2:30 a.m., Feb. 9)
skip comes up short in bid for Canadian Junior title
the saying goes, "That which doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger."
Orléans skip Rachel Homan is hoping that losing to Manitoba in the final of the
Canadian Junior Curling Championship on Sunday will help make her team stronger
as they strive to qualify for the Olympic Trials next fall.
and teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lynn Kreviazuk were in tough against
a very focused Manitoba rink skipped by Kaitlyn Lawes who were looking to defend
the title they won last year.
blanking the first two ends with the hammer, Homan was forced to take a point
in the third after Lawes made a great freeze on her last shot. The Manitoba skip
then blanked the fourth end after she and Homan traded a pair of difficult double
had to settle for a point in the fifth, as did Homan in the sixth when her draw
for two racked on the guard.
Ontario up 2-1, Manitoba managed to score two in the seventh when Homan's last
shot was too heavy, leaving Lawes with a wide open draw to the four foot.
the pivotal eighth end, Homan attempted a difficult double on her last rock to
try and score a deuce, but when her shooter hit the top rock a hair too thick
she ended up allowing Lawes to steal a point and take a commanding two point lead
with two ends still to play.
the ninth end, Homan got her deuce to tie the game, but Lawes had the hammer coming
home. When Homan hit and rolled out of the house with her last rock in the 10th,
the championshop went to Manitoba for the second year in row.
was a disappointing loss for Team Ontario, who by their own admission played didn't
have their A-game going. The foursome shot 75 per cent as a group compared to
82 per cent for Manitoba and Homan was outshot at the skip position 63 per cent
struggled today. We didn't play our best, for sure," said Homan who still
has one year of eligibility left at the junior level. "It wasn't our day,
I guess. We tried to mix it up (early) but we didn't have our guard weight."
Ontario rink will have plenty of time to lick their wounds before heading off
to the Grey Power Players Championship from April 14-19.
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