11 p.m., Feb. 9)
Homan successfully defends Scotties crown
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans native Rachel Homan successfully
led her team to a second straight Scotties
Tournament of Hearts crown on Sunday, becoming
the first team to go undefeated in the process.
Photo CCA/Andrew Andrew Klaver
skip Rachel Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison
Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle became the first foursome since
1985 to go undefeated in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts
on Sunday when they defeated Alberta to go a perfect 13-0
and successfully defend their Canadian title.
championship was the perfect cap to a week in which they
set several individual and team records including highest
shooting percentage by a team in the round robin (90%),
and most wins in a row without a loss (18 dating back
to the 17th draw of last year's Scotties.)
used last rock advantage to blank the first end. She then
capitalized on a missed double take out attempt by Alberta
skip Val Sweeting to score three big points in the second.
young Albertan squad bounced back with a deuce in the
third, but Homan still had a one point lead and the hammer
which she used to score two more points in the fourth
after Sweeting's attempted raise to the button slid to
the back of the 12-foot.
Alberta skip rebounded once again with a draw to the button
for a point in the fifth end, but it left her team trailing
the Homan foursome by two points at the game's midway
the break, Homan made a great double take out with her
final rock in the sixth end to salvage a point, but two
missed shots by Miskew allowed Sweeting to score a deuce
in the seventh to pull to within one.
Homan foursome took control of the game in the eighth
end when Orléans skip made back-to-back take outs
aided by the superb sweeping of Weagle and Kreviazuk to
score another deuce.
forcing Sweeting to settle for a point in the ninth end,
Homan ran the Alberta skip out of rocks in the 10th and
final end to claim the Scotties crown and earn a trip
to the World Championship for the second year in a row.
Homan's dominance in the tournament is reflected in the
fact that Homan, Miskew and Kreviazuk all set records
for highest shooting percentage at their positions, while
Homan never had to throw her final rock all week.
repeat champions is unbelievable. I'm so proud of my team,
it's unbelievable," said Homan after the game.
win was sweet redemption for the team which had to bounce
back from a disappointing performance in the Olympic Trials
in which they lost in the semi-final.
year's worlds are being played in St. John, N.B. where
Team Homan will be looking to improve on their bronze
medal performance of a year ago.
going for gold this time. That's it," said Homan
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