Friday, November 21, 2014

Homan closing in on playoff berth

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—The skip’s voice rasped and there was fatigue in her face.
Rachel Homan and her Ottawa Curling Club team were ready to put their feet up for an evening and a morning off at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship after three-straight wins—one of them a white-knuckler.

“Oh my God, so ready. I can’t wait to not curl for 24 hours,” Homan said yesterday.
“I feel like it’s midnight, so it will be nice to get a break.”
The Canadians arrived at a break in the schedule tied atop the standings with Switzerland’s Binia Feltscher at 8-1 going into play this morning.
The Canadians reverted to their custom of both taking the lead and finishing a game early in a 10-3 win over South Korea’s Ji-sun Kim, who shook hands after eight ends.
But Canada had to go the distance in the morning draw. They stole three points over the final two ends to rescue a 7-5 win over Germany’s Imogen Oona Lehmann.
That was the first time Homan threw her final stone at the world championship, and just the second time Canada played a 10th end in Saint John.
They’d beaten Scotland on Tuesday evening and were back on the Harbour Station ice in the morning.
“It was a long haul, three games in a row on not much sleep, and a big grind this morning against Germany,” Homan noted.
Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, and lead Lisa Weagle headed to dinner with family members feeling confident about their position.
Canada concludes the round-robin today against China and Sweden.
“Two great teams,” Miskew said.
Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson and Russia’s Anna Sidorova both were at 7-2 after play yesterday, followed by China’s Liu Sijia and South Korea tied at 6-3 and Allison Pottinger of the U.S. at 5-4.
Scotland’s Kerry Barr and Anna Kubeskova of the Czech Republic were 2-7, with Germany, Latvia’s Evita Regza, and Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont at 1-8.
The top four teams in the preliminary round advance to the Page playoff.
Ties for fourth will be solved by tie-breaker games.
The countries with the two best records meet in one playoff game tomorrow, with the winner advancing directly to Sunday’s gold-medal game.
The loser drops to Saturday afternoon’s semi-final to meet the winner of a morning playoff between the third and fourth seeds.
“We have our fate in our own hands,” Homan said.
“We’ve got to win out and see what happens with everybody else.”

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