Latest National Rankings for January released

Latest National Rankings for January released

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

Click here for the complete Male rankings as of January 31, 2018
Click here for the complete Female rankings as of January 31, 2018

January 31, 2018 / by / in
Re-invigorated St Ives the talk of the North Shore

The St Ives Club is the talk of the town on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, with its trendy new facilities put on show for the community. 

Directors at the club recently made the decision to undergo a major renovation to their clubhouse and surrounds to make it a more attractive location for the bowls community and their families to visit. 

The renovation has been a major success with the club barely recognisable from its old setting. The venue is fresh, attractive and has already brought the younger demographic of the local community to the club.

Full most nights, the club restaurant has a wide range of variety with your classic bistro favourites at a very reasonable price, while Tuesday and Wednesday $12 meal specials have proved an early hit. 

The refreshed look of the club has also seen an increase in barefoot bowls functions with a number of Corporate & Business Houses in and around St Ives choosing the new venue for social gatherings, aiding the club’s push to attract new members from the community to join the club in a social capacity. 

Complimenting the social program will be the Jack Attack program commencing in February, with teams already entered from Royal North Shore nurses, local builders, Chadwick Real estate and local sporting groups. 

An additional $15,000 grant from the community building partnership will go towards the shades on the outdoor decking area, which will be finished in the next few weeks.

This will benefit all members and be a great asset during the barefoot and social bowls peak period over the summer months.

The changes to The St Ives Club has already had a major impact on the club with an increase in clubhouse trade and bowlers.

For those in the North Shore area, The St Ives Club is definitely worth a visit for a roll or your next social function.

Contribution by Brett Hughes – Regional Bowls Manager (Sydney)

January 31, 2018 / by / in
Oberon RSL receive boost with government grant for new green

After having tolerated an almost unplayable synthetic green on its last legs, Oberon RSL Club are rejoicing following the announcement of local government funding for a brand new synthetic bowling green. 

Bathurst MP Paul Toole recently joined bowlers in Oberon to make the announcement for a $160,000 grant and said the new green would provide a major boost to the sport in the region.

Without the support of the grant, the exisiting green at Oberon may have been closed with many bowlers having to travel long distances to play. 

The RSL’s Men’s and Ladies’ Committee intend on making the most of this opportunity in transforming the club into a community hub by targeting local schools, sporting groups and businesses in Oberon and its surrounding areas. 

General Manager Peter Price was an instrumental figure behind the application and said the boost for the community was undeniable. 

“We now have a suitable venue for our members to play bowls, hold Club District, Regional Championships and tournaments for patrons and visitors,” he said.  

“This also opens the window for Oberon to attract new members through social and barefoot bowls competitions and programs.”

Contribution by Brett Hughes – Regional Bowls Manager (Sydney) 

January 31, 2018 / by / in
Bowls: New Zealand team named for Commonwealth Games

Bowls New Zealand has named the 10 athletes that will represent the country at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Among the team is defending Commonwealth Games singles champion Jo Edwards, who will be attending her fourth games.

Edwards, who won gold medals in Manchester (2002) and Glasgow (2014), has been training in Brisbane in preparation for this year’s games.

“The greens on the Gold Coast are different to home so it doesn’t do any harm being based here and getting to know them,” Edwards said.


“There’s good competition here as well so that’s driving me and helping with preparation,”

Ali Forsyth, who has represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth games twice before, says he expects the team to perform well in the Gold Coast.

“The New Zealand team won seven medals out of a possible eight at the 2016 World Championships so that’s given us a great deal of confidence,” Forsyth said.

“I believe we can medal in close to all four of the men’s events on the Gold Coast if we get on the greens as much as we can between now and April.”

Making their return to the games are Ali Forsyth, Blake Signal, Paul Girdler, Shannon McIlroy (world singles champion), Mandy Boyd (Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours) and Val Smith (Delhi 2010 silver, singles; Glasgow 2014 bronze, women’s fours).

Tayla Bruce, Katelyn Inch and Mike Nagy will be making their Commonwealth Games debuts in the Gold Coast.

New Zealand has won 38 bowls medals at the Commonwealth Games, including 12 golds.

The lawn bowls competition will run from April 5 to April 13.

Full team:

Ali Forsyth – Men’s Fours/Men’s Triples
Blake Signal – Men’s Pairs/Men’s Fours
Mike Nagy – Men’s Triple/Men’s Fours
Paul Girdler – Men’s Triples/Men’s Fours
Shannon McIlroy – Men’s Singles/Men’s Pairs
Jo Edwards – Women’s Singles/Women’s Pairs
Katelyn Inch – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Mandy Boyd – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Tayla Bruce – Women’s Triples/Women’s Fours
Val Smith – Women’s Pairs/Women’s Fours

January 26, 2018 / by / in