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Harris, Turner Parkes Bowling Club's title holders


Club Championships

Major Pairs

Wilbur Harris and Steve Turner conceded two shots on the first end of their match against Greg and Brian Townsend but then won the next four ends to open up a lead of 9-2.

The Townsend brothers fought back and after eleven ends had a lead of 11-10. However, they could not make up for their slow start and Wilbur and Steve won the match 22-16.

In another fairly close match John Davies and Graham Barby built up an early lead in their match against Steve Ryan and Bruce Orr and after six ends had the lead 12-6.

Scores were very close from there on but John and Graham held out to win the match 26-18.

Minor Singles:

In a marathon match that lasted forty ends, Col Miller came up against Brian Townsend. Brian had a slight advantage over the early but the lead changed five times and after twenty-one ends scores were level 16 all.

Scores were locked together at 27 all after thirty-six ends and it wasn't until the fortieth end that Brian scored the shot he needed to win the match 31-28.

Three other matches were played during the week and results were:

  • George Boatswain 31 - Ian Simpson 22
  • Brian Hampton had a comfortable win against Peter Bristol
  • Martin Tighe was too strong for Bob Freeman

Congratulations to all the Bowlers and good luck in the coming rounds to all the winners.

Social Bowls Thursday July 30:

Three games of Pairs and one game of Triples were played and the winning score on all three cards for the Pairs games was 21.

John Ward and Alan Affleck had the better of the early ends against Arthur Corbett and John Watson and it wasn't until the twelfth end that Arthur and John took the lead for the first time, 13-12.

However, John and Alan won the next two ends to regain the lead 16-13 and go on to win the match 21-18, although apparently they didn't play the twentieth end (or someone forgot to write the score on the card).

Martin Tighe and John Dunn won the first two ends of their match against Tom Furey and Bernie Mitchell and were never headed, running out winners 21-13.

Although Col Hayward and Mal Porter won the first end of their match against Rob Irving and Gary McPhee, Rob and Gary won the second end to lead 2-1. They held the lead for the rest of the match and ran out winners 21-13.

In the Triples match scores were fairly close all day and in the final wash up the main difference was a six shot win on the seventh end that allowed Graham Dixon, John Carr and John Wright to claim the win against Steve Turner, Bob Freeman and Ian Simpson, 26-19.

Saturday August 1:

Twenty Bowlers turned out for five games of Pairs. In a close match (that had an unusual ending) John Ward and Trevor Harvey came up against Arthur Corbett and John Watson. The opening ends were shared fairly evenly and the score was 6 all after ten ends.

The lead then changed hands a few times but, with two ends to play, Arthur and John were up 18-15.

John and Trevor scored one on the second last end to cut the lead to two shots. On the last end, with Arthur to have the final shot, the indication was that John and Trevor were only holding one shot. With the win apparently in the bag Arthur declined to play his last bowl, BUT (and it was a big "but") when the head was measured, John and Trevor had scored two shots and the match was drawn18 all.

To rub salt into the wound, John and Trevor claimed "bragging rights" having won the ends 12-9.

In other matches:

Guy Ellery and Gary McPhee were too good for Tom Furey and Dave Johnson 20-14.

Col Hayward and John Carr proved too strong for Graham Dixon and Rob Irving 29-20.

Col Mudie and Mal Porter had a good win against John Dunn and Jim Blake 28-17John Wright and Lorraine Baker got up against Martin Tighe and Gwenda Carty 18-17.

Please note: The club is up and running again (with some changed conditions) and we would love to see you there for a quiet drink and a chat. The new opening time is 3pm but the beer is still as cold and the Staff just as friendly.

Friday night is back in full swing with the early meat tray draw at about 6.45 and the main raffle starting at about 8.00pm.

Dev's Kitchen is also back serving great Pub style meals from 6.00 to 8.00pm.

The members' draw wasn't won and next Friday it will be worth $2200.

Vet's golf

Peter Bristol will lead the Parkes veteran golfers for the next 12 months after taking over from retiring president Michael Lynch.

Bristol was elected at last Thursday's annual general meeting which took place after the weekly Parkes-Forbes veterans 12-hole competition.

