Ontario skip gunning for 'ugly' bronze

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - If they're looking for a nickname for 21-year-old Rachel Homan, "the Hammer" might not be a bad idea.

The seemingly fearless rookie Ontario skip dazzled the field at this year's Scotties Tournament of Hearts, posting an 8-3 record in the round robin by throwing some high, hard ones not often seen in the women's game.

But after going down guns-a-blazing in the semifinal to Saskatchewan, Saturday, Homan wasn't looking forward to the weighty prize awaiting her in Sunday's bronze-medal game.

"We're going to go try and win an ugly ring," a half-serious Homan said, after a 7-5 loss. "A very shiny, four-leaf gold ring. It's just huge, and very blingy."

A fair description for Homan's game, if not her taste.

"It's not my style," she said, grinning. "But I want one."

It's the first year of the bronze game at the Hearts, bringing the event in line with the international game.

Those who watched Homan this week wouldn't be surprised to see her on the world stage with the women, soon.

Last year's Canadian junior champ, the University of Ottawa student showed nerve and ability that belied her age.

She gave Saskatchewan's Amber Holland all she could handle in the semi, and made arguably the shot of the game in an earlier 13-5 playoff romp over Nova Scotia -- a runback triple-kill that led to a score of five.

"Wow," is all Nova Scotia skip Heather Smith-Dacey could say of Homan's big-weight shots. "She's looking for it all the time. That's her comfort shot."

If that's the case, she'll be making life uncomfortable for teams, for years to come.

"We're pretty happy with where we're at," Homan said. "It's a good record. We could have done a lot worse, that's for sure. We really showed everyone that we can play."


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