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Roar of the Rings
Homan still in playoff picture despite 10th end loss to Jennifer Jones
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans skip Rachel Homan must win her final round robin game later today if she wants a shot at making the playoffs at the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg. Photo Michael Burns/CCA

Orléans skip Rachel Homan will be looking to bounce back in this afternoon's final draw at the Roar of Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg after losing to Jennifer Jones in the final end of their game last night.

Homan had the hammer with the game tied heading into the 10th and final end, but was heavy on her final shot giving Jones a steal of one and the win.

It was a difficult loss for the Homan rink, which up until that point had curled well enough to win.

Trailing 3-1 heading into the fifth end, Homan counted three in fifth and then stole another point in the sixth to take a two point lead.

Jones managed to bounce back in the seventh end to score a duece and then forced Homan to settle for a single point in the eighth.

Down by a point, Jones had to try and manufactor a deuce with last rock advantage in the ninth. When Homan forced her to score a point with a draw to the button in the next to the last end, the game came down to the final frame.

Needing to draw to the four foot ring with her last shot, Homan was heavy and Jones walked off the ice with the win and a bye into Saturday's final having clinched first place.

With the loss Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle. fell into a tie for third place with three other rinks.

The task before her today is simple -- win. A loss against Stefanie Lawton and they'll be relegated to the stands. A win and they'll be assured of at least a tiebreaker.

Despite the heartbreaking loss to Jones Wednesday night, Homan left the rink with a positive attitude.

"I'm really proud of my team. We had a heck of a game and we deserved that win, but that's all right, they got away with one and we'll get them back," said Homan.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., Dec. 5)


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