Middaugh earns berth in women's final of Olympic trials

Sherry Middaugh lines up a rock in the women's semifinal at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic...

Sherry Middaugh lines up a rock in the women's semifinal at the Roar of the Rings Canadian Olympic curling trials at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Dec. 6, 2013. (KEVIN KING/QMI Agency)

Jim Bender, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

WINNIPEG - The veteran schooled the young upstart who is barely half her age.

Coming into this week, Ontario's Sherry Middaugh was among the most well-respected skips who had never finished higher than a tie for third at three previous Olympic trials and was not expected to threaten the favourites here.

But Middaugh, 47, surprised Ontario's reigning Canadian champion Rachel Homan 10-4 in the women's semifinal of the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials at the MTS Centre on Friday night.

Middaugh will challenge Manitoba's Jennifer Jones in the women's final to be played Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. (Central time), with a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on the line.

Middaugh stole three in the sixth end to put the game away with a 9-3 lead. Homan, 24, had a crack at getting a deuce with a runback-takeout — one of her bread-and-butter shots — but it failed miserably.


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