The Meridian Canadian Open wrapped up in North Battleford with a win by the Rachel Homan team to capture the women’s title.
Homan won over the Silvana Tirinzoni team by a final of 4-3.
For Homan it is her third Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling title this season, capping an undefeated week and adding even more points to their Pinty’s Cup-leading total. It was also her record-setting 10th Grand Slam of Curling win.
“It feels amazing,” said Homan. “It was really important for us to do well here... our team played so strong the whole way through and found a way to win.”
For Team Tirinzoni, they entered the final game looking to spoil the party again. The Swiss team had eliminated North Battleford-based Robyn Silvernagle the previous day, and looked to disappoint Canadian fans again in the women’s final.
They got off to a good start when Homan’s last rock hit a guard, allowing Team Tirinzoni to steal one. In the second, Homan drew for a single to tie it up.
But the Tirinzoni team failed to capitalize with the hammer too many times in the game. They blanked the third and fourth ends, followed by back to back ends where Homan scored on steals, taking a 3-1 lead.
But then Team Tirinzoni’s Alina Paetz, throwing fourth, delivered the perfect ricochet shot off a Homan guard rock that landed in the house to score two. Both teams headed to the eighth tied 3-3.
That set up the eighth end which came down to the last shot, with Homan drawing to the button to score the point and clinch the win, much to the delight of the pro-Canada audience.
The women’s final on Sunday concluded the six-day event in North Battleford. Alberta’s Brendan Bottcher won the men’s final earlier that afternoon.