Parkes sporting news

Awesome Action: Thank you to all our teams for an outstanding competition and keep an eye on the Parkes netball facebook page.

Awesome Action: Thank you to all our teams for an outstanding competition and keep an eye on the Parkes netball facebook page.

Netball News

What an exceptional winter ladies competition we have had some close games. This week sees the start of our finals and we would like to wish all teams the best.  The winner of each game will progress to the grand finals next week. Thank you to all our teams for an outstanding competition and keep an eye on the Parkes netball facebook page for our next competition, might see something different this year for summer comp.

Results Round 11 – Washed Out Games

  • Inline Panel and Paint defeated The Star Budgies Forfeit
  • U13s Parkes Reps 23 defeated u14s Reps 21

Results Round 12

A grade

  • Parkes Cellars 30 defeated The Star Budgies 27
  • Inline Pannel and Paint 35 defeated u15s Parkes Reps 10

B grade

  • PHST 25 defeated u13s Parkes Reps 9
  • U14s Parkes Reps defeated Sweaty Betty’s Forfeit

Draw Semi Finals – Tuesday, June 12

A grade – Court 1

  • 6pm Parkes Cellars versus The Star Budgies  
  • 7pm Inline Panel and Paint versus u15s Parkes Reps

B grade – Court 3

  • 6pm PHST versus u13s Parkes Reps
  • 7pm Sweaty Betty’s versus u14s Parkes Reps

-by  Lisa Nutley 

Men’s Bowling

While it was good to see some welcome rain last Saturday it did mean that Bowls were cancelled for the day so there is not a lot to comment on this week.

Club Championships: On Thursday, June 7 Steve Mills played George Bradley in a Minor Singles match. Steve had the better of the early ends and after four ends had a lead of 4-1 but George found form and won twelve of the next fifteen ends, scoring 18-3, to lead 19 -7, the biggest margin of the match.

The next twelve ends were fairly evenly divided but after thirty-one ends George still had the lead 27-17.

Steve eventually found his true form and scored fourteen shots on the next seven ends to advance to the next round with a 31-27 victory.   

Social Bowls May 31: On a pretty good day for Bowls it was good to welcome, Ian Simpson, visiting from the Parkes Railway club and Mike Keane, visiting from Nowra,  who joined fourteen members to play four games of Pairs.

Col Mudie and Col Woods scored four shots on the first end of their Pairs match against Gary McPhee and Bob Freeman but after the twelfth end Gary and Bob had taken the lead 12-10.

On the next end the two Cols scored six shots to regain their gout shot lead but Gary and Bob won four of the next five ends and with three ends to play had the lead 21-19.

The two Cols won the next two ends and went into the final end leading 22-21.

Both teams held shot at different times in a tense last end but Gary and Bob eventually scored one shot to level the scores 22 all and claim “bragging rights” having won 12 of the twenty-one ends played.

In another fairly close match, with four ends to play, John Ward and Ian Simpson were trailing by one shot against Ray Jones and Gordon Dickson but managed to score six shots to run out winners, 25-20.

John Dunn and Graham Barby proved too good for Trevor Harvey and Jim Blake. Mike Keane and Greg Huggins had a comfortable win against Keith MacRae and Rob Irving.

The winning rink prize went to Greg Huggins and Mike Keane and the Runners-Up were Graham Barby and John Dunn.

Reminder: Entries are being taken for the Major Pairs Championship but the closing time has been changed and is now 6 PM on Sunday June 17.

The Badge Draw has not been won for a while and is now $2400. The next draw will be on Friday night after the raffle, shortly after 8pm. 

-by The Rookie

Veteran’s Golf

Thirty-one veteran golfers played at Forbes Sporting Club last Thursday, in the continued battle for the Mick Miller Shield. Forbes were once again victorious in a runaway, 161 points to 134. David Williams (Fbs) won on a count back from John Whatmore (Fbs), both on 28.

The encouragement award went to Dud Rodgers (Pks) also on a count-back from Dale Stait (Pks). Nearest the pins went to Phil Bishop (Pks) and Milton Cartwright (Fbs).

This week we play at Parkes with the Lachlan Valley 18 Holes Competition the following week at the same venue.

-by Mcl


This Wednesdays draw

A grade

  • Pluggas versus CC’s at Parkes Hotel

The winner of this match will play the Top Flights in the grand final.

B grade

  • Warriors versus Twist Tops at Parkes Hotel

The winner of this match will play the Big Macs in the grand final. Meeting this Wednesday 13-6-18 at the Parkes Hotel 6:45pm.

At least one person per team is to attend. If you are unable to attend please contact Leah on 0455 182 228. Also a reminder to everyone that team nominations for the upcoming winter comp are to be in by 13-6-18.

-by Leah Roberts


At his hometown meeting and before a big crowd, trainer Brett Thompson landed the quinella in the 1200 metres Oatley Fine Wine- Gulgong Cup on Sunday and both horses were ridden by jockeys formerly from England.

More Than Art (Billy Cray, $10) led most of the way to score by a length and a half from the more favoured stablemate Attalea (James Rogers, $3.80) with two lengths to Desert Marshal (Luke Cumberland, $8), the winner of the 2017 Gulgong Cup.

Brett Thompson at the Cup presentation made special mention of John “ Ripper “ Currie, a part owner of More Than Art, who throughout the year on a voluntary basis cares for the Gulgong track and also has a major role in helping Thompson with his big team of racehorses.

Multiple premiership winning trainer Brett Thompson had earlier supplied the first three place getters in the 1000 metres Maiden Plate.

Named after Thompson’s granddaughter,Marley Girl ( Alena Skerritt, )was backed from $8 to $4.20 )before leading throughout to win by nearly four lengths from Brimondo ( Billy Cray, $5 ) and Starlight Treaty ( James Rogers,$5).

Sydney based apprentice Alena Skerritt who is a regular visitor to Central West meetings rode the winners of the first three races, One over fore, Marley Girl and I’m A Prima Donna.

Bred and raced by Neil and Margaret Johnson from Geurie,the Garry Lunn, Dubbo trained One over fore ( $9 ) led throughout to beat Laranta ( Eleanor Webster-Hawes, $4  )  and Captain Dan ( Kacie Chater ,$17  ) in the Maiden Handicap,1400 metres.

Finishing fast from amongst the tailenders, the Samantha McDonald,Muswellbrook trained I’m A Prima Donna, $10 ) completed the Alena Skerritt treble when taking out the John and Sandra Harding Mudgee Machinery Cup Benchmark 50 Handicap (1000 metres) from Vixen Lass ( Michael Hackett, $2.80 favourite) and Sound Sleuth (Kath Bell- Pitomac, $6).

An all the way winner at Grenfell Picnics and Quambone Picnics, the Sharon Jeffries, Parkes trained Armed and dangerous (Tiffany Jeffries, $4.40) again set the pace when accounting for Poet’s Spirit (Ken Dunbar, $6 to $3.70) and Beale Street, Leanne.G.Henry, $3.20 fav.) in the Class 2 Handicap,1200 metres. 

-by Colin Hodges