Parkes sporting news

Parkes Men’s bowling

Pennants: On Sunday the Grade 2 side continued its good form when it visited Molong, winning all three rinks with an aggregate score of 72-46. Paul Went’s team had a narrow win, 18-17, Brett “Baldy” Frame’s team won 22-14 and Garry Carberry’s team had a convincing win 32-15.

The Grade 5 side played at home against Canowindra and won only one of the three rinks, going down with an aggregate score of 52-63. Dave Johnson’s team had the only win, 22-20 while Greg Townsend’s team lost 12-18 and Warren Bevan’s team were defeated 18-25.

The Grade 7 side travelled to Forbes and unfortunately were beaten on all three rinks with an aggregate score of 47-68. John Carr’s team lost 13-26, Keith MacRae’s side lost 12-19 and George Boatswain’s side went down by one shot, 22-23.

Club Championships: During the week, two matches were played in the Major Singles Championships. On Thursday, John Taylor advanced to the next round with a good win against Steve “Nimo” Mills, 31-18 and on the Saturday Mark Dwyer defeated Greg Howlett, 31-17.

In a Major Pairs match on Saturday Gary McPhee and Martin Tighe got off to a great start, leading Steve Turner and Garry Went 10-0 after four ends. However, after thirteen ends Steve and Garry had taken the lead, 17-15. After nineteen ends and with two ends to play, the scores were level 19 all. Gary and Martin won the last to ends to advance to the next round with a 22-19 win.

In the other Major Pairs match on Saturday Brett “Baldy” Frame and Paul “Chook” Henry had a convincing 33-9 win against Warren Bevan and Bruce Deland.

Social Bowls Thursday, March 8: On what was a good day for Bowls a disappointing number of sixteen players turned out for four games of Pairs. In the closest match of the day, John Ward and George Bradley won eleven of the twenty-one ends played but went down to Greg Howlett and Dean Searl. On the last end, John and George needed three shots to draw the match and were holding four shots for a win until Greg managed to disturb the head leaving John and George with only two shots giving Greg abd Dean the win 16-15

In another fairly close game, Keith MacRae and Bob Freeman won thirteen of the twenty-one ends but Arthur Corbett and Col Woods scored five shots on the last two ends and won the match 21-18. Graham Barby and John Dunn had a good win, defeating Rob Irving and Joe Crowley 22-18 and in the other match Col Hayward and John Watson were too good for Geoff Freeman and Jim Blake, 21-15.

Saturday, March 10: It was good to see both greens in action when 22 social bowlers joined the ten bowlers involved in Championship games, to play four games of Pairs and one of Triples.

The Triples match turned out to be the closest of the day. The Team of Rob Tinker, John Dunn and John Watson had a narrow 20-19 win against Dave Johnson, Joe Crowley and George Bradley. In other close matches, Tom Furey and Col Woods just got up against John Davies and Les Kent 19-17, and Guy Ellery and Janelle Ross won 23-20 against Keith MacRae and Jim Blake.

Other results were: John Taylor and Greg Huggins 23-10 over Steve Ryan and Gladrin Sun. Col Mudie and Ray Jones 23-14 against John Ward and Rob Irving.

Twilight Bowls: Another great night of Bowls with some close and some not so close results. Born Bowlers scored four shots on the last two ends to defeat Loopy Loppers, 12-11.

Casey Surveying lead 11-5 before High Rollers scored eight shots on the last four ends to win 13-11.We Wreck ‘em ‘N’ We Fix ‘em  scored five shots on the last three ends to beat J&KC 12-9 (J&KC is a new team and it is how they are named on the score card – I will have more info. next week).

Biowls Bros. were too good for the Three Amigos. Central West Glass had a win against Purple People. Rebelle were too good for Happy Wanderers. Thanks again to Tom Furey and his helpers for a great night and a great supper after the game.

-by The Rookie

Veteran Golf

We had a visitor from Adelaide and twenty-seven veteran s at Parkes Golf Club last Thursday to contest to bi-weekly golf competition. The individual winner was Gary Collitts (Fbs) on 30 points. from Roel Ten Cate (Pks) by one stroke. Ageless, Tom Edols (Fbs) took out the encouragement award.

Nearest the pins winners were Dob Rodgers, (Pks) Gary Pymont (Fbs) and Dale Stait (Pks). The Mick Miller points went to Parkes 160 to 155. Next week we have the Annual General Meeting at Forbes, commencing at 9.30am, followed by an Eighteen Holes Lachlan Valley Competition. Forbes week of Golf commencing on Monday April 23.

-by Mcl


Last weeks results: No sheet was handed in for CC’s versus Warriors, the results are believed to be CC’s defeat Warriors 5-2. Big Macs defeat Strikers 4-3 with players player going to Harley Mahoney and Beryl Watson. High scores were Paul Lucas 100. Harley Mahoney 101. Tim Delaney 140. Beryl Watson 107.

Star Budgies defeat Twist Tops 6-1 with players player going to Belinda Boardman and Rhonda Rauchle. High scores were Belinda Boardman 134, 120. Steve Marshall 137, 129. Simon Scott 112. Jake Tonkin 100. Paul Roberts 108, 103. Troy Daroczy 2x 100. Jayden Capple 100.

Top Flights defeat Pluggas 6-1 with players player going to Hans Christensen and Darrell Bailey. High scores were Dave Rogan 140, 2x 100. Keith Rogan 118, 4x 100. Hans Christensen 140, 100. George Corcoran 2x 100. Darrell Bailey 2x 140, 125, 2x 100. Brad Parker 140, 100. Brent Skinner 120. Michael Dunn 3x 100.

