Parkes sporting news

Men’s Bowling

Parkes Classic three Bowl Triples. On the weekend our club hosted the Parkes Classic Three Bowls Triples Tournament sponsored by Forbes Central Butchery and Terry Bros. Carpet Court.

The weather was kind to us, the greens had been prepared to perfection and it was good to see so many players visiting Parkes for this event.

We had a number of teams from the Parkes Railway Club, Belrose Club in Sydney, Forbes and Camden as well as players from Darlington Point and Condobolin.

Fifty-four bowlers turned out for what was a great weekend of Bowls, with the winners being decided in the final game.

After three games of fifteen ends on Saturday only four teams had won three games – all of them from our club. The team skipped by Brett Frame was in first place with +34 shots, followed by Garry Carberry on +27, Liz Byrne on +25 and Steve Turner on +14.

All four teams had wins in the first game on Sunday and Liz Byrne’s team had taken the lead with +40 followed by Brett Frame on +38, Garry Carberry on + 35 and Steve Turner on + 23.

As luck would have it, in the final games Liz was drawn to play Steve and Brett came up against Garry.

Liz’s team got off to a great start and after three ends lead by nine shots. Steve’s side played strongly to try to get back in the match but Liz’s side maintained the lead and eventually won 20-11.

The match between Brett and Garry was very close over the early ends and scores were level, eight all, after eleven ends. Brett’s team then took charge of the match, scoring ten shots on the next three ends.

As it turned out, they needed to win the last end by two shots to overtake Liz’s team and in fact were holding three shots before Garry drew the shot with his last bowl and cut Brett’s winning margin to nine shots.

Final results were:

  • First place – Liz Byrne, Col Hayward and Gwenda Carty (Parkes Bowling and Sports Club) – Five wins + 49
  • Second place – Brett Frame, Mark Dwyer and Cherie Frame (Parkes Bowling and Sports Club) – Five wins + 47
  • Third place – Garry Carberry, Paul Went and Rhona Went (Parkes Bowling and Sports Club) – Four wins + 26
  • Fourth place – Richard Wise, John Venteman and Chris Webber (Belrose Club) – Four wins +23
  • Fifth place – Steve Turner, Guy Ellery and Wilbur Harris (Parkes Bowling and Sports Club) – Four wins + 14

Three teams of “lucky losers” also won the draw to have their entry fees refunded and I apologise that I don’t have the details of those winners.

Many thanks again to our sponsors – Forbes Central Butchery and Carpet Court – these tournaments could not go on without your support.

Also, congratulations to Brett Frame, Greg Howlett and their helpers who keep the greens and the grounds in excellent condition.

Many thanks to Graham Barby for all his help in organising the day and keeping the score board up to date.

To the volunteers who prepared the lunches on both days – many thanks.

And thanks to the bar staff who provided their usual excellent service.

Finally, thanks to all the visitors and local players who made the weekend the success that it was – hope to see you all again next year.

Social Bowls: Nothing to report on Social Bowls this week - due to the welcome rain bowls were cancelled on Thursday and the Triples Tournament was played on the weekend.

Twilight Bowls: The start of this year’s competition was postponed until next Thursday due to the rain and (weather permitting) will get under way next Thursday, October 11.

All are welcome – all you need are neat casual clothing and a pair of flat soled shoes (or go barefoot if you prefer).

All equipment is supplied (or use your own bowls if you have them) and as usual the first night is free.

Names in from 6pm and bowls start at 6.30pm – you can nominate a team of three or we can easily fit you in a team.

Charity Day to Support Local Farmers: Just a reminder that we will be having a day of Bowls on Sunday, November 4 with all proceeds going to Parkes St. Vincent De Paul to distribute to local farmers suffering from the drought. All will be welcome – even if you have never played bowls before come along and support the local farmers.

More details will be available closer to the day but put the date in your diary so you don’t forget.

Badge Draw: The Badge Draw was not won on Friday might and is worth $2000 this week. It 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 (With The Rookie)


Last weeks results

Top Flights defeated Twist Tops 7-0 with players player going to Hans Christensen and Jayden Capple. High scores were Hans Christensen 140, 132, 3x 100. George Corcoran 2x 100. Dave Rogan 113, 108, 2x 100. Mick Herft 100. Keith Rogan 135, 125. Jayden Capple 2x 125, 101.

Pluggas defeat Warriors by forfeit

Warriors defeat Big Macs 3-4 with players player going to Lee Davis and Paul Lucas. High scores were Lee Davis 100. Ray James Snr 118. Ray James Jnr 2x 100. Paul Lucas 118, 2x 100. Josh Townsend 2x 140, 4x 100. Doug Miller 125.

Strikers defeat Warriors 4-3 with players player going Leah Roberts and Ray James Jnr. High scores were Leah Roberts 140, 100. Kathy Madden 109. Teona Wakefield 100. Ray James Jnr 100. Lee Davis 109, 100. Jeff Davis 100.

This Wednesdays draw

  • Pluggas versus Big Macs at Parkes Hotel
  • Warriors versus Twist Tops at Parkes Hotel
  • Budgies versus Strikers at Star Hotel
  • Top Flights have the bye

Meeting this Wednesday, October 10 at Broadway 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.

-by Leah Roberts

Bogan Gate Golf

Well it is good to see the sunny weather without the wind, even though we need the rain. It was also good to see so many of our members playing on the weekend, thank you for your attendance.

