Northern Territory’s Colleen Orr and Tasmania’s Lee Schraner claimed the Australian Champion of Champions titles in a thrilling conclusion to the prestigious event at Darwin Bowls and Social Club.
Orr solidified her spot as the event’s first winner from the Top End with an outright victory, one game clear of second-placed Beth Quinlan from NSW, despite dropping her last match of the tournament.
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, two losses and bye, having been the ladder leader from go to woe.
In the men’s event, Schraner became just the second player from the Apple Isle to taste success at the coveted tournament, and orchestrated his success in a sublime final round match against Australia’s number one male bowler, Barrie Lester.
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