4 p.m., Feb..4)
returning to Scotties after winning provincial title
By Fred Sherwin
native Rachel Homan is returning to the Scotties Tournament
of Hearts after defeating Jacqueline Harrison 7-4 earlier
today to win the Ontario Scotties championship in Coburg.
and her rink of Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, and Lisa
Weagle went into the provincial championships determined
to avenge their heartbreaking loss to Ottawa skip Jenn
Hann in last year's final.
native Rachel Homan guided her rink to a 7-4
win over Jennifer Harrison to win the Ontario
Scotties Championship in Coburg. CTV Sportsnet
got off on the right slider by forcing Harrison to score
a single in the opening end. After blanking the second
end, Homan was forced to settle for a single in the third
in a tit for tat start to the game.
drew to the four foot against three counters in the fourth
end to take a temporary 2-1 lead, but it was short-lived
thanks to a great raise double-takeout by third Miskew
and a missed freeze attempt by Harrison that enabled Homan
to score three in the fifth and take a two-point lead.
would tie the game with a deuce in the sixth end, and
then Homan blanked the seventh to set up the pivotal eighth
brilliant control weight, double takeout by Courtney and
a takeout by Homan on her last shot that just cleared
the guard resulted in another deuce for Team Homan to
give themselves a 6-4 lead heading into the ninth end.
two counters Harrison was a tad heavy with her final shot
allowing Homan to steal a point and take a 7-4 stranglehold
on the game and the Ontario Scotties trophy.
final blow came on a perfectly executed raise takeout
by Homan on her last shot in the 10th that ran Harrison
out of rocks.
the game a jubilant Homan praised her teammates and expressed
their pride at being able to represent Ontario at this
year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts which will take place
in St. Catharines in two weeks time.
so proud of my team. We battled hard out there. We had
to fight to get our points and we're so excited to represent
Ontario again and to be back in those (Team Ontario) jackets.
It's an amazing feeling," said Homan who will be
heading back to the Scotties national championships for
the third time since 2011.
her last provincial win in 2013, Homan went on to win
the Scotties and represent Canada in the World Championships
where she won bronze.
the defending Scotties champions, the Homan rink was given
a bye into the national championships in 2014 where they
defended their title and went on to win a silver medal
went for the Scotties three-peat in 2015, but lost to
Stefanie Lawton from Saskatchewan in an extra end in the
3-4 page playoff game. They would get their revenge, however,
by beating Lawton to win the bronze medal.
2017 Scotties Tournament of Hearts gets underway on Feb.
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