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11/12/2015 14:34 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

Grand Slam of Curling: The National - Homan, Gushue win titles

Rachel Homan of Ottawa and Brad Gushue of St. John's, Nfld. were the winners at the National, the Grand Slam of Curling event in Oshawa, Ont., the second major of the season.

Homan won her second Grand Slam title in a row after capturing the Masters two weeks ago in Truro, N.S. Homan defeated Sudbury's Tracy Fleury rink in the final, 5-4. Gushue, who took a nasty fall at that same tournament in the quarter-finals and received stitches, bounced back to earn his third Grand Slam victory in two seasons.

Homan scored two in the final end to capture the inaugural women's National title Sunday at the General Motors Centre.

The team of Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney, and lead Lisa Weagle finished 7-0 in the major event and have improved their record to 20-1 overall in the series.

"It's a great feeling," Miskew said. "We didn't really think about the fact that it was the first one, just going out there and shooting one shot at a time but that's really cool. We're really excited that we were a part of it this year so I'm really happy."

It was Homan's third Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling final through three events this season after finishing runner-up at the Tour Challenge Tier 1 event in September and taking home her third career Masters title in four seasons just two weeks ago.

Gushue feeling better

Gushue said at the start of the National he felt good enough to play in the event following his frightening fall on the ice just two weeks ago at the Masters.

As it turned out, Gushue was good enough to win his fourth career Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling championship following a 7-2 victory over Winnipeg's Reid Carruthers in the men's final Sunday at the General Motors Centre.

It's the third Grand Slam title in the past two seasons for the team of Gushue, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker. The foursome from St. John's, N.L., captured the Masters and the Canadian Open last year.

Gushue, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist, said he got better as each day went on through the tournament.

"I had a few ups and downs, some games were better than others but I felt really good today, which is good," he said. "I feel way better than I did on Tuesday night when we showed up. Time is going to heal it for sure and physically I feel really good."