National Rankings – June 2021

by Val Febbo

New South Wales has produced a clean sweep of the the nation’s number one male and female bowler accolades at the conclusion of the 2020/21 national rankings period.

In the women’s rankings, in-form BCiB Jackaroo Dawn Hayman has held on by a solitary point over Western Australia’s Kristina Krstic following a dominant year on the green.

On the national stage, Hayman secured the 2020 Australian Champion of Champions trophy, after claiming the NSW state singles.

Australian Open women’s singles champion Natasha Van Eldik finishes in third place, with Bolivia Millerick and Rebecca Van Asch rounding out the top five.

In the men’s rankings Corey Wedlock has capped off a fine season with a 40-point buffer over second placed Victorian Thor Shannon.

The 25-year-old was a prominent figure in events around the nation, claiming the 2020 Australian Championships in the men’s triples and fours, while taking the singles title at the Adelaide Masters, and finishing as the runner-up at the 2020 Champion of Champions.

Rounding out the top five positions are the young-gun Queensland trio Jacob Nelson, Jake Rynne and Kane Nelson.

Both Wedlock and Hayman will collect a $3,000 cheque at the sport’s 2021 Awards Night in recognition of finishing as Australia’s number one ranked male and female bowlers for 2020/21.

See below for the latest National Player Rankings, as of June 30, 2021.

Top-ranked players by state (Men):

ACT:      Robert Craven (overall ranking – 59=)
NSW:    Corey Wedlock (overall ranking – 1)
NT:        Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 19=)
QLD:      Jacob Nelson (overall ranking – 3)
SA:         Craig Mills (overall ranking – 18)
TAS:      Tim Douce (overall ranking – 23=)
VIC:       Thor Shannon (overall ranking – 2)
WA:       Blake Nairn (overall ranking – 7)
OS (SCO): Kevin Anderson (overall ranking – 9)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Chloe Morrison (overall ranking – 27=)
NSW:    Dawn Hayman (overall ranking – 1)
NT:        Siobhan Tootell (overall ranking – 17)
QLD:      Bolivia Millerick (overall ranking – 4)
SA:         Yvonne Kelly (overall ranking – 15)
TAS:      Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 5)
VIC:       Marilyn Stephenson (overall ranking – 7)
WA:        Kristina Krstic (overall ranking – 2)
OS (CAN): Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – 9)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 288pts
2: Thor Shannon (VIC): 248
3: Jacob Nelson (QLD): 185
4: Jake Rynne (QLD): 178
5: Kane Nelson (QLD): 170

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Dawn Hayman (NSW): 162 pts
2: Kristina Krstic (WA): 161
3: Natasha Van Eldik (NSW): 147
4: Bolivia Millerick (QLD): 143
5: Rebecca Van Asch (TAS): 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.