Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen celebrate with the Humpty's Champions Cup trophy Sunday in Sherwood Park, Alta. (Photo: Anil Mungal)

Jones tops Homan for inaugural Champions Cup women’s title

May 1, 2016, 7:19 PM

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. — Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones has captured the season-ending Humpty’s Champions Cup defeating Ottawa’s Rachel Homan 7-5 in Sunday’s final.

Jones, who has also captured the Players’ Championship five times, became the first female curler to win six career Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling women’s titles by claiming the inaugural Champions Cup trophy.

“That’s awesome,” Jones said. “It’s a great event, we love that they’re adding new events for the players and to be the first ones to win is something special.”

It was Jones’s third consecutive Pinty’s GSOC final of the season following runner-up finishes to Homan in the Meridian Canadian Open in December and Eve Muirhead in the Players’ Championship.

The third time was the charm as Jones opened with the hammer and never trailed. Homan attempted a slash double but missed the second counter and Jones made the easy draw into the house for a deuce in the first end.

Homan faced two counters with her last in the second end and made the double with her shooter spilling it up and out of the house for the blank. Jones split the rings in three and forced Homan to draw to the four-foot circle for a single.

Jones added another pair in the fourth and Homan matched taking two in the fifth to bring it within a one-point deficit.

The metaphorical three-count came in an energizing sixth end when Jones made a perfect long runback to get the takeout and score three to hold a huge four-point advantage.

Homan made a soft hit and roll for a deuce in the seventh but trailed by two without the hammer coming home and Jones kept the house clean in eight to run Homan out of rocks.

Team Jones earned a berth for the 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials when Scotties Tournament of Hearts winners Team Chelsea Carey finished off of the podium at the worlds and a spot opened up for the season’s CTRS leaders.

Team Homan had a sensational season on the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling tour becoming the first women’s rink to win three consecutive majors (Masters, National, and Canadian Open) and clinched the Rogers Grand Slam Cup as the overall season champions earning a grand total of $195,500 in the series.

Homan also captured back-to-back Masters titles in 2012 and 2013.

Teams had to win a high-profile tour event over the course of the season to qualify. Jones earned their spot by winning the DEKALB Superspiel in Morris, Man.

NOTES: The Humpty’s Champions Cup is the seventh and final event of the 2015-16 Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling season. … The event is the second of two new tournaments added to the schedule this year along with the Tour Challenge, which kicked off the season in September. … The Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling returns for the 2016-17 season starting with the Masters, Oct. 25-30, in Okotoks, Alta.

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