9:30 a.m., March 18)
Homan opens World Championships with pair of wins
By Fred Sherwin
Homan's quest for World Championship gold got off on the
right foot on Saturday with a pair of wins over China
their opening game against China, the Homan foursome put
up a four-spot in the second end thanks to a difficult
thin double by third Emma Miskew. An overcurl by China
skip Wang Bingyu on an attempted freeze allowed Homan
to tap back the Chinese rock to count the four points.
native Rachel Homan guided her team to a pair
of wins over China and Germany on the opening
day of the Women's World Curling Championships
in Beijing on Saturday. Photo: Céline
China blanked the third end, Homan stole a point in the
fourth when Bingyu's draw against three Canadian stones
came up a touch light.
Ottawa rink forced China to score a point in the fifth
end after Homan made a double takeout and kept her shooter
in the rings.
two teams traded singles in the sixth and seventh ends
before China stole a point in the eighth end to narrow
the deficit to 6-3.
miss by Bingyu on her last shot in the ninth end gave
Homan the chance to draw to the eight foot to score three
and put the game away.
was a good start for the Team Homan, three-quarters of
which are making their third appearance at the World Championships.
Homan, Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle previously won a bronze
medal in 2013 and a silver medal in 2014. Second Joanne
Courtney joined the team after the Worlds in 2014.
was a really good [second] end by my team with a lot of
big shots." Homan said after the game. "We hadnt
played on that ice yet so we were kind of guessing on
some lines and played some pretty good shots. Were
trying to learn as we go."
their second game against Germany, Team Homan opened with
a deuce in the first end and then traded points in ends
three to six before stealing a point in each of the seventh
and eighth ends which forced the Germans to concede the
victory to the Canadians.
team will return to the ice at 2 a.m. EST Sunday morning
when they will play Russia. The game will be televised
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