Team Rachel Homan off to a Fast Start in 2015-16

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Team Rachel Homan is absolutely on fire this season. They’ve won six of seven bonspiels. They boast a record of 46-5. They’ve outscored their opponents 336-185.

Until recently, they had a 25-game winning streak. That was snapped by Team Sherry Middaugh in the Home Hardware Canada Cup. But even that game was essentially a meaningless one as Rachel and Company had already locked up the #1 seed in the playoffs. The fearsome foursome quickly regained form, however, defeating a resurgent Team Val Sweeting 8-7 in the finals.

And it’s not like they’re beating up on Ottawa elementary school kids in Curling Canada’s Rocks and Rings Program either. They’re doing it against Olympic Gold Medalists, World Champions, Scotties Tournament of Hearts Champions, and the list goes on and on.

Here are the game results so far in the 2015-16 campaign for the team sitting atop the World Curling Tour’s leaderboard according to Order of Merit (OOM):

Stu Sells Oakville Tankard
September 3-7, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Xueyi Wang (CHN) 188 W 8-1
2 Cicci Ostlund (SWE) 31 W 7-2
4 Anna Sidorova (RUS) 8 W 5-4
11 Val Sweeting (AB) 3 W 5-2
QF Erin Morrissey (ON) 64 W 6-3
SF Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI) 7 W 6-4
CF Alina Paetz (SUI) 5 W 5-4

*Source for all charts: World Curling Tour

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – Tour Challenge
September 8-13, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
2 Julie Hastings (ON) 14 W 7-6
7 Binia Feltscher (SUI) 8 W 8-3
9 Kelsey Rocque (AB) 15 W 7-0
13 Val Sweeting (AB) 4 W 6-2
QF Eve Muirhead (SCO) 3 W 7-3
SF EunJung Kim (KOR) 16 W 6-3
CF Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI) 7 L 5-6

Stockholm Ladies Cup
September 25-27, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI) 5 W 7-2
2 Andrea Schoepp (GER) 46 W 7-3
3 Un-Chi Gim (KOR) 74 W 6-2
4 Anna Hasselborg (SWE) 20 L 6-7
QF Anna Sidorova (RUS) 7 W 6-4
SF Margaretha Sigfridsson(SWE) 11 W 8-7
CF Eve Muirhead(SCO) 3 W 7-5

Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic
October 9-12, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Jessie Kaufman (AB) 110 W 9-2
3 Stefanie Lawton (SK) 20 L 6-8
6 Michele Jaeggi (SUI) 28 L 3-7
9 Rebecca Stretch (AB) 167 W 8-4
11 Jennifer Jones (MB) 2 W 8-3
12 Casey Scheidegger (AB) 32 W 6-2
QF Tracy Fleury (NONT) 15 W 6-2
SF Kelsey Rocque (AB) 11 W 7-4
CF Chelsea Carey (AB) 14 W 9-3

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – The Masters
October 27 – November 1, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
3 Tracy Fleury (NONT) 12 W 7-2
5 Silvana Tirinzoni (SUI) 6 W 5-3
8 Margaretha Sigfridsson (SWE) 14 W 5-3
13 EunJung Kim (KOR) 11 W 6-2
QF Jennifer Jones (MB) 2 W 8-4
SF Kristy McDonald (MB) 15 W 8-5
CF Val Sweeting (AB) 4 W 6-4

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – The National
November 11-15, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Anna Hasselborg (SWE) 19 W 6-1
4 Chelsea Carey (AB) 14 W 7-5
7 Kerri Einarson (MB) 16 W 9-4
13 Kelsey Rocque (AB) 10 W 7-1
QF Kelsey Rocque (AB) 10 W 5-4
SF Stefanie Lawton (SK) 20 W 5-3
CF Tracy Fleury (NONT) 13 W 5-4

Home Hardware Canada Cup of Curling
December 2-6, 2015

Draw Opponent OOM W/L Score
1 Val Sweeting (AB) 3 W 8-3
3 Jennifer Jones (MB) 2 W 6-5
4 Kristy McDonald (MB) 12 W 8-4
5 Kelsey Rocque (AB) 10 W 9-2
7 Tracy Fleury (NONT) 11 W 7-5
9 Sherry Middaugh (ON) 9 L 4-6
CF Val Sweeting (AB) 3 W 8-7

Simply put, there are no weak links on this team. Their lead, Lisa Weagle, is so good at the tick shot, that it’s often referred to as a “Weagle.” That, by itself, is an enormous accomplishment. Oh, and she’s no slouch on the brush either.

Their second, Joanne Courtney, is the newest member of the team. This is JoCo’s second season with Team Homan, and she gels with her teammates now better than ever. The best brusher in the women’s game, you would be hard pressed to find someone who shows more hustle game in and game out.

Third Emma Miskew is the mortar between the bricks on this team. Don’t let her last name fool you, she rarely miscues on draws or takeouts. When the skipper is in the hack, Emma is very much at home in the house. She can call line and is a strong, smart voice when the quartet is trying to determine strategy.

Skip Rachel Homan is everything you could possibly want in a skip. She has wisdom, talent, and composure well beyond her 26 years. She consistently puts her team in position to win, makes clutch shots with regularity, and she makes it look easy – even though it isn’t.

Their win Sunday in the Canada Cup guarantees them a spot in the Roar of the Rings – Canada’s Olympic Curling Trials. While it’s far too soon to tell whether or not they’ll be wearing the Maple Leaf in the 2018 Winter Olympics, one thing is certain: If they continue on their current trajectory, they have the talent, skill and cohesion to wear Gold Medals on the podium in PyeongChang.

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One thought on “Team Rachel Homan off to a Fast Start in 2015-16

  1. …awesome accomplishments built with great team play and terrific cohesiveness of the ladies…God bless #teamhoman

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