It was a week of dominance for both Team Homan and Team McDonald at the 2019 Ontario Women’s and Men’s Provincial Championships hosted at the Woolwich Memorial Centre in Elmira, ON.
It’s hardly new territory for the iconic Homan rink comprised of skip Rachel Homan, Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney and Lisa Weagle, who are now 4-time Ontario Champions (2011 with Alison Kreviazuk, 2013 with Alison Kreviazuk, 2017 and 2019)
Homan took a 6-1 record through the eight team round robin format dropping their only match vs Team Murphy, earning a direct bye to the finals. Facing Team Tippin for the Ontario Championship, the Homan rink maintained pressure by regimenting play with hammer and a timely steal of one in the third end. Reducing Tippin’s offense to only 4 points over the entire 10 end match including two immaculately executed tick shots by lead Lisa Weagle in the 10th, Homan was crowned the victor by a final score of 6-4.
While the 2018 Olympians’ aspirations don’t end at just an Ontario title, they’ll remain a favourite to win the 2019 Scotties Tournament of Hearts coming up in Sydney, Nova Scotia February 16-24th 2019.
On the Men’s side, Team McDonald (Skip Scott McDonald, Dr. Jonathan Beuk, Wesley Forget and Scott Chadwick) showed little mercy in decimating the ten team field winning an impressive 11 straight matches. The team flexed their offensive prowess posting a tournament best 7.73 points per game to claim the 2019 Ontario Tankard and the subsequent berth in the 2019 Tim Horton’s Brier in Brandon, Manitoba March 2-10 2019.
The winning streak is quite a feat and certainly one that bodes well historically for the McDonald rink. Teams who post undefeated records at the Ontario Tankard have gone on to win the Brier/World Championships on two separate occasions. Any guesses on who accomplished said feat? None other than the Glenn Howard rink, who aced the Ontario Tankard three times (2007 – World Champion, 2010, 2012 – World Champion).
McDonald’s path to victory through the playoffs wasn’t an easy one, vanquishing 2018 Tankard Champion Team Epping in three consecutive matches – once in the final game of the round robin to claim the overall 1st place playoff seed, once in the 1 vs 2 match then again in the finals where a timely steal of two in the 2nd end would give them an early 4-0 lead which they’d never relinquish. The championship final required only 6 ends of play posting an 8-2 final in McDonald’s favour, propelling them to their first ever Brier berth.
Congratulations to both rinks and best of luck at the Canadian Championships!