opens World Curling Championships with win over Russia
By Fred Sherwin
For the 14th time in as many games, Orléans
skip Rachel Homan didn't have to throw her
last stone in z 7-5 win over Russia in the
opening draw of the Ford World Curling Championships
on Saturday. File photo
skip Rachel Homan opened the Ford World Curling Championships
in St. John, New Brunswick on Saturday with a no nonsense
7-5 win over Russia.
getting the win, Homan and her teammates Emma Miskew,
Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle were able to extend their
current unbeaten streak to 14 games, going back to the
opening draw of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
also extended her streak of not having to throw her last
rock to the same number of games when Russian skip Anna
Sidorova was heavy on her final draw in the 10th end against
three Canadian markers.
pesky Russian were able to make a game of it against the
Canadians despite trailing in the statistical department,
partly because of Team Homan's inability to take advantage
of Russia's poor shooting, and partly because of the Russians
ability to score a deuce when they needed it the most
in the ninth end.
the opening win under their belts, Team Homan will be
able to focus on the rest of the competition with the
hometown crowd clearly behind them. The Ottawa foursome
is hoping to improve on their bronze medal performance
at last year's Worlds in Latvia.
p.m., March 15)
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