National Rankings – May 2022

by Val Febbo

A sublime run at a state event has set one male player up with a healthy lead going into the final month of the 2021-22 national rankings calendar.

Queensland’s Nick Cahill has extended his lead atop the men’s rankings following some scintillating form at his state championship event, claiming the men’s triples and mixed pairs trophies as well as finishing runner-up in the men’s pairs.

Cahill’s lead in top spot has been extended to 114 points over second placed Victorian Thor Shannon, who sits a further 40 points ahead of Kane Nelson in third place.

2021 Male Bowler of the Year Corey Wedlock sits in fourth position ahead of Jacob Nelson who rounds out the top quintet.

In the women’s rankings, South Australian Laini McGorman has overtaken Western Australia’s Hailey Packer for the top spot by a slender five points, with Kelsey Cottrell making a solid run a further seven points behind.

Emerging Jackaroo Chloe Morrison has stormed into fourth place, while the Northern Territory’s Sez James rounds out the top five.

See below for the latest National Player Rankings, as of May 31, 2022.

Top-ranked players by state (Men):

ACT:      James Reynolds (overall ranking – =73)
NSW:     Corey Wedlock (overall ranking – 4)
NT:         Scott Hollingworth (overall ranking – 12)
QLD:      Nick Cahill (overall ranking – 1)
SA:         Nathan Pedersen (overall ranking – 8)
TAS:       Joshua Walker-Davis (overall ranking – 6)
VIC:       Thor Shannon (overall ranking – 2)
WA:       Blake Nairn (overall ranking – 6)
OS (IRE): Gary Kelly (overall ranking – =28)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Chloe Morrison (overall ranking – 4)
NSW:    Sarah Boddington & Kylie Hardy (overall ranking – =26)
NT:        Sez James (overall ranking – 5)
QLD:      Kelsey Cottrell (overall ranking – 3)
SA:         Laini McGorman (overall ranking – 1)
TAS:      Rebecca Van Asch (overall ranking – 12)
VIC:        Cassandra Millerick (overall ranking – 17)
WA:        Hailey Packer (overall ranking – 2)
OS (CAN): Kelly McKerihen (overall ranking – =147)

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Nick Cahill (QLD): 314pts
2: Thor Shannon (VIC): 200
3: Kane Nelson (QLD): 160
4: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 144
5: Jacob Nelson (QLD): 143

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Laini McGorman (SA): 146pts
2: Hailey Packer (WA): 141
3: Kelsey Cottrell (QLD): 134
4: Chloe Morrison (ACT) 115
5: Sez James (NT): 114

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.