The Parkes bowling and Sports Club "Parkes Pirates" have been busy on the zone scene lately with two teams entered in the club challenge. On Saturday, November 12 the "BLUES" team of Gary McPhee, Rob Irving, Col Hayward, Dave Johnson, Greg Howlett and Steve Ryan travelled to Narromine to compete against Nyngan, Cowra and Narromine in that order in sectional play.
Unfortunately after a reshuffle between the singles and pairs players after the first game loss to Nyngan we defeated Cowra but the damage had already been done when we came up against Narromine in the decider.
We needed to win well in this match but it was not to be with Col Hayward winning the singles but Rob Irving and Gary McPhee in the pairs and the unchanged triples side being defeated, Narromine won the right to proceed through to the State finals at Warilla in December.
On Saturday, November 19 our Parkes Pirates "GOLD" side played Narromine on our turf.
The triples side of Tom Furey, Mick Went and Mark Dwyer won well, in the pairs Joe Davies and Garry Carberry drew their game and Baldy Frame drove the jack into the ditch for a respot and a win in the singles.
Narromine put up a great fight on all rinks and the result was close but the Pirates did enough to qualify for the State finals at Warilla.
On Friday night in a reformatted concept in championship mixed fours, sectional play was conducted over three nine end games.
In the wash up the team of Maree Grant, Dave Johnson, Loraine Baker and Tom Furey defeated the forminable team of Margaret Hawkin, Graham Barby, Liz Byrne and Col Mudie to take out the bragging rights and of course the club fours championship.
In club competition the final of the Minor Triples was played on Saturday, October 19 with Greg Huggins, Gordon Dickson and Gary McPhee defeating Greg Townsend, Steve Turner and Wilbur Harris.
Team McPhee gave away a six on the second end but clawed back the deficit to be trailing 15-16 on the 11th end. Team McPhee scored a four on the 12th end and steadily built on that end win to run out winners 31-19.
On the social front Club Mudgee sent over 15 travelling bowlers to compete against our members on Saturday with some games going the distance but others finished early so bowlers could quench their thirst in the bar. It was good to see a full green of bowlers playing in good weather on our premier green.
Of course no results were available owing to the absolute social conviviality of the day and some not being able to accurately return the results of their games without a protest being held, but on inspection of the score cards I can honestly say that the Pirates scraped through for an overall win. Thank you very much to Tom Furey for providing the end of bowls meal.
On Sunday the last of the semi finals game for Major Triples was played with the team of Graham Barby, Peter McPhee and Joe Davies competing against the three of Greg Townsend, Steve Turner and Wilbur Harris.
In a game where team Davies were out in front, team Harris fought back to make a game of it until team Harris got stuck on the dreaded 13 until the 20th end where Wilburs' team scored a four. It was all one way traffic after that with team Davies running away with a 27-20 win.
With the acceptance of open gender bowls where the ladies can now play in mens' pennants on the weekend instead of being restricted to midweek bowls we have four ladies who have registered to compete with us and these ladies will be graded on their merit.
This decision is a major advance in the decision making of mens' bowls NSW to be more inclusive for those women who work but would like to play competition bowls on the weekend.
The Parkes Bowling and Sports Club and the Parkes Pirates completely support this decision and it should be noted that we welcome any ladies to play social bowls with the men on Thursdays and Saturdays as per our roster.
For any information on this innovation please contact the mens' bowls club president Gary McPhee through the club phone number of 6862 1446.
Forbes golfer Alf Davies showed the way in last week's twin-towns veterans golf competition played at the Parkes course.
Davies put together a credible 25 points despite the sometimes difficult conditions due to the swirling and shifting winds.
He had a point to spare from is playing partner, brother John Davies (Parkes) and Gary Pyrmont (Forbes) who both scored 24 points. However Pyrmont took the runners-up prize on a count-back.
It was a mixed day for Parkes' John Pearce who is on the comeback trail following a shoulder injury. John took out the encouragement award as well as the B grade nearest the pin on the 11th hole.
Other nearest the pin winners were Peter Barnes (Forbes) on the 11th hole and the Parkes pair of Sunna Bell and Tom Delminico who won the A and B grade respectively on the first hole.
The ball sweep went down to 23 points with winners including John Davies, Gordon Christie, Graeme Cook, Dale Stait and Ross Smith (Parkes) and Ted Morgan (Forbes).
Parkes won the Mick Miller shield 139 points to 136.
This Thursday the monthly Lachlan Valley 18-hole event will be played at Cowra, with the twin-town competition returning the following week at Forbes.
Mixed Doubles Championship winners are Josh Townsend and Peta Barnes, with Darrell Bailey and Katie McGrath being runners up. Josh Townsend pegged out on 149.
This Wednesday will be the Singles Championships played at the Parkes Hotel. Names and $5 playing fee to be in by 7pm to start at 7:30pm. There will be mens singles and ladies singles.
A reminder to players who have not yet paid their $10 for presentation night, please do so by this Wednesday 20-11-18.
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