Barrie – the second youngest player in the entire competition at 17 years-old – has had, by her own admission, more time on court than she expected over the course of the tournament.
After Scotland wrapped up their campaign by clinching 11th place with a victory over Barbados today, Barrie said:
“We’ve not had the best competition on terms of where our targets were, but it’s good to get that win. It was a very physical, very tough experience (against Azore-Bruce), but you’ve just got to get on with it.”
Shonette Azore-Bruce is the latest in a long line of world-class goal keepers that Barrie has tussled with over the course of the competition, and experience which she believes has been invaluable.
“It’s been amazing – I don’t think you can get much more than that. I’ve played against people like Geva Mentor and Shamera Sterling, so that’s the best exposure I can get at this age.
“I’ve learned a lot during this tournament, more about the physicality, so I’ll go back, build up my strength, and hopefully over the next four years I can be stronger and compete more against these goal keepers.”