Parkes sporting news

Men’s Bowling


Major Singles

On Saturday, February 9, two games were played in the first round of the Major Singles Championships.

In a very close game Rob Irving eventually got the better of George Boatswain and after more than thirty ends advanced to the next round with a winning score of 32-26.

In the other match Brett Frame won the first four ends to lead Martin Tighe 10-0. Martin could not recover and Brett went on to win comfortably.31-11.

Major Fours

The team of Ron Hornery, John Carr, Ian Simpson and George Bradley started well against Col Mudie, Steve Ryan, Jim Blake and Ray Jones and after 12 ends lead 12-7. On the 13th end disaster struck Team Hornery with Team Mudie scoring six shots. Team Hornery looked like recovering and won the next three ends but their run ended. Team Mudie won the remaining five ends to advance with a 23-18 victory.


Thursday, February 7

With the temperature down a little, it was good to see an improved turnout with 22 players taking to the green.

In the Triples game, Martin Tighe played some great bowls for a “man of the match” performance in what was a close game. Martin teamed with Joe Crowley and Bob Freeman to take on Rob Irving, Graham Dixon and George Bradley. Scores were close all afternoon and Rob’s team eventually got up 18-15.

Four Pairs matches were played and the results were:

  • Geoff Freeman and John Dunn 26 – Col Mudie and Mal Porter 15
  • Tom Furey and Gordon Dickson 20 – John Ward and Ray Jones 12
  • Ron Hornery and Col Woods had a comfortable win against John Carr and John Watson
  • Gary McPhee and Greg Huggins were too strong for Keith MacRae and Jim Blake

Saturday February 9

The weather again was kind to us and it was good to see a full green with one match on the top green as well. 22 social bowlers joined the Club Championship players, to play four games of Pairs and one game of Triples.

I cannot make head nor tail of one of the score cards and as it happens it was the closest game of the day. It was a Pairs game and Tom Furey and either Graham Dixon or John Watson played Pat Cooney and whoever didn’t play with Tom. In any event, Tom and his partner had a 20-19 win against Pat Cooney and her partner.

Results of the other Pairs matches were;

  • Dave Johnson and Col Woods 26 - Steve Turner and Gordon Dickson 20
  • John Ward and Rob Tinker 24 – Geoff Freeman and Mal Porter 11
  • Mark Dwyer and John Dunn had a convincing win against Bruce Orr and Greg Huggins.

In the Triples match Keith MacRae, Bob Freeman and Alan Affleck were up against Les Kent, Gladrin Sun and Joe Crowley. Scores were even in the early ends and Team MacRae lead 10-9 after 13 ends. On the 14th end Team MacRea scored six shots and hung on to run out winners 19-17.

The Jackpot wasn’t won this week and will carry over to next Thursday.

Twilight Bowls

The first Twilight Bowls night was disrupted with rain and threatening storms but will get under way next Thursday – names in by 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Hope to see all the regulars back then and would welcome any new teams. All equipment is supplied if required and cost is only $10 per player which includes supper after the game.

Coming Event

Next Saturday, February 16, our club is hosting the Zone Open Singles competition. Some of the finest bowlers in the Central West will be playing. If you want to see bowls as it is played by the best in our zone get along on Saturday, commencing at 10am.

Badge Draw

The badge draw wasn’t won last week and will be worth $3800 this week. As usual, it will be drawn on Friday night at about 8.30pm after the raffle.

The Rookie


First week of darts is done with highest peg of 75 from Michael Dunn of the Pluggas.

Results from last week, Pluggas defeated Strikers 5-2 with players going to Michael Dunn for Pluggas and Teona Wakefield for Strikers. High scores were Darrell Bailey 125, 121, 2x 100. Michael Dunn 100. Teona Wakefield 133.

Top Flights defeated Twist Tops 4-3 with players player going to Keith Rogan for Top Flights and Rob Clegg for Twist Tops. High scores were Dave Rogan 140, 135. Keith Rogan 2x 121, 100. Martin Phelan 100.

Budgies defeated The Wolves 4-3 with players going to Chloe Barnier for Budgies and Dale Davis for The Wolves. High scores were Belinda Boardman 134, 100. Chloe Barnier 102. Brett Jones 101. Simon Scott 100. Stephen Grant 102. Paul Lucas 2x 100.

This Wednesday’s draw:

  • Strikers versus Top Flights at Parkes Hotel
  • Twist Tops versus Budgies at TBC
  • The Wolves versus Pluggas at Parkes Hotel

Veteran’s Golf

On a much weather friendly day, the veteran golfers from Parkes and Forbes played their usual game at Parkes last Thursday.

The points for the Mick Miller went to Parkes, 152 to 149. The individual winner was Barry Parker (Fbs), on 28 points, from Michael Lynch (Pks) on 26, who claimed the spot from a very crowded count-back.

The encouragement award was taken out by Forbes evergreen, Tom Edols. Nearest the pin winners were Ian Phipps, John Dwyer, Roy Bell and Gordon Christie.

This Thursday we are back at Forbes for a 10am start and the following week we travel to Condobolin for the second round of the Lachlan Valley 18 Holes Competition.



