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Rachel Homan
, The Canadian press

CALGARY – Rachel Homan and her Ontario-based ice rink defeated Swiss Silvana Tirinzoni 6: 3 in the Champions Cup final on Monday evening in the WinSport Arena.

This is the 11th Grand- Slam title in the career of Homan, who gave birth to daughter Bowyn less than a month ago on March 25th.

Team Bottcher Vice Darren Molding won or lost the first Grand Slam final of the season and believed that his teammates should be more than proud to be in the curling bubble.

They won their first Tim Hortons Brier title at the Markin MacPhail Center and reached the quarter-finals at the Men’s World Cup. They then reached the final at the Humpty’s Champions Cup on Monday before dropping a 6-3 decision against the Scottish Bruce Mouat.

“I said to the boys before our game today:” What we did in this bubble most competitive hair curlers would consider a good career, “said Molding.” We did this together in less than two months (here).

“If we get out of here – no matter what happens at the next event – I don’t think you can make it anything other than a success for us. “

The game spun on the fifth end when Brendan Bottcher slightly skipped the 8-foot ring in a tie. Mouat stole two points, added another theft in the seventh, and blew Bottcher out of the stones in the eighth. “We just managed to keep the pressure going,” said Mouat. “We made them hit pretty hard. They got a lot of them to be fair. We may just have been on the better side of the customs.

Mouat, who beat Bottcher this month on his way to a world silver , won his first Grand Slam title since 2017. His team pocketed $ 25,000 for the win, while Bottcher’s team earned $ 17,000.

Bottcher and his Edmonton teammates will face Mouat again on Tuesday if they join of the Princess Auto Players’ Championship, the second and final Grand Slam event in the bubble, in the round robin game.

“We know we have to play almost flawlessly to beat them,” said Molding. “You’re playing very well right now.

” I thought we were in control of the game, but we didn’t quite get the results when we needed them. “

Bottcher had one on the first end Hammer and scored two hits with one nose hit. He put the pressure on in the second round by sitting three and forcing Mouat to find the port on an inturn draw to save a single one.

Bottcher was forced on the third end and Mouat even pulled with a hit and stayed on the fourth end for two. Molding and Bottcher both threw in the high 60s, way behind Mouat with 92 percent and Vice Grant Hardie with 81 percent.

“It was only an inch thick or an inch thin and you don’t get a perfect result,” said Molding. “At some point it caught up with us later in the game.”

The competition was pushed back one day after a COVID-19 scare on the last weekend of the World Cup. Four positive test results were later classified as “false positive” and the game continued after a one-day break.

The seventh and final competition in the spectator-free venue of Canada Olympic Park is the LGT Women’s Curling World Championship from April 30th to May 9th.

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