Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Homan Goes for Gold at Women's World Curling Championship

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Homan Goes for Gold at Women's World Curling Championship

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Canada's Homan into world curling final


SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Alison Kreviazuk banged her broom in frustration a few times after missing shots in the preliminary round at the Ford Women's World Curling Championship.

Rachel Homan's second had no reason to punish her broom Friday.

Kreviazuk's showy raise triple takeouts in the third and fifth ends were key to Canada controlling their playoff game against Switzerland's Binia Feltscher.

Homan followed up with impressive double takeouts in the eighth and ninth ends to cap an 8-3 win to send Canada to Sunday's final.

"It's all confidence right now," Homan said. "We are feeling good.

"We are going to be nervous come the gold medal game, but it's going to be a good thing. It means a lot to us and we want to bring back gold for Canada."

Homan, third Emma Miskew, Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle out of the Ottawa Curling Club will attempt to claim Canada's first women's world title since 2008, when Winnipeg Jennifer Jones won gold in Vernon, B.C.

Jones went undefeated to win Olympic gold in Sochi last month, so Homan's foursome intend to make this a dominant year for Canadian women's curling.

Homan will have last-rock advantage to start Sunday's final. The Canadians went 10-1 to win the preliminary round in Saint John with one lopsided 8-4 loss to the Swiss on the second day of competition.

The Swiss, who finished second at 9-2, can still get to the final, but must win Saturday afternoon's semifinal to gain a rematch.

"We hope to see Canada in Sunday's final," Swiss third Irene Schori said. "They played really well. We also played really good but Alison had two big shots that were awesome."

Feltscher will take on the winner on Sunday morning's playoff between third seed Russia's Anna Sidorova and fourth seed South Korean's Ji-sun Kim.

The South Koreans claimed the fourth and final playoff berth with a 7-5 tiebreaker win earlier Friday over Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson.

Miskew led all thirds in shooting percentage in the preliminary round. The Canadian third executed beautiful clearing shots and hits and rolls during the week, but it was Kreviazuk, after an up and down few days, taking over in the highlight reel department Friday. …

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