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News Team Henselite VIC State Singles Fairytale Farewell for Chloe
April 24, 2016

Chloe Stewart has bid farewell to Victorian Bowls in style, taking out the Women’s State Singles title at Victorian Champions Week.

The 20 year old is heading off to Queensland, swapping Kyenton Bowls Club in country Victoria for the Commonwealth Games host club, Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast and she timed her run perfectly for a fairytale goodbye with a 25-15 win over Kellee Bowles of Koroit BC in the final.

Like a true champion, Chloe made it look easy and her opponents rarely got close on the scoreboard. But she insists she didn’t have it all her own way.

“At the beginning it’s always tough,” she said. “But once I settled in it wasn’t too bad, there’s never an easy game in these events, they are all hard in their own right. All the ladies that play in these events are good so it’s a good competition.”

“The final was a good game too, it was neck and neck most of the game. At 14-13 I got a 3 and broke away. It was a good match and I was happy I was able to come away with the win.”

It was the end of a busy week for Chloe who also reached the semi-finals of the Champion of Champion Singles where she was beaten in a 3-and-a-quarter-hour marathon by Ann McCarthy of Sandbelt.
Chloe wasn’t going to let this disappointment get her down, however. “Going into the State Singles I took a different attitude. I thought, it’s my last event and I am going to have a really red hot go, I’m going to give it everything and if it works, it works. If it doesn’t, that’s it.”

“I was feeling really good about the way I was playing, even in the marathon match I felt like I played well but she played better on the night. I wasn’t like, ‘it’s the end of the world’. I thought afterwards that if I keep up this sort of form I‘ll be ok.”

The move to the Gold Coast prior to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, is a calculated decision. “I want to give myself the best opportunity showing selectors I’m keen. I want to keep doing well up here and showing the Australian selectors I can play well on the quick greens.”

Just like last year’s Australian Open Singles Winners, Chloe will be using the versatile Henselite Dreamline XGs on the Broadbeach BC greens. “Now I want to try and make the QLD side, play well at the Australian Open and I hope to go one better than my last year’s runner up finish at the South Tweed Prestige Singles. That would be nice.”

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VIC State Singles Fairytale Farewell for Chloe