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News Team Henselite Carla is the Champion of Champions again
April 20, 2016

Team Henselite’s Carla Krizanic showed why she's one of the most talked about young bowlers in the country when she won the Victorian Champion of Champions Singles on Tuesday.

Carla faced some tough opposition throughout, including in her semi final against Deb Vallance where she found herself 5-10 down at one point. “Deb got off to a good start," she said, "but then I pegged her back shot by shot to eventually get even and then took off. She was playing really well and I had to bring my best to get over the line.”

The final was a more one sided affair with Carla prevailing 25-8 over Ann McCarthy.

“We changed over to the other green for the final,” said Carla, “and I picked it up straight away on the first end so I was able to get on top early and stay there.”

Carla was using her versatile Dreamline XGs and said “they were perfect. One green was quite a bit slower and one green was really turning. I was able to adapt to both with my bowls. It was amazing how many people asked what bowls I was using, they were just going so good!”

“I was really determined to win this time around because the National Champion of Champions is going to be held at Keilor Bowls Club which was my first ever club. When I found that I would determined that I would be playing in the National Champion of Champions there. I would love to win it there too.”

It was the second time that the Australian Jackaroo has taken out the coveted Victorian title having first won it in 2012 under her maiden name, Carla Odgers. After marrying her husband Tristan Krizanic in December, Carla was hoping that she would continue her winning form with her new name.

“I told him I would try the name out for a year and see how I went,” she laughed. “If I wasn’t bowling well I would change it back!” But she had nothing to worry about and her white hot streak has continued in 2016. “The first time I played under my new name we won the 6 Nations Triples and then I’ve won a few things since then. So the name can stay.”

The singles title was the second this week for Carla who won the State Fours alongside Henselite teammate, Tiffany Brodie. “It was me and 3 teenagers,” the 26-year-old said. “I’m not that old myself but I had a 14, 16 and 17 year old with me. Someone was calling it ‘Carla’s Kindy’ on Facebook.’

Carla’s now looking forward to donning the Australian colours again in a friendly against Scotland and then it will be on to the Australian Open where she’ll be hoping to back up her 2015 win in the fours with a good performance across the board.

Photo courtesy of Bowls Victoria


Carla is the Champion of Champions again