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Friday, Mar. 23, 2018
Horgan rink finishes one game shy of playoffs
by Randy Pascal

Come Saturday morning, the fact that they could go shot for shot with the very best female curlers in the country was likely small consolation for Tracy Horgan, Jennifer Horgan, Jenna Enge and Amanda Gates.

Representing the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club as a Northern Ontario entry participated in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts for the very first time, the locals put themselves in position to secure a playoff spot Friday morning, facing Rachel Homan and Team Canada in the 17th and final draw of round robin play.

In fact, with both teams sitting at 6-4 entering the matchup, Horgan and company were on top of things early, picking up back to back steals in the third and fourth ends, up 4-2 on the reigning champions heading to the seventh end. Even a counter of two by Homan still left Northern Ontario in pretty good shape, tied at four but holding the hammer with three ends to play.

A blank in the eighth drew Horgan that much closer, but it unravelled quickly in the ninth, as the Homan quartet stole two, running the northern ladies out of rocks in the tenth and posting a 6-4 win. With that victory, Team Homan remained in the hunt for the national title, placing fourth behind Jennifer Jones - Manitoba (10-1), Val Sweeting - Alberta (9-2) and Stefanie Lawton - Saskatchewan (8-3).

The Sudbury foursome were just one game back at 6-5, in sole possession of fifth place, and a nice step forward from their first Scotties appearance in 2012, when the ladies posted a record of 4-7 while wearing the Ontario provincial colours.

In the 1-2 page encounter late Friday evening, Jones outlasted Sweeting, earning her berth directly in the final on Sunday. Homan and Lawton meet this morning at 10:00 a.m., with the winner moving on to face Sweeting at 3:00 p.m. in the semi-final game.

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