Homan beats Muirhead to defend Masters title

Lisa Weagle, Alison Kreviazuk, Emma Miskew and Rachel Homan celebrate with the Masters championship after defeating Team Muirhead in the final.

Rachel Homan has successfully defended her Grand Slam of Curling’s Masters title after defeating Scotland’s Eve Muirhead in the final Sunday night in Abbotsford, B.C.

Muirhead, the reigning world champion, trailed by one in the final end and needed shot rock to grab a steal to stay alive but couldn’t knock off Homan’s stone and the Ottawa rink won 7-5.

Homan, the 2013 Canadian champion, finished the round-robin with a 2-2 record but defeated Winnipeg’s Chelsea Carey 5-1 in the tiebreaker, earned a 6-3 victory over Edmonton’s Heather Nedohin in the quarter-finals and then reached the final with a 6-3 win against Switzerland’s Mirjam Ott.

The foursome of Homan, Emma Miskew, Alison Kreviazuk and Lisa Weagle now eye a berth in the 2014 Sochi Games when the Canadian Olympic trials kick off next month in Winnipeg. Muirhead has already booked a spot at the Olympics representing Great Britain.

The Masters final was tied 2-2 in the fourth until Muirhead misplayed her final shot and clunked the guard allowing Homan to score three and grab the lead. Homan added a single in the sixth with a tee-line tap but Muirhead pulled within one with a deuce in the seventh.

Homan beat Muirhead 5-4 in last year’s semifinal and topped Chelsea Carey 8-3 for her first Grand Slam championship. Muirhead got her revenge at the world championships this past March stealing one in the final end to knock out Homan 8-7 in the page playoff semifinal.

Earlier on Sunday, Glenn Howard beat Kevin Martin in the men’s final as Howard earned his sixth career Masters title.

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