World Curling Championships
Homan survives up and down day to remain tied for first
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 Germany
and Korea on Tuesday. CCA Photo
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
when Team Homan stole another point in the ninth, Germany
still had the benefit of last rock with the game tied
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
3:30 a.m., March 20)
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