World Curling Championships
Homan downs Switzerland, advances to World Championship
By Fred Sherwin
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.
look now, but Team Homan is on a roll and this time they
hope it ends with their names engraved on the Ford World
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 p.m., March 21)
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