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Parkes men's bowls

Parkes Bowling Club

The 2019 pennants season was finalised on Sunday, April 7.

Our club had teams in Grade 2, 5 and 7's but unfortunately we were unsuccessful in progressing to zone playoffs.

The 2's and 5's came very close and hopefully next year with a bit more experience and practise we will improve.

Last Thursday one game of Championship Major Singles was played with Ray Jones 31 shots playing a very dominant game to defeat Graham Barby 16.

 Ray took the lead early and stayed there for the entire 21 ends.

In pairs social bowls on the same day day G Huggins and Ron Hornery 25 shots got off to a slow start before gaining momentum and defeating John Carr and Col Mudie 9.

Rob Irving and John Dunn 21 shots led all the way to defeat Colin Miller and Wally Grant 14 shots.

Trevor Harvey and Graham Dixon 25 shots had a convincing win over Bernie Mitchell and John Corcoran.

In triples, Jim Blake, Les Kent and John Ward 19 shots just scraped home when defeating John Watson, Ian Simpson and Gordon Dickson 16 shots.

In Saturdays results one game of Championship Singles and one of Championship Pairs was played with the following results;

In Major Singles there was only one 3 scored in the first to 31 game, Wilbur Harris 31 shot out of the gates and dominated with a 9 shot win and a lead he never lost coming out a convincing winner against Mark Dwyer 22.

In Major Pairs Martin Tighe and Tom Casey 18 won a low scoring game against a determined pair of John Carr and John Ward 10.

As in the Singles game there was only one 3 scored in the 21 ends and this could have been anybodies game untill the 15th end when Team Casey started enjoying a comfortable buffer to eventually win 18 shots to 10.

In social games Rob Tinker and Steve Turner had a 18 all draw against Gordon Dickson and Col Hayward.

John Dunn and Ray Jones 25 came out winners over Brian Townsend and Dave Johnson 17.

Greg Huggins and Maureen Baillie 26 shots were far too good on the day for Wes Westcott and Liz Byrne 5 shots.

In his defence Wes has not played for a while and came up against a red hot Greg Huggins who had his bowls on a string.

Well done Greg.

Allan Affleck and George Boatswain 27 shots were always in command against John Wright and Jim Blake 10; and in the final game of the day Ron Hornery and John Davies in a close game produced 18 shots to defeat Rob Irving and Rhona Went 16.

Just a reminder that the club will be closed Good Friday; therefore there will be no raffle or members' badge draw.

On Easter Monday there will be the Rob Irving sponsored $200 afternoon PAIRS bowls game opened to everybody who is interested.

Men's, Ladies or Mixed very welcome; and winners drawn from the hat. $10 entry fee and contact the club on 68621446 to have you name or team placed in the book.

Parkes Men's Railway Diggers Bowls

Saturday, April 13, we had 14 bowlers for 2 games of pairs and one of triples.

Winners were Tony Bright, Graham Thomson and Lisa Johnson W 17+9. Runners up Kevin Hynds and Mick Furney W 16+4.

On our championships we have some dates put up, Round 2 matches major singles and minor pairs to be played by April 28, and minor singles and major pairs play by May 12.

So get in and play, organise a substitute or forfeit !

Games played:

Major pairs saw Lee Hetherington and Luke Cross V Graham Thomson and Graham Cole in a tight match with the scores locked on the second last end with the two Grahams winning 22-21.

Gene Rapp played Chad Wicks in minor singles with Geno running out the winner 31-17.

Lea Tanks played Mark Francis. Lea was too strong on the day winning 31-11.

In a very high skilled match in the major singles Geoff Leonard V Steve Frame.

It looked like Steve had the game in hand leading 16-8 and having four bowls around the jack within a foot, but Geoff managed to come down and get the shot which was that close they had to call the umpire Tony Latter.

After that Geoff displayed the best bowls of his short career to go on and win 31-21 .

Get your names in for Saturday April 20 for our 2 bowl power play triples tournament sponsored by Parkes Caravans and the Bugman.

As we have a deadline for the paper, Wednesday results will have to wait till next week.

The club is closed on Good Friday.


Josh Townsend pegs out on 122

Last week's results

Top Flights defeated The Wolves 4-3 with players player going to Paul Lucas for The Wolves and Geoff Nolan for Top Flights.

High scores were Mick Herft 140, 100. Dave Rogan 140, 2x 100. Keith Rogan 140. Geoff Nolan 120, 2x 100. Josh Townsend 140, 122, 4x 100. Dale Davis 134. Paul Lucas 125, 105, 100.

Pluggas defeated Budgies 5-2 with players player going to Michael Dunn for Pluggas and Jake Tonkin for Budgies.

High scores were Michael Dunn 140, 3x 100. Darrell Bailey 2x 100. Simon Scott 125. Tony Gilliver 106. Jake Tonkin 100. Belinda Boardman 100.

Strikers defeated Twist Tops 5-2 with players player going to Teona Wakefield for Strikers and Paul Roberts for Twist Tops.

High scores were Joe Van Opynen 118, 3x 100. Beryl Watson 113. Rob Clegg 140, 100. Paul Roberts 120, 110, 105, 100. Ray James Jnr 100.

