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Roar of the Rings
Homan wins final round robin game, earns bye to semi-final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

After winning her final round robin game on Thursday, Orléans skip Rachel Homan has earned a spot in tonight's semifinal at the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg. Photo Michael Burns/CCA

It's been an up and down week for Orleans skip Rachel Homan at the Roar of the Rings Olympic trials in Winnipeg.

The rollercoaster ride continued for Team Homan Thursday night when they won their final round robin game and then found out they had earned a bye into the semifinal thanks to Homan's ability to outdraw her opposite number before each round robin game.

During the tournament opposing skips each throw one rock prior to the start of their game. Whoever gets closest to the button gets to start the game with last rock advantage otherwise known as "the hammer". Homan won the hammer in the first five games of the tournament.

Ironically, she didn't start her final round robin game against Stefanie Lawton with the hammer and she found herself trailing 2-0 after the first two ends as a result Undaunted, Homan scored a point in the third and then stole three points in the fourth end to gain the upper hand.

After the two teams exchanged single points in the sixth and eighth ends, Lawton used her last rock advantage to tie the game with a deuce in the ninth.

For Homan it was déja vu all over again. On Wednesday night, she had the hammer with the game tied heading into the final end against Jennifer Jones, only to have it slip away when she was heavy on her final shot.

Homan wasn't about to make the same mistake twice against Lawton. Her final shot was on the mark and she scored a point to earn the win.

Homan's goal heading into the final round robin game was to qualify for a possible tiebreaker. Earning a bye to Friday night's semifinal was a bonus. It means she and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle are only one win away from a spot in the final and a rematch with Jones who she beat in the final of the Scottie's championship earlier this year.

Homan won't know who her opponent is in the semifinal until after a third place tiebreaker is played between Sherry Middaugh and Chelsea Carey on Friday afternoon.

Although she beat Middaugh and lost to Carey in the round robin, Homan isn't concerned who she'll face in the semi.

"We've played them both a million times and it's going to be a good game either way and hopefully we can win it in 10 (ends)," Homan said after finding out her team had earned a bye.

The semifinal game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be telecast on TSN.

(Posted 1:30 a.m., Dec. 6)


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