Kelsey Cottrell awarded Australian Open MVP

by Val Febbo

Kelsey Cottrell has been awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the 2021 Australian Open following a fruitful fortnight which brought her the women’s pairs and fours title.

Cottrell held off strong competition from women’s singles winner Natasha Van Eldik and wonen’s runner up Jamie-Lee Worsnop for the coveted award.

She claimed the pairs this morning with close friend and fellow BCiB Jackaroo Lynsey Clarke, who was also part of the fours championship winning team with Sarah Ferguson and Anne Johns.

The elation was palpable for Cottrell following her pairs win, who are best friends outside of the sport and have shared the pairs title before back in 2013.

“It’s a great feeling in a final to have your lead playing so well, I was seriously running out of toucher spray,” Cottrell said.

“I’m so thrilled to have another win together, we’re best mates, we’ve won one with Lyns skipping and now won one with me skipping, so we’re pretty versatile.”

2021 Australian Open MVP Scoring:

1 – Kelsey Cottrell – 190pts

2 – Natasha Van Eldik – 160

3 – Jamie-Lee Worsnop – 150