by Bowls ACT on February 1, 2019

Article courtesy Bowls Australia   BY DOMENIC FAVATA

Tasmanian continue to dominate the Bowls Australia National Rankings despite Lee Schraner and Rebecca Van Asch’s margins tightening at the top.

Trailing Schraner by 64 points in second is Ryan Bester, who sky-rocketed up the rankings following a Runners Up finish in the Ballina Summer Singles, while just 28 points separate first and fifth in the Women’s rankings.

Interestingly, BCiB Australian Jackaroo and Western Australia’s Kristina Krstic (8) could close that gap at the top to just one point should she win her second-straight WA State Singles title. The event is currently locked in the Semi-Finals stage and Krstic will take on Laura Merz on February 9.

The National Rankings System operates on a yearly rolling-points system, where all points accrued are retained for a twelve-month period and are then discounted.

The rankings year concludes at the completion of the Australian Open in June 2019, 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 – 11)
NSW: Ray Pearse (overall ranking – 7)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 36)
QLD: Sean Baker (overall ranking – 3)
SA: Wayne Ruediger (overall ranking – 27)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 1)
VIC: Barrie Lester (overall ranking – 14)
WA: Lee Such (overall ranking – 36)
Overseas (CAN): Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 2)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Margaret Bacchetto (overall ranking – 52)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 5)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 19)
QLD: Ester Regan (overall ranking – 2)
SA: Patria McGrath (overall ranking – 52)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 1)
VIC: Gayle Edwards (overall ranking – 10)
WA: Kristina Krstic (overall ranking – 8)
Overseas (NFK): Carmen Anderson (overall ranking – 17)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Lee Schraner (TAS): 426 pts
2: Ryan Bester (OS CAN): 362
3: Sean Baker (QLD): 345
4: Ben Twist (NSW): 307
5: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 306

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 232 pts
2: Ester Regan (QLD): 222
2: Maria Rigby (QLD): 222
4: Chloe Stewart (QLD): 218
5: Natasha Scott (NSW): 204