Have you been thinking of playing netball, but can't organise a whole team? Don't worry, we can find you a team, as we still have a number of teams looking for players in all grades. Just register online through MyNetball to ensure your spot; we can allocate you into a team and you get to meet new people!

Netball is just around the corner with our winter competition due to start on Tuesday, March 5. Why not get a workplace team together for some fun and challenge another workplace?

This year we will be running a 14 week competition with finals to follow. The initial one-off cost for adults to play this season has been discounted to $155, which works out to be just over $5 per week for the season – great value!

Great news this year for our junior players! Parkes and District Netball Association are registered with Active Kids, therefore juniors are able to PLAY NETBALL FOR FREE if they choose to use their voucher for netball! For those talented sportspeople who choose to use their voucher elsewhere, the cost is just $100 for junior players.

Make sure you claim your active kids voucher here before registering for netball

If you have a full team to register download the team sheet from our website

All registrations will be made online this year through your MyNetball account and payments will be via direct deposit direct to Parkes Netball. (payments need to be send separate to registration and all players have a 3 week grace period to transfer their fees)

Registrations close on Friday, February 22 so make sure you log into your MyNetball account sign up today.

Make sure you don't miss out, it's going to be a great netball season.


Supporters of Tattinger were popping corks after the five year-old mare won the Tooraweenah Cup (1000 metres), feature event at the Gilgandra TAB meeting on Saturday.

Trained at Coonabarabran by Graeme Brooker, the well performed galloper is named after the expensive French champagne Taittinger.

From the back of the field, Tattinger (Vad Bolozhinskyi, $4.60) made it six wins from 30 starts when rushing down the outside to account for Billy Bent Ear (Chelsea Ings, $5.50) and Star Of Zizou (Kath Bell-Pitomac, $3.20 favourite).

The Bruce Parker, Gilgandra trained Star Of Zizou had won the previous three starts and ran another good race.

Bred and raced by Dennis Todd from Baradine, Rainbows Game became the career first winner for Stephane Joseph when taking out the 800 metres Bendigo Bank Class 1 Handicap.

Formerly from Mauritius, Stephane Joseph is apprenticed to Rodney Robb, the Nyngan based trainer of Rainbows Game.

Forging clear after sharing the lead to the home turn, Rainbows Game ($6.50) defeated Military Bay (Reece Jones, $1.70 favourite) and Blinkin Dusty (Tiffany Jeffries, $15).

Former Queensland jockey Shane McGovern who is now based at Wellington won the Tattersalls Hotel Class 2 Handicap (1550 metres) on Carinda Road for Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm.

Sent around the field at the halfway point, Carinda Road ($3.10 fav.) held on strongly to beat Mister Burgess (Billy Cray, $31) and Tickets On Kye (Andrew Banks, $41).

Other winners at the meeting which attracted a very good crowd, were the Mark Jones,Dubbo trained Pip’s Pick (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $5.50), Femtometre (Billy Cray, $4.40), trained at Scone by Brett Cavanough, and Say Madam (Ken Dunbar, $14) from the Sonja Sharp stable at Orange.

Dubbo review (raced Sunday 10.2.19)

As the field rushed down the straight in the $150,000 WRA Country Championships Qualifier (1400 metres) at Dubbo on Sunday, it was hard to tell who was cheering the loudest, supporters of the favourite Westlink or the boys from outback Bourke who own the aptly named Sons Of Bourke.

Owned by the Juratowitch family and trained at Dubbo by Darren Hyde, Westlink (Adam Hyeronimius, $2.90 favourite) burst through the pack over the concluding stages to win the big money race from Sons Of Bourke (Andrew Banks, $8.50) and Sprezzatura (Jake Pracey-Holmes-Holmes, $41).

From off the pace, Sons Of Bourke made a wide run to challenge for the lead halfway down the straight and gave a great thrill to the Bourke based owners Frank Hollman, Glen Knight,Mark Spencer, and Kurt Dickson.

Clint Lundholm who trains Sons Of Bourke at Dubbo also trains Sprezzatura which came from last with a rails run to finish third while the Cec Hodgson, Coonamble trained A Martin Place Pick carried the 59kg top weight when a creditable fourth in the 14 horse field.

Westlink and Sons Of Bourke have now qualified for the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick on Saturday, April 6.

Darren Hyde had a memorable day, leading in a winning treble, Westlink (Adam Hyeronimius, $2.90 fav.) Bedtime Stories (Winona Costin, $31) and Tokyo Bullet (Andrew Banks, $14).

Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb missed out in the Championships Qualifier when his runners missed a place however he won the $30,000 Dubbo Chamber Of Commerce Benchmark 66 Handicap (1000 metres) with Lucienne.

Owned by Dennis Thorpe, Greg Deacon and the late Chris Elder, Lucienne (Winona Costin, $19) with a big finish down the outside arrived in time to beat Legerity (Tony Cavallo, $18) and Eyesaw (Jake Pracey-Holmes-Holmes, $18).

Bedgerabong Picnics, celebrating their 100th anniversary, are on this Saturday at the beautiful racecourse beside the Lachlan River.

Colin Hodges