VICTORIOUS HOMAN ENJOYING ‘AMAZING’ FAN SUPPORT AT ROAR OF THE RINGS
The stage was set for Rachel Homan and she delivered. And how. With a Homan-heavy home crowd at Canadian Tire Centre ready to cheer every move by the hometown skip Wednesday night, she set herself up for a fantastic finish against Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge.
Homan closed out the night with a brilliant double take out — clearing the narrowest window in front of the house — scoring four in the tenth end en route to a comeback 10-7 victory.
The home crowd roared. Homan, typically reserved, punctuated the game-winning shot with a fist pump before being congratulated by teammates Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle.
“Amazing,” Homan said of having so much fan support behind her. “It’s so awesome to have everybody there, and going through all the emotions with us. We had a lot of friends and family in the crowd. We didn’t love a lot of that game, but it was fun to play and fun to make your last shot for sure.”
Homan is now 5-1, tied with Jennifer Jones, trailing the 5-0 Chelsea Carey rink. While playoff positions aren’t yet guaranteed, those three have separated themselves from the field.
Homan is back in action Thursday night against Val Sweeting and meets Jones in a muchanticipated showdown Friday night.
“We needed that win, it was a big win for us,” said Homan. “It could have gone either way. They’re a great team.”
The final end began with a “Let’s Go Homan” chant and it was nerve wracking throughout.
Scheidegger had put Homan in a do-or-die situation with her final shot. If Homan hit either one of the two guards out front, she would have handed the game to the Lethbridge skip.
At the same time, Scheidegger left herself open slightly for the double takeout when her final shot curled more than she would have liked.
Homan was down 7-6 heading home, but did some impressive work just to get herself back into the contest and to earn the hammer for the 10th end.
A deft raise with her final stone in the ninth end forced Scheidegger to take one, yielding the last shot advantage.
Homan had the crowd on its feet — except for those that were hugging in the Homan suite — with a brilliant double to score two in the eighth, tying the game 6-6.
It was an impressive comeback after falling way behind early.
Homan needed that shot and more to work her way back into the contest. She also scored two in the sixth and forced Scheidegger to take one in the seventh.
Homan dug herself a deep hole early.
She gave up two to Scheidegger in the fourth end and the Lethbridge skip stole another in the fifth.
That put Scheidegger up 5-2, putting big pressure on Homan.
At that point, the Canadian Tire Centre was quiet. Full of Homan supporters, they had come out loud and proud, hoping they help lead her to victory.
Homan signs dotted the seats, including the following: “Rachel Homan, Local Girl, Global Domination”.
Earlier in the day, something had to give in the battle of the only two undefeated squads — Jones and Carey.
Carey’s 7-5 victory left her with a perfect 5-0 mark, while Jones dropped to 5-1.
Homan is now 5-1 herself, but she acknowledged Wednesday’s win was hardly the easiest victory.
“It was a battle,” she said. “Just missing some shots by millimetres. It’s not a great feeling when you almost have it and you just miss it. I think making that last one was just all our emotions coming out and having to stick with our process and not get too excited throughout.”
Weagle couldn’t say enough about the crowd support, and being able to deliver on home ice when it counted.
“That feeling, just to make that last shot and have the crowd go nuts, was something really, really special,” Weagle said. “We’ve had a lot of success (near home), at Kingston, St. Catharines, Montreal, close to home. We really wanted to channel that feeling and use the home crowd to our advantage here.”
They certainly accomplished that on Wednesday.
Team Homan skip Rachel Homan of Ottawa shouts to her front end during draw 14 against Casey Scheidegger Wednesday at the Canadian Tire Centre. Team Homan won 10-7.