Warilla women upstaged as Champions League season starts

Australian star Kelsey Cottrell helped the Women's NSW team to an upset win over Warilla in the NSW Champions League on the indoor carpet at Warilla.

Australian star Kelsey Cottrell helped the Women's NSW team to an upset win over Warilla in the NSW Champions League on the indoor carpet at Warilla.

Warilla won two of their three home games to start the NSW Champions League season but the Women's NSW team scored an upset win over Gorillas on their indoor green.

Warilla began the new competition with a 14-1 thrashing of Grandviews Gators last Friday night but the following afternoon they were upset by an impressive Women's NSW.

Australian Commonwealth Games representatives Natasha Scott and Kelsey Cottrell won their opening set in matches against Warilla before World Cup champion Jeremy Henry hit back, skipping his Gorillas rink to a 15-1 win in his first nine-end set.

Katrina Wright's Women's side then beat Henry in their second set, while Aaron Teys split his match with Cottrell by winning the second set.

Golden Nugget singles champion Scott also won the second set against Warilla's Leif Selby to set up a tie-breaker to decide the match.

Selby and Teys both picked up a shot on their rink in the extra "shootout" end but Wright stole victory for the Women's team with a four in her match. NSW Women's co-captain Anne Johns praised her team's front end players for setting up each end for the more experienced thirds and the skips.

Warilla bounced back from the loss to thrash newcomers Australian Defence Force Thunder in the second match last Saturday.

In week two, Warilla are away to Belrose on Saturday.

The Champions League continues until late September and features 12 teams including newly crowned NSW Grade 1 pennant champions Taren Point, plus big Sydney clubs Belrose, Cabramatta and Mount Lewis.

Each club has three teams of four who play two nine-end sets with a one-end shoot-out if sets are a draw.

Each team is allowed two "marquee" players; Warilla nominating Engadine's Matt Miles and Glenbrook Greg Jeans as their "imports".

In this weekend's week two, new franchise Dubbo Railway Rockets make their debut against Wenty Leagues' Magpies on Saturday.

Defending champions Taren Point Power also make their first appearance at home.

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