Parkes sporting news | Back Yamma State Forests usual inhabitants will be joined by up to 400 guests, all on two wheels

Back Yamma Bigfoot. Racing starts on Sunday, September 15 from 7.30am for those braving the 100km option Photo:
Back Yamma Bigfoot. Racing starts on Sunday, September 15 from 7.30am for those braving the 100km option Photo:


Orange Mountain Bike Club returns in 2019 with the much loved and fiercely contested Back Yamma Bigfoot.

Held in the Back Yamma State Forest, located between Eugowra and Parkes, the renown 'fast and flat-ish' mountain bike race sees racers of all ages and abilities take on distances ranging from 25km to 100km.

With racing starting on Sunday, September 15 from 7.30am for those braving the 100km option, the race will see up to 200 competitors all trying their best to be first across the line.

Orange Mountain Bike Club President Jack Rahilly, notes that competitor numbers for this year's race are looking very strong, with a great field of riders across all distance options. The Club is very pleased to have the support of several local Orange businesses, and looks forward to awarding prizes to the fastest racers in each category.

Camping is available on-site for free on the Saturday night, with rumors that the notorious Bigfoot make make an appearance again this year.

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Allison Campbell


A grade men

Magpies Black earned a spot in next week's grand final after defeating Rovers 3-1.

The game was evenly matched with both teams working hard to create chances to score.

Koby Johnstone put Magpies on the board but Charlie Jones soon levelled the score for Rovers.

Goalkeeper, Jack Westcott, was very impressive keeping his side in contention but two goals to Will Searl gave Magpies the victory.

Best for Magpies were Josh Kearney, Regan Hotham and Will Searl with Graeme Thompson impressive for Rovers.

A grade women

Rovers Gold and Rovers Black played out an exciting final with Gold moving to the grand final with a 2-1 victory.

Black were first to score after Lara Piercy converted a penalty corner early in the first half.

Gold levelled the scores when Sarah Hartin finished off an impressive attacking move.

The Black defence stood strong to many of the Gold's attacking raids with Gracey Denham-Jones making many great saves for her side.

Gold broke through when Louise Hawken scored a nice goal to see the final result at 2-1.

Best for Gold were Sarah Hartin, Louise Hawken, Casey Miles and Alyssa Miller with Abigail Simpson and Gabby Wright playing well in the mid-field for Black.

B grade men

Magpies White defeated Middleton 2-1 in a close match.

Jack Skinner and Royce Simpson converted for Magpies with Todd Horton scoring for Middleton.

Royce Simpson and Tommy Searl were in brilliant form for Magpies with Simon Smith and Todd Horton playing well for Middleton.

B grade women

Magpies Black put in a strong performance to defeat Rovers Gold 3-2 in a great game of hockey.

Meghan Searl, Lucy Turner and Meg Turner all converted for Magpies with Chloe Carty knocking in 2 goals for Gold.

Meg Turner, Lucy Turner and Olivia Thompson all had great matches for Magpies with Chloe Carty, Jaz Greenwood and Monique Labuschagne playing strongly for Rovers.

C grade men

Magpies White progressed to the grand final after Rovers Gorillas were unable to field a side for the match.

C grade women

Marist claimed a spot in the C grade grand final after defeating Middleton Coachman 1-0 in a tight match.

Courtney Rousell knocked in a fine goal in the first half with Middleton unable to level the score.

Marist played nice team hockey with a nice passing game and were unlucky not to score on other occasions.

Best for Marist were Lyndal Matthews, Kelley Westcott and Leanne Miles with Olivia Noakes, Tracie Sams and Vivian Tosetti playing well for Middleton.

Ladies Golf

Wednesday we had 15 players vie for the sixth Club Monthly Medal with putting in conjunction.

The winner of the medal and the putting was Col Staples who had a 72 nett and only 28 putts.

Lyn Davison won the voucher sponsored once again by Central West Glass also with a 72 nett. Thank you to all our sponsors.

NTPs on the first was Jenny Hoy, the fourth Col Flynn, the 6th Jill Crisp, the 11th Lyn Davison and the 15th was also Lyn Davison who all received vouchers.

The Lone Pine Contracting Award went to Barb Donnelly. Vouchers also went to Ann Berkeley with 74 nett, Denise Charlton with 75 nett, and Lorraine Maxwell with 76 nett.

Thank you to our NTP Sponsors Macquarie Alarms and Security, Railway Hotel. Dunfords Pharmacy, Parke's Services Club and Brian Collins Smash Repairs and Parke's Caravans.

Saturday the ladies played in the Bob Smith Memorial Trophy and the ladies winner was Col Flynn.

NTPs on the first was Cath Kelly, fourth Leonie Stevenson, sixth Col Flynn and the 15th Cath Kelly. The Flynny Award went to Cath Kelly.

Thank you to the NTP Sponsors Denise Charlton, Cath Kelly, Parke's Pharmacy, Telescope Tyres, Ben Gear Pro Shop, and Lizzie Matthews. Wednesday is a Stableford event Sponsored by Denise Charlton.

Thursday is the Canowindra Open Tournament. Saturday and Sunday is the Men's Open Tournament for Parkes.Good luck to all who are competing.

Also ladies if anyone could make a slice or cake for the mens tournament it would be greatly appreciated.Sunday we played a 27 hole event for the Medlyn Bowl.

