Parkes sporting news

Railway Men’s Bowls    

Pennants last weekend was a mixed bag with the 4S travelling to Grenfell. There we saw Lee Hetherington's team take the lead at 18 ends only to be run down in the last 3 ends to go down 20 to 15. The next game saw Flippy Fliedner's team just hang on to win 16 to 15 in a thriller and Luke Ramsay's team were behind all the way to go down 35 to 15.

This gave Grenfell a nine points to one win overall. The No. 5s had a better day travelling to Narromine with Brian Hampton's team leading all the way to win 23 to 19. Then Colin Boehm's team led most of the way to record a 17 to 14 win and Ben McNaughton's team had an all the way win 20 to 15 giving us a ten points to nil win overall.

This gives the Fives a chance if they can pick up a win this weekend. The Sevens travelled to Condobolin for a crunch match with the winner taking outright leadership with one game left to play.

Kevin Wales got away to a slow start and just couldn't make up the difference going just down 23 to 19. Kevin Hynds team led all the way to just get home 21 to 19 and Terry Hetherington's team led all the way until the last end only to falter and go down 21 to 18.  This gave Condobolin a win nine points to one overall.

The Fours play Forbes at home starting at 11am. The Fives play Canowindra and this games starts at 10am. The Sevens travel to forbes for a 1pm start and meet at the club by 12 noon at the latest.

Great to see many bowlers getting their matches played over the weekend as well as competing in pennants. Results of matches played Major Pairs Steve Frame paired up with new bowler Mark Francis to defeat Mick Valentine and John Corcoran 19-15 in a close match.

Mick and Corky were right in the match on the 17th end locked up 12 all but Steve and Mark won three of the of the last four ends to advance further, Ray Griffith and Graham Fliedner proved too strong for Marty Fitzpatrick and Col Boehm winning the match 28-15. 

Luke Cross and Shane Sharman were defeated by inform bowlers Matt Mcgrath and Jim Daley 21-11 in a entertaining match, Nathan Wills and Kevin Hynds won their match in convincing fashion 28-15 against Terry Hetherington and Ben Mcnaughton, Lee Hetherington and Gene Rapp proved far to strong against Graham Thomson and Graham Cole winning their match 27-18 a bit slight fight back by tomo and coley but not enough.

Two Major Singles matches were played also at the weekend the first Mike Phillips up against Shane Sharman With Shane taking out the match 23-17, in a very exciting match Geoff Leonard defeated Ben McNaughton 31-30 with the scores see sawing on several occassions. Well done to all bowlers taking part.

Wednesday winners John Keogh and Steve Clegg. Runners up, Les Carpenter and Kevin Robinson Stefans Haircut won by John Keogh Jackpot next week $320.00. This weekend more matches and pennants plus social bowls Saturday afternoon. 

Women’s Bowls

Two games were played today with a triples game played by Di Howell, Betsy Johnstone, Maureen Baillee def Isabel Svendsen, Hilda McPherson, Audrey Jones in a close game 16-15. In a pairs game Merilyn Rodgers, Frances Charlton def Maureen Miller, Kate Keogh.

The CWD Singles are being played at Forbes with several of our members playing. The second Round of Club Pairs will be played on the April 17. A Trading Table will also be held April 17 and the Mother’s Day raffle will be drawn so get your tickets and win a great prize.

The CWD Pairs and Senior Pairs will be played at our club May 7-9. Please volunteer your time to help with catering, raffles etc. The old adage “many hands make light work”. Nominations are open for the CWD Triples, Fours and Senior Fours so get your entries in please. To play social bowls please ring Table Selectors Eleen Bradley and Minnie Riordan between 9am and 9.30am. Social roster Betsy Johnstone.


A beautiful morning for the start of our Junior netball competition. Reminder that there are no games to be played during the holidays, Parkes netball association would like to wish all their players and their families a wonderful break and see you all back on Saturday, May 5 for Round 2.

We are still shuffling a few teams around, so keep an eye on Facebook during the holidays. Draws will also be published in the next few weeks. Parkes Netball will be hosting their monthly meeting on Monday, April 16 at 7pm at the Parkes Services club.   Each team is to send a representative for one bonus competition point. Teams not represented will lose one competition point.

Results Round 1

  • Division 1: Galaxy 30 defeated Wildcats 24 (MVP: Paris Curr + Ally Bush). Eagles 28 defeated United 10 (MVP: Katie Dunford + Gracie Jones).
  • Division 2: Eagles 19 defeated United 9 (MVP: Grade Dunford + Ava Curr). Galaxy 11 defeated Wildcats 1 (MVP: Tia Dunn + Lara Brown).
  • Set Go: Eagles 4 defeated Galaxy 0. United 4 defeated Wildcats 3.

Parkes SSAA Smallbore

Last weekend saw nine shooters attend the Deep Lead shooting complex. They shot at ordinary targets at both 25 and 50 meters. It was for a maximum of 500 points.

Target Rifles

  • Brian Drabsch 250, 247, 497
  • John Davis 250, 244, 494
  • Craig Buckle 248, 244, 492
  • David Wilson 249 for 25 meters and then he shot another target for practice only.
  • Basyl Rudenko 250 for 25 meters only

Field Rifles

  • Dr John Pearce 245, 244, 489
  • John Maddison 249, 237, 486
  • John Smeaton 247, 232, 479
  • Dustan Bourke 239, 225, 465

I wonder who was the optometrist who treated the Dr to have him shoot so well with is old field rilfe? Our next shoot is at 1pm Sunday, April 15 and it will be crow targets at both ranges.

