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(Posted 6 p.m., Jan. 24)
Homan skips Team Ontario to Canadian Junior Curling Championship
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The second time was the charm for Orleans skip Rachel Homan and the rest of Team Ontario on Sunday as they captured the Canadian Junior Curling Championship with a 7-5 win over B.C. to become the first team to go through the tournament undefeated in 20 years.

For Homan, third Emma Miskew and lead Lynn Kreviazuk, Sunday's big win was sweet redemption after they lost to Manitoba in last year's final.

The fourth member of last year's team, second Alison Kreviazuk, had to cheer from the stands on Sunday due to the fact that she was no longer age eligible for the 18 and under tournament. Her replacement, Laura Crocker, was solid at second stone while the rest of the team were named First Team all-stars.

Having finished the round robin portion of the tournament in first place with a perfect 12-0 record, the Ottawa Curling Club foursome began the final with the hammer and used it to blank the first end.

Homan made a perfect draw to the button in the second to score two and take the early 2-0 lead.

A soft hit and stick on Homan's final stone in the third, forced B.C. skip Dailene Siertsvon to either draw to the four foot for a point, or attempt the angle double on two Ontario stones to either count two if the shooter stuck around or one if it rolled out.

Siertsvon tried the double and only manged to chip one of Homan's stones out of the rings allowing the Ontario rink to steal a point.

Siertsvon made an angle raise takeout on her first shot in the fourth to lie two. When Homan came up light on her freeze attempt with her last stone, the B.C. ship was able to hit and stick to count three and tie the game.

Homan had to draw against three B.C. stones to salvage a point in the fifth end. In the sixth, she made a difficult raise takeout against the advice of Team Ontario coach Earle Morris to lie three, which forced Siertsvon to try an even more difficult tap back to the button to prevent a big end for Ontario.

When the B.C. skip hit the rock with a little too much weight, it sailed through the four foot to give Ontario a steal of three and a huge 7-3 lead.

"We could have drawn but we kind of like the risk and reward," Homan said after the game about the pivotal sixth end. "Maybe get a steal of one or hit it exactly right and steal three. It was a tough shot for her for one and it was a little heavy. But they played really well the whole game. We had to throw runbacks to even get points."

After B.C. was forced to score a point in the seventh, Homan took advantage of a miss by Siertsvon in the eighth to score a deuce with the hammer and take an insurmountable five point lead.

Homan slammed the door on any any chance of a B.C. comeback in the ninth with a great double takeout which forced B.C. to take a point.

Up 9-5 with the hammer, Homan and company simply had to force B.C. out of rocks with takeouts to earn a berth in the World Junior Curling Championshps in Switzerland.

"We're so excited (about going to Flims). We're going to prepare these next few months and try to bring back gold for Canada," Homan said after taking the prerequisite photos with the championship trophy.

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

 

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