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News Team Henselite Cassandra Harvey leads Team Henselite sweep at SA Champions Week
May 17, 2017

South Australia's Champions Week 2 kicked off at Murray Bridge late last month with the Champion of Champions and State Singles titles up for grabs as well as the State Triples, Mixed Pairs and Champion of Champion Pairs.

Once again it was Team Henselite who shared the majority of the spoils, lead by Adelaide's Cassandra Harvey who picked up the State Singles and Triples; and the Singles Champion of Champions.

"I was in the final of both singles last year," said Cassandra after the event, "and lost to Renata Callisto in the Champion of Champions and to Yvonne Kelly in the State Singles."

"I went into this year's Champions Week aiming to at least get that far again, and hopefully snag a win in at least 1 of them, hence my State Singles title (which I won first) was so fuelled with emotion. To then go out & win the Champion of Champions the following day was just a dream come true! The feeling is quite surreal & I still have to pinch myself every day to realise it actually happened."

"Going into the Champion of Champions final my mental state was very calm as I was still on a high from the State Singles win; I just told myself that if it was meant to be it would be, and just kept on playing the way I had over the past 3 days!"

"I have always respected Riina [Bradbrook} as a great player & was just pleased to have the opportunity to play her in the final."

But before she'd put down a bowl in either of her Singles campaigns, Cassandra had already held up the State Triples trophy with Breeanna Johnson and Renata Callisto. 

"We won the triples for the second year in a row together. Bree & Ren have been incredible in accepting me into their team after Renee McPharlin retired in 2015 & it's been an honour to 'step into her shoes' & record some wins on the board."

"Of the three titles, the State Singles is definitely the most memorable for me; it was my first ever individual state title & after the heartbreak of missing out last year it meant the world to come out fighting & prove to myself I could do it."

"I use Dreamline XG, size 3H. As they are such a great all-round bowl and they worked incredibly well for me. As the Champions Week was played on a synthetic surface a lot of people had trouble with the wide draw, however my bowls played consistently throughout & once I found my groove that was it."

There won't be much time to relax and enjoy it however, Cassandra is in the final year of full-time university study (a double degree in Education & Health Science) and working part-time at a Council.

"Now that the season is over (for a little while at least) my focus has turned to getting through my last semester of University to graduate in December this year, " she said. "Having the opportunity to play in the Australian Champion of Champions later this year will be an incredible experience that I'm really looking forward to also!"

Other Team Henselite winners in Champions Week 2 included Nathan Pedersen and Simon Dorr in the Champion of Champion Pairs), Nathan Pedersen and Adam Forbes in the State Triples (with Craig Mills), Renata Callisto (with Luke Day) in the Mixed Pairs and Wayne Ruediger (pictured below) in the Champion of Champion Singles.


Cassandra Harvey leads Team Henselite sweep at SA Champions Week