One of the most dominant performances in recent memory has seen NSW state skipper and Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott claim all four NSW Women’s state titles, to gain 157 rankings points and leap to third on the Women’s table.
While Scott sat in fifth place at the end of last month, her herculean performance sees her join fellow Aussie representatives Carla Krizanic (VIC) and Ellen Ryan (NSW) in a top three separated by only 21 points. Krizanic regains the top spot she lost to Ryan last month, courtesy of Ryan losing points gained at the previous years’ NSW state championships.
Other big movers include NSW’s Genevieve Delves, who joined Scott in three of the four state championship triumphs and jumps 143 places to 11th overall, while the Queensland Champion of Champion event proved fruitful for Lynsey Clarke and Ester Regan, who gained 54 and 105 points respectively and jumped to 6th and 13th overall.
A big performance at the NSW Men’s state championships saw NSW skip David Ferguson add 53 points to his tally and leap to 3rd overall, while 2015 and 2016 Male Bowler of the Year Ryan Bester’s performances at the Queensland Champion of Champions saw him climb back into the top 4.
Numerous players benefitted from the groundbreaking $64,000 Everest event at Mount Lawley, with winner Aaron Wilson (NSW) gaining 63 points and entering the top ten, while the biggest casualty of the month was Victorian veteran Garry Ball, who drops out of the top 3 for the first time in 2017 after failing to defend his Plumbtec Numurkah Pairs title; he falls to 12th overall.
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.
Top ranked players by state (men):
ACT: Mac McLean (overall ranking – 36th)
NSW: David Ferguson (overall ranking – 3rd)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 24th)
QLD: Sean Ingham (overall ranking – 10th)
SA: Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 5th)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 2nd)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 1st)
WA: Shane Knott (overall ranking – 23rd)
Overseas: Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 4th)
Top ranked players by state (women):
ACT: Sharon Steele (overall ranking – 12th)
NSW: Ellen Ryan (overall ranking – 2nd)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 9th)
QLD: Lynsey Clarke (overall ranking – 4th)
SA: Cassandra Harvey (overall ranking – 7th)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 4th)
VIC: Carla Krizanic (overall ranking – 1st)
WA: Lisa Featherby (overall ranking – 17th)
Overseas: Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 4th)
Overall Player Rankings (Men)
1st: Barrie Lester (VIC): 411
2nd: Lee Schraner (TAS): 351
3rd: David Ferguson (NSW): 324
4th: Ryan Bester (OS – Canada): 314
5th: Nathan Pedersen (SA): 297
Overall Player Rankings (Women)
1st: Carla Krizanic (VIC): 375
2nd: Ellen Ryan (NSW): 371
3rd: Natasha Scott (NSW): 354
4th: Kelly McKerihen (OS – Canada): 289
5th: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 216