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Undefeated Team Canada first to clinch a playoff spot at the World Women's Curling Championship – Team Canada

Undefeated Team Canada first to clinch a playoff spot at the World Women's Curling Championship – Team Canada

The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese

With two full days of round-robin matches remaining, Team Canada advances to the playoffs at the World Women's Curling Championship in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

This is what happens when you win your first eight games.

On Wednesday night, Canada — represented by skip Rachel Homan, deputy skip Tracy Fleury, second skipper Emma Mischio, captain Sarah Wilkes and alternate Rachel Brown — kept its winning streak alive with a come-from-behind win. They scored five out of 10y The end with a victory over Türkiye 9-5.

Trailing 5-4 heading into the final over, Homan had no room for error on her final two shots against a two-time winning Turkish team which proved to be a challenge. She gave full credit to her cleaners for their ability to perform the required successive retakes.

Earlier in the day, Canada beat Japan 7-2 to remain unbeaten after two big wins on Tuesday. Homan and his teammates had to face the other two undefeated teams in the tournament. By the end of Tuesday, Canada stood alone at the top of the rankings with a spotless record.

The victory came first over Italy, 8-7, in the morning draw. But there were plenty of headlines after the nighttime draw against Switzerland. The Swiss – led by skip Silvana Tirinzoni and recent rock thrower Alina Paetz – have won the last four world titles while amassing a record 42 straight wins. That streak ended when Homan's team cruised to an 8-5 win.

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Four women in red Canadian uniforms hold their brooms and wave to the crowd
Canada's Tracey Fleury, left to right, Sarah Wilkes, Rachel Homan and Emma Mischio acknowledge the crowd after their win over Switzerland during the World Women's Curling Championship in Sydney, N.S. on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese

The Canadians opened the World Championship on home soil on Saturday by defeating Sweden 7-6 and then defeating Denmark 7-4. They played just one match on Sunday and it ended in a 10-6 win over the USA. Monday was also a one-game day, as they won 9-4 over Norway.

The next goal is to finish the preliminary round as one of the top two teams to secure a direct place in the semi-finals.

Canada has four games remaining to play as they face Estonia (1-7) and New Zealand (1-7) on Thursday before finishing against Scotland (3-6) and Korea (6-2) on Friday.

The semifinals will be held on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET. The teams ranked third through sixth after the round robin will play qualifying matches earlier in the day to see who advances to the semifinals.

The Bronze Medal Game will be played at 10:00 AM ET on Sunday, with the Gold Medal Game at 4:00 PM ET.

With a top-six finish guaranteed, Homan's team is also guaranteed a spot in the four-player Canadian Curling Trials which will be held in November 2025 and will determine who will make Team Canada at Milano-Cortina 2026.

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