Ontario curling fans finally know whom they’ll be cheering on when the 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts gets underway at the K-Rock Centre in Kingston on Feb. 16.
After a last-rock loss in the 2012 provincial final, Rachel Homan rolled through the field with an unblemished record during this year’s playdowns, Jan. 21-27 at the KW Granite Curling Club in Kitchener-Waterloo. It marks the second appearance at the national championship for the young skip from Ottawa, the first coming at the 2011 Scotties in Charlottetown.
Homan secured a spot in the final by blanking Cathy Auld of Mississauga 9-0 in the 1 vs. 2 Page playoff game. Auld bounced back to defeat Sherry Middaugh in the semifinal for a shot at the provincial title.
In the championship final, Homan – a three-time representative for Ontario at the Canadian Junior Women’s Curling Championship – defeated Auld by a 7-3 score.
Homan leads teammates Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle into the 12-team field that will compete for the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship in Kingston from Feb. 16-24.
Defending champ Heather Nedohin of Edmonton was the first qualifier, wearing Team Canada colours this time around, followed by Kerry Galusha of the Northwest Territories/Yukon, Kelly Scott from B.C. and Newfoundland/Labrador’s Stacie Devereaux.
Six other provinces also declared their representatives Jan. 27 – a super Sunday for the Scotties. Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones will be there for a 10th time, Suzanne Birt returns for Prince Edward Island and Allison Ross won in Quebec. Mary-Anne Arsenault, with Colleen Jones throwing third stones, took the Nova Scotia title, Kristie Moore won her first Alberta title as a skip (she competed as a second in 2000) and newcomer Jill Shumay came out on top in Saskatchewan.
The New Brunswick playdowns, Jan. 30-Feb. 3 at the Gladstone Curling Club in Fredericton Junction, will determine the final team that earns the right to play for the most prestigious championship in Canadian women’s curling.
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