Money nice, points better

JOE PAVIA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Rachel Homan tasted victory again on Sunday, defeating Sherry Middaugh 7-5 in the final of the Royal Lepage OVCA Women's Fall Classic in Kemptville.

The $5,000 victory, coupled with a win in London in October, has the team closing in on an entry into the pre-Olympic Trials next November in B.C.

Twelve top-ranked teams go to the pre-trials. Seven squads have already qualified. Currently, the Ottawa women are ranked eighth, with only five spots remaining.

To better their ranking, the team now has to travel to larger events, such as next weekend's Wayden Transportation Ladies Classic in Abbotsford, B.C.

"We weren't going to B.C. until we won London," explained Homan.

The Abbotsford event is a Grand Slam tournament that offers more Canadian Team Ranking System points.

"We really need to do well in B.C., so we're hoping for the best. We're screwed if we don't do well."

The team is also entered in the big points JSI Canada Cup in December. The pre-trials teams will be determined in May.

The fifth end was the difference Sunday. Homan could draw to score two or hit to score four. She chose throwing hack weight through a port to hit three-quarters of the Middaugh stone, tapping it out for four points.

"I made the shot of four and put us in a good position. Sherry fought back. I had to throw a draw on my last shot."

EXPERIENCE

Although the win vaults the Ottawa rink into the top five of the women's money rankings, Homan said, "I don't care about the money, I just want points. It would be amazing to go to the pre-trials. We don't expect to win, but it would be amazing to go just for the experience."

Besides Middaugh's $2,500 runner-up cash, other money winners were: Semi-finalists, Debbie McCormick (U.S) and Kelly Wood (Scotland) $1,000 each; quarter-finalists, Jenn Hanna and Julie Hastings (Toronto) $750 each.

WINNING FEELS GOOD

Bryan Cochrane's foursome dominated Mike Fournier from Montreal at Sunday's final of the Money Concepts Rideau Skins event.

The Quebecers only took one last end skin in a draw to the button.

"We've been in one semi-final and three finals, it was just nice to finally win one," laughed Cochrane.

BONSPIEL SWEEPS NAVAN

The JT Bradley invitational men's bonspiel was held in Navan last weekend. The A winner was Team Wert from Corwall. The B winner was Team Sullivan from Russell. C winner was Team Reilly from Ottawa Curling Club and the D winner was Team Acton from the Navy Curling Club.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

The winners of the Huntley event were Julia Weagle and David Lillico.

THIS WEEK

The first men's Capital One Grand Slam of Curling event, the Masters, begins today in Waterloo. CBC airs the quarters Saturday at 3 p.m. and the final Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday's 7 p.m. semi-finals are on CBC BOLD only.

This men's event also debuts a new Capital One Cup Grand Slam point system. The six top-ranking end of season teams (three of each gender) will split a $170,000 pot.


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