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(Posted 5 p.m., Jan. 24)
Missed shots cost Homan return trip to Scotties
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Five missed shots by Rachel Homan in the final of the Ontario Scotties championship cost her a return trip to the Tournament of Hearts. File photo

Two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Rachel Homan will be watching this year's tournament from the sidelines after five bad shots cost her the Ontario championship on Sunday.

Playing against fellow Ottawa Curling Club representative Jen Hanna, Homan was attempting to qualify for her fourth straight Tournament of Hearts with third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle.

After Hanna forced Homan to score a point in the first end, the Orléans skip was hoping to return the favour in the second when her attempted last rock takeout came up short and raised one of Hanna's stones into the rings instead.

The miscue allowed Hanna to make a routine draw for three important points. Homan would fight back with deuces in the third and fifth ends to take a 5-4 lead into the sixth.

After forcing Hanna to count a single in the sixth end, Homan appeared to be in the driver's seat when disaster struck. Uncharacteristically, Homan came up light on back-to-back takeout attempts to allow Hanna to steal a pair and go up 7-5.

Homan's weight issues continued in the eighth end when she was light on both of her shots to give up a steal of three, and for all intent and purposes, the Ontario Scotties crown.

Team Homan was able to score a deuce in the ninth to close the gap to 10-7, but that would be as close as they would get as Team Hanna ran them out of rocks in the 10th.

The result was a huge upset considering that Homan had only lost seven games all season coming into the final, and Hanna was making a comeback after taking three years off from the sport.

In the end it came down to five missed shots by arguably the top female skip in the country and someone who would consider even two misses in a game a major rarity .

(Posted 11 a.m., Jan. 21)

 

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