Homan punches ticket to Ontario Scotties final
By GARETT WILLIAMS, QMI Agency
|Ottawa skip Rachel Homan calls a shot during the 1 vs. 2 playoff game against Sudbury's Tracy Horgan at the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kenora, Ont., Jan. 28, 2012. (QMI Agency)
KENORA, ONT. - Ottawa skip Rachel Homan is headed back to the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts final.
The defending 2011 champion has won each of the 10 times she stepped onto a sheet at the provincial playdowns unfolding in Kenora, Ont., this week. She continued her unbeaten streak Saturday with a 5-3 win over Sudbury’s Tracy Horgan to clinch a ticket to Sunday’s final.
Horgan jumped to a 3-1 lead in the fifth before the Homan rink of lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew started to crawl back.
Homan stole singles in the sixth, eighth and ninth ends and avoided an extra end when Horgan came up short on a straight shot to the button in the 10th, giving Homan her final point.
“We haven’t lost yet, so I think that was just our really bad game that we hadn’t gotten out of the way yet,” said Homan. “I think now that that’s out of the way we’re full steam ahead. We have a practice time and we’ll just correct a few minor things, stick together and we’re going to pull through in the final.”
With a straight shot to the final, Homan avoids an early semifinal Sunday — the week’s first early match — which she said will keep the squad in rhythm.
“We get to sleep in,” she said. “We haven’t played an early game all week, so that’s an advantage that (our opponents) have to be up for an early game. We get to continue through our routine and play exactly how we need to play.”
Horgan moves on to face six-time national Scotties competitor Sherry Middaugh Sunday morning.
The Middaugh rink — lead Leigh Armstrong, second Lee Merklinger and third Jo-Anne Rizzo — earned its semifinal berth with a 5-1 playoff win Saturday evening over Thunder Bay’s Krista McCarville.
The score was knotted at 1-1 heading into the eighth after Middaugh opened with a single in the first and McCarville answered back in the seventh. Middaugh took another pair each in the eighth and ninth to clinch the win.
When Middaugh met Horgan in the round robin, Horgan's rink of lead Amanda Gates, second Jenna Enge and third Jennifer Seabrook bettered the veteran 7-3.
The two will play for a shot at Homan in the final at 9 a.m. CST.
The final starts at 2 p.m.