Parkes sporting news | Top Flights win A grade Grand Final


Top Flights win A grade Grand Final

Top Flights take out the A-grade grand final 4-3 against Pluggas with Keith Rogan as players player for Top Flights and Darrell Bailey for Pluggas.

High scores for the night were Keith Rogan 140, 125, 100. Dave Rogan 4x 100. Michael Dunn 123. Darrell Bailey 121, 4x 100. Gary Barber 116, 100.

Strikers win B grade Grand Final

Strikers defeated Twist Tops with Kathy Madden players player for Strikers and Scott Jacka for Twist Tops.

High scores on the night were Joe Van Opynen 2x 140, 5x 100. Kathy Madden 138, 106. Teona Wakefield 119. Frank Van Opynen 133. Scott Jacka 112, 100. Rob Clegg 100.

Thank you to Dale Davis and Simon Scott for scoring the grand finals.

This Wednesday sees the triples championships at the Parkes Hotel. Names will be randomly drawn, two males and one female.

Names and $5 playing fee to be in by 7pm to start at 7:30pm

Leah Roberts


On October 19-20 in glorious weather the Parkes Pirates held their Regos Plus and Terry Brothers carpet court sponsored open mixed, men's or women triples tournament with three games played on Saturday and two on Sunday with the following results;

  • In fifth place the Belrose trio of Richard Wise,John Venteman and Chris Weber with four wins plus 29 shots
  • In fourth place Joe Davies, his brother Alf from Forbes and Graeme Barby four wins plus 35 shots
  • In third place Col Mudie, Greg Howlett and John Ward four wins plus 37 shots
  • In second place John Corcoran,Trevor Hornery and Wally Grant five wins plus 42 shots

And the winners with a convincing five wins plus 58 shots were the team of Greg Townsend, Mick Went and Garry Carberry.

The Parkes Pirates would like to thank all the volunteers and most importantly the tournament sponsors Regos Plus and Terry Brothers carpet court for their great support for this event.

On Thursday, October 31 four games of were played under hot conditions with the following results;

On rink two, the two Johns of Dunn and Ward 24 just got over the top of Gordon Dickson and Geoff Freeman 21.

The two Johns leaped away to a good start but Gordon and Geoff gave them a scare when they scored a seven on the 16th end but it was still not enough to bridge the difference.

On rink three in a very tight game of bowls in the Club Pennant challenge Graeme Barby and Steve Ryan 18 prevailed over Rob Irving and Arthur Corbett 17.

In this new format where the players pennant grading number is used to determine the handicap this game went down to the wire after being mostly neck and neck all the way with the only big score being produced on the 11th end when Arthur and Rob scored a 5.

On rink four where the result was again only a one shot difference, Ted Wright and John Watson 20 defeated Trevor Harvey and Ray Jones 19

And on rink five, John Wright and John Carr 24 were convincing eight shot winners over Col Woods and Les Kent 16.

On Saturday, November 2 in very blustery and hot conditions where most bowlers struggled to place bowls near the jack until they had acclimatised to the extreme conditions four games were played.

On rink two, Ray Jones and Gary McPhee raced out to an 8-1 lead and were feeling comfortable about winning.

Col Woods and Arthur Corbett snuck up on them and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when Gary was unable to place one of his last two bowls in the head to keep the last shots of that end down below four to win.

Final score 21-20 in a game that turned into a nail biter.

On rink three, Rob Irving and the ever reliable John Ward 20 prevailed over John Dunn and Col Mudie 17.

In a reasonably steady game where the only big score was a four on the 19th end to Colin and John.

On rink four, in a Pennants Challenge game Brian Townsend and Baldy Frame had to work very hard towards the end to overcome the pair of Martin Tighe and Geoff Freeman.

On the tenth end the scores were tied team Freeman seven shots in the next four ends to be holding a six shot lead.

On the 19th end team Baldy scored a much needed maximum six shots to go one shot ahead.

On the 20th, team Baldy scored a three to almost guarantee a win and team Freeman had no answer when on the 21st and final end team baldy scored another shot to run out 24-19 winners.

In the final game of the day Greg Huggins and John Carr 25 defeated relatively newcomer Paul Hevers and the experienced Rob Tinker 17.

On the 14th end Greg Huggins and John Carr kicked into overdrive to win six ends straight to win convincingly. Team Tinker did score a four on the 20th end to make the score look a little better.

In representative news our Parkes Pirates pairs team of Tom Furey and Garry Carberry who after winning the zone rounds travelled to Maitland City bowling club to compete against 32 other teams.

Those teams had qualified out of the original 185 teams who entered the over 40's State championships. I

n sectional play; Round 1, 16-15 win against Cabramatta; Round 2, 17-10 win against Campbelltown; Round 3, 15 all draw with Waverley.

In the quarter final Tom and Garry had a convincing 22-6 win against Bateau Bay and were defeated in the semi final by the strong Merrylands club 24-12.

These two made it to the final four in the state and following on from our Presidents 4's side reaching a state final it cannot be disputed that the Pirates can match it with most sides at the highest level.

Parkes Pirates President Gary McPhee states that the results that have been achieved lately is a credit to the practice and dedication many players devote to the sport in our club and also stated that Garry Carberry sustained a calf injury prior to the commencement of the semi-final but did his best under the pain he was enduring throughout the 18 ends.

I am very proud of all these players achievements.

Veteran's Golf

Gordon Christie made a return to the winner's list in last week's twin-town veterans golf event held at the Parkes course.

