World Curling Championships
Homan wins showdown against Olympic silver medalists to
finish in top spot
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans skip Rachel Homan has finished
the round robin portion of the Ford Women's
World Championships in first place and is
one win away from a berth in Sunday's final.
month after having their Olympic dreams dashed by the
Jennifer Jones juggernaut in Sochi, the Swedish foursome
of Magaretha Sigfridsson, Maria Prytz, Maria Wennerstroem
and Christina Bertrup ran into another Canadian maelstrom
in the form of Team Homan on Thursday night, with similar
sole possession of first place on the line. the Ottawa
rink kept their mistakes to a minimum while the Olympic
silver medalists had trouble reading the ice the enitre
game. The result was a convincing a 9-4 win for Homan
and company and last rock advantage in the 1-2 Page playoff
game on Saturday.
Homan opened the game against Sweden much the same way
she's opened every game wihen she's had the hammer by
blanking the end, She then made a pair of picture perfect
raises to score a deuce in the second end.
forcing Sweden to settle for a point in the third end,
Homan had a chance to score another deuce in the fourth
thanks to a pair of misses by Prytz, but her attempted
draw on her final rock over-curled and racked on a guard.
got a deuce back with last rock in the fifth end, only
to see Canada roar back with a deuce of their own in the
sixth on an open draw to the botton with a counter already
in place at the top of the 12-foot.
Homan forced Sweden to settle for another single in the
sixth end, the Canadian rink blew the game wide open with
a three spot in the eighth end thanks to Sweden's failure
to find their draw weight.
by four, Sweden managed to cut the deficit in half with
a deuce in the ninth, but it was too little too late as
Homan made a draw behind cover to sit shot with her last
rock in the 10th end, forcing Prytz to attempt a difficult
angle raise takeout that was well off the mark.
Homan will get a shot at avenging their only loss of the
tournament when they play second place Switzerland in
the 1-2 Page playoff game on Friday. Korea, Sweden and
Russia will have to play a series of tiebreakers to see
who will play in the 3-4 game.
10 p.m., March 20)
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