|December 20, 2016|
Team Henselite's Rebecca Van Asch and Carla Krizanic returned home to Australia last week as dual World Champions after victory in both the Triples and Fours disciplines at World Bowls 2016 in New Zealand.
Their initial triumph came in the first week of the tournament when they teamed up with Natasha Scott and Kelsey Cotterell for the Fours. After a rough start in their section, the Australian combination settled into a rhythm just in time for the finals. From there, there was no stopping them and they took out the final against England with an unassailable lead, 23-8, the match abandoned with 2 ends still to play.
Going into the second week and the Triples discipline, Rebecca and Carla's confidence was high as they teamed up with Natasha Scott again. The trio built on their momentum from the first week, which culminated in a clinical display against Wales in the final, the Aussies prevailing 17-6 for their second gold medal.
But it wasn't over there, Rebecca and Carla were to add another medal to their tally with Australia receiving the overall award for the best-performed women's nation.
"Being a dual world champion is such an unbelievable feeling," said Carla. "Since I watched the success of our team at the 2012 Worlds in Adelaide, I've been striving to be a part of the same. Coming home with two World titles and the overall gold is beyond what I could have dreamt of."
"We've had quite a few trips to New Zealand in preparation over the last 18 months and I've continued to use my Dreamline XGs," said the Victorian. "I had so much success with them at Asia Pacifics and once again they were perfect on the NZ greens for World Bowls."
"Being a part of the Jackaroos team was the most enjoyable part of World Bowls. It's such an amazing environment where everybody supports, cries with and laughs with each other. It really was the key ingredient to our success."
"Playing with Natasha And Rebecca in the triples was an absolute blast every game. We really had a lot of fun together and combined extremely well. Being able to relax and enjoy ourselves definitely brought the best out in all of us."
Top right Carla Krizanic receives one of her two medals
Bottom: Rebecca Van Asch in action
Photos courtesy of Arjan van Hasselt