It was both heart-stopping and historic.
Rachel Homan’s 8-6 extra-end win in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts final Sunday night in St. Catharines, Ont., made her the youngest skip to capture three Canadian curling titles.
The 27-year-old said the thrilling victory over Manitoba’s Michelle Englot represented the toughest challenge yet for her young team.
“That’s the hardest win we’ve ever fought for, especially with all the pressure and everything on the line,” said Homan, whose Ottawa rink was favoured to win the event in its home province.
Homan had to make an extraordinary double takeout in the 10th end just to keep her rink’s championship hopes alive. She delivered.
“The Canadian title was on the line of a 16th of a rock,” she said.
“I had to make it. Do-or-die. And we survived.”