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News Team Henselite Kylie Whitehead picks up second Australian Title
October 21, 2018

Kylie Whitehead secured her second national title when she won the Australian Champion of Champions at Kingborough Bowls Club in Hobart last week. Kylie defeated 17-year-old local favourite Lauren Banks 21-15 in the final round of play, to remain undefeated for the tournament. The Wodonga BC star added this trophy to the Australian Women's Singles Championship she won in December last year

"It's pretty surreal to think that I hold 2 national titles. I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined it. To think I live in a town of 1500 people and I am the champion of the whole country is insane!"

In comparing her two national titles, Kylie said, "This one is probably the best considering the amount of games I had to play to earn the title. Although my Australian Singles title will always be my favourite as it was my first and I got to play against one of the best players in the country and world in the final of that."

With the format such that each state champion of club champions plays off for the title, it was a strong field that took to the greens for the finals. "Its tricky to pick one toughest opponent," said Kylie, "but probably a draw between Lee from NSW as she pushed me the whole way, and Lauren from Tassie, as she was so consistent and I couldn't drop my game at all as she was always near the jack."

"I knew I had to step up my game another level as Lauren had been playing so well from the parts of her matches I had seen. It was a great match to be a part of and she definitely has a big future in the sport if she keeps it up."

"I have been bowling with Dreamline XGs for 5 years now and I always know that whatever surface I play on they will be reliable. On the slower greens in Tassie, I still had the confidence to be able to draw around short bowls and be able to convert if I needed. The Bermuda Duos are definitely my favourite set so far in terms of colour too."

"My number 1 supporter, my Grandma, of course was there supporting me, as she does without fail at all my tournaments. We also met some lovely people at Kingborough bowling club who were very supportive. And luckily my friends and club mates at home were able to watch through the beauty of the live stream." 

"I have the VIC vs TAS test series coming up in December, so will be looking forward to going back to Tassie, and then hopefully qualify for some state events in my region to get another shot at a state title. I would love to try and defend my Champ of Champ title too, but as always, I will take each game as they come."

Kylie will go on to represent Australia at next year's World Champion of Champions.

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Kylie Whitehead picks up second Australian Title