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Women's World Curling Championships
Team Homan survives up and down day to remain tied for first

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 Germany and Korea on Tuesday. CCA Photo

It was an interesting day to say the least for Orléans native Rachel Homan and her Team Canada rink of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle.

Heading into Wednesday's action at the Women's World Curling Championships most curling experts expected the Ottawa foursome to have an easy go of it against 1-6 Germany in the morning draw, and a more challenging match against 4-2 Korea in their afternoon game. As things turned out it was exactly the opposite.

Team Homan had to overcome their worst game of the week statistically to eek out a win against Germany and then played lights out in a totally dominating performance against Korea. By day's end, they remained tied atop the standings with Switzerland, one game up on both Sweden and Russia.

Germany wasn't supposed to pose much of a threat to last year's bronze medalists. In their previous six loses they were outscored 46-25 and they had shot a combined 69 per cent compared to Team Homan who had made 83 per cent of their shots heading into the game.

If the Gernans weren't supposed to pose much of a threat to the Canadians, nobody bothered to tell them. The underdogs matched Team Homan shot for shot through the first five ends before they managed to gain the upperhand with a steal off one off a Homan miss in the sixth.

The Orléans skip got one back in the seventh end, but they still trailed by a point without the benefit of last rock. Germany then blanked the eighth end to maintain control of the game.

Even when Team Homan stole another point in the ninth, Germany still had the benefit of last rock with the game tied coming home.

After shooting less than 70 per cent for the first nine ends, Homan and Miskew made their shots count in the 10th, forcing Germany's skip Imogen Lehmann to attempt a difficult deaw between two Canadian stones protecting the button. When Lehmann's shot slid too far, Homan and company were able to breath a collective sigh of relief.

The game against Korea was the exact opposite of the match against Germany. For one thing the team made 90 per cent of their shots compared to 76 per cent in the morning draw. Perhaps more telling was the fact that Homan and Mikew were back to their usual selves making 91 per cent of their shots compared to 65 and 70 per cent respectively against Korea.

The result was a lopsided 10-3 win in eight ends. Every time Team Homan had the hammer they scored multiple points. They scored a deuce in the second end, three points in the fourth and a deuce in the seventh end. The decisive blow was a steal of three in the eighth end.

The team got a well-deserved break in the evening draw and likely retired early to get a good night's sleep befor playing their final two critical round robin games against Sweden and China.

For the team to finish in first place they;ll need to win both their games and hope for Russian win over Switzerland in the morning draw, assuming that the Swiss can beat the 2-7 Czechs in their final game.

Should Canada and Switzerland remain tied atop the standings, the Swiss would be awarded first place thanks to their win over Canada earlier in the week.

Posted: 3:30 a.m., March 20)

 

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