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World Curling Championships
Homan opens World Curling Championships with win over Russia

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

Orléans 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.

In 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.

Homan 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.

The 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.

With 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.

Posted:4:30 p.m., March 15)

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