Bowler raises ranking

GRAFTON tenpin bowler Ashley Cooper has lifted his national ranking two places to 15th after an equal 10th finish at the prestigious NSW Open tournament played at Castle Hill over the weekend.

Cooper is playing catch-up with the other top-ranked Australian bowlers after missing several ranked tournament before Easter.

"Of the top bowlers, I am the highest ranked with the least number of tournaments played," Cooper said.

"I have played three and everyone else has played five."

Cooper has made a return to top bowling this season and has entered the five remaining ranked tournaments for the year.

His next tournament is the Mackay Open next month.

"There are 13 ranked events in Australia each year," he said. "They are the major tournaments that contribute to players' rankings."

Cooper said another Grafton bowler, Matthew Wormald, also reached the final stages of the NSW Open, finishing 27th.

"There were 84 bowlers x competing at Castle Hill," he said.

"For Matthew to make the finals is an outstanding effort."

Cooper announced that Rebecca Carlie has won the Grafton Tenpin Bowl Nintendo Wii competition



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