February 16, 2013
Ontario skip Rachel Homan wins Scotties skills test
By DOUG GRAHAM, QMI Agency
KINGSTON, ONT. - Rachel Homan is indeed the hot-shot skip going into the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The 23-year-old Ontario skip gained some extra momentum for the nine-day championship by winning the 19th Ford Hot Shot skills competition Saturday.
Homan emphatically stamped her victory over Sharon Cormier of the North West Territories with a double takeout on the sixthand final skill, scoring a perfect five.
The victory, the first by an Ontario player since Ottawa's Jenn Hanna won in 2005, brought Homan a 2013 Ford Fusion leased for two years, an package valued at $14,000.
"It's amazing Ford is able to provide a car. We are really thankful for the support of Ford," said Homan, adding that it's a good upgrade for her from her present 2008 vechicle.
Homan had to go against third Emma Miskew in the semifinals.
"It was weird but fun," Miskew said about the friendly matchup.
"It was great we both made it as far as we did," Homan said. "It was fun to get to know the ice. But now I'm going to regroup and be ready for our first game."
Asked about the spotlight she was in as the home-province team and whether it made for extra pressure, Homan said it was the opposite.
"We are just going to take it as more fun in the events and having fun with the crowd. It is that much more fun and exciting to play in front of everyone," she said.
"I think it is good we are the local ones here. We are just going to have fun with it and not look as an extra spotlight."
Homan considers her rink of Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle, that much more experienced than the 2011 Scotties in Charlottetown when the rink, after an 8-3 round- robin record, lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Amber Holland of Saskatchewan.
"We were fresh out of juniors. I thought we were a great team but we are a lot more experienced now," Homan said.
"We've been in a lot of finals, even in junior, that we are drawing lessons from even today. Win or lose, we are still going to learn."