9:30 a.m., Feb..26)
advances to Scotties final the hard way
By Fred Sherwin
Scotties champion Rachel Homan has advanced to the final
of this year's tournament after downing Krista McCarville
from Northern Ontario in Saturday's semi-final.
only person that stands between Homan and a third Scotties
championship is Michelle Englot from Manitoba, who has
beaten her twice in this year's tournament including a
9-8 loss in the 1-2 Page playoff game on Friday nght.
native Rachel Homan will be gunning for a
third Scotties championship and first since
winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013
when she takes on Michelle Englot from Manitoba
in tonight's final. CP photo
loss meant that Homan needed to bounce back against McCarville
to earn a spot in today's final, and bounce back she did.
blanking the first end with the hammer, Homan scored four
in the second end with an in-off on her final shot to
take a commanding lead.
came back to blank the second end and score a deuce in
the third only to have Homan reciprocate with a deuce
in the fifth.
the Ottawa Curling Club representatives forced McCarville
to score a single in the seventh end the writing was on
giving up a steal of one in the eighth end which narrowed
the score to 6-4, Homan scored another point with a double
takeout on her last rock in the ninth to go up by three
heading into the final end.
strategy in the 10th was to simply run McCarville out
of rocks which she did on her first shot to cement the
win and a berth in the tonight's final.
win their third championship, Homan must limit Englot
to a single, or at worse a deuce, when Manitoba has last
rock and then take advantage when they have the hammer.
difficulty of beating any team three times in a row, also
can't be understated. It's doubly so when you are playing
the top-ranked team in Canada. That's the challenge the
Manitoba rink faces.
Homan also has experience on their side. While this is
the third Scotties final for Homan, third Emma Miskew
and lead Lisa Weagle -- Joanne Courtney joined the team
in 2014 -- it's a first for Englot, third Kate Cameron,
second Leslie Wilson and lead Raunora Westcott.
to reporters on Saturday, Englot acknowledged beating
Homan a third time in four days won't be easy.
third time will be hard," said Englot. "You
know what? We need to focus on our game, play the same
way, play aggressively and go from there and leave it
all on the table."
her part, Homan says that the final will come down to
doesn't really matter what happened before," Homan
said after her win against McCarville. "Whoever comes
out the strongest is going to win tomorrow. Whoever is
on their game in that moment... they're a strong team
and I'd like to think we are too."
both teams are on their game, Sunday's final should be
a classic. The game will be broadcast on TSN at 7:30 p.m.
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