Forrest falls in final

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:39 AM ET

A single flash and his dream of wearing Canada colours at the Worlds went up in smoke.

Manitoba skip Alex Forrest just missed an attempted pick with his last rock in the 10th end, leaving Ontario skip Jake Walker the opportunity to draw to the eight-foot for the winning deuce to upend the Manitobans 8-7 in a hard-fought final of the Canadian Junior Men's Championship in Sorel-Tracy, Que., last night.

"I don't regret calling that shot, I just had to make it," Forrest said from Sorel-Tracy shortly after the match. "It seemed to run a little bit straight there. (Third) Joey (Witherspoon) and I both thought I threw it fine."

Forrest had finished the round robin in first place with a 10-2 record and did have a 4-2 lead on Ontario after four ends, but it was a see-saw battle after that.

"It is disappointing but give me a few days and I'll get over it," said Forrest, who will graduate from juniors this year while the rest of his team remains behind. "I'm really not bad about dealing with these things.

"We did good and we can take a positive out of that. We're the second-best team in Canada. My goal at the start of the year was to win the provincials and we did that and made it all the way to the national final so I'm pretty proud of that."

Supported by third Craig Ymeren, second Geoff Chambers and lead Matthew Mapletoft, Walker will represent Canada at the World Juniors in Flims, Switzerland, March 6-14.

On the junior women's side, Ontario's Rachel Homan beat B.C.'s Dailene Siverston 9-5 in the final and will join Walker in Switzerland.

"We're so excited," Homan told reporters in Sorel-Tracy. "We're going to prepare these next few months and try to bring back gold for Canada."

BROKE RECORD

That was Homan's 13th consecutive victory as she broke the record of Manitoba's Cathy Overton-Clapham, who won 11 straight when she won the junior women's Canadian crown in 1989.

Supported by third Emma Miskew, second Laura Crocker and Lynn Kreviazuk, Homan is the fourth to record an unbeaten record at the junior women's nationals. Her coach, by the way, is Earle Morris, father of John Morris, third for Alberta's Olympic-bound Kevin Martin.

Homan, who had lost last year's final to Manitoba's Kaitlyn Lawes, stole three in the sixth end to take a 7-4 lead, then coasted to the victory.

"That steal definitely hurt us," Siverston said. "It was the breaking point."

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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