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Women's World Curling Championships
Team Homan gains sole possession of first place with win over China

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A win over China and a Swiss loss to Russia has allowed Team Homan to take over sole possession of first place at the Ford Women's World Curling Championhips. File photo

Orléans skip Rachel Homan and her team of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle have gained sole possession of first place at the Women's World Curling Championships thanks to a 6-4 win over China in today's afternoon draw.

Team Homan used a steal in the sixth and a three-spot in the eighth to vanquish their Chinese opponents. The win. combined with a Swiss lose to Russia in the morning draw, put Team Canada all alone atop the the leaderboard. Sitting one game back with one draw left in the round robin, are the Swiss, the Russians and Team Sweden who Homan and company play tonight.

A Team Canada win would clinch first place and a berth in the 1-2 Page playoff game. A loss would set up a complicated tiebreaking formula with the other two-loss teams.

The statistics would seem to favour Canada in this evening's highly anticipated match-up. The Homan foursome has curled 90 per cent as a team in the laast two games, while Sweden has curled 76 per cent and 75 per cent respectively in their last two games.

Although Homan only curled 80 per cent against China, she's curled 90 per cent or better in four of her last six games. Her opposite number on Team Sweden has curled 68, 68 and 73 per cent in her last three games.

After only curling 70 per cent aganst Germany on Wednesday, third Emma Miskew has shot 91 and 95 per cent in her last two games. Swedish third Christina Bertrup's numbers are 65 and 83 per cent in her last two games.

The only position Sweden has an edge statistically is at lead stone where skip Magaretha Sigfridsson has made 84 per cent of her shots so far this week compared to 81 per cent for Lisa Weagle. But here is where statistics can be deceiving. After getting off to a shaky start, Weagle has curled 92 and 93 per cent in her last two games, while Sigfridsson has shot 86 and 73 per cent in Sweden's last two games.

The trend would seem to indicate that Canada should have the upper-hand against Sweden. But in the world of curling trends can change with one missed-thrown stone and so can the fortunes of a team.

Posted: 6 a.m., March 20)

 

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