Friday, July 31, 2015

Swiss rink shocks Homan

SAINT JOHN, N.B.—The Swiss were as surprised as anyone else by their gold-medal victory at the 2014 Ford Women’s World Curling Championship.
Binia Feltscher’s inexperienced Flims Curling Club foursome upset Canada’s Rachel Homan 9-5 in yesterday’s final at Harbour Station.

“I’m speechless. It’s like dream. It’s awesome,” Swiss third Irene Schori said.
“We were very relaxed,” she added. “We had nothing to lose and they were under pressure.
“We are surprised,” Schori admitted.
“We did a great job the whole season, but we never thought we could win a medal at the world championship.”
It’s Switzerland’s second women’s world title in three years after Mirjam Ott won it in Lethbridge, Alta. in 2012.
Feltscher won an Olympic silver medal in 2006 playing third for Ott but Schori, second Franziska Kaufmann, and lead Christine Urech made their world championship debuts in Saint John.
It was a deflating end for Canada’s Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Alison Kreviazuk, and lead Lisa Weagle out of the Ottawa Curling Club.
The host country boasted an 11-1 tournament record going into yesterday’s final, but a devastating eighth end cost Canada.
Leading 5-3 after seven, the Swiss scored three points on Canadian mistakes and Homan couldn’t recover.
More errors in the ninth forced Homan into a low percentage angle raise double take-out with her final throw.
The Canadian skip missed and gave up a steal of three for the first time in the tournament.
Down four points coming home—even a team as potent with the hammer as Homan’s had been—couldn’t generate four points.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t finish off that last game,” a stoic Homan said.
“We had a really good week.
“The whole game we just weren’t quite making the shots we needed to make,” she noted.
Canada’s lone loss of the preliminary round was to Switzerland on Day 2.
With runbacks and raises, Homan drained the Swiss of their offence in Friday’s playoff game between the tournament’s top two seeds.
The Swiss felt no weight of expectations in the final—and Canada did.
“A silver medal is still an improvement from the bronze last year,” Kreviazuk reasoned.
“We worked so hard this year,” she added. “It feels good to come out of this with at least a medal.
“Tomorrow [Monday] we’re going to look at the silver and be a lot happier.
“Right now, it’s a little tough to swallow,” Kreviazuk conceded. “[But] I’m still proud and happy.
“I know I will be tomorrow [Monday].”
Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones went undefeated in Sochi to claim Olympic women’s curling gold last month, but Canada hasn’t won a world women’s title since Jones in 2008 in Vernon, B.C.
Homan and Miskew led in shooting percentages at their position prior to the final, but shot just 61 and 63 percent, respectively, yesterday.
“They just made more mistakes than they usually make,” Feltscher said through an interpreter.

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