Ten Ladies braved the chilly weather and the winner on 59 points was Anne Berkeley. Vouchers went to Kaye Jones on 52 , Lyn Davison on 52 and Denise Charlton on 52. Well done ladies.

Veteran's golf

Forbes golfer Garry Pymont was a comfortable winner of the 12-hole veteran's golf day played at Parkes last Thursday.

Pymont showed his intentions on his very first drive when he hit a "screamer" and he kicked on from there to amass 28 stableford points.

Runner-up was Parkes super vet Bill Warren with a solid 26 points, while Geoff Drane (Forbes) and the Parkes pair of Ian Phipps and John Dwyer were next best on 25 points. Bogan Gate's Steve Edwards won the encouragement award.

Nearest the pin winners were Peter Bristol (P) and Alf Davies (F) in A grade, and John O'Shannessy and Bob Barter (P) in B grade.

The Mick Miller shield proved a thriller with Parkes taking the honours 146 points to 145.

This week's 12-hole competition will be played at Forbes with a 1pm tee-off.


Josh Townsends pegs out on 142

Last weeks results

Pluggas defeated Twist Tops 5-2 with players player going to Darrell Bailey for Pluggas and Frank Vanopynen for Twist Tops. High scores were Gary Barber 140. Darrell Bailey 124, 5x 100. Leah Roberts 110. Michael Dunn 101. Paul Roberts 121, 100.

Top Flights defeated Warriors 5-2 with players player going to Rhonda Rogan for Top Flights and Ray James Jnr for Warriors. High scores were Dave Rogan 125, 2x 100. Keith Rogan 123, 100. Geoff Nolan 105, 100. Dale Davis 140. Lee Davis 120. Ray James Jnr 101, 100.

Budgies defeated Wolves 4-3 with players player going to Chloe Barnier for Budgies and Josh Townsend for Wolves. High scores were Tony Gilliver 141. Chloe Barnier 100. Jake Tonkin 100. Josh Townsend 180, 140, 3x 100.

This Wednesdays draw:

  • Wolves versus Pluggas at Parkes Hotel
  • Top Flights versus Strikers at Tbc
  • Warriors versus Twist Tops at Parkes Hotel
  • Budgies have the bye

Meeting this Wednesday 11-9-19, at the Star 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.

Leah Roberts


The cheering could be heard on the other side of the Castlereagh River on Saturday when the locally owned He's Our Toy Boy won the 1200 metres Edwards Livestock Exports Mendooran Cup.

Raced by a group of rodeo enthusiasts from Mendooran, the eight year old gelding He's Our Toy Boy is trained at Tamworth by Jane Clement and was ridden to perfection by Tony Cavallo.

After enjoying a nice run close to the pace, the heavily backed He's Our Toy Boy ( $3.50 to $2 favourite ) reached th lead in the straight and scored by nearly a length from Satan Da ( Kate Cowan, $7 ) and Zoutenant ( Yvette Lewis, $4 ).

Despite the severe drought, the Mendooran meeting attracted a big crowd and a drought of a different kind was broken when Miss Sakkara won the 800 metres Class 2 Handicap.

The last race won by Miss Sakkara was at Mungery Picnics in October 2015 and since then the now eight year old mare had started 40 times with the best result being eight second placings.

Trained at Forbes by Dennis Bush for his son Nathan Bush and his daughter in law Amanda Bush, Miss Sakkara ( $6 ) with Bathurst based apprentice Ashleigh Stanley in the saddle led throughout to win by two lengths from Tango Time ( Ashley Morgan, $4.60 ) and Sophie's Choice ( Daniel Pitomac, $21 ).

While the Nyngan trainer Rodney Robb on Saturday was winning with Kaluapapa at the famous Birdsville meeting in outback Queensland he was represented at Mendooran by Relaxed ( Jake Pracey-Holmes, $9 ) which came from midfield to beat So Good To Me ( Tony Cavallo, $3.20 fav.) and Bel Attrait ( Rasit Yetimova, $7 ) in the 1500 metres JJ McGirr Silver Horseshoe Class 2 Handicap.

In a good day for Nyngan stables, the Greg O'Neill trained Kiwicod ( Tony Cavallo, $2.80 fav.) led all the way in the Maiden Plate ( 1500 metres ) to account for Blinkin Nomore ( Yvette Lewis, $7 ) and Thorn Lass ( Kate Cowan, $21 ).

She's Sizzling set the pace in the 1200 metres Maiden Handicap before the Troy O'Neile, Tamworth trained Try 'N' Sing A Song ( Daniel Northey$4 ) swept to the lead and held on to beat Kenninghall ( Ashley Morgan, $2.20 fav. ) and Apricot ( Yvette Lewis,$12 ).

Owned by David and Heather Ringland from Dubbo and trained at Coonamble by Michael Denison, Snippety Snip ( Kate Cowan,$10 ) regained form to lead all the way when defeating Fioravanti (/Daniel Northey, $13 ) and Rufio ( Ashley Morgan, $4.80 ) in the 1000 metres Benchmark 50 Handicap.

Winning rider Kate Cowan, formerly from New Zealand, is very talented and now apprenticed to Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor is forecast to have a bright future.

Collarenebri Cup meeting is on Saturday with the Dubbo TAB meeting on Sunday to feature the $100,000 Dubbo City Toyota Gold Cup and $50.000 Picnic Championship Final.

Colin Hodges