Kelsey Cottrell has continued on her winning ways with another successful international campaign at the 2016 New Zealand National Open Singles Championships.
Having recently come home from New Zealand with two Gold medals from two events at the Asia Pacific Championships in New Zealand, Cottrell returned to the place of her birth to compete in what is the most prestigious event on the Bowls New Zealand national calendar.
Armed with her Drakes Pride Conquest lawn bowls, this was never going to be a walk in the park for the Australian Representative. After successfully qualifying through the sectional play, Cottrell had to fight off an extraordinary draw facing the likes of New Zealand Internationals Selina Goddard (21-17), Jo Edwards (21-20) and last year’s title winner (Leigh Griffin 21-9).
Cottrell then booked herself a semi-final berth against fellow Australian Representative Chloe Stewart coming away with a hard fought 21-19 win.
Waiting for Cottrell in the final was yet another New Zealand Representative and former Runner Up in this event in Tayla Bruce.
Cottrell fought out to an early leading 12-4 after eight ends, but Bruce battled back to level the scores at 12-12 after 13 ends. Cottrell then proved too much for Bruce shutting out the final with a 21-15 win.
There was more success for members of Team Drakes at the prestigious New Zealand National Open Championships. Cottrell’s partner Andrew Howie also had a very prosperous campaign coming away with the Runner’s Up cheque in the men’s pairs. In what was an extremely classy field, this too was a remarkable achievement for Howie and team mate Greg Dale.
Congratulations to Kelsey Cottrell on yet another outstanding achievement.