It’s that time of year when the rankings race kicks off once more and the challenge has been set by NSW duo Natasha Scott and David Ferguson who sit comfortably on top of the field; but for how long with the points from the corresponding month of the previous year to drop off in the roll over rankings system, it’s time for everyone to start playing catch-up.
Ferguson and Scott’s extraordinary success and consistency over the course of the past year, will see them named the Male and Female Bowlers of the Year at Bowls Australia’s next Awards Night in October and will each be awarded a $3,000 prize-purse.
It was the first time David Ferguson has finished the year as Australia’s number one and he has commenced his title defence well with a victory in the $33,000 Park Beach Open Singles over another player in red hot form Kurt Brown (QLD); not to be outdone, Scott now has three Bowler of the Year titles to her name and also enjoyed success in July with a victory alongside club mate Genevieve Delves (ranked 7th) in the $5000 Park Beach Ladies Pairs.
So where will the chasers come from? Rebecca Van Asch sits in second place 85 points behind her fellow Jackaroo, and siting one out one back is the Australian Open hero, Victoria’s Gayle Edwards who we will forever be remembered as the women who sunk the jack with her final bowl to clinch a maiden Australian Open Pairs title for herself and her daughter Brooke (currently 8th).
In the men’s side of things we will be sure to keep our eyes on Tasmania’s Lee Schraner who is only 84 points behind Ferguson and has a knack of collecting a swag of points in the Apple Isle.
Australian Jackaroos Aron Sherriff and Ben Twist round out the top four; whilst on the international scene Ryan Bester is leading the way in fifth and will want to make his move up the ladder in the upcoming 11 months to secure yet another Male Bowler of the Year title.
Former Australian representative Maria Rigby won two rankings events in Queensland, the Bribie Island Ladies Prestige Pairs and the Algester Sports Ladies Prestige Master Fours.
ACT concluded their state championships with Mac McLean and Annette Tey booking their berth in the Australian Champion of Champions in October; and in the Northern Territory Mark Malagorski and Shenayde Heldt also booked their ticket to Tasmania in the same event.
Another big winner in the month of July was Broadbeach star Sean Ingham who defeated another Queenslander Dean McWhinney in the $15,100 Tweed Heads Open Premier Singles.
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Caption- David Ferguson leads the 2018/2019 rankings race