In a battle of two curling powerhouses, two-time national champion Rachel Homan and her world No. 3-ranked team of Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, and Lisa Weagle came out on top, defeating Team Jones to win The Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game women's final. Overall, Team Homan pocketed a total of $52,000 from this weekend's Pinty's All-Star Curling Skins Game, held at The Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre in beautiful Banff National Park.
"It's definitely the most money I've ever played for, for one curling shot," said Homan. "Jones gave us a run for our money… literally. It was a good game and we're pretty excited to take home this cheque from Pinty's."
After this afternoon's game, Manitoba's Jennifer Jones and her world No. 1-ranked team of Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer, and Dawn McEwen walked away with a weekend total of $29,500 in prize money.
Team Homan started off strong, making an angle raise takeout with the hammer to win the game's opening skin of $2,000. Skip Rachel Homan made another brilliant angle raise takeout – with third Emma Miskew making a terrific line call – to steal the second skin and double their total. After a slow start, a solid third end performance from Team Jones put them on the board with a $3,000 skin. With each team winning one skin over the next two ends, the game was tied at $7,000 going into the 6th end. Homan made another brilliant last rock shot to win the $6,000 skin and force Team Jones into a do-or-die position. The all-important seventh end saw Team Jones narrowly force a carry-over to stay alive. It all came down to the final end, with Rachel Homan making a soft touch tap back to score two and capture the championship.