Parkes sporting news

Flash Back: Highlands netballers and friends Lily Mauger and Adiel Mkolo at the Eridge Park netball courts on Saturday. Photo by Josh Bartlett
Flash Back: Highlands netballers and friends Lily Mauger and Adiel Mkolo at the Eridge Park netball courts on Saturday. Photo by Josh Bartlett

It’s netball time

Netball summer comp registrations are now open with the first game set to start Tuesday, September 4. We are welcoming all teams and players wanting to play either ladies or mixed comp with a team fee of $400.

Registrations are now open and forms can be found on our website

Nominations close Tuesday, August 21 giving two weeks to get a team together and come and have some fun.

Men’s Bowling

Club Championships: In a Major Singles match between Greg Howlett and Wilbur Smith, the scores were even over the first nine ends before Wilbur won the next five ends to take a ten shot lead, 16-6. Greg fought back but Wilbur was able to maintain his lead and won the match 31-21 after thirty-five ends.

The Major Triples team of Tom Furey, Dave Johnson and Gary McPhee got off to a great start to lead John Davies, Keith MacRae and Graham Barby 8-1 after four ends. Scores were fairly even until John’s team won four ends in a row to lead 22-17 after nineteen ends. Tom’s team fought hard but could not bridge the gap and John, Keith and Graham advanced to the next round with a 26-22 win.

Social Bowls Thursday, August 2: On a great day for Bowls, twenty four players contested six games of Pairs with three of them being decided by a single shot. Col Hayward and Jim Blake took on John Corcoran and Rob Irving and the scores were level at 3, 4, 8, 11, 12 and with one end to play it was 19 all before John and Rob scored the winning shot on the last end.

Gary McPhee and Ian Simpson started well against John Davies and Greg Huggins and lead 9-6 before John and Greg scored five shots on the twelfth end to take the lead 11-9.

The next four ends went to Gary and Ian and they went out to lead 17-11. With one end to play John and Greg needed four shots to force a draw and though they scored three shots, Gary and Ian ran out winners, 19-18.

In the other close match Steve Mills and George Bradley scored seven shots on the first three ends but Keith MacRae and Gordon Dickson won the next five ends to level the scores, 7 all. After twenty ends the scores were again level at 15 all and on the last end Keith and Gordon were holding three shots but with his last bowl Steve drew the shot to win the match.

Warren Bevan and Ray Jones won a fairly close one, 24-20 against Geoff Freeman and Graham Barby. Greg Howlett and Brenda Davies had a comfortable win against Ted Wright and John Watson and in the other match Col Mudie and Steve Ryan were too good for Tom Furey and Ron Hornery. The winning rink prize went to Greg Howlett and Brenda Davies and the team of Col Mudie and Steve Ryan were the Runners-up.

Saturday, August 4: Another great day for Bowls and twenty-two players turned out to play four games of Pairs and one game of Triples.

It was good to see Emma Byrne team up with her mother Liz and come from behind to score seven shots on the last three ends to defeat Les Kent and Greg Huggins 23-18. Emma visits the club quite regularly but I think it’s the first time she has had a game.

In the other Pairs matches, Guy Ellery and Tom Furey got the better of Mark Dwyer and Steve Turner, 22-14. Col Hayward and Dave Johnson proved too strong for John Davies and Steve Ryan, winning 22-15. Arthur Corbett and Rose Howlett had a convincing win against Ray Jones and Joe Crowley.

In the Triples match, Col Mudie, Rob Frame and Gordon Dickson were in front 16-13 before Rhona Went, Ron Hornery and Rob Irving won six of the last seven ends to claim the match 25-17. The winning rink prize went to the winning Triples team. There is no indication of who won the Runners-up prize.

Sunday Bowls: This continues to be a popular innovation and twenty-four bowlers played four games of Triples.  Proceeds of the day will go to the Grade 2 Pennants side to help with expenses on their trip to Sydney to represent the Club in the State Pennant Finals in two weeks.

This is a very friendly casual day and play ends at 3-30 so we don’t miss any of the football and I believe it will continue in the future. All are welcome so come along for a great relaxing afternoon. Results were Liz Byrne, Wally Grant and Rose Howlett just got home 19-18 against Dave Johnson, Gwenda Carty and Janelle Ross.

In a highly competitive (but friendly) match Mark Dwyer, Guy Ellery and Steve Turner claimed bragging rights against Col Hayward, Tom Furey and Maree Grant, 20-19. Ray Jones, Jim Blake and Eileen Bradley won a fairly close one, 20-16 against Rob Irving, Joe Crowley and Elaine Miller.

Arthur Corbett, Rhona Went and George Bradley were level at 11 all after thirteen ends against Steve Ryan, Greg Howlett and Loraine Baker before Arthur’s team won five of the last six ends to win 24-13. The winning rink Prize was won by Mark, Guy and Steve.

Badge Draw: The Badge Draw was is worth $1,100 this week and will be drawn on Friday night after the raffle, shortly after 8pm. Good “Pub style” meals are available so come along for a great night and a chance to win the badge draw or  a meat tray or voucher.

-by The Rookie

Railway Ladies Bowls

Results of club pairs played last  Thursday was Dawn Parker and June Burgess defeated Paulin E Currey and Evelyn Gibson. This was good game was equal for first part of game then Dawn and June played rearly great bowls to get the win congratulation to both these teams.

