Volume 12 Week 5

Tuesday, Jan. 21


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Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

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Tim Tierney

(Posted 10:30 a.m., March 20)
Pair of wins over USA and Switzerland leaves Team Homan with sole possession of first place
By Fred Sherwin

Orléans native Rachel Homan got a little helo from lead Lisa Weagle (left) and second Joanne Courtney (right) in posting wins over the USA and Switzerland on Monday. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF

Orléans native Rachel Homan had a perfect day at the World Curling Championships in Beijing on Monday, leading her Ottawa-based team to pair of wins over USA and Switzerland to remain undefeated after five games.

Team Homan started the day with a 7-5 win over the United States in the morning session. Down 5-4 after eight ends, the Canadian foursome scored three points in the ninth end and then ran their American opponents out of rocks in the 10th for the victory.

Canada faced Switzerland in the evening session and opened the game with a single in the first end when Homan's attempt at a run back double for two points took out one of her own rocks along with the two Swiss stones.

After blanking the second end with last rock advantage, Switzerland had to settle for a single in the third, setting up a big end for Homan in the fourth.

The Swiss team's aggressive style, which had brought them success in their previous four games against lesser opponents, got them into trouble in both the fourth and fifth ends against the Canadians.

When Swiss skip Alina Paetz's last rock freeze was a touch heavy, creating some space between the Swiss and Canadian rocks, Homan came through with a run back takeout to score three points and take a 4-1 lead.

The game was blown wide open in the fifth end when Paetz's attempt at a run back double sailed by the two Canadian stones sitting in the four foot and allowed Team Homan to steal two and extend their lead to 6-1.

Switzerland bounced back to score two in the sixth end and then stole a point in the seventh when Homan's attempted takeout rolled too far, allowing the Swiss to count their stone sitting in the eight foot ring.

Team Homan righted the ship with a deuce in the eighth end. When Paetz's attempted double takeout on her last shot only removed one Canadian rock, it allowed Homan to make the easy draw for two.

Paetz responded yet again with her best shot of the game in the ninth when she eliminated a pair of Canadian stones on her final shot to score another deuce and narrow the deficit to two points. Unfortunately, it came too late for the Swiss team to avoid the inevitable.

Homan made a surgical double on her first shot in the 10th to run Switzerland out of rocks and pick up the win.

After three days of play, the Homan foursome is the lone unbeaten team left in the competition. Sweden, which Canada has yet to play, is tied for second with Switzerland at 4-1. The Czech Republic and Scotland are both 3-1.

The Homan foursome is back on the ice for a pair of games on Tuesday. They will play the Korean team in the morning session at 9 a.m. local time, and Scotland in the evening session at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on TSN, beginning with the game against Korea at 9 p.m. this evening, and then Scotland at 7 a.m. tomorrow morning.

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