Ot­tawa's Rachel Homan will play in 2019 Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS -

Rachel Homan's rink has a guar­an­teed berth in the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts af­ter all.

Curl­ing Canada an­nounced Wed­nes­day that the Ot­tawa team will play in the wild-card game Feb. 15, 2019 if Homan doesn't earn an au­to­matic spot by win­ning the On­tario cham­pi­onship.

The wild-card game, which de­buted last year, was slated to have the top two teams on the Cana­dian Team Rank­ing Sys­tem not al­ready au­to­mat­i­cally in the na­tional women's cham­pi­onship. Now, Homan is guar­an­teed a spot in that game, though there was a good chance she would have qual­i­fied un­der the old for­mat as well.

Homan's rink, which in­cludes third Emma Miskew, se­cond Joanne Court­ney and lead Lisa Wea­gle, was sup­posed to be Team Canada at the 2018 Scot­ties, but had to de­cline the berth af­ter win­ning Canada's Olympic spot last sea­son.

The wild-card game win­ner will be­come the 16th and fi­nal team in the Scot­ties.

The main draw of the Scot­ties runs Feb. 16-24, 2019 at Cen­tre 70.

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