10:30 a.m., Feb. 6)
skip on a roll
at Canadian Junior Championships
native Rachel Homan is making a strong bid to guide her Ottawa Curling Club rink
to the Canadian Junior Championship. Heading into the final day of the round robin
portion of the tournament, the Ontario rink is tied for first place with a record
getting the morning off yesterday, the Ontario rink beat the defending champions
from Manitoba 7-4 thanks to a big fifth end in which they counted three rocks
to break a 1-1 tie and improve their record to 8-1.
in the evening draw, the girls lost 7-6 to British Columbia in extra ends after
giving up three in the sixth. With the loss the Homan rink is now tied for first
place with Alberta with two games remaining in the round robin. Should they remain
tied at the end of the day, Team Ontario holds the edge in a tie-breaker situation
having beaten the Abertans earlier in the week.
Ontario foursome which includes Emma Miskew at third, Alison Kreviazuk at second
and Lynn Kreviazuk at lead, is battle hardened have spent the last four months
on the women's cashspiel circuit with the likes of reigning world champion Jennifer
Jones, veteran Sherry Middaugh and China's Bingyu Wang who was the runner-up at
last year's world championships.
the big end against Manitoba, Homan made a near perfect hit and roll which forced
Manitoba skip Kaitlyn Lawes to go for a difficult double take-out. When she didn't
make it Homan made the draw to count three.
actually didn't really set up well at the beginning, to be honest. We didn't make
a few shots early in the end but we made a nice freeze, then a hit and roll. She
(Lawes) had a tough shot, a double, but didn't quite make it, so we had a shot
for three. We were in really good shape after that," says Homan.
last night's loss to B.C., Ontario appeared to break the game wide open with three
in the fifth end, but the west coast team came back with three of their own in
the sixth end and then stole a point in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. The writing
was on the wall when Homan had to settle for a single in the eighth end. B.C.
skip Kelly Shimizu blanked the ninth end with the hammer and then hit and stayed
to count one in the 10th.
Homan foursome is hoping to bounce back against the Northwest Territories in this
morning's draw. They'll then get to watch the afternoon draw before taking on
Saskatchewan in the final round robin draw this evening.
19-year-old former Navan Curling Club member says the team has been bouyed by
the support they've been getting from back home.
in good spirits, doing well," says Homan. "We're getting tons of e-mails
from everywhere. We're really happy."
women's final will be broadcast by TSN at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
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