10:30 a.m., March 24)
Homan advances to World Championship gold medal game
By Fred Sherwin
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.
and company earned a berth in Sunday's final with a ?-?
win over Russia on Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff game.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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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