National Rankings – December 2021

by Val Febbo

At the half way mark of the 2021/22 rankings calendar year, it is the reigning year-end number one bowlers who commence the run home at the pinnacle of the mountain following the latest National Rankings Update from December.

In the men’s update, 2021 male bowler of the year Corey Wedlock has dethroned Victorian Thor Shannon in top spot following a strong set of results at the end of December.

The remainder of the top quintet remains unchanged, with Western Australian Blake Nairn sitting in third, Colin Veenendaal in fourth and Nick Cahill in fifth.

On the women’s side, Right at Home Jackaroo Dawn Hayman maintains her 15-point buffer on national and state teammate Natasha Van Eldik.

Colleen Orr has jumped up one place to third, with Bolivia Millerick also rising up a spot to fourth.

Rebecca Van Asch and Western Australia’s Laura Merz round out the top five with a share of fifth place.

See below for the latest National Player Rankings, as of December 31, 2021.

Top-ranked players by state (Men):

ACT:      Doug Farr (overall ranking – =123)
NSW:     Corey Wedlock (overall ranking – 1)
NT:         Mark Malogorski (overall ranking – 8)
QLD:      Nick Cahill (overall ranking – 5)
SA:         Craig Mills (overall ranking – 21)
TAS:       Tim Douce (overall ranking – 20)
VIC:       Thor Shannon (overall ranking – 2)
WA:       Blake Nairn (overall ranking – 3)
OS (IRE): Gary Kelly (overall ranking – 17)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Chloe Morrison (overall ranking – =34)
NSW:    Dawn Hayman (overall ranking – 1)
NT:        Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 3)
QLD:      Bolivia Millerick (overall ranking – 4)
SA:         Yvonne Kelly (overall ranking – =18)
TAS:      Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – =5)
VIC:        Marilyn Stephenson (overall ranking – 11)
WA:        Laura Merz (overall ranking – =5)
OS (CAN): Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – =12)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 240pts
2: Thor Shannon (VIC): 216
3: Blake Nairn (WA): 189
4: Colin Veenendaal (VIC): 165
5: Nick Cahill (QLD): 162

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Dawn Hayman (NSW): 162 pts
2: Natasha Van Eldik (NSW): 147
3: Colleen Orr (NT): 139
4: Bolivia Millerick (QLD): 123
=5: Rebecca Van Asch (QLD): 120
=5: Laura Merz (WA): 120

The National Rankings System operates on a yearly rolling-points system, where all points accrued are retained for a 12-month period and are then discounted. Players can accrue ranking points from all national events, State Championships, State Champion of Champion and selected club events. For any rankings or event registration queries, please contact rankings@bowls.com.au.