Around the grounds | Bowls, golf and darts

Players return to the greens for competitive and social rounds

Parkes men's bowls

The Parkes Bowling and Sports Club would like to wish everybody a happy new year which will hopefully be much better than 2020, given the disruptions that Covid has caused to the playing calendar of all clubs.

The men are now back into competitive and social bowls commencing last Thursday, January 7.

As the main green is closed for renovation, 24 bowlers played on the well prepared top green by Brett 'Baldy' Frame, Mark Dwyer and Greg Townsend on Thursday with the following results:

On rink 15 Greg Huggins and Gary McPhee came up against a very determined side in the Freeman brothers Bob and Geoff. In a game where team Freeman led for most of the game, team McPhee had to dig deep for an answer to the oppositions consistency. This came on the 18th end when team McPhee scored a 5 to take a 22-19 lead. The final score 24-21 after 21 ends.

On rink 16 Colin Miller and Colin Hayward were never in any trouble and recorded a comfortable win against Allan Affleck and John Corcoran.

On rink 17 in a close tussle Tony Riordan and John Ward 23 just got home against Gordon Dickson and Marty Tighe 21.

On rink 18 Mal Porter and Ian Simpson 26 shots defeated Jim Blake and Brian Townsend 15 shots. Team Simpson scored a couple of fours but gave away a five on the 5th end.

On rink 19 John Carr and Rob Irving in a great combined team effort had a comfortable win against Mike Valentine and Col Mudie.

On rink 20 Colin Woods and competitive visitor Paul Kirwan 24 accounted for Bernie Mitchell and Ron Hornery 14.

Team Hornery kicked off with a 6 shot on the 3rd end but it was all downhill from there as team Kirwan were more consistent from the 4th end on. Team Kirwan capitalised with a 4 on the 13th end to seal the deal and go on to a convincing 10-shot win.

On a muggy Saturday afternoon 30 bowlers turned up for social bowls with the following results:

On rink 15 a game of triples with a close result, was played with Colin Hayward, Bob Freeman and Ray Jones 25 shots defeating Tony Riordan, Colin Woods and John Carr 22 shots.

Team Jones scored a 4 on the 14th and 19th end and also a 6 on the 15th. Without these big numbers against them team Carr would have been in with a good chance after scoring a 6 on the 17th and following up with a 5 on the 18th.

On rink 16 Greg Huggins and Ian Simpson 21 shots were winners over Mal Porter and Ron Hornery 15 shots. Team Hornery scored a 5 on the 13th and a 3 on the 16th but it was not enough against the consistency of team Simpson and their high scoring ends.

On rink 17 Steve Ryan and John Wright 22 shots got home against Mick Simpson and Colin Mudie 17 shots.

On rink 18 Lorraine Baker and John Ward, 23 shots, scored a convincing seven-shot win over Joanne Simpson and Graham Dixon 16 shots. Great to see the ladies playing on Saturday and they are most welcome.

On rink 19 Rob Irving and Brett Baldy Frame came up against the formidable duo of Gary McPhee and Dave Major Johnson in a game that could have gone either way.

The end result was that team Frame only won 6 ends of the 21 but were still in contention around the 15th end owing to team Johnson giving away some big shot ends; but were more consistent through the game with their scoring. Team Johnson pulled away from the 17th end on to record a 22-16 6 shot win.

On rink 20 Peter McPhee and Steve Turner were given a bowls lesson by Guy Ellery and Marty Tighe. Team Tighe went on a scoring spree from the 6th end scoring 4,3,3,3. The damage had been done by then as team Tighe lead by 18 shots on the 12th end. Peter will be much better for the match practice as he has had a lay-off owing to injury.

In the final match of the day on rink 20 Gordon Dickson and Rob Tinker 27 easily accounted for Graham Hunter and Arthur Corbett with a huge winning margin. As with Peter McPhee, Graham Hunter has had a three-month lay-off and would admit he has played a lot better. With a bit of practice he will improve back to his old form.

All bowlers are reminded that from now on names for bowls must be rung in between 12 midday and 12.30pm for a 1pm start on Thursday and Saturdays. Social bowlers are most welcome on both days and as stated previously ladies are also welcome.

If you are interested in trying bowls please contact the club on 6862 1446 at the above times and free coaching by an accredited coach is available for those who want it.

Competition players are reminded that the major fours games need to be completed in a timely manner, so please arrange your games ASAP.

Veterans golf

Immediate past president of the Parkes veterans golfers, Michael Lynch, had a great start to 2021 when he won the twin-towns competition played at the Parkes course last week.

The first competition of the new year, a big field of 37 players faced the starter and it was a well compiled 27 points that clinched the 12-hole event for Lynch.

Hot on his heels was Forbes' Kim Herbert who scored 26 points to take the runners-up prize on a count back from the consistent Mick Bond from Parkes. Bond was well in the running for top honours until he hit out of bounds late in his round.

Herbert completed a good day when he won the A grade nearest the pin on the 10th hole, while Bog Borger (Forbes) and John Pearce (Parkes) won the A and B grade respectively on the 15th.

Parkes proved too strong in the Mick Miller shield winning 149 points to 134.

The ball sweep went to 23 points with the winners as follows: 26 points - Mick Bond; 24 - Bob Borger, Rob Lea, Gordon Chivers, Ian Phipps, Phil Bishop and Tom Delmenico (all Parkes); 23 - Warren Blatch, Sunna Belland Graham Cooke (Parkes).

The encouragement award went to Tony Cogswell of Forbes.

Forbes will host this week's event.


The Parkes Darts annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday 20/01/21 at the Leagues Club at 6.30pm.

All teams should have as many players present as possible, as this is where decisions are made for the rest of the year. Teams must be nominated by 26/01/21 so the draw can be done. The 2021 summer comp will begin on 03/02/21.