Homan heads back to jr. nationals

JOE PAVIA, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 10:45 AM ET

Last year was the bitter taste. Will this year be sweeter?

Team Ontario travels to Sorel, Que., Friday for the M&M Meat Shops Canadian Juniors. Rachel Homan's team with Emma Miskew, Laura Crocker, Lynn Kreviazuk and coach Earle Morris hopes to be in the final on Jan. 24.

Homan's 2009 team lost the final 7-4 to Manitoba's Kaitlyn Lawes. The rink was not as sharp in that final as it was during the round-robin.

“Last year, we were unsure where we stood and we were a bit nervous our first time there.”

Two major factors might play into the squad’s favour. The squad, minus Crocker, met some of the country’s toughest competition at the Olympic Pre-Trials in November. Buoyed by that experience, there are few repeat teams competing at Sorel. Lawes is too old. Her former lead, Breanne Meakin, is now a skip. The Yukon is sending the same team as a year prior.

Will the new second, Crocker, be a factor since she didn’t play last year?

“She curled great in the provincial final,” Homan added. “We are more confident this year, especially the way we played this year.”

Homan’s first game is Saturday vs. Northern Ontario. The finals are on Jan. 24.

“To represent Ontario is awesome but to represent our country is that much better.”

The Ottawa Curling Club is hosting a send-off for the women tonight at 7:30.

On tap

The TSN Casino Rama Curling Skins game is Saturday at 1 p.m. with Randy Ferbey vs. Glenn Howard, followed at 8 by Kevin Martin vs. Scotland’s David Murdoch. The final is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Tankard almost full

With the conclusion of the last two regions on Sunday, four more Napanee Tankard spots are filled. Bryan Cochrane lost his A-side match to former Ottawa player Chris Ciasnocha of Trenton. Cochrane beat Ottawa’s Brian Lewis to advance to the Tankard through the B-side. Ciasnocha’s rink will make its Tankard debut, while it’s the 13th provincial berth for Cochrane. In region 4, Kirk Ziola took the A spot. Jay Young captured the B-side. This weekend’s east and west Challenge Rounds fill the last two slots, with the east battle taking over the RCMP facility.

OCA results

In remaining bantam zone action the winners were 3A — Lauren Horton and Ryan McCrady; B — Evie Fortier and Eric Little; 4A — Katherine Nicholas and Peter Anderson; B — Natalie Gagnon and Mackenzie Calwell. The men’s and women’s Fairfield Marriott and Best Western Challenge zone winners were: 1A — Billy Woods and Mary Chartrand; B — Bob Cousineau and Ruth Buckland; 2A — Steve Lodge and Katie Morrissey, B — Jamie Temple (there was no men’s event); 3A — Eric Fransky and Jane Hunter; B — Brian Yarkowsie and Barbara Westgarth; 4A — Joe Waller and Debbie Martin, B — Jon Tuer and Dianne Wylie.

Scotties

Krista McCarville’s Ontario win last weekend set the Scottues Tournament of Hearts field. Joining McCarville are Erin Carmody (P.E.I.), Jill Thurston (Man.), Kelly Scott (B.C.), Valerie Sweeting (Alta.), Amber Holland (Sask.), Eve Belisle (Que.), Shelley Nichols (N.L.), Nancy McConnery (N.S.), Sharon Cormier (Yukon/N.W.T.) and Jennifer Jones (Canada).

joe@hoglinecurling.com


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