Homan, Lawes earn 1st-round victories at PointsBet Invitational

Rachel Homan jumped out to an early five-point lead and rolled to a comfortable 8-4 victory over Suzanne Birt on Thursday afternoon at the PointsBet Invitational.

Homan, who throws fourth on a team now skipped by third Tracy Fleury, threw 89 per cent in the first-round victory at Willie O’Ree Place.

  • CBC Sports’ That Curling Show, hosted by Devin Heroux and Colleen Jones, returns Thursday at 9 p.m. ET live on the CBC Sports YouTube channel and CBC Olympics’ Facebook and Twitter feeds. Jennifer Jones joins as the crew discusses all the new Canadian rinks as well as the inaugural mixed doubles curling series.

Kaitlyn Lawes outscored Emily Deschenes 10-8 and Kristie Moore, filling in for absent skip Casey Scheidegger, edged Kerry Galusha 8-7.

Penny Barker scored three points in the 10th end for a 10-9 win over Hollie Duncan in the lone early upset.

First-round men’s play was scheduled for Thursday night at the single-knockout competition.

Play continues through Sunday.

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