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Roar of the Rings
Team Homan still in the hunt for Olympic berth despite up and down day
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 Michael Burns/CCA

It's 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.

Homan 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 end.

All 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.

Homan 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.

Homan's 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 draw.

The 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.

The second and third place teams will face each other in the semi-final/

Monday 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.

The 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 4-0 lead.

After 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.

After 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.

“We 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.

The 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.

Carey 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.

Homan 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 both teams.

(Posted 11 p.m., Dec. 2)

 

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