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Homan captures third Scotties championship with extra end win over Manitoba
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Orléans native and Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Homan became the youngest skip to win three national women's curling championships on Sunday when she led her team to an 8-6 win over Manitoba in this year’s Scotties final at the tender age of 25.

"We worked so hard for this. I'm just so proud for my team. We're so excited to represent Canada again. It's an amazing feeling," Homan said after the big win.

Orléans native Rachel Homan became the youngest ship to win three Scotties championships on Sunday when she beat Manitoba's Michelle Englot 8-6 in an extra end. Photo Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver

Homan won the title with a little help from third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle.

Miskew and Weagle were both on the 2012 and 2013 championship teams, while Courtney is a more recent arrival having replaced former Team Homan second Alison Kreviazuk in 2014.

To win the championship, the Homan foursome had to find a way to beat a team that had beaten them twice already this week -- once in the round robin and again in the 1-2 Page playoff game.

The key moment in Sunday’s final came early in the game when Homan made a difficult in-off double takeout to score three points in the third end and take a 3-1 lead.

Manitoba came back to score a single in the fourth and stole a point in the fifth to tie the game by the half-time break.

After using last rock advantage to blank the sixth, Homan was poised to score multiple points in the seventh end but was thwarted when Manitoba skip Michelle Englot made a perfect draw behind cover, forcing the Ontario skip to attempt a difficult takeout only to have it wreck on the guard.

Down 4-3, Homan bounced back to score two in the eighth end and move back in front.

A steal in the ninth end thanks to a perfect freeze to the button would give Homan a two point edge heading into the final end. She would need both points and a pressure-packed feather double takeout on her last shot in the 10th to prevent Englot from winning the game with a three spot. Instead, the Manitoba skip scored a deuce to force an extra end.

Homan won the game and her third Scotties title with a rasie takeout to score a deuce after Englot made a near perfect draw to the back of the four-foot behind cover.

With the win, Team Homan advances to the World Championships where they will be looking to add gold to the bronze medal they won in 2012 and the silver medal they captured in 2013.

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