11 p.m., Feb. 7)
one-way ticket to
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans native Rachel Homan and her
teammates are on the cusp of winning their
second straight Scotties Tournament of Hearts
after earning a spot in Sunday's final with
a win over Manitoba in Friday's 1-2 playoff
game. Photo CCA/Andrew Andrew Klaver
skip Rachel Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison
Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle are one win away from retaining
their Scotties Tournament of Hearts crown and a return
trip to the World Curling Championships.
fearless foursome were taken to the wire by a determined
Manitoba team in the 1-2 playoff game Friday night, but
eventually came out on top
to earn a one-way ticket to Sunday's final.
four members of Team Homan, played well early and then
struggled through the middle ends before rebounding to
curl lights out when it mattered most in the ninth and
starting the game with a blank in the first end, Homan
made a brilliant double take-out in the second to take
an early 3-0 lead.
double takeout by the Orléans skip, aided by Emma
Miskew's sweeping, prevented Manitoba from picking up
a deuce in the fourth end and instead force them to settle
for a single point.
well-earned steal by Manitoba in the fifth narrowed the
defict to one and signalled a change in momentum that
continued into sixth end when another steal temporarily
knotted the score at 3-3.
came back to score a clutch single aganst three markers
in the seventh and then forced Manitoba to setlle for
one against three markers in the eighth end.
blanking the ninth end, Homan didn't even have to throw
her final stone thanks to a miscue by her opposite number
Chelsea Carey who racked on her own guard while trying
to make a take out om her final shot.
win improves Team Homan's Scotties record over the past
two years to 24-1. They'll be looking to make it 25-1
in the final on Sunday when they take on the winner of
Saturday's semi-final between Manitoba and the winner
of the 3-4 playoff game between Saskatchewan and Alberta.
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