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Team Homan successfully defends Scotties crown

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

Orléans 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.

The 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.)

Homan 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.

The 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.

The 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 point.

After 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.

The 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.

After 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.

Team 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.

"Being repeat champions is unbelievable. I'm so proud of my team, it's unbelievable," said Homan after the game.

The 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.

This 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.

"We're going for gold this time. That's it," said Homan emphatically.

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