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Women's World Curling Championships
Team Homan wins showdown against Olympic silver medalists to finish in top spot

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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. CCA photo

One 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 results.

With 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.

Rachel 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.

After 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.

Sweden 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.

After 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.

Down 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.

Team 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.

Posted: 10 p.m., March 20)

 

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