Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Holland Defeats Homan in Battle of the Undefeated

At the 2011 Scott Tournament of Hearts, two teams went into this afternoon's play with 5-0 records: Rachel Homan of Ontario and Amber Holland of Saskatchewan. The rink from Saskatchewan won 8-5, as Ontario resigned after scoring only one in the 9th end.

Things started quite well for the Ontario rink as Saskatchewan blanked the first end and then Ontario stole a point in the second end. But then on a great shot from Homan, following three misses in a row by the Ontario rear end, Saskatchewan scored 3 in the third. They followed by stealing two more in the fourth end for a 5-1 lead, and the momentum was clearly on their side from then on.

The glaring difference between the teams quite clearly was the poor shot-making by Rachel Homan, skip of Ontario. She curled just 68% while every other curler on both teams curled in the 80s or 90s (not counting Sherry Middaugh's two rocks in the ninth end for Ontario, one of which she hogged). From the third end on, Homan seemed down on herself, a bit dis-spirited, and just out of drive and the usual moxie. It will be interesting to see if she bounces back for this evening's game.



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