Kira wins national championship

CHAMP: Our new national champion Kira Bourke.

Ocean Grove Under 18 bowls star Kira Bourke last week claimed the most coveted junior prize in the country when she held her nerve to claim the Under 18 National Girls singles championship.
Competing in her first national titles and at just 15 years of age, Bourke jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the opening stages of the contest, but a gallant performance from South Australia’s Stephanie Clarke saw a quick turnaround as she won multiple ends to bring the score to 20-19.
Yet it was Bourke who stood tallest and collected one shot on the final end of the contest to secure the silverware.
Part A of Bourke’s mission was complete as she then set sights on part B – the triples gold medal match.
Head to head with Tasmania in the final, Bourke skipped her team of Ballarat’s Sophie Kurzman and Mildura’s Emma Simmonds to triumph by 14 shots.
For the first time in 16 years Victoria broke the drought by also taking out the overall girls’ best performed team.