In a day that was dominated by Parkes golfers, Christie scored a solid 27 points over 12 holes to win comfortably from the Parkes duo of Nym Dziuba and Tom Delminico who each compiled 24 points. However it was Dziuba who claimed second spot on a countback.

Two Parkes players - Ross Smith and Chris Goodie - claimed the A and B grade nearest the pins on the 11th hole, while Steve Edwards put Forbes on the board when he took the A grade nearest the pin on the fourth hole.

There was no B grade winner on this hole.

Twenty-three players participated with Parkes claiming the Mick Miller shield 149 points to 109.

Forbes will host this Thursday's event. Play starts at 10am.

Charity Golf

Despite all the scientific advancements in relation to Prostate Cancer, this disease continues to have an impact on the lives of many men throughout Australia.

There have been improvements in both diagnosing and treatment of this dreaded men-related disease, however over 25000 men in Australia are affected by prostate irregularities each year and 3000 die from a cancerous prostate.

It is absolutely essential that all men are aware of the possibilities of cancer in the prostate gland.

Any young man, aged forty, with a family history of cancer, should take the necessary steps to ascertain the possibility of prostate cancer and all men, aged fifty and over, should do likewise.

One of the scientific advancements recently, in relation to the discovery of a cancerous gland, is what action should be taken to prolong life.

What is it about men and their reluctance to visit their doctor to discuss the possibilities?

We have the attitude that we will not be the one to have an enlarged or cancerous prostate and if we have, it will go away on its own accord.

The other gender of the human race may have different forms of cancer but their procedures are just as intrusive, if not more so, so men, let's not "hide our heads in the sand!

So, men-folk, be aware that there is always the possibility that you may have a prostate problem and urgent and early action may give you peace of mind and, better still, may prolong your life.

The Parkes Prostate Cancer Awareness and Support Group, while not a medical team, works closely with the local doctors and offers support to those who are travelling the journey and is, forever, trying to impress the necessity to be aware on the possibility and the need for action.

To further this awareness, there will be a Prostate Cancer Awareness Three Person Ambrose, Charity Golf Day at the Parkes Golf Club on Sunday, November 10 commencing at 10am.

You do not have to be a low handicapper to play, but we do need your support to spread the word.

DOUBLE: Ashley Morgan rides the first of his two winners for trainer Brett Thompson, Clever Missile, to victory at the Dubbo Turf Club. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

DOUBLE: Ashley Morgan rides the first of his two winners for trainer Brett Thompson, Clever Missile, to victory at the Dubbo Turf Club. Photo: AMY McINTYRE


Mixed A grade November 6: Round 6 Bron's Babes versus Parkes Cella, Goal Diggers versus Cherry Bombs.

Mixed A grade November 12: Rond 7 Bron's Babes versus Cherry Bombs, Parkes Cellars versus Goal Diggers.

Mixed A grade November 19: Round 8 Cherry Bombs versus Parkes Cellar, Goal Diggers versus Bron's Babes.


Race meetings are no longer held at Trundle and Tullamore however there were celebrations at the neighbouring small towns when Messy Miss and Pedway won at Dubbo on Saturday

.Messy Miss is owned by the Taunton family, with relatives and friends, from Trundle while Pedway is raced by the extended McMahon family from Tullamore.

Rodney Robb from Nyngan who trains Messy Miss and Pedway also combined with his apprentice Clayton Gallagher to complete a treble for the day, with Bells 'N' Bows, in the final event.

Messy Miss ( Clayton Gallagher, $7 ) led for home in the Micool Air Class 1 Handicap ( 1200 metres ) and after a battle with Seawatch ( Eleanor Webster-Hawes,$17 ) beat that horse by a short half head with Adsum ( Greg Ryan, $6.50 ) in third place.

Clayton Gallagher then gave his mount a good run behind the leaders in the 1000 metres Carpet One Benchmark 66 Handicap and Pedway ( $2.60 favourite ) carrying the 62.5 kg top weight cleared out to win by over four lengths from Go Beau Jangles ( Ken Dunbar, $10 ) and Snippety Snip ( Kate Cowan, $18 ).

Another top ride by Clayton Gallagher when Bells 'N' Bows ( $5.50 ) came from midfield with a rails run to account for Harrietta ( Eleanor Webster-Hawes, $3.20 fav.) and Relaxed ( Kate Cowan,$7 ) in the 1600 metres Western Star Hotel Benchmark 58 Handicap.

Apart from Rodney Robb and Clayton Gallagher, Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson and jockey Ashley Morgan also had a good day, combining for a double with Clever Missile ( 2.50 fav.) and Smart Moove ( $2.20 fav.).

Formerly from New Zealand where she rode successfully, Kate Cowan continues to impress since becoming apprenticed to Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor and had the Nestor trained Five Star Gal ( $4.40 ) in a nice position close to the leading pack before winning the Dubbo City Toyota Class 1 and Maiden Plate ( 1600 metres ) from Polished Penny ( Jake Pracey-Holmes, $3.40 fav.) and Mount Taishan ( Billy Cray,$21 ).

The Clint Lundholm, Dubbo trained Conspirator ( Jake Pracey- Holmes, $5 ) at debut contested the 1000 metres Rhino Lodge Maiden Handicap and after taking the lead in the straight raced away to win by over three lengths from Kruptable (/Ken Dunbar, $4.40 ) and Alpine Royal ( Wendy Peel, $31 ).

On the same day as the Victoria Derby at Flemington and the Golden Eagle at Rosehill, the Dubbo meeting attracted a very big crowd.

Following the Melbourne Cup day meeting at Dubbo, Racing is scheduled for Orange on Friday and at Warren ( Cotton Cup ) on Sunday.

Colin Hodges