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News Team Henselite Vic Open gold for Mikayla Long
December 5, 2018

The 2018 Stellar Victorian Open produced a week of thrilling bowls and in the end it was the young guns from around the country that took home more that their fair share of the spoils. Team Henselite's Mikayla Long was victorious in the Women's Singles event and the 18-year-old was over the moon with the biggest win of her career so far, a tight 21-17 victory over Alison Hall.

'I honestly can’t believe it still,' said Mikayla after the win. 'it’s such an amazing experience. I feel honoured to have taken this title after playing against tough opposition who have many more years’ experience, some that have played state and international level.'

'This win has by far been the best one I’ve had, it is my biggest achievement. my toughest opponent was probably Alison Hall however they were all quality opposition.'

Mikayla put her success down to a consistent routine. "I, had early nights, made sure I had a good breakfast, made sure I had time to relax before the game," she said.

Like many of Australia's top bowlers, Mikayla is using Henselite Dreamline XGs and trusted them to perform on the greens at Shepparton. "My line was always true and they always have a nice finish to them, I always had faith in them, " she said.

It was quite a cheer squad that was present to watch the popular Sunbury star's achievement. "I had my family there with me (mum and dad) and the rest of my family were watching at home on their TVs. I also had the Trewarne family there supporting me all the way. There was Dylan Filuk who was always supporting and also Lisa Phillips, She was my coach for the final."

In the next few months Mikayla has a busy schedule. "Hopefully I'll do well against Tasmania in my first Senior state test in December and keep my spot. Also would like to win the Club singles. In 2019 I'm looking forward to playing in some more tournaments and especially the Aus Open and hopefully go one better than i did this year and make the last 8 in the singles.

Dawn Hayman and Lisa Phillips joined Mikayla as gold medallists for Team Henselite at this year's Vic Open, winning the women's pairs.

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Vic Open gold for Mikayla Long