Colleen crowned Champion
COLLEEN Orr is the Territory’s first national Champion of Champions after claiming an outright tournament victory at Darwin Bowls Club yesterday.
On her home green, Orr finished one game clear of second-placed Beth Quinlan from NSW thanks to a Round 6 victory over the ACT’s Chloe Morrison.
A seventh-round loss to Western Australia’s Pauline Bourne took none of the gloss off a scintillating campaign for the Darwin local, who concluded the event with four wins and two losses.
She led the field from the outset after completing a hattrick of victories on day one and will now represent Australia at the World Champion of Champions tournament next year.
Orr couldn’t hide her excitement when talking to the NT News yesterday.
“It’s surreal, beyond exciting,” Orr said. “It’s just fabulous. I just got a text from the Australian coach Steve Glasson saying well done, so that’s pretty amazing. Getting to wear the green and gold, it is so exciting having that feeling.
“Bowls is a fickle game, but a game that on your day you can win. You always know there’s a chance but you have to put the games together, the first day really set me up.”
In the men’s event, Tasmania’s Lee Schraner claimed the top gong.
A one-time Australian representative, Schraner posted a comprehensive 21-13 win over Victoria’s Barrie Lester to see him finish ahead of NSW’s Jono Davis on a countback of results.
Western Australia’s Clive Adams finished in third position after dropping his final contest to the Territory’s Trystan Smallacombe.
Smallacombe and Lester finished fourth and fifth respectively, equal on four wins with Clive Adams.