Curling: Kerry Barr wins World Championships berth

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Murrayfield curler Kerry Barr will represent Scotland at next month’s World Championships in Canada after upsetting the form book to win yesterday’s Scottish final in Perth.

Lockerbie’s Hannah Fleming won 12 of her 13 matches en route to the final, but Barr was the one player to beat her while also suffering two single-stone defeats.

She caused the former world junior champion even more problems yesterday, leading 3-1 and pulling away again after Fleming drew level. Two stones at the eighth end and four at the next gave her a famous 9-3 victory and she is now headed for New Brunswick to defend the world title won last year by Eve Muirhead.

“Hannah played some really great shots, but we managed to knuckle down at the end and get the mistake out of her,” explained Barr. “It was nice to go two-up at the eighth end and the ninth went our way too.”

Colin Campbell almost 
made it an Edinburgh double yesterday, but he and his team-mates fell at the final hurdle to ex-world champion Ewan 
MacDonald.

The Inverness skip enjoyed a perfect week at the Dewars Centre, winning all ten games on his way to the gold medal match, where he defeated Campbell and company for the third time in five days.