January 14, 2009
Homan's tears joyful this time around
By JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA
Rachel Homan's victory was simply overwhelming.
A year after the bitter disappointment of finishing second in the Pepsi junior Ontario championships, Homan's rink ran roughshod over the competion last week to capture the 2009 title.
STRAIGHT TO FINAL
Homan went straight to the final, thanks to a 7-0 record. Only one of their seven round-robin games went 10 ends.
They outscored their opponents 73-34, scoring double digits in four games. In every game but two they scored in the first end.
Homan, standing a head taller than her father Craig, embraced him after leaving the ice. Their tears said it all.
In the men's final, 6-of-8 competitors were from the Ottawa area.
Neil Sinclair's Manotick team fought a pitched battle with a Kitchener team skipped by Bowie Abbis-Mills of Carleton Place. Abbis-Mills' second, Scott Hindle, is from Ottawa.
The men mixed it up right away, scoring points in every end but one.
The turning point was an in-turn hit and roll that Sinclair missed on his last rock.
The single-point Kitchener steal was the difference in the 6-5 final.
"Neil (Sinclair) tried the aggressive call and he almost made it." said Abbis-Mills. "He got real unlucky. It just kept falling out. That was a rough break for him."
Homan and Abbis-Mills will represent the province in Salmon Arm, B.C., at the end of the month.
Mark Homan, Rachel's brother, won his zone to advance to the Quebec men's provincials ... Another junior provincial threat was Ottawa skip Christian Tolusso, but he hurt his back in the first game. To add to his woes, his team decided to part company with him for next season ... Sinclair's third, Scott Howard (son of Glenn), will miss a chance to compete at the national juniors with his cousin, Ashley Howard (daughter of Russ), who is skipping New Brunswick's team. Because he doesn't have coaching certification, Russ is not allowed to coach Ashley's team ... Andrew Leigh, Benoit Vezeau, Mathieu Westphal and Brad Hamelin, a rink from Buckingham/Thurso, will represent Quebec at the junior nationals.
Teams advancing to provincials after Scotties regional play are: East -- Julie Hastings and B -- Alison Goring and West -- Sherri Middaugh and Julie Reddick. In the Fairfield Marriott and Best Western Challenges, teams advancing to the provincials are: 1A -- Al Solari and B -- Shane Latimer; 2A -- Scott Moore and Ann Jensen, B -- Greg Dempsey and Lori White; 3A -- Emile Robert and Barbara Westgarth, B -- Doug Cochrane and Deborah Orth; 4A -- Jonathan Beuk and Debbie Martin, B -- Scott Kerr and Laura Reavie.
Curling the week
The senior provincials start today in Scarborough. Bruce Delaney, Cheryl McBain and Layne Noble are competing from this region ... The men's challenge rounds East and West take place in Trenton and Owen Sound. One winner from each will advance to the TSC Stores Tankard ... The Scotties Challenge Round also runs at Bradford ... The bantam regions are this weekend ... The OVCA mixed bonspiel begins tomorrow.