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World Curling Championships
Pair of wins lifts Team Homan into share of first place

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native Rachel Homan has skipped her team to a share of first place at the Ford World Championships with wins over Latvia and Scotland on Tuesday. CCA Photo

Orléans skip Rachel Homan is back in familiar territory. After a pair of wins over Latvia and Scotland on Tuesday, combined with a Swiss loss to South Korea, Team Homan is tied for first place with Switzerland and Sweden at the Ford World Curling Championships in St. John, New Brunswick.

Despite not playing at their very best, Team Canada was still good enough to beat two of the weaker teams in the tournament.

The Canadians curled an uncharacterstic 80 per cent in their first game of the day against Latvia, but the Latvians made even fewer shots, curling just 70 per cent.

The difference in the game was at skip where Homan out-curled Latvian skip Evita Regza 94 per cent to 71 per cent.

Homan consistently bailed out her teammates who appeared to be off their game with none of them curling over 80 per cent,

The difference in the shooting percentage of the two skips allowed Canada to score deuces in the first, third and seventh end while limiting the Latvians to singles in the fifth and eighth ends after they were able to score a deuce in the second end. The result was an 8-4 win.

The Canadians upped their game against Scotland, curling a combined 90 per cent. For the third game in a row they used last rock advantage to score a deuce in the opening end. After limiting the Scots to a single in the second end, the scored another deuce in the third and then exchanged singles in the fourh and fifrh to take a 5-3 lead at the break.

Scotland scored another marker in the sixth end to make it a one point game, but a single by Canada in the seventh followed by steals in the eighth and ninth ends forced the Scots to concede defeat before the start of the 10th.

Despite dealing with issues of consistency, Homan said her team is progressing nicely and should be at the top of their game when the playoffs get underway.

"We're not playing 100 per cent, but we're reading the lines and learning the lines when we need to," said Homan. "If it comes down to it, I'm ready for it. I've done it before. I've thrown some big shots this week already. Whatever happens, if we keep playing strong, I'm good with what we're doing."

Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle will play another weak team in Germany Wednesday morning, before taking on surprising South Korea who are fightig to stay in contention for a playoff spot at 5-2.

Posted:6 a.m., March 19)


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