Kerry Barr delivers to get off the mark at World Champs

Scotland skip Kerry Barr yells instructions to her team-mates (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)
Scotland skip Kerry Barr yells instructions to her team-mates (REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger)
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Murrayfield curler Kerry Barr has been celebrating her maiden round-robin victory at the World Championships in Canada after defeating Germany’s Imogen Lehmann in the early hours of this morning in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The surprise Scottish champion had been finding her world debut heavy going after suffering two narrow losses over the weekend to Latvian Evita Regza and Denmark’s Madeleine Dupont, but it proved to be third-time lucky against Lehmann. Barr and her team led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3, and although they were continually pegged back by the Germans, the skip held her nerve at the final end to count the single stone she needed to win 6-5.

“I’m so pleased we’ve got our first win,” said Barr. “It’s a real morale booster and hopefully the first of many. I felt we were certainly the better team there and I thought we deserved our win.”

The Scots were set to continue their round-robin programme today against Czech Anna Kubeskova