by Graham Lloyd
March 15, 2014 (ISN) – Since 2007, Eve Muirhead has been the poster girl for women’s curling in Scotland, winning four world junior championships in the span of five years.
The only world junior title she missed was in 2010, when she was out of the running due to the responsibilities of skipping Great Britain’s team at the Vancouver Olympics. Muirhead, bronze medallist at this year’s Olympics, has represented Scotland for the past five years at the world women’s championship, becoming the youngest skip to win the gold medal in 2013.
Hannah Fleming appeared to be the heir apparent to Muirhead, based on her performance in the junior ranks, winning the gold medal for the Scots at the 2012 world juniors and losing the 2013 final in an extra-end final.
Kerry Barr, Rachael Simms, Rhiann Macleod, Barbara McPate, and Hannah Fleming (WCF Photo)
But Kerry Barr, and teammates Rachael Simms, Rhiann Macleod and Barbara McPate, had a different plan. They defeated the Fleming team in the final of the Scottish playdowns to qualify for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Booster Juice, March 15-23 in Saint John.
Barr threw third stones for the Scottish representatives at the junior worlds in 2005, and again in 2008 when she won the gold medal with Muirhead.
Fleming will also be making the trip to New Brunswick as coach for Team Scotland.
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