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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Feb. 6)
Orléans skip on a roll
at Canadian Junior Championships

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans native Rachel Homan is making a strong bid to guide her Ottawa Curling Club rink to the Canadian Junior Championship. Heading into the final day of the round robin portion of the tournament, the Ontario rink is tied for first place with a record of 8-2.

After getting the morning off yesterday, the Ontario rink beat the defending champions from Manitoba 7-4 thanks to a big fifth end in which they counted three rocks to break a 1-1 tie and improve their record to 8-1.

Unfortunately in the evening draw, the girls lost 7-6 to British Columbia in extra ends after giving up three in the sixth. With the loss the Homan rink is now tied for first place with Alberta with two games remaining in the round robin. Should they remain tied at the end of the day, Team Ontario holds the edge in a tie-breaker situation having beaten the Abertans earlier in the week.

The Ontario foursome which includes Emma Miskew at third, Alison Kreviazuk at second and Lynn Kreviazuk at lead, is battle hardened have spent the last four months on the women's cashspiel circuit with the likes of reigning world champion Jennifer Jones, veteran Sherry Middaugh and China's Bingyu Wang who was the runner-up at last year's world championships.

In the big end against Manitoba, Homan made a near perfect hit and roll which forced Manitoba skip Kaitlyn Lawes to go for a difficult double take-out. When she didn't make it Homan made the draw to count three.

"It actually didn't really set up well at the beginning, to be honest. We didn't make a few shots early in the end but we made a nice freeze, then a hit and roll. She (Lawes) had a tough shot, a double, but didn't quite make it, so we had a shot for three. We were in really good shape after that," says Homan.

In last night's loss to B.C., Ontario appeared to break the game wide open with three in the fifth end, but the west coast team came back with three of their own in the sixth end and then stole a point in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. The writing was on the wall when Homan had to settle for a single in the eighth end. B.C. skip Kelly Shimizu blanked the ninth end with the hammer and then hit and stayed to count one in the 10th.

The Homan foursome is hoping to bounce back against the Northwest Territories in this morning's draw. They'll then get to watch the afternoon draw before taking on Saskatchewan in the final round robin draw this evening.

The 19-year-old former Navan Curling Club member says the team has been bouyed by the support they've been getting from back home.

'We're in good spirits, doing well," says Homan. "We're getting tons of e-mails from everywhere. We're really happy."

The women's final will be broadcast by TSN at 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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