of the Rings
remains in playoff hunt with important win over Nedohin
skip Rachel Homan entered today's action at the Roar of
the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg needing to win at least
one of her two games against 2012 Scotties champion Heather
Nedohin, or three-time Canadian champion Jennifer Jones.
Rachel Homan skipped her rink to a crucial
win against 2012 Scotties champion Heather
Nedohin in this morning's draw at the Roar
of the Rings to improve their record to 3-2.
Photo Michael Burns/CCA
losses and she would have played herself out of the tournament.
Instead she won her first game against Nedohin to remain
in the playoff hunt and her rink could conceivably end
up with a share of first place if they manage to beat
the Jones foursome in today's evening draw.
deuce in the sixth end was all that separated the last
two Scotties champions in this morning's game, as Homan,
who is the reigning title holder, used her last rock advantage
to start the game by blanking the first three ends. She
then made a nerve-racking draw to the back of the four
foot to score a point in the fourth end to take the early
forced Nedohin to make a draw against two markers in the
fifth end to tie the score at 1-1 and set up the pivotal
sixth end in which the Edmonton skip failed to stick around
after removing a Team Homan rock on her last shot and
Homan made a split off her own stone in front of the house
to score two. The two teams then traded points until Nedohin
ran out of ends.
key to victory for the Homan foursome was remaining aggressive
after going up by two points while continuing to play
within themselves and keeping their miscues to a minimum.
in point was the ninth end in which Homan and company
forced Nedohin and her third Beth Ishew to make several
difficult shots and only count one as a result.
key shot in the ninth end was a raise angle takeout with
Homan's last shot that forced Nedohin to have to draw
to the four foot against three markers.
the final end, Homan kept the house clean and made a wide
open takeout on her last shot to clinch the win.
Called the split to score the deuce in the sixth end "a
great team shot".
had the opportunity to split, I was looking at it before
she even threw her last. I knew it was there and had to
hit it in one spot, and we did. It was a great team shot,
Homan said after the game.
and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa
Weagle must now get ready to face Jones in today's evening
draw. The hometown favourite is currently leading the
standings with a 7-1 record.
Jones wins, she'll clinch first place with only one draw
left. If Homan pulls off the victory, Jones will come
back to the pack and set up a three way tie for first
with Homan and the winner of tonight's game between Chelsea
Carey and Val Sweeting.
if Homan loses, she will still have a shot at a tiebreaker
game as long as she beats Stefanie Lawton in tomorrow's
final round robin game.
2 p.m., Dec. 4)
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