SAINT JOHN, N.B. - One of the most famous lines in the screen classic Casablanca has the corrupt police chief, played by Claud Raines, instructing his charges to “round up the usual suspects.”
At the Ford Women’s World Curling Championship in Saint John, N.B. beginning Saturday, rounding up the usual suspects — teams in line for a title — shouldn’t take very long. In fact, many in the game think it will be a party of two.
Clearly, this event is Ottawa skip Rachel Homan’s to lose. Lead Lisa Weagle — best known for perfecting the early-end “tick” shot which is now informally named for her — second Alison Kreviazuk, third Emma Miskew and Homan are on a two-year roll. They have won back-to-back Scotties in Kingston, Ont. and Montreal, thus for the second year running, they will wear the Maple Leaf at the worlds.
Last year in Riga, Latvia, Homan’s crew fell short and settled for a bronze while Scotland’s Eve Muirhead outduelled Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson to win the title.