This Wednesday's draw:

Top Flights v Twist Tops at Tbc

Budgies v The Wolves at Star Hotel

Pluggas v Strikers at Parkes Hotel


Forbes Veterans

Ladies 18 Holes Stableford on Tuesday: Division 1 Winner; Sandra England, runner-up Jeanette Bale. Division 2: Winner: Joan Pacey. runner-up: Lyn Kennedy.

Thursday: Division 1: Winner: Di Morrison, runner-up; Heather Davidson. Division 2: Winner: Ros James, runner-up: Kathleen Ridsdale.

36 Holes Stableford: Division 1: Winner: Julie Hurkett; runner-up: Ev Uphill. Division 2: Winner Sue Ainsley; runner-up: Jackie Wheeler. Visitors Trophy: Lee Daley.

Friday: Division 1: Winner: Cheryl Galwey; runner-up: Julie Hurkett: Division 2: Winner: Christine Chadwick; runner-up Robyn Sommers.

Men's 18 Holes Stableford on Tuesday: A Grade: Winner: Gary Wheeler, runner-up: Ash Rennie. B Grade: Winner: Graham West; runner-up: Gary Pymont. Visitors Trophy: Dale Stait. C Grade: Winner; Geoff Drane; runner-up: Bob Rogers Visitors Trophy: Rod Luyt.

Thursday: A Grade: Winner: Ron Boyd; runner-up Steve Uphill. B Grade: Winner: Henry Kubacki; runner-up: Craig Barrett. C Grade: Winner: Ken Bentley; runner-up: Dave Williams.

36 Hole Stableford: A Grade: Winner: Barry Parker; runner-up: Peter Dawson. Visitors Trophy: Geoff McKenzie. B Grade: Winner: Ted Morgan; runner-up: Jeff Haley. Visitors Trophy: Alan Brampton. C Grade: Winner: Ray Sanderson; runner-up: Tony Pacey.

Friday: A Grade: Winner: Rod Boyd; runner-up: Ash Rennie. B Grade: Winner: Ian Howell; runner-up: Henry Kubacki. C Grade: Winner: Roel Ten Cate: runner-up: Ray Sanderson.

The Shield winners were: Dale Stait and Les Tiyce for the men, and Dianne Morrison and Heather Davidson.

Congratulations to all winners and to Forbes Golf Club on a great week of golf.

This week we travel to West Wyalong for the Lachlan Valley 18 Holes Competition.

The bus will depart the Parkes Golf Club at 7.30 am.


Racing around the region

Grenfell Picnic Races

A decision by jockey Natasha Baxter to bypass a meeting in Victoria on Saturday not only enabled Southern Gamble to start but also win the Doug Allen Memorial Grenfell Picnic Cup.

Seymour based Baxter (24) was due to ride at Healesville near Melbourne but answered a call to ride at Grenfell when several horses including Southern Gamble were going to be late scratchings due to a jockey shortage.

Collins Street established a good lead in the 1400 metres Cup with Southern Gamble racing in a handy position to the home turn in the 8 horse field.

Completing a hat-trick after recent wins at Crookwell and Cootamundra, the Doug Gorrel, Canberra trained Southern Gamble (Natasha Baxter, $3) took the lead in the straight and won by over two lengths from Salerno (Ricky Blewitt, $5) and Dream On Stan (Jody Hughes, $7).

The grandstand rocked at Grenfell when a big syndicate of owners from Bathurst began cheering for the Roy McCabe trained My Girl Grace over the final stages of the the Balance Accountants and South West Tractors sponsored Sweet Lauraine Class 2 Handicap Over 1200 metres.

Leading for home, My Girl Grace (Ricky Blewitt, $4) held on strongly to win by a length from Tennessee Pasha (Rowena Dillon, $3.20 favourite) with more then six lengths to third placed Heeby Friendly (Alan Barton, $13).

My Girl Grace had also won the previous start at Cootamundra for the syndicate which includes Bobby Bourke, the deputy mayor of Bathurst.

Parkes trainer Sharon Jeffries following a string of recent wins took out the Terry Bros/Landmark/Ausure Maiden Plate (1200 metres) at Grenfell with Bodice.

Bodice (Maddison Wright, $3.80) set the pace then cleared out to score by four lengths from Our Romeo (Jody Hughes,$2.20 fav.) and Foreverly (Steven Kehoe, $7).

King Of Sting had the credentials to handle the testing 2000 metres in the JJ O'Connor Presidents Cup Class 1 Handicap having last August finished second to high Mode in a 3800 metres marathon at Wagga Wagga.

Leading all the way at Grenfell, King Of Sting ($2.10 fav.) became the third leg of a winning treble at the meeting for Wagga Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland and jockey Jody Hughes when beating More Ransom (Alan Barton, $4) and Mingalarba (Ricky Blewitt, $3.20).

Enjoying a great season on the Picnic circuit, Trevor Sutherland and Jody Hughes had earlier combined to win the Railway Hotel Bracelet Handicap (1000 metres) with Oh What A Thief ($3.20 equal fav.) and Anderson Realty/Australian Wool/Criterion Hotel Maiden Plate (1000 metres) with Hardachak ($3 fav.).

Camel Races at Forbes on Good Friday.

This will be followed by the Opal Bracelet meeting at Lightning Ridge (Easter Saturday), Mudgee (TAB) and Bourke Picnics (Easter Sunday) and Bathurst Soldiers TAB meeting on Anzac Day.

Colin Hodges OAM