On­tario’s Ho­man wins Cana­dian curl­ing ti­tle

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ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — On­tario’s Rachel Ho­man has won the Cana­dian women’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship for a third time.

Ho­man de­feated Man­i­toba’s Michelle En­glot, 8-6, on Sun­day in an ex­tra end to capture the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts. The Ot­tawa skip is joined by third Emma Miskew, sec­ond Joanne Court­ney and lead Lisa Wea­gle. Ho­man also won in 2013 and ’14. En­glot had beaten Ho­man twice at this year’s tour­na­ment en route to the fi­nal, in­clud­ing Fri­day’s play­off be­tween the top two seeds and their last pre­lim­i­nary-round game on Thurs­day.

Ear­lier, de­fend­ing cham­pion Chelsea Carey beat North­ern On­tario’s Krista McCarville, 7-4, for bronze.

Carey goes home from the Cana­dian women’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship with a bronze medal and a va­cancy on her team.

Third Amy Nixon said Sun­day’s 7-4 win over McCarville for bronze was the last game of her ca­reer at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts.

Nixon, 39, won the 2016 Cana­dian ti­tle with Carey and an Olympic bronze medal in 2006 with Shan­non Kleib­rink. She’s com­peted in six Cana­dian cham­pi­onships as vice for both Kleib­rink and Carey.

“I’ve known for awhile this year that it’s just not a pos­si­bil­ity for me to main­tain what I’ve tried to do in the game,” Nixon said.

“I still love to com­pete and I love those girls, but I don’t like the grind any­more. I don’t have the fire for it. There’s other things that call on my time.

“I’d rather go ski­ing with my fam­ily and I’d rather bake cook­ies. I have a great job that I re­ally en­joy and my ca­reer is tak­ing off in a re­ally pro­duc­tive way.”

Nixon’s an­nounce­ment was sud­den. She ac­knowl­edged she hadn’t talked to her team­mates about her de­ci­sion, so Carey wasn’t yet think­ing about a re­place­ment.

“We haven’t even talked about that yet, to be hon­est,” Carey said. “She’s men­tioned it. She hadn’t for­mally told me that. I don’t know. I haven’t even thought about that yet.”

Nixon, a lawyer, is mar­ried with a three-year old daugh­ter and is a se­nior ad­viser to the pres­i­dent of Mount Royal Univer­sity in Cal­gary.

“Amy’s a spe­cial player for sure,” Carey said.

“She’s played so much third and she does it so well and knows what it takes from a shoot­ing per­spec­tive, but more than that, from a team man­age­ment per­spec­tive.

“Man­ag­ing skips is not nec­es­sar­ily the eas­i­est thing and she’s very good at it.”

Carey’s Glen­coe Club team in­cludes front end Jo­ce­lyn Peter­man and Laine Peters. They don’t yet have one of the nine women’s berths in De­cem­ber’s Olympic tri­als in Ot­tawa.

They do have a spot in the pre­tri­als qual­i­fier Nov. 6-12 in Sum­mer­side, P.E.I.

The top two women’s teams from that tour­na­ment gain en­try into the Olympics tri­als.

SEAN KILPATRICK, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

On­tario skip Rachel Ho­man, right, talks with third Emma Miskew as they take on Man­i­toba in the gold-medal match at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Sun­day night. On­tario won, 8-6 in an ex­tra end.

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