NSW duo end year as top-ranked bowlers

by Domenic Favata

New South Wales’ Peter Taylor and Genevieve Delves have finished the 2019/20 year as Australia’s top-ranked male and female bowlers for the first time.

Both players were comfortable leaders following the rankings year completion as of June 30, with Delves having held the number one mantle since September last year.

The duo will be honoured at Bowls Australia’s (BA) annual Awards Night later in the year, which as a result of the restrictions around social gathering, will be a virtual experience for the first time.

The final 2019/20 National Player Rankings were significantly impacted by the long-term disruption to the sport as a result of COVID-19, headlined by the cancellation of the season-ending Australian Open.

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.

2019/2020 National Player Rankings: Final

Overall Player Rankings (Men):

1: Peter Taylor (NSW): 324 pts
2: Kane Nelson (QLD): 242
3: Corey Wedlock (NSW): 223
4: Jacob Nelson (QLD): 205
5: Aaron Teys (NSW): 203

Overall Player Rankings (Women):

1: Genevieve Delves (NSW): 286 pts
2: Chloe Stewart (QLD): 159
3: Dawn Hayman (NSW): 153
4: Colleen Orr (NT): 150
5: Natasha Van Eldik (NSW): 136

Top-ranked players by state (Men):

ACT: Robert Craven (overall ranking – 9)
NSW: Peter Taylor (overall ranking – 1)
NT: Trystan Smallacombe (overall ranking – 38)
QLD: Kane Nelson (overall ranking – 2)
SA: Mark Sharman (overall ranking – 162)
TAS: Robert McMullen (overall ranking – 36)
VIC: Jay Bye-Norris (overall ranking – 17)
WA: Cody Packer (overall ranking – 10)
Overseas (CAN): Ryan Bester (overall ranking – 21)

Top-ranked players by state (Women):

ACT: Catherine Hunt (overall ranking – 20)
NSW: Genevieve Delves (overall ranking – 1)
NT: Colleen Orr (overall ranking – 4)
QLD: Chloe Stewart (overall ranking – 2)
SA: Louise Craighead (overall ranking – 142)
TAS: Lyn Triffitt (overall ranking – 12)
VIC: Claire Sanders (overall ranking – 10)
WA: Hailey Packer (overall ranking – 6)
Overseas (NFK): Jo Edwards (overall ranking – 45)

2020/21 National Rankings Events: Update

As of the 2020/21 National Events Calendar (July 1, 2020), BA will now be accepting single day event submissions by clubs.

All approved events must meet the following criteria:

  • All events must be a minimum one (1) days in duration;
  • All events must either be open, masters or have qualifying events (no Invitation-only events will be approved);
  • Minimum total prize money of $12,000 per discipline for a tier 3 event;
  • Must have a minimum total prize money of $3,000 per discipline for a tier 4 event

All enquiries should be directed to rankings@bowlsaustralia.com.au.