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Women's World Curling Championships
Team Homan downs Switzerland, advances to World Championship final

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans skip Rachel Homan is one win away from winning the Ford World Curling Championship after her foursome defeated Switzerland 8-3 in the 1-2 Page playoff game on Saturday. CCA photo

Don't look now, but Team Homan is on a roll and this time they hope it ends with their names engraved on the Ford World Championship trophy.

Orleans skip Rachel Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle played arguably their best game of the week Friday night to defeat Switzerland 8-3 in the 1-2 Page playoff game. The win not only avenged their only round robin loss but it also earned them a bye into Sunday's final and a chance to upgrade the bronze medal they won last year.

After blanking the first end to open the game against Switzerland, Homan had to throw a perfect draw to the button against two Swiss counters to salvage a point in the second end. The Ottawa foursome then benefitted from poor draw attempt by Swiss skip Bhina Feltcher in the third to steal another point and take a 2-0 lead.

Switzerland was forced to score a single in the fourth end, setting up another Team Canada deuce in the fifth on a Rachel Homan draw after Feltcher just missed a diffcult out-turn takeout.

Up 4-1 at the break, Homan skillfully forced the Swiss to settle for another single in the sixth and then scored a single with a draw against three counters in the seventh end after barely missing an attempted run back double takeout on her first shot.

Homan would redeem herself with an off the chart, highlight reel double takeout in the eighth end that forced Feltcher to score yet another single point. The Orléans skip then forced her Swiss opponent to concede the victory with a three spot in the ninth.

It was arguably Team Homan's most impressive win of the tournament. They were in control from beginning to end, even in those ends when they didn't have last rock, and the final result was never in doubt.

The two time defending Canadian champions will now get to enjoy a day off while the three remaining teams vie for a place in Sunday's final. Korea and Russia will play each other in tomorrow morning's 3-4 playoff game. The winner will then play Switzerland in the afternoon to see who will advance to face Canada.

Posted: 10 p.m., March 21)

 

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