Saskatoon's Ashley Quick faced an imposing task Monday: Subbing on Rachel Homan's curling foursome, with cash on the line.
Saskatoon’s Ashley Quick faced an imposing task Monday: Subbing on Rachel Homan’s curling foursome, with cash on the line.
At the end, she posed with the big novelty cheque for $7,500, which the team earned after beating Tracy Fleury 8-3 in the Colonial Square Ladies Curling Classic title match.
“You always want to play your best, but I’d say there’s extra pressure,” Quick — who replaced Joanne Courtney at second during two playoff games — said of sweeping and throwing rocks on a Homan-skipped squad.
“They needed a sub last minute and I only live 10 minutes away, and it was wonderful to play with them. I’ve played against her many times; never with her. And she’s easy to curl for.”
Homan and Courtney both had babies this summer: The former in June, the latter in July. Homan, a three-time Scotties champion and 2017 world gold medallist, played like she always does. Courtney, who continues to work back into playing shape, travelled with the team to Saskatoon this weekend, but opted out of the semifinal and final.
“I came in for the good part,” Quick, an accomplished mixed doubles player, said with a grin.
Homan offered a quick “absolutely” when asked if it’s difficult to work a new player into the lineup with a championship on the line.
They’re fully aware of the challenges, and Homan said they had a special practice so she could watch Quick’s delivery and mannerisms on the ice. And then … “she just slid right in there,” Homan said.
“It was awesome to have her,” added the skip. “She fit in really quickly, and she played great.”
As for Courtney, Homan says there’s no rush. When she’s ready to play full-time, they’ll know.
“It’s not something you can anticipate,” she said. “We’re taking it easy. It’s early in the season, and we’re just making sure we don’t get injured. Just being smart about it.”
Homan, who also curls with third Emma Miskew and lead Lisa Weagle, was a perfect 7-0 during the four-day World Curling Tour event. They beat Japan’s Tori Koana in the Monday-morning quarter-final before defeating Saskatoon’s Sherry Anderson 6-4 in the semis.
Fleury, last season’s Manitoba representative at the national Scotties, collected playoff wins over Amber Holland and Jennifer Jones in advance of the championship loss to Homan.