To cap off what has been nothing but a stellar season, Rachel Homan and her ladies (minus Jo) will be taking home the Pinty's Championship Cup and a nice check for $40,000 today. It came down to a very finessed final shot in the 8th end - a chip shot off the opposing team's rock to tip her own into the ring. Rachel never missed a beat. It was not an easy game for Team Homan nor for their opposition - Team Hasselborg of Sweden. Though both teams struggled at times to find the right line and weight, they also managed to make some OMG shots too. Team Hasselborg may be a young team but they have all the necessary skills and talent to play in the big leagues, as was seen this past week when they defeated all but one of the 13 teams who came to play.
Meanwhile Joanne Courtney (of Team Homan) was at the World Mixed Doubles Championship. She, along with her freshly minted partner Reid Carruthers, after a bit of a shaky start managed to steadily improve over the week. Considering that the Canadians had never played as team before and they were competing against teams that had, taking home a Silver and a berth in the Olympics was a win-win situation as Canada had never done better than a Bronze prior to this year.
The Women's Senior Curling Championship held in Fredericton, NB concluded a couple of days ago and Team Saskatchewan skipped by Sherry Anderson took home the cup and a berth in the Senior Olympics.
Later on today, Team Jacobs will play Team Koe in the Men's final at the Pinty's Championship. There were some outstanding shots made by the fellows this week. End after end saw take-outs with a one in a hundred chance, draws that slid easily to the exact spot called and guards that ate up rocks trying to be removed. Brad was curling 100% on his draws yesterday and Kevin was in the high 90's on his - both of their hits were in the high 90's. I'm looking forward to a great final.