Canada's Homan to play Switzerland in world curling final

Canada's skip Rachel Homan reacts after throwing her last stone against Switzerland during her page...

Canada's skip Rachel Homan reacts after throwing her last stone against Switzerland during her page playoff game at the World Women's Curling Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick, March 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)

FRED RINNE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

SAINT JOHN. N.B. - It will be a "two-out-of-three-ain't-bad" final Sunday at the world women's curling championship.

Switzerland's Binia Feltscher was the only team to get the better of Canada's Rachel Homan and her crew of lead Lisa Weagle, second Alison Kreviazuk and third Emma Miskew this week at Harbour Station.

And it was a decisive win by the Flims crew, 8-2 last Sunday, the first beating -- a thorough one -- the Ottawa foursome has endured in a very long time.

The Swiss were duly beaten in the first rematch, the Page one-two game Friday night, thanks to pin-point accuracy by Homan accentuated by a come-around hit and stick for three which ended the 8-3 affair in nine.

Feltscher bounced back nicely Saturday afternoon and controlled the semifinal game against upstart Korean skip Ji-Sun Kim, putting it away with a tidy trio of her own in the ninth end and a 7-3 win to book a third date with Canada in the final Sunday night (6:30 p.m. EST).

Korea was playing on house money anyway, after a tie-break win over Margaretha Sigfridsson's Swedes Friday afternoon, and then another decision over Anna Sidorova's Russians in Saturday morning's three-four tilt.

For the 24-year-old Canadian skip, the fact it's the Swiss again doesn't much matter.

"To be honest we're not really concerned about who we'd be playing," said Homan. "We are glad we were able to get this day off and rest for (Sunday)."

Having hammer in that final game, on the other had, does matter, she said.

"It's huge. If you play your game properly you can continue and control the game," she surmised. "Without the hammer you need to try and force the other team into a few mistakes."

Unlike the playoffs in Latvia a year ago, Homan said her squad will feed off the Harbour Station faithful when they need the energy.

"We are feeling confident... I'm pretty relaxed going into the final - those big shots you can kind of carry over and know you made them," she said. "You have to believe in each other and our team. We have a great support system here."

And the pride of wearing the Maple Leaf, especially in a golden Olympic year, is evident in her smile.

"You always want to win. This last Scotties, being able to win it again and our previous experience at the worlds, we kind of came up short ," she reflected.

"It makes you want it that much more and bring home the gold for Canada. Seeing Jones and Jacobs bring home the gold, we want to make a clean sweep for Canada."

Switzerland, too, is in a happy place. At least this rink is.

Mirjam Ott, who was in Sochi representing Switzerland, won this event two years ago in Lethbridge. But this team was never picked to be in this final. And despite some language barriers, Feltscher's post-game comments were telling.

"I haven't even given it that much thought yet (playing final against Canada)," she said. "We are very happy with the silver medal."

Korea's Kim has drastically improved her English since Lethbridge, when she also played in the bronze-medal game and organizers scrambled to find a Korean translator to help with awkward post-game media scrums.

"I'm not disappointed about this one, our team played great," said Kim. "Switzerland is more great than us. That's life."

So it will be a re-match for bronze between the Koreans and Russians Sunday at 11 EST.

After a disappointing home show at the Olympics, the game is very important to Sidorova, who will play the country that will host the next Winter Olympics in 2018.

"We've got huge motivation I would say because to get to the top four is for nothing if you don't have any medals," she said. "It is much more important to get the medal and not be fourth."

Canada has not won this event since Jennifer Jones defeated China's Bingyu Wang in Vernon, B.C. in 2008.

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