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Rachel Catherine Homan (born April 5, ) is a Canadian curler from Kanata, Ontario. At the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Homan skipped the Ontario team to a 4th place finish. She finished the . The team was invited to play in the Elite 10 men's Grand Slam event, making history in the process. The team. a couple of provincial finals in front of the crowd at both the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Sydney, N.S., and Tim Hortons Brier in Brandon, Man. Read More. Kim Kelly, skipping for the Jones rink, is seen during their Scotties match first Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship like it was yesterday. During the course of her career, Kelly has played with and against “We have a great relationship and I've learned a ton from Colleen (Jones),” said Kelly.
However, in the semi-final of the event, the team would be defeated by Sherry Middaughending the team's Olympic hopes. As defending Scotties champions fromthe Homan rink earned the right to represent Team Canada at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal. The event was notable for the absence of the Jennifer Jones rink who was competing at the Olympics. Nevertheless, the Homan team went through the entire tournament without a single loss, defeating Alberta's Val Sweeting in the final.
Homan became the youngest skip ever to win back-to-back Scotties. The team had a better event than the previous worlds, as they only lost one round robin game to finish first place heading into the playoffs. The team defeated Switzerland's Binia Feltscher in the 1 vs. Homan and the rest of her Canadian team thus had to settle for a silver medal. The Homan rink ended the season with a loss in the final of the Players' Championship against the Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones.
The match marked the last game for second Alison Kreviazuk on the team, as she moved to Sweden to be with her boyfriend Fredrik Lindberg who plays for Niklas Edin.
Kreviazuk had played for Homan since they were bantam aged. Kreviazuk was replaced by Joanne Courtney from Edmonton.
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Joanne Courtney era —present [ edit ] The Homan rink found less success in the —15 curling season after adding new second Joanne Courtney to the team. The team finished the round robin in 4th place with a 7—4 record. In the playoffs they would lose to Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton in the 3 vs.
The team found much more success in the —16 curling seasonbut were still wrought with some disappointment. After this impressive run, the team's success seemed to dry-up. They were upset in the finals of the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Hearts against their club mates, the Jenn Hanna team, meaning the World 1 ranked Homan team would not be able to play in the national championships that year.
The team was invited to play in the Elite 10 men's Grand Slam event, making history in the process. The team would only win one game in the event though, beating Charley Thomas ' team. The team ended the season losing against Jennifer Jones in the final of the Humpty's Champions Cup. The Homan rink's success over the course of the season meant the team would end the season ranked number one in the world in both the Women's money list and order of merit standings.
The —17 curling season was one of Homan's best season to date. They followed this up by winning the Canad Inns Women's Classic the following month. A week later, the team lost in the final of the Masters of Curling against the Allison Flaxey rink.
A month later, they lost in the final of the Canada Cup of Curling. In playdown play, the rink struggled in the round robin of the Ontario Scotties Tournament of Heartslosing two games, and finishing second behind Jacqueline Harrison.
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However, they won both their playoff matches, including defeating Harrison in the final, qualifying the team to represent Ontario at that year's Scotties. She won in an extra end in what many considered to be one of the most exciting Scotties finals ever. Both teams went in the round robin, with Homan's lone loss coming at Englot's expense. Englot beat Homan once again in the 1 vs. At the world championship in Beijing Homan's rink became only the third in tournament history to go unbeaten in round-robin play, joining fellow Canadian Colleen Jones from and Sweden's Anette Norberg from Homan and her team won the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in her hometown of Ottawa, defeating previously unbeaten Chelsea Carey.
The Homan rink had lost just one game in the tournament, against Carey in the round robin. After her Trials win, the Homan rink began to struggle. Her team's record at the event wasand she also lost in her mixed doubles match with Brett Gallant. Despite this, Team North America would win the event on a draw to the button by Brad Gushuebreaking a tie. The team would then go on to play at the Winter Olympics where they started disastrously. Losing to the team from Denmark meant that Canada was for the first time ever at an Olympics.
Rather than letting the rock be adjusted Homan removed the stone. They should have left it in play. It doesn't look good on you.
This made Homan's team the first Canadian Olympic curlers to not play for or win a medal. Team Homan's curling season began by winning the first leg of the Curling World Cupdefeating Sweden's Anna Hasselborg in the final. Hasselborg got the best of Homan the following month, beating her in the final of the Masters.
Homan then went on to win the next grand slam event, the Tour Challengedefeating Tracy Fleury in the final. Shortly after, it was announced that Team Jennifer Jones had dropped third Cathy Overton-Claphamand had replaced her with Lawes, in time for the —11 curling season.
The team also won the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts and represented Manitoba at the Scotties Tournament of HeartsLawes' first women's national championship. There they would make it to the finals, where they lost to Saskatchewan's Amber Holland rink. There, they would win the bronze medal. For the first half of the —13 season, Lawes skipped the team, with Kirsten Wall throwing third, as Jones was expecting her first child and sat out until January. As skip, she would play in four slams, failing to qualify at the Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic and the Mastersmaking it to the quarterfinals of the Manitoba Lotteries Women's Curling Classic and the round of 16 at the Colonial Square Ladies Classic.It's the Heart that Matters
Jones was back to skipping the team in time for the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Heartswhich they again would win. At the Olympics the team became the first women's team to not only go through the round robin undefeated but also the first team to go throughout the whole tournament undefeated when they won the Olympic gold. They were the first Manitoba based curling team to win gold at the Olympics.
After the win Lawes noted her recently deceased father stating "I know he would be so proud. This is something he knew we had it in us. I don't know how to describe it. I thought about him a lot during the game I wish that I could share this experience with him, but he was my inspiration.
By virtue of winning the Scotties, the Jones rink would represent Team Canada at the Scotties Tournament of Heartswhere they would win a bronze medal. The Jones rink would not qualify for the Scotties, having lost in the semifinals of the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts. However, they had some success in other events, winning the DeKalb Superspiel again, winning the Canada Cup of Curling and the Players' Championship.
She would still have an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics as part of the debut mixed doubles curling event.
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John Morris was scheduled to curl with Homan in the trials, but she was unavailable having already qualified as Canada's women's representative. Lawes and Morris would go on to win their next six games, finishing with a 6—1 record. In the semifinals they faced Norway in a rematch, this time prevailing.