Homan wins Ontario Scotties

STEVE GREEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:20 PM ET

THORNHILL — Ontario’s curling princess is now the queen.

The Ottawa Curling Club’s Rachel Homan — who won the last two provincial junior women’s titles as well as the 2010 Canadian crown — captured her first Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts title Sunday, dethroning Krista McCarville of Thunder Bay Fort William 9-6 at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club.

Homan, 21, becomes the first skip to win the Ontario Hearts in her first seson out of junior. She and her rink of Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle advance to the national Tournament of Hearts Feb. 19-27 in Charlottetown.

“This is pretty unbelievable; I don’t know what to say,” Homan said after running McCarville out of rocks in the 10th end. “It’s been an amazing road and my team has played amazing to get us to this point. I can’t believe we’re going to the Scott.”

After blanking the first, Homan scored four in the second when her last-rock hit got a couple of rubs. With her last shot, McCarville had made a really tough in-off to sit second shot.

“We were really building and building and she made a pistol of a shot to get in there,” Homan said, adding she wasn’t surprised McCarville was able to claw her way back. “We had to work for every point we got. We knew we had to bring our A game against her because we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. And it wasn’t.”

McCarville made things interesting by stealing two in the eighth to make it a 7-6 game as Homan’s draw to the four-foot stayed outside.

“It didn’t move,” Homan said. “It hit a dead staight spot; too bad, because the weight was perfect.”

McCarville, who started the week 0-2 but made it to her seventh consecutive provincial final, was denied in her second attempt at an unprecendented third straight Ontairo crown.

“The ice changed quite bit from our game (Sunday) morning,” she said of a 7-5 semi-final win over Tracy Horgan of Sudbury Idylwylde.

“We struggled with it; it was quite a bit heavier and we didn’t catch on quickly enough. Kari (second MacLean) came up light on both of hers in that second end, but that weight was the same as she threw (Sunday) morning. In this game it was a tight guard, in that game it was T-line weight.

“But we really couldn’t have played that end any differently,” added McCarville, who had Ashley Miharija at third and Sarah Lang at lead. “They made a really good freeze (by Weagle on a stone at the back of the four-foot) and we had to freeze on top of that. From then on, they just kept making really good shots.

“They’re a super team and they’ll be around for a while.”

In the semi-final, McCarville made a tough in-turn hit and stick for one in the 10th to get past Horgan in a rematch of last year’s final.

After the teams forced each other into singles in the first two ends, Horgan got a deuce in the third. But McCarville caught a break in the fourth when Horgan’s third, Jennifer Seabrook, missed a hit to set up a three for McCarville and the Fort William skip duly obliged with a free draw.

Horgan was then light on a draw for two in the fifth, scoring only one and handing the hammer to McCarville, who then blanked the sixth.

McCarville then only took one in seven when she hit and rolled out, but she stole one in the eighth as Horgan was just a tad outside and jammed on an out-turn hit and stick for two on the button. Horgan then made a nice draw to the eight-foot for one against three in the ninth and had a chance for the steal in the 10th, forcing McCarville to make her difficult final shot.

Although the loss was a difficult one for Horgan to take — she didn’t want to talk afterward — it doesn’t take away from the fact that consecutive top-three finishes establish hers as one of the better teams in the province.

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