Parkes sporting news | Men's bowling rolling with Australia Day Mini Carnival

Australia day carnival is here again. A great day for our club.

Australia day carnival is here again. A great day for our club.

Men's Bowls

Australia Day Mini Carnival

On Sunday, January 26 the Club is hosting a Mini Carnival.

Sponsored by Neville Trainor of Parkes Auto Wreckers and David Littlewood of Littlewood Smash Repairs the event will be for Teams of four bowlers.

Teams can be all male, all female or mixed.

Three matches will be played. The first will consist of one rink of Singles and one rink of Triples.

The second match will be two rinks of Pairs and the final match will be Fours.

Dress is Mufti. Play will start at 10am. Entry is $20 per player (which includes a BBQ lunch).

Thanks to our generous sponsors, total Prize money is $1000.

Entries Close on Saturday January 25 but get in early as numbers will be limited to fourteen teams.

Social Bowls

Thursday, January 16

Another hot windy day and twenty-three brave souls turned out for a game a Bowls. Due to the storm that broke about 4 PM the matches were restricted to various numbers of ends played with only the Triples game going the full twenty-one ends.

In the closest match of the day, John Corcoran and John Carr had the best of the early ends and lead Rob Irving and Rose Howlett 15- 11 after fourteen ends.

Rob and Rose then found form and scored eight shots winning the next four ends to win the match 19-15 after eighteen ends.

Other results were:

  • John Dunn and Brian Townsend 19 - Greg Huggins and Graham Barby 12 after fifteen ends
  • Ray Jones and Graham Dixon 18 - Col Mudie and Gordon Dickson 11 after sixteen ends
  • Geoff freeman, Bruce Orr and Ron Hornery 21 - Greg Howlett, Wilbur Harris and Bob Freeman 14
  • John Watson and Col Miller each played half a game with John Ward and had a comfortable win against Col Woods and Trevor Harvey after sixteen ends.

Saturday, January 18

In slightly cooler, but steam conditions, twenty-six players turned out for five games of Pairs and one game of Triples.

In the only close game of the day, George Boatswain and Col Woods looked likely winners when the lead 15-10 with three ends to play. However, Rob Irving and Brian Townsend had other ideas.

With one end to play George and Col still had the lead, 15-13 but then conceded five shots on the last end and Rob and Brian won the match 18-15.

Other results were:

  • Arthur Corbett and Greg Huggins 28 - John Ward and Gordon Dickson 20
  • John Carr and Martin Tighe 27 - Liz Byrne and Jim Blake 18
  • Graham Dixon and Maureen Baillie 24 - Col Mudie and George Bradley 11
  • Dave Johnson and Ray Jones 29 - Mark Dwyer and Ian Simpson 15
  • Col Miller, John Dunn and Paul Hevers 26 - Rob Tinker, Bob Freeman and Lorraine Baker 14
  • The Lucky Rink on the day was No. 16 but Arthur Corbett was unable to bring up the No. 7 to win the $160 prize.


The Badge draw was not won last week and this Friday it will be worth $1000. As usual it will be drawn on Friday night after the raffle.

The Rookie


It's almost time for the dart comp. The AGM will be held on Wednesday, January 29 at the Town Bowling Club starting at 7pm.

All teams should have as many players present as possible, as this where decisions are made for the rest of the year. Teams must be nominated by this time so the draw can be done. The 2020 summer comp will begin on February 5, draws will be handed out on the night of the first round.

Leah Robers

Veteran's Golf

Local golfer Ted Morgan won the day at last week's twin-towns veterans golf competition played at Forbes. Morgan accumulated 26 points for the 12 holes but only got the decision on a count-back from Parkes' Rob Lea who also had 26 points.

Thirty-four golfers faced the starter with the Parkes pair of Sunna Bell and Graeme Cooke sharing third place on 25 points.

The ball sweep went down to 21 points and recipients included: 24 points, Nim Dziuba (Parkes); 23 Ken Sanderson (Forbes), Roy Bell (P); 22 Brian Clarke (F), Don McKeon (F), Scott Kirkman (F); 21 Geoff Drain (F), Garry Pyrmont (F), Greg Webb (F), Mick Bond (P) and Barry Shine (F).

John Pearce of Parkes won the encouragement award.

Nearest the pins on the 18th went to the Forbes pair of Ken Sanderson (A grade) and Steve Edwards (B grade), while Parkes' Roy Bell and Mick Bond won the A and B grade respectively on the 9th hole.

Parkes took the honours in the Mick Miller shield, winning 147 points to 135. This Thursday Parkes will host the 12-hole event. Bookings by 9.30, tee-off at 10am.

Youth program sets sail

If you're aged 16 to 23 and looking for an opportunity to develop valuable life skills, a voyage on board the Royal Australian Navy ship Young Endeavour could be just the experience for you.

The next generation of young Australians are building their leadership, teamwork and resilience skills on board the Young Endeavour, which has started the New Year setting sail from Tasmania for an 11-day voyage with a crew of 24.

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is recognised internationally as a leading youth development program. It's challenging and inspiring, with the group needing to successfully work together to sail a traditionally rigged tall ship as they begin their journey along the Tasmanian coast.

Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has taken almost 14,000 young Australians on voyages. Applications to join a voyage are now being accepted at