|October 19, 2016|
Carla Krizanic (VIC) and Aaron Teys (NSW) became the latest members of Team Henselite to secure a national title with Dreamline XGs when they took out the Australian Champion of Champions last week.
The Champion of Champions is one of the most difficult bowls titles to capture. The Australian Champion of Champions must win their club championship, then their state's Champion of Champions trophy before progressing to the National round.
For Carla Krizanic, this was a title she had had her eye on right from the beginning. When she heard that the Australian Champion of Champions was to be played at her first ever club, Keilor Bowls Club, she was determined she was going to represent Victoria there.
"I really enjoyed playing at Keilor. The Club and members have always been a big part of my life. Everybody there has always been so supportive of me and my career, even since I left the club, they have always been right behind me."
Going into the tournament as a current Australian team member and playing in familiar territory, Carla was somewhat of a favourite, a tag she was quick to deny, however. "I never would have thought of myself as the favourite, every player has won their state title so is in great form and a challenge to beat." But the crowd favourite didn't disappoint, finishing the event undeafeated to take the crown.
"I was under the pump in every game and really had to play my best and smartest bowls right up until my final game against Bronwyn from NT who played exceptionally well and really made me fight hard for that final win."
"Conditions were a bit tricky over the three days with a fair bit of rain, wind and two different grass greens to adapt to, I felt extremely confident knowing that I could play with my XG's across both greens and not have to worry about them not suiting the green or changing conditions."
Carla's good form bodes well for Australia, going into the World Championships which kick off in November in Christchurch. "It's a humungous confidence booster, getting some good wins under my belt in the lead up to World Bowls later this year. I'm really focused and determined to do well over in New Zealand. I can't wait to get over to New Zealand for World Champs I absolutely love playing with the girls and getting out there and doing my absolute best for them and Australia."
In the men's event, fellow Jackaroo, Aaron Teys, managed to pull off a surprise victory when a comfortable win in the last round saw him overtake Queensland's Ryan Bester who had been in the lead for much of the tournament.
For the last four years members of Team Henselite have dominated the Australian Champion of Champions titles, with 7 out of the last 8 men and women using Henselite bowls to win their titles. Recent winners include Scott Thulborn (SA), Katrina Wright (NSW), David Holt (NSW) and Noelene Abe (WA).
Both Carla and Aaron will now represent Australia at the World Champion of Champions in St John's Park next year.
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