Richard Hamilton and Rob Lea were returned as vice-president and secretary respectively, while Hamilton will also serve as acting treasurer until the position is filled. Other committee members include Gordon Christie, Tom Delmenico and Ian Phipps.

Outgoing president Michael Lynch served as president for the past five years and his untiring efforts were praised at the AGM. He did not seek re-election due to other commitments he is involved with.

In the weekly competition, the previous week's runner-up Ken Sanderson (Forbes) continued his good form to win the day with 25 points. He had a point to spare from Parkes' Phil Bishop and they finished comfortably ahead of the next best, Rob Lea and John Pearce (Parkes) on 22 points.

Nearest the pins went to the Parkes pair of Ian Phipps (A-grade) and Chris Goodie (B-grade) on the fourth hole, while Phil Bishop was the A-grade winner on the 11th. No B graders threatened the pin on this hole.

Thirty players contested the event and the ball sweep went to 19 points. Recipients included: 21 points - Ian Phipps; 20 - Graham Cook (P) and Steve Edwards (F); 19 - Richard Hamilton, Michael Lynch, Rod Luyt, Bob Hey, Dub Rodgers and Tom Delmenico (all Parkes).

In the Mick Miller shield Parkes won the day 128 points to 117.

Ladies' golf

Wednesday's stableford event was sponsored by Lesley Fisher. The winner on the day was Susie Holman with 37points followed by Col Staples on 36 and Denise Charlton on 35 points.

NTPs on the 1st sponsored by Parkes Pro Shop was Col Staples, Parkes Pharmacy 4th was Chris Stait, Dunfords Pharmacy 6th was Susie Holman, Parkes Services Club 11th was Lyn Davison, and Brian Collins Smash Repairs and Parkes Caravans 15th was Kaye Jones.

Lone pine contracting award winner was Chris Stait.

No golf Saturday July 25 but beautiful rain. Wednesday July 29 was a stableford event sponsored by Ann Berkeley.

Winner on the day was Jenny Hoy with 31 points followed by Kaye Jones on 30 points and Lyn Davison on 28 points.

NTPs on the 1st sponsored by Parkes Pro Shop was Jenny Hoy, Parkes Pharmacy 4th was Cath Kelly, Dunfords Pharmacy 6th was Susie Holman, Parkes Services Club 11th was Lyn Davison and Brian Collins Smash Repairs and Parkes Caravans 15th was Lorraine Maxwell.

Lone pine contracting award winner was Jill Crisp. 14 players for the day. Saturday 1/8 was our medal round sponsored by Central West Glass.

Winner on the day was Lyn Davison on 75 nett, followed by Kaye Jones on 79 nett followed by Susie Holman on 80 nett. 10 players played.

NTPs on the 1st sponsored by Denise Charlton and Cath Kelly was Leonie Stevenson, Parkes Services Club 4th was Kaye Jones, Telescope Tyres 6th was Denise Charlton, Parkes Pro Shop 11th was Leonie Stevenson and Liz Matthews 15th was Susie Holman.

The medal winner was Lyn Davison and the putting winner was Susie Holman with 31 putts. The Flynny Award went to Leonie Stevenson. Once again a big thank you to all our sponsors.


Thank you to everyone who followed the current COVID rules and fulfilled their umpiring duties. Can everyone please remember to sign the scoreboard and remember if you have not registered and paid you are unable to take the court.

Week 3 - Results


Broken Fingers won by forfeit against Little Potential.

Net Ballin won by forfeit against Parkes Cellars.

B-grade Ladies

15s Rep Team 34 def PHS Teachers.

17s Rep Team won by forfeit against Untouchaballs.

C-grade Ladies

Domin8 21 def Platelets 17.

The Railway Hotel 41 def U13s Rep Team.

Although it's a super exciting time we ask you all to review the rules and expectations that we are to follow as an association.

It's important that we adhere to the guidelines to ensure our sport is the safest it can be.

  • 1 spectator per player
  • If you have visited a COVID hotspot please stay home and self isolate for 14 days
  • If you feel sick please stay home
  • Maintain 1.5m at all times
  • Make use of the hand sanitiser stations
  • All netballs need to wiped over with antibacterial wipes before and after the games
  • Positional bibs cannot be shared between teams, each team will have a clean set of bibs for the game and these need to be put in a provided bag at conclusion of the game and take to control / timekeeper.