SUMMERSIDE – The 2014 Canadian curling champions are off to winning starts at the 2014 Players’ Championship.
Rachel Homan defeated Heather Nedohin 7-2 in six ends while Kevin Koe made a clutch hammer shot in the final eighth end to edge Steve Laycock 7-6. In other Draw 1 games at Eastlink Arena on Tuesday night, Silvana Tirinzoni scored four points in the final three ends, including back-to-back steals, to overcome a 5-2 deficit and edge Olympic gold-medallist Jennifer Jones 6-5, Mike McEwen outscored Sven Michel 6-4 and Eve Muirhead defeated Michele Jaggi 7-5.
“The team played well,” said Homan following her rink’s first game since taking home the silver medal at the world championships in Saint John, N.B., last month. “Obviously, we are learning the ice, and it was a good game.”
A winning start is important for Homan, third stone Emma Miskew, second stone Alison Kreviazuk and lead Lisa Weagle.
“There are not too many games, so you have to try and win them all,” added Homan. “You can’t have too many losses with five games.”
Koe, who is supported by third stone Pat Simmons, second stone Carter Rycroft and lead Nolan Thiessen, also agreed it is imperative to get off to a winning start in a round-robin format.
“It’s huge, especially when you look at the field and who you have to play,” said Koe. “We have (Glenn) Howard, (Kevin) Martin, (Brad) Gushue our last three (games), so we have to get off to a good start.”
The Players’ Championship is the final event…