On Wednesday, August 8 will be club pairs match at 12.30pm. Roxanne and Win Cunningham versus Norma Pollock and Shirley Bishop. Thought for week is the wise manis not the man who gives the right answers; he is the one who asks the right answers.

​-by Evelyn Gibson

Bogan Gate Golf

The course is very dry with the inclement weather that has been happening ,trees are loosing plenty of limbs making a clean-up of the course an on going thing. Sunday, July 22 the club held an 18 hole Stableford event with a good roll-up of players good to see Gail McKay back on deck after a lengthy absence, Mens winner was the burglar Steve Edwards with a good score of 40 points runner-up was “Mr Lucky” Robert McIntyre with a respectful score of 35 on a c/b from Ron Boness also 35.

Ladies winner was a deserved one at that, was Shirley Nutley with a fine score of 38 points (well done Shirl sad about the broncos loss ) nearest the pin third and 12th was Marion McIntyre (this is Marions signature hole).

Sunday, July 29 we held the Bogan Gate Ladies Open Tournament for 2018, it was played with an exceptional roll-up of players from neighbouring clubs.

A grade18 hole Scatch winner was Anita Metcalf from Parkes with a scratch score of 86. Runner-up was Cathy Kelly from Parkes with a score of 90. 

Handi-cap winner was Lisa Frankell from Condobolin with a net score of 69  Stableford winner was Robyn Lyell from Forbes with a score of 38 points.

Front nine winner was Verna Lane from Forbes with a score of 45 scratch. Back nine winner was Tricia Vincent from Tottenham with a score of 44 scatch B grade scratch winner was Alison Kingston from Forbes with a score of 95. 

Runner-up was Teresa Armatage from Forbes with a score of 95   Handicap winner was Maureen Boness from Bogan Gate with a net score of 69, Stableford winner was Sue Holman from Parkes with a score of 37. 

Front Nine winner was Jan Pawsley from Condobolin with a scatch score of 48 and Back Nine winner was Gail McKay from Bogan Gate with a scratch score of 49 Veterans winner was Teresa Armitage from Forbes

Nearest the pin winner for A grade was Vicki Hanlon from Condobolin. Longest drive A grade was Verna Lane from Forbes   Nearest the pin B grade was Alison Kingston from Forbes, Longest Drive B grade was Jan Pawsley from Condobolin

Nearest the pin C grade was Sandra Stevenson from Trundle Longest Drive C grade Annette Howerth from Trundle   Pairs team win was Teresa Armitage and Alison Kingston. A big thank you must go to the male members of the club for their fine service throughout the day with the preparation of food also cards, result sheets, bar and the kitchen which is the “hub” of a day like this, the ladies all gave their thanks many times for the fine food.and hospitality of Bogan Gate

Lastly I would like to thank all our sponsers of the Ladies Tournament without them this day would be harder to put on, a very special thankyou to Robyn Lyell from Forbes who was our Western District Rep on the day, we thank the clubs from Parkes. Orange Ex Services,Condobolin.

Tottenham, Trangie, Trundle, Forbes Carragabal ,without these clubs our new date on Western District Calendar would not of been such a success. Forbes was well represented thank you especially after the sad news of the passing of one of your ladies.


Local galloper Little Bertie started a pronounced favourite but still had the L plates on when scoring a remarkable win at Coonamble TAB meeting on Saturday. When the leader kicked away halfway down the straight the chasing Little Bertie ( $ 1.55 favourite ) looked well beaten but switched to the inside by Tony Cavallo finished hard to beat Stomp ( Ashley Morgan,$6 ) by a half neck with over four lengths to third placed Alpine Royal ( Courtney Van Der Werf,$21 ) in the 1200 metres Coonamble Supa IGA Maiden Plate.

The now five year old Little Bertie had only raced once before, when a fast finishing second to Another McCloud at the recent Dubbo meeting. The trainer Cec Hodgson and owner and breeder Stella Cleary conceded a lot of patience was required to finally get Little Bertie to the races but the effort looks like being worthwhile as the Coonamble win had plenty of merit.

Stella Cleary bred Little Bertie from Friends Venture which when a yearling filly had been won by Amelia Lundholm and Stella Cleary in a raffle conducted by the Wellington Race Club. Friends Venture won at Coonamble but after a few more starts broke down and was retired to stud. Runner-up at recent starts at Dubbo and Warren, the Leo Harland, Gilgandra trained The Iceman blitzed the opposition in the Gray’s Auto and A & HJ Wiatkowski  Maiden Handicap ( 1400 metres ) at Coonamble.

Patiently ridden by Tony Cavallo near the back of the field,The Iceman ( $1.85 favourite ) when given more rein swept around the field and won by six lengths from Femtometre ( Jake Hull, $14 ) and Nothing but a dreamer ( Leanne .G.Henry, $4.40 ). There were 16 starters in the Firth Electrical & Khans IGA Benchmark 50 Handicap ( 1600 metres ) and Dubbo jockey Kacie Chater did a great job bringing Podium Bound over from an outside barrier to a nice position, running fourth. Hitting the lead in the straight the Allan Gibson, Dubbo trained Podium Bound ( $26 ) held on gamely win in a close finish from Gotta keep the faith ( Daniel Pitomac, $101 ) and Handful Of Aces ( Andrew Banks, $20 ).

-by Colin Hodges