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(Posted 9:30 a.m., Feb..26)
Homan advances to Scotties final the hard way
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Two-time Scotties champion Rachel Homan has advanced to the final of this year's tournament after downing Krista McCarville from Northern Ontario in Saturday's semi-final.

The only person that stands between Homan and a third Scotties championship is Michelle Englot from Manitoba, who has beaten her twice in this year's tournament including a 9-8 loss in the 1-2 Page playoff game on Friday nght.

Orléans native Rachel Homan will be gunning for a third Scotties championship and first since winning back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 when she takes on Michelle Englot from Manitoba in tonight's final. CP photo

That loss meant that Homan needed to bounce back against McCarville to earn a spot in today's final, and bounce back she did.

After blanking the first end with the hammer, Homan scored four in the second end with an in-off on her final shot to take a commanding lead.

McCarville came back to blank the second end and score a deuce in the third only to have Homan reciprocate with a deuce in the fifth.

When the Ottawa Curling Club representatives forced McCarville to score a single in the seventh end the writing was on the wall.

Despite giving up a steal of one in the eighth end which narrowed the score to 6-4, Homan scored another point with a double takeout on her last rock in the ninth to go up by three heading into the final end.

Homan's strategy in the 10th was to simply run McCarville out of rocks which she did on her first shot to cement the win and a berth in the tonight's final.

To win their third championship, Homan must limit Englot to a single, or at worse a deuce, when Manitoba has last rock and then take advantage when they have the hammer.

The difficulty of beating any team three times in a row, also can't be understated. It's doubly so when you are playing the top-ranked team in Canada. That's the challenge the Manitoba rink faces.

Team Homan also has experience on their side. While this is the third Scotties final for Homan, third Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle -- Joanne Courtney joined the team in 2014 -- it's a first for Englot, third Kate Cameron, second Leslie Wilson and lead Raunora Westcott.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Englot acknowledged beating Homan a third time in four days won't be easy.

"A third time will be hard," said Englot. "You know what? We need to focus on our game, play the same way, play aggressively and go from there and leave it all on the table."

For her part, Homan says that the final will come down to execution.

"It doesn't really matter what happened before," Homan said after her win against McCarville. "Whoever comes out the strongest is going to win tomorrow. Whoever is on their game in that moment... they're a strong team and I'd like to think we are too."

If both teams are on their game, Sunday's final should be a classic. The game will be broadcast on TSN at 7:30 p.m.

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