Roar of the Rings: Team Homan wins Curling Canada’s Olympic trials
Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle delighted their home crowd in Ottawa, winning Curling Canada’s Olympic trials to qualify for PyeongChang 2018.
The reigning world champions defeated Team Carey (Chelsea Carey, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jocelyn Peterman, Laine Peters) 6-5 in the Roar of the Rings final on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s something I never could have even dreamed of when I was little or any of us growing up playing sports. In our hometown, you couldn’t have written a better story and we can’t wait to represent Canada in PyeongChang,” said Homan.
“I should stop crying sometime in the next week or so,” said Courtney.
The stage was set with both teams having their own competitive advantage heading into the final.
Team Carey, throwing yellow stones, had been the first female team to go through the round robin undefeated and had a bye into the final. However, Team Homan, throwing red stones, had the crowd on their side as the Canadian Tire Centre was filled with chants for a Homan victory. They were also on a win streak, with their only loss coming against Carey in the opening draw of the trials.
Team Homan was able to get an early lead, stealing one in the first end on a Carey missed peel attempt. Carey gave up another steal in the second to put Homan up 2-0.
In the third, Carey was in position to score two, however a hit and roll by Homan forced Carey to take a single, cutting the lead in half.
The fourth end looked like it could be a turning point for Team Carey as she sat two. But Homan made a back house tap that, after a measurement, secured the single point to increase the lead to 3-1.
The sixth end proved to be a big one for Homan, who was able score two extending their lead to three. Team Carey responded with a nose hit in the seventh, to once again trail Homan by a single point, making it 5-4.
After Carey made a double takeout in the eighth, Homan considered going for two on her last shot, but that would have involved trying to move one of the guards into the rings, so she decided to blank instead.
With the hammer in nine, Homan was facing three yellow stones but came up with a draw that just held on to give her a single and a two point lead heading into the last end.
In the 10th, Carey had last rock and if she could clear both red stones out of the house would tie the game. But one of them stuck around, giving Homan the victory.
Next up on Sunday, 2016 world champions Team Koe will play Team McEwen for an Olympic berth in the men’s event.