Scott charges ahead
Australian Jackaroo Natasha Scott has hit the front in the race to be crowned Aero Bowls Female Bowler of the Year.
The current world triples champion was within striking distance of September’s leader Jamie Lee Worsnop, however Scott’s success in the New South Wales State Championships has escalated her into first place, six points clear of Cabramatta’s Kay Moran.
Scott was crowned NSW state triples champion after a spectacular drive from the Jackaroo stole the match for the Raymond Terrace ladies; Scott also acquired valuable points for qualifying to the last 16 of the state pairs and fours.
Scott’s Raymond Terrace club mate Kelly Richards also shot up the rankings with victories in the state singles and triples championships and now sits in third spot on 120 points, only nine points behind Scott.
Richards is a member of the National Training Centre Squad for NSW and is now in a position to challenge the leaders for Bowler of the Year and claim the $3000 cheque courtesy of Aero Bowls.
Players within 60 points of Scott are a genuine mix of youth and experience with Sarah Boddington (Tuncurry), Jamie Lee Worsnop (St Johns Park), Katrina Wright (Taren Point), Karen Murphy (Cabramatta), Kelsey Cottrell (St Johns Park) and Keeley McGuire (Tuncurry) in fourth to eighth spots respectively.
After the completion of 29 ranking events, St Johns Parks’ David Holt remains in the box seat, edging 24 points clear of Ian Taylor in second position.
Australia’s youngest Jackaroo Dylan Fisher has had two strong runner-up performances in the Tweed Open Singles and Moama Men’s Classic Pairs collecting 108 points to round out the top three.
There are 60 points separating David Holt in first position and Ryan Bester (Broadbeach) and Corey Wedlock (Cabramatta) sitting equal forth on 90 points.
Next month’s major events are the Crescent Head 2 Bowl Triples and Victorian Open all incurring a number of rankings points.
Two new events have been added to the list of approved ranking events, both to be played at the Ballina Bowls Club in December and January.
The Summerland Singles and Summerland Pairs always attracts a high standard of bowlers from around the country and this year the top place finishers will be rewarded with ranking points and therefore an official Australian ranking.
Any clubs that are staging events that fit the criteria should register with Bowls Australia as having ranking points associated with your events will attract top level bowlers.
For the men’s current standings click here & for the women’s current standings click here .
To view the calendar of approved events click here.