Latest National Rankings for April released

by Domenic Favata

Two new faces have risen to the top of the latest National Rankings, with rising star Kristina Krstic and Canadian-turned-Broadbeach resident Ryan Bester occupying the top spots after April.

Previous male leader Lee Schraner (who has recently relocated to Victoria, not before competing in his final Australian Sides Championships for Tasmania) saw some of his points drop off after their 12-month expiry, resulting in a drop to third, while last month’s female leader Chloe Stewart was leap-frogged by Krstic, who rose from third to first for the very first time in her career.

The West Australian capped off her State Singles victory in March with a runner-up finish in the State Champion of Champions singles last weekend, accruing enough ranking points to bypass both Stewart and Rebecca Van Asch.

Elsewhere, Corey Wedlock’s Adelaide Masters Singles victory saw the BCiB Australian Jackaroo rise to second from fourth, with runner-up Bester receiving enough points to rise to first.

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 – 17)
NSW: Corey Wedlock (overall ranking – 2)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 30)
QLD: Sean Baker (overall ranking – 4)
SA: Josh Studham (overall ranking – 40)
TAS: Lee Schraner (overall ranking – 3 )
VIC: Dane McKinnon (overall ranking – 15)
WA: Daniel Brown (overall ranking – 46)
Overseas (CAN): Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 1)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Sharon Harmer (overall ranking – 48)
NSW: Natasha Scott (overall ranking – 5)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 21)
QLD: Chloe Stewart (overall ranking – 2)
SA: Patria McGrath (overall ranking – 67)
TAS: Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 3)
VIC: Gayle Edwards (overall ranking – 20)
WA: Kristina Krstic (overall ranking – 1)
Overseas (CAN): Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 14)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Ryan Bester (OS CAN): 410 pts
2: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 384
3: Lee Schraner (TAS): 354
4: Sean Baker (QLD): 321
5: Ben Twist (NSW): 307

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Kristina Krstic (WA): 263 pts
2: Chloe Stewart (QLD): 259
3: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 232
4: Ester Regan (QLD): 221
5: Maria Rigby (QLD): 216