Homan, Jones advance to women’s semifinals

Jason Simmonds
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At 2014 Players’ Championship on Saturday night

SUMMERSIDE – Canadian women’s champion Rachel Homan and Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones advanced to the women’s semifinals of the 2014 Players’ Championship.

Homan scored a deuce in the final end to defeat Stefanie Lawton 7-5 while Jones, who never led against Eve Muirhead, stole two points in an extra end to also win 7-5. The two quarter-final games were played at Eastlink Arena on Saturday afternoon.

In the semifinals on Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Jones will face Sweden’s Margaretha Sigfridsson in a rematch of the gold-medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and Homan will take on Silvana Tirinzoni of Switzerland.

“We have a ton of respect for that team,” said Jones, who edged Sigfridsson 7-6 on Thursday night. “They work really hard. . .

“We had a great game against them in the round robin, and expect another great game tonight (Saturday).”

When asked how she sees her matchup against Tirinzoni, Homan replied, “We just have to keep playing the way we are playing.”

 

Back-and-forth game

Lawton, who started the game with the hammer, and Homan exchanged single points through the first four ends. Lawton drew to the four-foot to score the game’s first deuce in the fifth end for a 4-2 advantage.

But Homan answered right back to score three in the sixth end to take her first lead of the game, 5-4, and Lawton evened the score in the seventh end. Homan punched out Lawton’s shot rock on the game’s final shot to score a deuce.

“My first one (in the final eighth end) was kind of a set-up shot so she would be forced to play the middle, and be able to blast out her freeze attempt,” explained Homan. “If she (Lawton) makes it a little bit better I have a really tough shot for one.

“It was a great battle by my team, and Lawton played so well that we had to fight for every point.”

 

Early lead

Muirhead jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first end, but Jones battled back to tie the score with singles in the second, fourth and fifth ends. Muirhead retook the lead 5-3 with a deuce in the sixth end, and Jones sent the game to an extra end after making a double takeout on the final shot of the eighth end for two.

“Probably, if I throw a little bit less weight we get three,” said Jones of her last shot in eight.

“We gave up kind of a bad three in the first end, and just kept battling back, battling back and took it to an extra end,” said Jones. “She (Muirhead) had a really tough shot on her last one, and it worked out our way.”

In the extra end, Jones was lying four as Muirhead was unable to make a difficult triple takeout to count the winning point on the game’s final shot.

 

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Geographic location: Sweden, Switzerland

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