of wins lifts Team Homan into share of first place
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
not playing at their very best, Team Canada was still
good enough to beat two of the weaker teams in the tournament.
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.
difference in the game was at skip where Homan out-curled
Latvian skip Evita Regza 94 per cent to 71 per cent.
consistently bailed out her teammates who appeared to
be off their game with none of them curling over 80 per
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.
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
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.
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.
not playing 100 per cent, but we're reading the lines
and learning the lines when we need to," said Homan.
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
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.
a.m., March 19)
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