Another split leaves Team Homan in the middle of the pack
Orleans native Rachel Homan and Team Canada
earned another split at the World Curling
Championships on Wednesday, downing Italy
7-6 before losing 8-4 to Sweden. File photo
native Rachel Homan earned another split at the World
Curling Championships on Tuesday, leaving her tied with
three other teams at 4-3 behind Sweden (6-1), Scotland
(6-1) and Russia (5-2).
struggling with her consistency, Homan missed several
crucial shots in an 8-4 loss to Sweden in the evening
draw after barely squeaking by Italy earlier in the day.
curled just 79 per cent against last year's silver medalists
from Sweden. Her biggest "miss" came in the
first end when she had a chance to remove a Swedish rock
and score four points. Instead she racked on the guard
and gave up a steal.
missed a chance to steal at least one point in the fourth
end when she had four rocks surrounding a Swedish counter.
When her final shot missed the mark, Sweden hung up another
woes continued in the fifth end when she was light on
her final draw and only counted one point instead of two.
Sweden scored a point in the sixth end, they managed to
steal a point in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead.
four Canadian players finally got their act together to
score a deuce in the eighth end, but after Sweden blanked
the ninth Homan had to go for broke without the hammer
in the 10th end and ended giving up four points.
their game against Italy earlier in the day, inconsistency
made a nail-biter out of what should have been an easy
win. Homan curled just 81 per cent in the game, which
isn't too bad on its own, except for the fact that third
Emma Miskew only curled 64 per cent and missed nearly
half of her takeouts.
Canadian foursome will hope to bounce back against Germany
Wednesday morning before taking on Switzerland in a crucial
game in the evening draw. The Swiss is one of the team's
Canada is currently tied with, so a win is a must if they
hope to make the playoffs.
their loss to Sweden, Homan optimistically tweeted "Great
battle by my team, tough one to lose," while adding
the hashtags #rebound and #needtowin.
will televise both games on Wednesday. The fist game gets
underway at 2:30 a.m. while the second game starts at
7:30 p.m., March 19)
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