7:30 a.m., March 19)
Homan needs extra end to down Russia in high-scoring affair
By Fred Sherwin
Homan is one of three teams that remain undefeated on
Day 2 of the World Curling Championships in Beijing, China
after they outlasted Russia in a high-scoring affair that
needed an extra end to decide a winner.
Homan foursome started the game with last rock advantage
after Rachel Homan outdrew Russian skip Anna Sidorova
to the button for the honour prior to the start of the
game. The Canadians took full advantage of the honour
by posting three points on the board to take the early
native Rachel Homan had to make a difficult
double-raise takeout on her final shot in
extra ends against Russia on Sunday to improve
her record to 3-0 at the World Curling Championships
in Beijing, China. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF
bounced back with a deuce in the second end when Homan's
attempted double takeout on her last shot failed to remove
the two Russian stones, leaving Sidorova a draw to the
button to score her two points.
two teams traded deuces over the next three ends including
the fifth when Homan made a wonderful in-off on her final
shot to push two Russian stones off the button to pick
up her deauce.
Russia foursome bounced back agan in the sixth end to
score three points when Sidorova was able to bump the
Canadian shot rock past two of her own using control weight
and keep her shooter on the button.
the game tied, Homan blanked the seventh end to theoretically
regain the hammer in the remaining even numbered ends.
worked out in her favour in the eighth when she took advantage
of several Russian erros to score another deuce and take
an 9-7 lead.
it became apparent that Sidorava couldn't score multiple
points in the ninth, she blanked the end to retain the
hammer in the 10th. Needing two points to tie and three
to win the game, the Russian skip could only score a deuce
to force an extra end.
ended the game and picked up the win with a difficult
double-raise takeout on her final shot.
win improved the Canadian foursome's record to 3-0, one
win better than co-favourites Switzerland and the surprising
Czech team which is also 2-0. The latter teams were both
back on the ice for the evening draw which got underway
at 7 a.m. EST.
Sunday's win, Team Homan third Emma Miskew credited her
skip with coming through in the 10th end when it mattered
was kind of a similar shot to what we needed to win the
Scotties," said Miskew. "Were still getting
used to the ice (here), so it was a little bit of a guess
in terms of where to put the broom and how to throw it,
but she made a great shot. Were going to have some
tough battles going forward, so its nice to be three-and-0."
Homan will be back on the ice Monday morning local time
(9 p.m. EST Sunday) to play Team USA. They then have a
bye in the afternoon session before their highly-anticipated
showdown against Switzerland at 7 p.m. local time on Monday,
which is 7 a.m. EST. Both games will be televised on TSN.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
www.orleansonline.ca's main page