10:30 a.m., Feb. 2)
opens Scotties with win over Manitoba
By Fred Sherwin
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
appears Orléans skip Rachel Homan has left the
disappointment of not qualifying for the Winter Olympics
far behind her.
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.
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
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.
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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