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Barr begins World Championships with Latvia loss

March 16, 2014 08:43 am

Kerry Barr admitted her rink weren’t themselves as they began their World Women’s Curling Championship debut for Scotland with defeat against Latvia in Canada.

Skip Barr fell 8-6 to the Latvians in the opening round-robin session in Saint John with the lead changing hands six times before Scotland’s opponents seized control.

A missed take-out attempt early in the ninth end was the costly mistake as Latvia scored three and then ensured Scotland ran out of stones in the tenth in New Brunswick.

Barr’s rink of herself, Rachael Simms, Rhiann Macleoad and Barbara McPake are new to the World Championships but she insisted that wasn’t the reason for underperforming.

“That was definitely not the result we were looking for.  We struggled with the ice at the start.  We were missing a lot of shots that we never normally miss, and let them get on top of us,” said Barr.

“Fair enough, this is the World Championships, it’s a big deal and there’s a lot of noise out there, but at the same time we’re out to play our own game.

“We got off to a bad start but I can see us turning it around. It took us a long time to get to grips with the ice, and if we can get to grips better in the next game, we’ll turn it around.”

Scotland only played once on the opening day with Sweden leading the after winning their first two round-robin games while Canada, Switzerland, and the USA also began with victory in their only matches.

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