Episode two of Jennifer Jones versus Rachel Homan played out on the ice in Affinity Place Saturday night for the women's finals of the Home Hardware Canada Cup.
With cautious defensive play from both sides to start, Jones came away with the first point. Blanking the second end, Homan drew around Jones' guards to pick up a point of her own in the third, but Jones retaliated in the fourth by drawing down the center to pick up three.
With a chance to narrow the gap with the hammer in the fifth, Homan completely missed, and Jones went up 5-1. In the sixth, Homan tucked a rock in a tight spot, and Jones' attempt to dislodge it went wide. Homan herself went a little far, however, and missed a chance for a deuce, taking the single point instead.
Trading chances with Homan, Jones found two in the seventh end to take a 7-2 advantage. In the eighth, Homan managed to cut the lead by two, followed by a rather defensive ninth that saw Jones go up 8-4.
By the tenth, Homan realized that any further efforts were futile. She conceded 8-4 to Jones, who advances to the final. When all was said and done, it was the three points in the fourth end that set the course of the game.
"We had quite a few picks there in the middle, and didn't quite find the lines. We had to keep going on new paths, just a little bit unlucky there," said Rachel Homan afterwards, "But Jen played well, her team played well and good luck to them in the finals."
Semi final loss aside, she noted that there were positives to take away from the evening.
"We were really happy to qualify, and came out with a tough one tonight but we had a lot of really good games. I'm really proud of our efforts this week."
"Getting a three against such a great team always changes the momentum a little bit. I thought we made some big shots when we needed them. It even got a little scary in 8, we managed to only hold them to two. All in all, we're pretty happy with the performance," said Jennifer Jones.
They take on one of the two teams that beat them in the round robin, Kerri Einarson, in the final on Sunday. Jones says the key to beating Einarson is her own personal performance.
"I didn't play very well in the round robin, but they're just a tremendous team. Tons of great shots from them, so we'll have to be sharp from lead to skip, through ten ends."
The womens final between Einarson and Jones gets under way at 2:00 PM Sunday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the mens championship follows that evening at 7:00 PM, Kevin Koe taking on Brad Jacobs.