Team Sweeting Defeats Team Homan in Tonight’s PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME to Advance to Sunday’s Final

— January 8, 2016

– Team Sweeting defeats Team Homan for the first time this season, winning $14,500 to secure a spot in the Women’s Final on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. ET live on TSN –
– Team Sweeting will face off against the winner of Team Jones vs. Team Rocque, airing tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET on TSN –

BANFF, ALTA. (January 8, 2016) – In a rematch of last year’s opening draw at the PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME, Rachel Homan and Val Sweeting renewed their rivalry tonight in front of a packed house at the Fenlands Banff Recreation Centre in Banff, Alta. And it was Team Sweeting, which features Lori Olson-Johns, Dana Ferguson, and Rachel Brown, who took down defending PINTY’S ALL-STAR CURLING SKINS GAME champions Team Homan – marking the Edmonton team’s first victory against Team Homan in six match-ups this season. DOWNLOAD PHOTOS FROM TEAM HOMAN VS. TEAM SWEETING HERE: http://review.bellmedia.ca/view/227462304 Team Homan, which features Emma Miskew, Joanne Courtney, and Lisa Weagle, did not go home empty handed, winning $7,500 tonight. Over two years, Team Homan’s all-time TSN skins game earnings total now sits at $59,500. Draw Summary After winning the draw to the button earlier in the day, Homan continued her roll in the first end, adding another $1,000 to her tally. Team Sweeting forced a carryover in the second end, putting $2,500 on the line in the third end. Holding final stone, Homan narrowly picked up the skin in the third end, boosting her team’s tally to $3,500. The tide shifted in the fourth and fifth ends, with Sweeting winning back-to-back skins to tie up the game at $3,500. With every rock in play, Homan threw a beautiful final stone through a tight port, securing a delicate tap-back to score the deuce and pick up the $3,000 skin in the sixth end. Following an open hit and stick for two and the skin, Sweeting pulled ahead of Homan in the seventh end, taking the lead at $8,000 to $6,500. It came down to last rock in the eighth end, with Homan forcing a carryover and a draw to the button finish, which saw Sweeting complete her comeback and secure her first victory over Homan this season.  Final result:
  • Team Sweeting: $14,500
  • Team Homan: $7,500 ($6,500 in skins earnings + $1,000 draw to the button bonus)
Team Sweeting advances to the Women’s Final on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. ET live on TSN. They will face off against the winner of Team Jones vs. Team Rocque, which airs tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 9) at 4 p.m. ET live on TSN. The men’s action begins tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET on TSN as Team Gushue takes on Team Simmons (see complete broadcast schedule below). Broadcast Schedule Saturday, Jan. 9 11 a.m. ET on TSN – Team Gushue vs. Team Simmons 4 p.m. ET on TSN – Team Jones vs. Team Rocque 9 p.m. ET on TSN – Team Jacobs vs. Team McEwen Sunday, Jan. 10 1 p.m. ET on TSN1, TSN4, and TSN5 – Women's Final 8 p.m. ET on TSN – Men's Final Record Ratings Last year TSN introduced an expanded curling skins game format that generated record ratings:
  • TSN’s annual curling skins game earned an average audience of 461,000 – the highest ever for the event
  • Audiences were up 40% compared to the previous year
  • The Team Jones vs. Team Carey semifinal and the women’s and men’s finals became the only TSN skins game telecasts to ever achieve average audiences of more than 500,000 viewers
Curling on TSN As the official broadcaster of the Canadian Curling Association, TSN broadcasts close to 300 hours of live Season of Champions curling each year, including the TIM HORTONS BRIER and SCOTTIES TOURNAMENT OF HEARTS, along with the WORLD MEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP, FORD WORLD WOMEN’S CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP, HOME HARDWARE CANADA CUP, WFG CONTINENTAL CUP, and CANADIAN JUNIORS. Source: Numeris (formerly BBM Canada) *Schedule subject to change

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