Clayton's Lisa Phillips claims second national title in three years

THERE was only millimetres in it but rising Australian bowls star Lisa Phillips claimed her second Australian Open women's singles trophy on Friday.

The 19-year-old Clayton Bowls Club star said she could hardly believe she had won her second Open title in three years as her opponent, long-time star Karen Murphy, had one last shot to keep Phillips from winning the final, only the shot went just wide of Phillips' bowl. 

"It was amazing," Phillips said. "Karen is a legend of the sport and with that last bowl I was preparing for the worst, it must have missed by a millimetre.

"It was incredible. I just dropped to my knees."

The Gippsland resident, who travels to Clayton each week to play Premier Bowls, said she was proud to win the competition once more and give her year the perfect start.

"In 2011 I was just happy to make the final let alone win it, then last year I was a little disappointed not to back it up," she said.

"So this year I wanted to go all out for the title and I managed to come out on top."

Phillips said she hoped to make the next Australian side while her long-term goal is to make the Australian Commonwealth Games team.

"It puts my name on the map a bit more," she said. "Hopefully I will be in the Australian squad again and maybe next year I can sneak my way to becoming a Commonwealth Games champion."

Phillips also won the women's triples event with Samantha Shanahan and Claire Duke.

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