Ontario Scotties picks up where it left off

Lisa Weagle, lead for the Homan rink, sweeps during a match against the McCarville rink at the...

Lisa Weagle, lead for the Homan rink, sweeps during a match against the McCarville rink at the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Kenora Curling Club in Kenora, Ont., Jan. 23, 2012. (GARETT WILLIAMS/QMI Agency)

GARETT WILLIAMS, QMI Agency

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KENORA, ONT. - The 2012 edition of the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts kicked off in Kenora Monday the way last year’s provincial championship wrapped up — with a matchup between Ottawa’s Rachel Homan and Thunder Bay’s Krista McCarville.

In 2011, Homan, who curls out of the Ottawa Curling Club, prevailed 9-6 and earned a berth to the national Scotties meet. Looking to repeat as provincial champions, the Homan rink — lead Lisa Weagle, Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew — took the cake Monday with a 7-4 decision.

“I was really happy with the way our team played,” said Homan. “We kept control of the game and made some big shots we needed to. There was definitely some misses for both teams but we’ve just got to continue that and try to figure out the rest of the ice.”

Homan built a 6-2 lead with singles in the opening two ends and a pair each in the fifth and sixth. The McCarville rink — lead Liz Kingston, second Sarah Lang and third Ashley Miharija — chipped away at the deficit only to fall short.

“It was a struggle,” said McCarville, who curls out of the Fort William Curling Club. “I felt like we had a decent game, we just had one end that really didn’t go our way but other than that I thought we played OK.

“We need to pick it up but just getting out there for the first game, learning the ice is really important and we did learn a lot from that game.”

McCarville picked up a pair in the third end and singles in the seventh and ninth.

Homan, who lost the national bronze to Nova Scotia in 2011 after cruising through the round robin with an 8-3 record, said a provincial repeat and a trip to the nationals in Red Deer, Alta., next month is far from the front of her mind.

“We’re not really think about how our chances are,” she said. “Our goal is to make the playoffs, that’s the most important thing to us right now. So however many wins we need to get hopefully into the top one, two, but even three or four, that gives a chance just as much as any.

“We’ll try and get in the playoffs then our next goal is to win whole thing.”

In other opening day matches, Coldwater Curling Club’s Sherry Middaugh, returning to the Ontario Scotties following a two-year absence, was in fine form dropping North Bay’s Laura Pickering 10-2.

King Township’s Kathy Brown bettered St. Thomas’ Allison Nimik 7-4 and Mississauga’s Cathy Auld took an 8-3 win over Thunder Bay’s Marlo Dahl, who curls out of the Port Arthur Curling Club.

In the first match to call for an extra end, Ottawa’s Jenn Hannah edged Sudbury’s Tracy Horgan 9-7.


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