The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Canada's Homan splits two games at world women's curling championship

  • Print

RIGA, Latvia - Faced with a make-or-break shot with the game on the line, Canada's Rachel Homan approached her final throw Monday morning just like any other.

She settled into the hack and coolly delivered a perfect draw inside the four-foot ring for a 5-4 victory over Russia. It was another example of the poise Homan displays on the ice, all the more impressive considering it's her first appearance at the world women's curling championship.

The 23-year-old Ottawa skip thrived in the high-pressure moment at the Volvo Sports Center. Make the shot and you remain near the top of the standings. Miss it and you fall into the middle of the pack.

Homan came through to give Canada the victory over Anna Sidorova and the European champions.

"I think it's a sign of all great skips that that's what they can do," said Canadian coach Earle Morris. "That's why there's only a certain number of people that are successful and continue to win year after year. Those people that are comfortable in that skip's position and like to play the high-pressure shots.

"They enjoy being in that environment, they embrace it and she has that quality. She's able to do that and that's what you saw this morning."

The comfort level of Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club teammates was evident in the final end. They made the shots when it mattered and put themselves in a great position to win the game.

Homan didn't stray from her usual business-like demeanour and seemed downright casual as she came through with the clutch throw.

"We knew all end what the weights were and the sweepers were watching all (the Russians') draws as well," Homan said. "We definitely prepare more than just in that one moment we have to make it, to build up that confidence to be able to make that final shot."

The victory became even more important later in the day as the Canadian side dropped a 5-4 decision in an extra end to Erika Brown of the United States. Homan will take a 3-2 record into an afternoon matchup against Italy on Tuesday.

Both games Monday were long defensive battles. The teams were content to wait for the other side to make errors.

Canada started off strong against Russia by stealing a pair in the second end. Sidorova cut into the lead with a tapback for one in the third and added singles in the fifth and seventh ends on steals.

Homan took the lead again in the eighth end. Sidorova's final stone was a touch heavy and ended up outside the eight-foot ring. The Canadian rock was just inside and Homan hit a draw for one more to regain the lead.

Sidorova hit a takeout for one in the ninth but Canada used its last-rock advantage for the win.

A few dozen fans were in attendance for each draw at the 1,000-seat venue. A handful of Canadian fans did their best to provide a sporting atmosphere by waving flags, cheering and shaking cowbells.

The Canada-United States game was a rather plodding defensive affair with few rocks in play. The teams exchanged single points through the game with Canada pulling even in the 10th to force an extra end.

Brown hit a takeout for the victory to join Canada in a six-way tie for third place at 3-2.

"It's like we're still trying to figure out the ice and the rocks a little bit," Morris said. "But we just weren't as sharp as you need to be. That was a good game but we need to be playing better than that in order to be successful."

Sweden is the only unbeaten team at 5-0 and Scotland is next at 4-1. Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Japan are the other teams in the third-place logjam.

"We're still in playoff contention," Homan said. "We've got a lot of tough teams to play so we've got to pick it up a little bit."

Round-robin play continues through Thursday night and the medal games are scheduled for Sunday.

Homan, who skipped Canada to a silver medal at the 2010 world junior championships, is hoping to win Canada's first world women's title since Manitoba's Jennifer Jones won in 2008.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Key of Bart: Choose Yourself

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A mother goose has chosen a rather busy spot to nest her eggs- in the parking lot of St Vital Centre on a boulevard. Countless cars buzz by and people have begun to bring it food.-Goose Challenge Day 06 - May 08, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A group of Horese pose for the camera in the early evening light at Southcreek Stables in Stl Norbert Wednessday. Sept  14, 2011 (RUTH BONNEVILLE) / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support Pimicikamak First Nation's protest against Manitoba Hydro?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google