competition in the Fort William Gardens.

With six draws in the books, Europe and North America are tied with 54 points, heading into the final weekend, when 292 points and bragging rights for a year are up for grabs.

Friday night, Europe took two of the three men's Team games, to knot the overall score. One game turned into a no contest, as Norway's Pål Trulsen destroyed Pete Fenson of the United States, 10-1. It was only yesterday (Thursday) that Fenson defeated Trulsen, 6-3 in their first encounter of the week.

In the other contests, Sweden's Peja Lindholm edged Canada's Randy Ferbey, 5-3, while Canada's Mark Dacey proved a same score, 5-3 winner over Scotland's Hammy McMillan.

On Saturday, six Singles matches (at 9:00 am ET), similar to the skill-testing Ford Hot Shots competition conducted annually at the Scott Tournament of Hearts and Nokia Brier, are scheduled. Each win is worth four points, with an additional eight points awarded to the side which scores the highest aggregate total (from points awarded from all shots).

The Singles will be followed by two women's Skins games (30 and 40 points) at 1:00 pm, then two men's Skins games (30 and 40 points) at 7:00 pm.

On Sunday, the 'Cup' concludes with a women's Skins game (60 points) at 12:30 pm, followed by a men's Skins games (60 points) at 6:00 pm. The first team to reach 201 points will be declared the champion.

TSN is providing 30 hours of complete event live television coverage across Canada of this second Continental Cup. WC TV (World Curling TV) is distributing daily highlight packages for European television stations while MultiCast Networks is producing live pay-per-view webcast programming.

2003-10-22

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