WFG Continental Cup 2013 matchups revealed

Captains and coaches for Team World and Team North America have determined their picks for the opening three days of action in the 2013 World Financial Group Continental Cup.

Team World Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns
Team North America Photo: WCF/CCA/Michael Burns

Kicking off on Thursday morning and running through to Sunday at the South Okanagan Events Centre in Penticton, British Columbia, the event will feature reigning Ford world women's champion Mirjam Ott of Switzerland, taking on defending USA champion Allison Pottinger in the opening draw at 8:30 a.m. (all times Pacific Standard Time [PST]).

In other opening-draw action, Canada’s 2012 world bronze-medallist, Heather Nedohin, will play Eve Muirhead of Scotland, while 2012 world silver-medallist, Margaretha Sigfridsson from Sweden, plays Canada’s Jennifer Jones.

Matchups for the three skins-format games that could decide matters on Sunday will be determined when the respective coaches and captains (coach Rick Lang and captain Kelley Law for Team North America and coach David Hay of Scotland and captain Peja Lindholm of Sweden for Team World) meet again on Saturday afternoon.

Below is the entire schedule for the first three days of the competition.

THURSDAY, January 10
8:30 a.m. PST
Women's Team

Sheet A: Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA) vs Team World (Mirjam Ott, Switzerland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Heather Nedohin, Canada) vs Team World (Eve Muirhead, Scotland)
Sheet C: Team North America (Jennifer Jones, Canada) vs Team World (Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden)

1 p.m. PST
Mixed Doubles

Sheet A: Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA and Marc Kennedy, Canada) vs Team World (Carmen Schäfer, Switzerland and Christoffer Svae, Norway)
Sheet B: Team North America (Heather Nedohin, Canada and Dean Gemmell USA) vs Team World (Eve Muirhead and Michael Goodfellow, both Scotland)
Sheet C: Team North America (Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris, both Canada) vs Team World (Christina Bertrup and Niklas Edin, both Sweden)

6:30 p.m. PST
Men's Team

Sheet A: Team North America (Heath McCormick, USA.) vs Team World (Niklas Edin, Sweden)
Sheet B: Team North America (Glenn Howard, Canada) vs Team World (Thomas Ulsrud, Norway)
Sheet C: Team North America (Kevin Martin, Canada) vs Team World (Tom Brewster, Scotland)

FRIDAY, January 11
8:30 a.m. PST

Sheet A: Team North America (Heather Nedohin, Canada) vs Team World (Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden)
Sheet B: Team North America (Jennifer Jones, Canada) vs Team World (Mirjam Ott, Switzerland)
Sheet C: Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA vs Team World (Eve Muirhead, Scotland)

1 p.m. PST
Singles
Women

Sheet A: Team North America (Heather Nedohin, Canada) vs Team World (Eve Muirhead, Scotland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Jennifer Jones, Canada) vs Team World (Mirjam Ott, Switzerland)
Sheet C: Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA) vs Team World (Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden)
Men
Sheet A: Team North America (Heath McCormick, USA) vs Team World (Tom Brewster, Scotland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Glenn Howard, Canada) vs Team World (Thomas Ulsrud, Norway)
Sheet C: Team North America (Kevin Martin, Canada) vs Team World (Niklas Edin, Sweden)

6:30 p.m. PST
Men's Team

Sheet A: Team North America (Glenn Howard, Canada) vs Team World (Tom Brewster, Scotland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Kevin Martin, Canada) vs Team World (Niklas Edin, Sweden)
Sheet C: Team North America (Heath McCormick, USA) vs Team World (Thomas Ulsrud, Norway)

SATURDAY, January 12
9 a.m. PST
Mixed Doubles

Sheet A: Team North America (Natalie Nicholson, USA and Glenn Howard, Canada) vs Team World (Anna Sloan and Greg Drummond, both Scotland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Jennifer Jones and Brent Laing, both Canada) vs Team World (Carmen Kung, Switzerland and Torger Nergård, Norway)
Sheet C: Team North America (Jessica Mair, Canada and Heath McCormick, USA) vs Team World (Maria Prytz and Sebastian Kraupp, both Sweden)

1:30 p.m. PST
Women's Team

Sheet A: Team North America (Jennifer Jones, Canada) vs Team World (Eve Muirhead, Scotland)
Sheet B: Team North America (Allison Pottinger, USA) vs Team World (Margaretha Sigfridsson, Sweden)
Sheet C: Team North America (Heather Nedohin Canada)) vs Team World (Mirjam Ott, Switzerland)

6:30 p.m.
Men's Team

Sheet A: Team North America (Kevin Martin, Canada) vs Team World (Thomas Ulsrud, Norway)
Sheet B: Team North America (Heath McCormick, USA) vs Team World (Tom Brewster, Scotland)
Sheet C: Team North America (Glenn Howard, Canada) vs Team World (Niklas Edin, Sweden)

This year’s event will see a new points system being used. A total of 60 points is now available, meaning the side which earns more than 30 points will be declared the champion.

For the six Mixed Doubles and six Singles matches, one point will be awarded for each victory, one-half point if tied). There will now be 18 team games (nine men’s and nine women’s) played, instead of the previous 12, each worth one point for a win, one-half point for a tie.

All games are eight ends and there are no extra ends. There will also be six Skins games (two mixed, two women’s and two men’s) now offering a total of five points per game, with the first six ends of each game worth one-half point each, while the seventh and eighth ends are worth one point each. In skins, a count of at least two with last rock or a steal is required in order to win an end. Otherwise, the points carry over.

The winning side receives $52,000 Cdn ($2,000 per member, including captain and coach), while the losing side gets $26,000 ($1,000 per member, including captain and coach). As well, the side which generates the highest points total from the six Skins games will receive an additional $13,000 ($500 per player, plus captain and coach).

The Canadian Sports broadcaster, TSN, will provide complete coverage of the Cup inside Canada and this coverage will be available to curling fans outside Canada to enjoy via the World Curling Federation website: http://www.worldcurling.org/world-financial-group-continental-cup-2013-web-coverage

The World Financial Group Continental Cup, which will be staged in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in 2014 (16-19 January), is a joint venture of the Canadian Curling Association, World Curling Federation and United States Curling Association.

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For ticket and event information, visit: www.curling.ca/championships/continentalcup.