World Curling: Kerry Barr finds going tough

Kerry Barr is watched by Canada's skip Rachel Homan (right) and Emma Miskew as she weighs up tactics

Kerry Barr is watched by Canada's skip Rachel Homan (right) and Emma Miskew as she weighs up tactics

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Edinburgh’s Kerry Barr was taught the harsh reality of top-flight curling by two of the tournament’s big guns at the World Championships in New Brunswick, Canada yesterday.

The Murrayfield skip had proved highly competitive in her first five round-robin matches, winning two and only narrowly losing the others, but yesterday marked a major step-up in class as she took on Russia’s former European champion Anna Sidorova and the darling of the home crowd, Ottawa’s Rachel Homan.

Sidorova counted three stones at both the fifth and sixth ends to cement a commanding 10-4 win and Barr fared little better against Homan last night, going 2-0 down at the first end en route to an 8-3 defeat.

“We played all right in the first half of the match,” said Barr. “We didn’t let them walk all over us and forced them to play some difficult shots, but they really picked things up in the second half. They’re a very good team and not easy to play against when you’re a couple of shots behind, especially on their home ice.”

Barr and her team face two more title contenders today when they meet Swiss skip Binia Feltscher and Sweden’s Olympic silver medallist Margaretha Sigfridsson. Both have won six out of seven so far.