Bridge News

Winners on Tuesday April 3 were Jan and Jenny Freeman 62.5 per cent. Second were Beth Symington and Joan Reilly 55.21 followed by Laurie Keane and Greig Ball 52.72. For the seven table Mitchell game on Thursday April 5 the north south winners were Louise Payne and Peter Quin with a high score of 67.96. Margaret Hawken and John Quin were second with 55.85 and Joan Reilly and Val Worthington took third place with 51.98.

Foe east west Keith Fiedler and Greig Ball topped with 62.2 followed by Val Boyd and Barbara Magill 53.27 and a very happy Julie and Peter Dearden 51.14. A small field attended the Saturday game on April 7 which saw Margaret Hawken and Joan Reilly top with 58 per cent. Second were Keith Fiedler and Jan Latter 57 and Val Worthington and Ingrid Stephenson 53.

April 9 the game was a red point event and the happy winners were Bill Burke and Stephen Garriock 61.9. They beat Rosemary Morris and Beryl Twardy 60.71 and in equal third place were  Warren and Nancye Blatch and Bev Laing and Anne Berkeley on 54.76. Winners  for north south on Tuesday, April 9 were Bev Laing and Margaret Hawken 60.75, Val Boyd and Barbara Magill 59.75. For east west Val Worthington and Warren Blatch topped with 56.88 and in second spot were Isabel Orange and Kevin Robinson 55.25.

On Sunday our Parkes players will compete in the annual Bogan Gate challenge against Condobolin and Forbes clubs. Good luck everyone and enjoy the day.  


Wellington Racing April 7: Bathurstian won an appropriately named race the Iron Horse Handicap, over 2400 metres at Wellington on Saturday, as the nine year old gelding during a long career has earned a reputation as a tough performer.

Now trained at Orange by Michael Plummer, the previous win for Bathurstian was in the Ron Stubberfield Toyota Iron Horse Handicap at Wellington in 2016 when trained at Bathurst by Paul Theobald. Starting out with the Paul Theobald stable, Bathurstian won a Maiden Handicap on the dirt track at Louth in 2013 and followed with a win at the Marthaguy Picnics held at Quambone.

An extremely versatile galloper,Bathurstian for Paul Theobald won over 1200 metres at Bathurst on Anzac Day 2015 and twice finished second over  the marathon 3000 metres at Bathurst. Katelyn Jenkinson who is apprenticed to Michael Plummer at Orange rode a fine race on Bathurstian on Saturday.

Taking the mid race lead Bathurstian ( $8 ) settled into a nice rhythm for Jenkinson and In a good staying performance kept going strongly to win by nearly two lengths from Pretty Pine ( Mathew Cahill, $4.40 ) and Nightspun ( Alena Skerritt,$2.70 )

Reared at Mendooran,Katelyn Jenkinson rode 11 winners on the Picnic circuit and is doing well since joining the Professional ranks. While Bathurstian has been around a long time not so Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor and Sticket winner of the Bintang Community Radio 1100 metres Maiden Plate.

Kody Nestor a former top jockey recently trained his first winner Kenny Succeed and debut maker Sticket was turned out in fine order for the Wellington assignment. Parked behind the leading pack by apprentice Chris Williams, Sticket( $7.50 ) sprinted home to win from another debut maker the Les Bryant, Wellington trained Cutie Patoutie ( Kath Bell-Pitomac ( $71 ) and Danspur ( Leanne.G.Henry, $19 )

Outta Space ( Adam Spinks, $1.90 favourite ) from the Bruce Parker stable at Gilgandra led for home in the Keirles Pharmacy Class 1 and Maiden Plate ( 1700 metres )and held on gamely to win.

Wellington Racing April 8: Greg Ryan, the “hometown” hero, with an outstanding ride o Sunday, won the the $150,00 State Wide Sheds Wellington Boot ( 1100 metres ) aboard the Bjorn Baker,Warwick Farm trained two year old filly Miss Invincible. Although now living at nearby Dubbo, Ryan served his apprenticeship at Wellington after working for several years as a motor mechanic. Choosing to settle behind the leading pack in the rush to the home turn, Ryan timed his run to perfection  on Miss Invincible to chase down the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Randwick trained Adagirl which had kicked well clear at the top of the straight.

Miss Invincible ( $3.30 ) won by three quarters of a length from the fast finishing Shinju ( Andrew Adkins, $15.00 ) from the Peter and Paul Snowden stable at Randwick with Adagirl ( Rachel King, $6.50 ) a long neck away third. This was the fourth time Greg Ryan has won the Wellington Boot,the other three being for Muswellbrook trainer Pat Farrell.

The $100,000 Peter Milling and Co Wellington Cup ( 1700 metres ) was won by the $31 outsider Failed Approach ridden by Sydney jockey Jeff Penza for Braidwood trainer Aaron Clarke while the Allan Denham, Wyong trained Skylimit ( Jeff Penza, $4 ) won the $50,000 Wellington Soldiers Memorial Club Wellington Town Plate,1100 metres.

First leg of a winning treble for Jeff Penza was the Darren Hyde,Dubbo trained Westlink ( $4.60 ) in the 1100 metres One Stop Automotive Class 1 Showcase Handicap. 

-by Colin Hodges