of the Rings
Homan still in the hunt for Olympic berth despite up and
Orléans skip Rachel Homan needs to
remain focused if she hopes to lead her team
to a berth in the playoffs at the Roar of
the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg. Photo
been one of those days for Orléans skip Rachel
Homan. After bouncing back from an embarrassing opening
draw loss to beat Renee Sonnenberg this morning, Homan
came out on the wrong end of a 9-8 score against Chelsea
Carey in this evening's draw to fall to 1-2 at the Roar
of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg.
had the Manitoba skip right where she wanted her heading
into the ninth end of their 10-end game. With the score
tied 7-7, Homan had last rock and with it control of the
that changed on a couple of missed shots which left the
door wide open for Carey who stole two points and flipped
the game on its head.
had a chance to force the match into extra ends in the
10th, but her attempted draw to the 12-foot came up short
and Carey walked off the ice with a 9-8 win.
only saving grace is that she's tied with four other teams
at 1-2 and therefore is still in the hunt for an Olympic
berth. Alberta skip Val Sweeting sits on top of the standings
at 3-0 after beating Jennifer Jones in Monday's evening
Jones rink is now 2-1 which has them tied with Carey.
Everyone else, including Homan, is a game back at 1-2.
Only the top three teams will make the playoffs, with
the first place team earning a bye straight to the final.
second and third place teams will face each other in the
night's see-saw battle was a far cry from the morning
game in which Homan beat Sonnenberg in eight ends. After
blanking the first two ends with the hammer, the Orléans
native was forced to count a point in the third.
game turned in Homan's favour in the fourth end when Sonnenberg's
final shot slid through the house allowing the Ottawa
Curling Club team to score three points for a commanding
Sonnenberg blanked the fifth end, Homan forced her opposite
number to count one in the sixth. The Alberta skip managed
to steal a second point in the seventh end, but it only
delayed the inevitable as Homan scored four in the eighth,
forcing Sonnenberg to concede defeat.
the game, Homan said Sunday's opening day loss provided
her team with a much needed wake up call. It forced them
to get focused in a hurry. Starting out 0-2 with such
a strong field competing for a berth in the Sochi Winter
Olympics would have been disastrous.
really needed a win this morning and I guess you could
say there was a lot more pressure this morning than there
was yesterday, Homan said before resting up for
the evening draw.
defending Scottie champions got off to a solid start against
Carey. They scored a point in the first end and then stole
a point in the second to take an early 2-0 lead. After
the Manitoba foursome bounced back with a deuce in the
third, Homan and company scored three big points in the
fourth to take the upper hand.
scored another deuce in the fifth end and stole a point
in the sixth to knot the score at five points apiece.
After Homan scored a deuce in the seventh end to reestablish
a two-point lead, Carey answered back with yet another
deuce to tie the score and set up the dramatic finish.
and teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle
will be looking to get their game back on track when they
take on Sherry Middaugh in what is a must win game for
11 p.m., Dec. 2)
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