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North America inches ahead

by Jeff Timson, St Clair's Group.

Thunder Bay, November 29, 2003

North America inched further ahead of Europe at the Continental Cup, being played at Fort William Gardens, after splitting the two men's Skins games Saturday evening.

Canada's Mark Dacey proved a 23-17 winner over Norway's Pål Trulsen in the 40 point game, but Scotland's Hammy McMillan came back in the final end to defeat Pete Fenson of the United States, 16-14 in the 30 point affair.

Thus, the totals now read North America 149, Europe 131, with two 60 point Skins games scheduled for Sunday. The first team to reach 201 points will be declared the champion.

Canada's Sherry Middaugh plays Sweden's Anette Norberg in the women's game at 12:30 pm ET, then Randy Ferbey faces Peja Lindholm in the men's game at 6:00 pm. Both games will be televised live across Canada on TSN.

In Team games earlier this week, Norberg defeated Middaugh, 6-5, while Lindholm was a 5-3 winner over Ferbey.

Tonight, the Dacey-Trulsen encounter turned in the sixth end, when Dacey made a nifty raise of his own stone to the button, chipping out a Trulsen stone to count two and take a 19 point 'skin', which had accumulated from three previous ends of carry-overs.

However, North America had a chance to put a hammerlock on the Europeans, as both games had significant carry-overs going into the final end.

After Trulsen was able to bury a stone on the button with his last, Dacey was unable to chip it out with his final rock, giving Trulsen a steal and a huge 17 point 'skin', to avoid a 40-0 drubbing.

In the other game, McMillan was able to steal the 'skin', worth 13 points and win the match when Fenson, trying a double, rolled too far with his shooter after the Scottish skip's stone jammed on another American stone and hung around as shot rock.

Last year, at the inaugural Continental Cup in Regina, Team World held a 157-123 lead going into the two 60 point Skins games on the final day. Ultimately, the competition came down to the last rock in the last end of the men's game, when Canada's Kevin Martin was able to steal a 13 point skin and give North America a 207-193 win.


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