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.

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