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(UPDATED 9:30 a.m., March 18)
Team Homan opens World Championships with pair of wins
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

Team Homan's quest for World Championship gold got off on the right foot on Saturday with a pair of wins over China and Germany.

In 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.

Orléans 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 Stucki/WCF

After 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.

The 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.

The 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.

A 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.

It 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.

"That was a really good [second] end by my team with a lot of big shots." Homan said after the game. "We hadn’t played on that ice yet so we were kind of guessing on some lines and played some pretty good shots. We’re trying to learn as we go."

In 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.

The team will return to the ice at 2 a.m. EST Sunday morning when they will play Russia. The game will be televised on TSN.

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