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(Posted 11 p.m., Feb. 7)
Team Homan earns
one-way ticket to
Scotties final

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

Orléans 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.

The 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.

All 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 tenth ends.

After 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.

Another 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.

A 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.

Homan 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.

After 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.

The 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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