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Homan opens Scotties with win over Manitoba

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans skip Rachel Homan's quest for a second straight Scotties championship got off to a strong start on Saturday with a 8-3 win over Team Manitoba. File photo

It appears Orléans skip Rachel Homan has left the disappointment of not qualifying for the Winter Olympics far behind her.

In a week that included winning the Female Athlete of the Year and Female Team of the Year at the Ottawa Sports Awards, the former Cairine Wilson Secondary School student launced her defence of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts with an 8-3 win over Manitoba's Chelsea Carey.

Wearing the Team Canada colours emblematic of the defending champion, Homan and her rink of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle, held a one point lead heading into the eighth when they slammed the door on their opponents with four big points.

“The team played really well in front of me,” Homan told reporters after the game. “It was a tough battle. It was 4-3 and then one big end kind of ended it. My team just really had it today.”

It's been almost two months since Homan's Olympic quest came up short in the semi-finals of the Roar of the Rings trials. The long layoff combined with their participation in the recent Continental Cup in Las Vegas has helped Team Homan refocus on the task at hand, defending their Scotties title and a return to the World Championships.

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