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Add a Scotties title to the incredible curling resume of Tracy Fleury
2024-02-27
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Very few female curlers in this country who boast a resume the likes of Sudbury native Tracy Fleury do so without the highlight that is winning the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at some point in their career.

You can now scratch the name of arguably the friendliest curler on the planet from that list as well.

Continuing their season for the ages, the Ontario foursome of Rachel Homan (skip), Tracy Fleury (vice), Emma Miskew (second) and lead Sarah Wilkes ran the table in Calgary, posting 11 straight wins to capture the national championship this past weekend.

Their 5-4 win in the final over the legendary Jennifer Jones (who had already announced that this would be her final Scotties, focusing on Mixed Doubles curling with husband Brent Laing) marked a third victory in a span of less than a week over the Manitoba reps - an accomplishment that is only completely appreciated by those in the curling community who understand just how closely matched these two teams are.

After posting an unblemished 8-0 mark in pool play, Team Homan doubled four time defending champion Kerri Einarson (8-4) in the battle of pool leaders, earning a spot in the Page system 1-2 game the next day.

Fleury and company then defeated Jones 6-4, receiving the bye directly to the final and closing off their run with a big steal of one to put the team up 3-1 at the fifth end break, making good use of last rock advantage in the 10th end to snap the 4-4 tie.

To understand the dominance of the newly-crowned champs, one needs not venture a whole lot further than the recognition of the all-star teams, with Homan, Fleury and Miskew named to the first all-star team and Wilkes a member of the second.

Ranked second in the world at the moment, Team Canada now prepares for the BKT Tires World Women's Curling Championship 2024 taking place from March 16th to the 24th in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

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