The latest National Rankings are in with very little movement at the pointy end of the spectrum for both Men’s and Women’s bowlers.
Both the top-ranked male (David Ferguson) and female (Natasha Scott) retain their stronghold on the mantle, while the entire top four on the Women’s side also remains unchanged.
Kelly McKerihen slides to 12 with Lynsey Clarke replacing her in the top five, while on the Men’s side, there has been a re-shuffle between places two to five.
Lee Scharner’s dual Men’s Singles win at his home Tasmanian State Championships and Pairs victory with Mark Nitz at the Pelican Classic Pairs sees him climb to second on the rankings, while top-ranked David Ferguson was at the double at the Ballina Summerland taking out the Men’s Singles and Pairs with Ben Twist, the latter also enjoying a rise to third on the rankings with this result and a runners-up finish at the Yallhourn Energy Australia Classic Singles.
Lyn Triffitt also fared well at her home event in the Tasmanian State Championships, taking out the Ladies’ Singles and Pairs with Amelia Bruggy and in the process climbing from 346 in the rankings to 39, while Bruggy herself climbed to 28 from 49.
The National Rankings System operates on a yearly rolling-points system, where all points accrued are retained for twelve-month period and are then discounted.
The rankings year concludes at the completion of the Australian Open in June 2018, with the number one ranked male and female players earning the titles of Male and Female Bowlers of the Year and $3,000 prize purses each.
Players can accrue ranking points from all national events, State Championships, State Champion of Champion and selected club events.
Top ranked players by state (men):
ACT: Mac McLean (overall ranking – 25th)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 18th)
QLD: Nathan Rice (overall ranking – 11th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 7th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 4th)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 23rd)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 5th)
Top ranked players by state (women):
ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – 34th)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 7th)
QLD: Lynsey Clarke (overall ranking – 5th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 10th)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 4th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 3rd)
WA: Lisa Featherby (overall ranking – 17th)
Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 12th)
Overall Player Rankings (Men):
1st: David Ferguson (NSW): 523
2nd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 435
3rd: Ben Twist (NSW): 349
4th: Barrie Lester (VIC): 318
5th: Ryan Bester (OS – Canada): 316
Overall Player Rankings (Women):
1st: Natasha Scott (NSW): 390
2nd: Ellen Ryan (NSW): 371
3rd: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 306
4th: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 240
5th: Lynsey Clarke (QLD): 213