Cabramatta’s young superstar Ellen Ryan, 20, has become the youngest female to ever reach the number 1 ranking in the National Player Rankings system.
Recently crowned the Player of the Tournament at June’s Australian Open, Dubbo-native Ryan’s hot form has continued with a semi-final finish at the Australian Indoors Championships and now a victory at the coveted IGT Davistown RSL Classic Open Triples event, where her trio including Dawn Hayman and Beth Quinlan upstaged a team featuring two NSW state male players and a recent World Youth Championships gold medallist (Aaron Teys, Ben Twist & Billy Johnston) in the final.
Ryan leapfrogs Jackaroos team-mate Carla Krizanic, who managed to defend her title at the prestigious St Johns Park Ladies’ Diamond Triples (with Samantha and Natalie Noronha) to maintain her points tally but drops to second overall following Ryan’s Davistown victory.
The rest of the top of the leaderboard in the female rankings remains relatively stable, with the main move being Western Australian veteran Lisa Featherby’s two-spot rise to eighth following a win at the Mount Lawley Consistency Singles.
The top ten in the men’s rankings also remains relatively stable, with St John’s Park’s Ben Twist’s rising to 10th spot courtesy of his runner-up performance at the Davistown event. The biggest mover over the past month has been current World Pairs’ Champion Brett Wilkie, who jumps 54 spots to 34th overall following victory in the tier 4 Bill Springer “Mad Dog” Singles at East Launceston. The men’s winner from the Mount Lawley event, Shane Knott, moves up to 24th overall and claims the honour of the highest-ranked Western Australian male.
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 males and females earning the titles of Male and Female Bowlers of the Year and cool $3,000 prize purses each!
Players can accrue ranking points from all national events, State Championships, State Champion of Champion and selected club events; for a look at upcoming rankings events, click here.
Top ranked players by state (men):
ACT: Ian Whybrow (overall ranking – 47th)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 5th)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 27th)
QLD: Kurt Brown (overall ranking – 9th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 4th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 1st)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 24th)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 6th)
Top ranked players by state (women):
ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – =11th)
NSW: Ellen Ryan (overall ranking – 1st)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – =9th)
QLD: Julie Keegan (overall ranking – 7th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 6th)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 4th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 2nd)
WA: Lisa Featherby (overall ranking – 8th)
Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 3rd)
Overall Player Rankings (Men)
1st: Barrie Lester (VIC): 390
2nd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 333
3rd: Garry Ball (VIC): 300
4th: Nathan Pedersen (SA): 273
5th: David Ferguson (NSW): 271
Overall Player Rankings (Women)
1st: Ellen Ryan (NSW): 383
2nd: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 375
3rd: Kelly McKerihen (Overseas, CAN): 289
4th: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 216
5th: Natasha Scott (NSW): 197