Volume 12 Week 5

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(Posted 10:30 a.m., March 24)
Team Homan advances to World Championship gold medal game
By Fred Sherwin

Orléans native Rachel Homan and her Ottawa foursome will be attempting to become the first women's team to ever win the World Curling Championship with an unbeaten record when she plays for the title on Sunday.

Homan and company earned a berth in Sunday's final with a ?-? win over Russia on Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff game.

Orléans native Rachel Homan (right) is all smiles after winning the 1-2 Page playoff game on Saturday and earning a berth in Sunday's gold medal game at the World Women's Curling Championship in Beijing, China. Photo: Céline Stucki/WCF

Homan used last rock advantage to blank the first end, but she failed to take advantage of the hammer in the second end when she was heavy on her last rock draw attempt to score two.

Russian skip Anna Sidorova made good on her chance to score two in the third end thanks to a pair of excellent shots including a soft tap to the button on her final stone.

Homan responded in kind with a deuce in the fourth end, making the draw she had missed in the second end on her final shot for the two points.

Canada picked up another point in the fifth end when Sidorova's shooter on her attempted run back takeout against two Canadian rocks, rolled too far.

Sidorova had to make a difficult draw to the button against three Canadian stones to earn a point in the sixth end, but it left them trailing 4-3 with Canada regaining the hammer.

A couple of missed shots in the seventh end, forced Homan to settle for a point in the seventh end, leaving the door open for the Russians draw even with a deuce in the eighth. Instead, Homan forced Sidorova to attempt a difficult in-off a Canadian stone that came up an inch short and allowed Canada to steal one and extend their lead to 6-3.

The Canadians put the game out of reach when Sidorova's last rock attempt at a draw to the button slid a centimetre too far, allowing Canada to steal yet another point and chalk up the 7-3 win.

"(It) feels unbelievable," Homan said after the game. "We're excited to be in the final for Canada. We're going to try our hardest. It's sport so you never know what can happen, but we are going to try our hardest in the final.

"It would mean the world to us (to win gold), we're really excited we made it this far for Canada. We're really trying to do Canada proud and it would just be an unbelievable feeling to bring back gold."

The Homan foursome must now wait to see who emerges from the 3-4 Page playoff game and Saturday's semifinal before they'll know who they will face in Sunday's championship game.

The 3-4 playoff game will be contested between Sweden and Scotland at 9 p.m. EST this evening. The winner will then face Russia in the semifinal at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. The gold medal game will be televised live in TSN at 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

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