World Curling Championships
Homan gains sole possession of first place with win over
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
6 a.m., March 20)
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