Sunday September we played an 18 hole stroke event Mens winner was Ron Boness with 80 scatch net 70 2nd was Graeme Hunter with 96 scratch net 73. Ladies winner was the young Shirley Nutley

with 118 Scratch net 73  Nearest the pin sixth and 15th Ron Boness. Sunday, September 30 we played an 18 hole par event Men’s winner was Ron Boness with + three Ladies winner was Shirley Nutley with + five.

( Nuts is playing better golf as she gets younger). Sunday,  October 7 was an 18 hole stroke event with a very good roll-up of players Men’s winner was Ron Boness with 79 Scratch net 69 second was Colin Britt with 91 scratch net 69 on a c/b from Colin McKay with 94 scratch net 72.

Ladies winner was Marion McIntyre with scratch 88 net 62 ( good round marion).

A reminder to all members that the “Jim Nutley

Memorial Trophy Day “ will be held as per programme Sunday, October 28 and not Saturday, October 27 . It would be appreciated if members could avail themselves and participate along with any golfer who

knew Jim and would like to take part in this day that the Nutley family have put on with trophy’s and a meal  up coming events will be Par 3 day October 21 and November 4 Parkes Overnighter Caravan Park Trophy Day

Then our Xmas Party in Parkes this year in early December date to be finalised soon. Good golfing to all  


Given the responsibility of riding the favourite in the Coonamble Gold Cup on Sunday, inexperienced apprentice Reece Jones came through with flying colours when winning the $45,000 feature race on the Rod Northam trained Red Knot.

Jones ( 22 ) who is indentured to Northam at Scone, commenced his race riding career less than six weeks ago and had only ridden two winners before the important assignment in the Geronimo Farm Equipment and New Holland sponsored Cup over 1600 metres at Coonamble which attracted a capacity 16 horse field.

Riding before the biggest crowd seen at Coonamble for at least 30 years, Reece Jones took Red Knot to the early lead from Wild Cavalier, Genetics and Apache Lad.

Over the concluding stages Red Knot ( $2.80 favourite ) was challenged  but held on to win by a long neck from All But Gone ( Josh Oliver, $10 ) which came home well along the rails while Hirokin ( Mathew Cahill, $9.50 ) was a handy third.

A one million dollar yearling sales graduate, Red Knot is owned by Paul Frampton and Reg Inglis and was originally trained by Gai Waterhouse at Randwick.

Included amongst the wins since joining the Rod Northam stable has been the 2017 Coonabarabran Cup, a likely target again, on Monday October 22.

Formerly a trainer at Coonamble and now with a big team in work at Wyong, Damien Lane was the toast of his old hometown when winning the first three races on Cup day with Thiswilldous, Kate’s Pearl and Kanguru.

Mick Heaney, a hardworking Vice President of the Coonamble club organised a local syndicate comprising himself, Matt White, Adam Firth, Greg Tyack and Jen Law to race Thiswilldous with Damien Lane.

The plan to win a Maiden race on Cup day came to fruition when Thiswilldous ( Jake Hull, $1.65 favourite ) led throughout to breeze home over four lengths clear of Zamali ( Mikayla Weir, $51 ) and Regal Cannon,Jake Pracey-Holmes, $3 ).

Damien Lane had to be content with a close second in the Cup with All But Gone however he won another feature race, the $27,000 Keady Family Crystal Sprint ( 1200 metres ) with Kanguru ( Rachael Murray, $6.50 ) which came from midfield with a rails run to beat Desert Marshall (  Mikayla Weir, $8.50 ) by a short half head.

The $27,000 Loch Lomond Border Leicester Stud Baradine Cup ( 1400 metres ) saw a close finish with the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Hammoon Bridge ( Mathew Cahill,$5.50 ) bursting through the pack and then holding out Austin ( Alena Skerritt, $5 ) And Quietly Confident ( Andrew Banks, $21 ).

After more than 30 years as the official starter at central and western area tracks Ray “Icy” Canham from Coonamble has retired and sent them on their way for the final time, in the 1600 metres Batterline Earthmoving sponsored “Icy”Canham Appreciation Class 3 Handicap at Coonamble.

With a powerful finish from last of the 14 runners, the Rod Northam trained  Athena’s Voice ( Rachael Murray,$3.70 favourite) swept to a two lengths win over Western Parade ( Greg Ryan,$8 ) and Podium Bound ( Ken Dunbar, $6.50).

Other winners were the Darren Hyde,Dubbo trained Tokyo Bullet ( Andrew Banks, $3.90 ) and Charmed Princess ( Mikayla Weir, $4.20) trained at Gosford by Tony Newing.

Ken Waterford as president and the live wire committee were understandably thrilled with the success of Cup day at Coonamble. Racing on Saturday at Forbes ( TAB ) and Gulargambone.

-by Colin Hodges

Make a splash

The Parkes Aquatic Centre is open seven days per week, from the October long weekend until the end of March. Swimming is an essential skill for life. Join our learn to swim program.

Our Learn to Swim program instructors play an important role in educating the community on the importance of water safety and swimming skills.

Our program instructors are all accredited with AUSTSWIM/ASCTA and have been screened according to legislative requirements. They have been chosen based on a combination of their technical knowledge, enthusiasm and the ability to build rapport with their students.

Learn to Swim Program enquiries and bookings can be made through the Parkes Pool office by phoning 02 6862 6206 during office hours.

Parkes Shire Council has launched its new Aqua Aerobics classes in 2018 taking place at the Parkes Aquatic Centre. Pool staff will run two 45-minute sessions every week during the 2018/2019 pool season.

Tuesday 7.15pm - 8pm

Thursday 6.15pm - 7pm

Cost per class is $10 payable on the day. Class cost does not include pool entry.