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Homan claims Canada Cup victory

Ontario’s Rachel Homan is the winner of the women’s final at the Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling. Homan faced off against Alberta’s Val Sweeting at Revolution Place Sunday afternoon and claimed the win with a score of 8-7 in 11 ends.

It was a close match up with Sweeting gaining an edge several times throughout the draw. Homan played catch up for the first 8 ends, tying up the game in both the 4th and 8th ends. Homan pulled ahead when Sweeting missed a shot in the 9th end, allowing her to steal a point.

“We went for it in 9 and it didn’t work out, so there was a couple of mistakes made by me but I thought that my team played really well” said Sweeting.

Sweeting was able to force an extra end after tying up the game 7-7 in the 10th, giving Homan the hammer for the final end.

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Homan, who lost to Sweeting in the 2014 Canada Cup of Curling finals, says she has never been so happy to win a tournament in her life.

“It’s just a really exciting accomplishment to win the Canada Cup, we’ve never won that before. I’m just really proud of the team for sticking with it and getting us to the extra [end] so we had a chance to win.”

Sweeting says the focus now is performing well at the provincial qualifiers for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts so they can get back to Grande Prairie in January and represent Alberta in their bid to earn the title of Team Canada.

Sweeting had the home province crowd cheering her on throughout the game, and says that and being able to bounce back after each of their losses was a highlight for her.

“The whole week Grande Prairie has been so awesome to us and we definitely want to come back.”

The men’s final goes tonight at 5 p.m. between Kevin Koe and Mike McEwen.


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