10:30 a.m., March 20)
of wins over USA and Switzerland leaves Team Homan with
sole possession of first place
By Fred Sherwin
native Rachel Homan got a little helo from
lead Lisa Weagle (left) and second Joanne
Courtney (right) in posting wins over the
USA and Switzerland on Monday. Photo: Céline
native Rachel Homan had a perfect day at the World Curling
Championships in Beijing on Monday, leading her Ottawa-based
team to pair of wins over USA and Switzerland to remain
undefeated after five games.
Homan started the day with a 7-5 win over the United States
in the morning session. Down 5-4 after eight ends, the
Canadian foursome scored three points in the ninth end
and then ran their American opponents out of rocks in
the 10th for the victory.
faced Switzerland in the evening session and opened the
game with a single in the first end when Homan's attempt
at a run back double for two points took out one of her
own rocks along with the two Swiss stones.
blanking the second end with last rock advantage, Switzerland
had to settle for a single in the third, setting up a
big end for Homan in the fourth.
Swiss team's aggressive style, which had brought them
success in their previous four games against lesser opponents,
got them into trouble in both the fourth and fifth ends
against the Canadians.
Swiss skip Alina Paetz's last rock freeze was a touch
heavy, creating some space between the Swiss and Canadian
rocks, Homan came through with a run back takeout to score
three points and take a 4-1 lead.
game was blown wide open in the fifth end when Paetz's
attempt at a run back double sailed by the two Canadian
stones sitting in the four foot and allowed Team Homan
to steal two and extend their lead to 6-1.
bounced back to score two in the sixth end and then stole
a point in the seventh when Homan's attempted takeout
rolled too far, allowing the Swiss to count their stone
sitting in the eight foot ring.
Homan righted the ship with a deuce in the eighth end.
When Paetz's attempted double takeout on her last shot
only removed one Canadian rock, it allowed Homan to make
the easy draw for two.
responded yet again with her best shot of the game in
the ninth when she eliminated a pair of Canadian stones
on her final shot to score another deuce and narrow the
deficit to two points. Unfortunately, it came too late
for the Swiss team to avoid the inevitable.
made a surgical double on her first shot in the 10th to
run Switzerland out of rocks and pick up the win.
three days of play, the Homan foursome is the lone unbeaten
team left in the competition. Sweden, which Canada has
yet to play, is tied for second with Switzerland at 4-1.
The Czech Republic and Scotland are both 3-1.
Homan foursome is back on the ice for a pair of games
on Tuesday. They will play the Korean team in the morning
session at 9 a.m. local time, and Scotland in the evening
session at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on TSN,
beginning with the game against Korea at 9 p.m. this evening,
and then Scotland at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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