Kelsey ready to take on champion of champions

SOUTH TWEED sensation Kelsey Cottrell fine tuned her preparation the World Champion of Champions next week, with a dominant display in bowls' State of Origin.

Skipping Sally Hickman, Tracy Foster and Yvonne Lovelock, Cottrell fine-tuned her game with a stunning showing for the Maroons as she guided them to a 2-1 series win against arch-rivals NSW at Pine Rivers last week.

The 19-year-old engineered two impressive victories against Beth Quinlan and Katrina Wright to capture the player-of-the-series award for Queensland, and showing the touch that will see her start as the pre-tournament favourite in Scotland.

Since returning to the competitive fold, Cottrell has been in sublime form, capturing the Australian Open in February before leading Australia to victory in the four-nation Perth International in March.

Later that month she guided Queensland to back-to-back Marj Morris Trophy's at the Australian Sides Championships before playing a key role in South Tweed's Premier League push.

With a return to international competition imminent, Cottrell appears to be peaking at the right time, but believes the challenges await in the UK.

“I can't wait to get over there and get into it,” she said.

“I think I'm on the road for the next four weeks, so it's going to be a long time, but hopefully I can do well.

“With the World Championships last year I won a couple of medals, but I didn't win gold, so hopefully I can do it this time.”

With the greens in Scotland expected to be running at sub 10 seconds, Cottrell has been unable to replicate the sluggish conditions of late on the slick Queensland greens, but had a refresher course earlier this week with national assistant coach Ian Schuback.

Australian team-mate Brett Wilkie will also play at the World Champion of Champions, hoping to defend the title that St Johns Park's Leif Selby won last year.

The World Champion of Champions will be staged from July 22 to 28.

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