This Wednesdays draw is: Star Budgies versus Warriors at Star Hotel. Strikers versus CC’s at Parkes Hotel. Twist Tops versus Pluggas at TBC. Big Macs versus Top Flights at Broadway Hotel. There is a meeting this Wednesday at Parkes Hotel starting at 6:45pm. At least one person per team is to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Leah on 0455 182 228.

-by Leah Roberts

Be Ready: Download the MyNetball app for a complete list of draws, results and ladders.

Be Ready: Download the MyNetball app for a complete list of draws, results and ladders.


What a great start to our Tuesday night ladies competition tonight. It great to see some old faces and PDNA would like to welcome all the new players for the season.Please remember that each team is required to supply one umpire for the alternative time slot each week. Failure to do so will result in teams being penalised.

We have also will have teams rostered for setup duty prior to each game. If your team is listed please provide a few people to arrive early, put up post pads, place bibs, game balls and score cards on each court. 

Likewise if your team is listed for packup duty, please put away all post pads, bibs, balls and score cards. Reminder there is a Parkes Netball Meeting next Monday, March 19 at 7pm at the Parkes Services Club. 

Each team is to supply a representative for one completion point, so come along and have your say. Each team not represented at the meeting will lose one competition point.

There are still teams in both divisions who are looking for players, so if you have been thinking of playing, just register yourself through MyNetball and come down on Tuesday night and we will find you a team. Download the MyNetball app for a complete list of draws, results and ladders.

Results Round 1:

A Grade

Inline Panel and Paint 12 defeated Parkes Cellar 10

The Star Budgies 31 defeated U15s Parkes Reps 22

B Grade

13s Parkes Reps 15 drew u14s Parkes 15

PHST 16 defeated Platelets 5

Round 2 Tuesday, March 13: 

Setup: u13s Reps

Packup: u14s Reps

A Grade – Court 1

6pm The Star Budgies versus Inline Panel and Paint (Umpires: Parkes Cellar + u15s Parkes Reps)

7pm Parkes Cellar versus u15s Parkes Reps (Umpires: The Star Budgies + Inline Panel and Paint)

B Grade – Court 3

6pm PHST versus u13s Parkes Reps (Umpires: u14s Parkes Reps + Sweaty Betty’s)

7pm u14s Parkes Reps versus Sweaty Betty’s (Umpires: PHCT + u13s Parkes Reps)

Bye Platelets

-by  Lisa Nutley


The disappointment felt by supporters when Double Halo became a last minute scratching at Condobolin was forgotten when the veteran galloper led most of the way on Saturday to win the 1400 metres Liberty Rural-Tottenham Picnic Cup. A bus load of owners and fans had travelled from Gilgandra to see Double Halo attempt a third successive win in the Condobolin Picnic Cup however the ten year old gelding became fractious in the barriers and had to be withdrawn.

No such drama at Tottenham where a good front running ride by Ricky Blewitt saw  Double Halo ($6) a convincing winner over Butterfly Sky (Wesley Boyd, $15) and Edge Of Madness (Michael Gray, $26).

Trained at Gilgandra by 82 year old Bruce Parker, Double Halo has the imposing record of 16 wins and 28 placings from 106 starts. Double Halo has been around for a long time but not so Ridge Wilson who made the long trip from Inverell to have his first ride in a race, the Collen Thurston, Gilgandra trained Coop ‘N’ Demp in the Goodsell’s Machinery Class 1 Handicap,1200 metres.

Undaunted by the occasion,17 year old Wilson had his mount in front turning for home and Coop ‘N’ Demp ($4.60) held on to win by two lengths from Madison Gardens (Madison Wright, $2.40 favourite) and Getting Ready (Katie Spalding, $10).

Katie Spalding, formerly from England, rode the well supported outsider Stat Man to a strong win in the Reece Potter Memorial Class B Handicap (1400 metres) for Tullibigeal trainer Craig Tyack. Now raced by the Frankel family after coming from Victoria,Stat Man  ($14) overhauled Matt Maneuver (Ricky Blewitt, $10) to score by over a length with Jaroda Choice ( Michael Gray, $15) finishing third.

Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb and stable jockey Madison Wright followed their recent run of success with a winning double at Tottenham, Bulbadah and Lulu’s Destiny, both owned by David and Heather Ringland from Dubbo.

A winner at Parkes (TAB) when resuming from a spell,Lulu’s Destiny then won the Bedgerebong Picnic Cup and completed the treble when justifying the $1.60 favouritism powered past the opposition at Tottenham to beat Drummed Out (Ricky Blewitt, $3.50) and Raheen Lady (Michael Wade ($11) in the EMS Group feature sprint over 1000 metres.

Earlier, Bulbadah ($4.60) had overtaken stablemate Ace Lightning (Daniel Stanley, $2.30 fav.) in the last stride to win the Class 3 Handicap,800 metres. Trained at Parkes by George Wright,Wake Up Cass ($3.20) was the first leg of a winning double for Narromine jockey Ricky Blewitt when leading throughout to beat All Good ( Michael Wade,$18 ) and Buster’s Princess (Madison Wright, $1.80 fav.) in the 1000 metres Rob Weber Memorial Maiden Handicap.

Tottenham attracted a big crowd and as usual the racecourse was presented in immaculate condition. 

-by Colin Hodges