September 23, 2009
Homan ready for Road to Olympics
By JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA
Rachel Homan hopes to keep rolling on the Road to the Olympics.
Homan and her young Ottawa rink went undefeated to win the AMJ Campbell Shorty Jenkins Classic in Brockville last Sunday.
It was their second title already this season, their most important season on the ice. They also captured the Carleton Heights Women’s Cashspiel.
Late last season, Homan qualified for the Road to the Roar Nov. 10-15 in Prince George, B.C., which will feed the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Olympic trials.
Homan is ranked sixth of 12 teams at the Road, from which four rinks will advance to the trials in Edmonton Dec. 6-13.
The Road is a triple knockout bonspiel, not round-robin play like the trials. No overall winner will be determined. Instead, one A-side, one B-side and two C-side winners advance to Edmonton.
“I think our team does well in triple knockouts. I’m happy about (the format),” said Homan. “It’s not as long a grind usually if you’re playing well, and if you’re not playing the greatest, you still have time to play well.”
Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lynn Kreviazuk had several triple-knockout wins last year against teams they will face in November.
Homan, runner-up in last season’s national junior championship and the top-ranked team on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour, says they are “not concentrating on juniors until after the pre-trials.”
Their junior zones are the week after the Road.
As if they haven’t done enough curling this early (three weekends of competition already), they plan more.
“We are definitely curling a lot,” said Homan. “We have three weekends off and we’re training those weekends.”
They trained in the gym all summer and are now juggling school, curling, exercise and travel.
“I’m doing everything I can to get ready. Everybody is doing extra things to get ready.” said Homan. “We want to try to go as far as we can. We aren’t being forced into this. It’s hard work and we hope it all pays off.”
In Brockville, Homan beat the likes of the world champions from China, 7-6, and Montreal’s Eve Belisle 9-4 in the final. Homan and Belisle will meet in their first game at the Road.
Behind the glass
Annie Lemay and Jean-Michel Menard are celebrating the birth of Marie Soleil, who weighed in at 6 lbs., 4 oz ... An 11th team will be added to the Ontario men’s provincial championship … Marian Dupont has been elected president of the Ottawa Valley Curling Association … The Rideau’s Joanne Pomalis is the new Ontario Curling Association publicity director ... Huntley’s Jill Rivington and the Ottawa’s Shane Latimer were awarded OCA coaching awards for last season … Ann Campbell is the new manager at the Navy ... Stu Carberry is the new Rideau ice technician.
Curling this week
The Ottawa Valley Curling Tour Fall Open begins today at the RCMP, featuring some of the best curlers in the Ottawa area, Quebec and Northern Ontario. The men begin at 3 p.m. today, while the women start at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The finals are Sunday, starting at 5:30 p.m.