The Parkes Women’s Bowling Club won the Cannon Merritt trophy against the Forbes Women’s Bowling Club recently. They are (L-R) Lorraine Baker, Kim Evans, Marja Iffland, Di Howell, Merilyn Rodgers, Rosemary Mitchell, Maureen Miller and Jan McPhee.
“I’ve played cricket in lots of places. In the backyard, the driveway, inside the house, but never on top of a radio telescope.” Brisbane Heat star, and one of the world’s biggest hitters, Chris Lynn joined other cricket heroes and local kids to recreate the famous scene from the movie, The Dish, at the Parkes Radio Telescope last Thursday.
Under dark, stormy clouds they tried to ‘blast’ a ball into space to launch Cricket Australia’s new kids program Woolworths Cricket Blast “I didn’t quite get the ball into orbit, but it was a great experience. It was amazing,” said right-handed top order batsman Chris.
He was joined by Big Bash League heroes Peter Handscomb, Alyssa Healy, Ash Gardner and Nic Carey, Parkes kids Nina Richardson-Barley and Nate Henry, and Nate Vincent from Condobolin.
About 60 children from Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Condobolin, Forbes and Cowra signed up to be part of the exciting day and took part in many cricket activities on the grounds around the radio telescope.
In the famous scene in the movie two engineers turn the giant radio telescope, used for beaming live television pictures of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon to the world, into a makeshift cricket pitch.
Last Thursday the cricket heroes climbed the giant structure under guidance from CSIRO Operations Scientist John Sarkissian to re-enact the scene using soft balls not to damage the dish.
“The cricket scene in the film has become an iconic feature of the CSIRO Parkes Observatory, and to see it re-enacted by real cricketers was a blast,” said John. “It was fantastic to see how much the junior cricketers enjoyed themselves. I’m sure they will remember it for a very long time.”
Woolworths Cricket Blast is a program for girls and boys of all abilities between the ages of 5 to 10 to learn new skills and play Australia’s favourite sport.
By Maggi Barnard
After four months of training, the newest sports club in Parkes stepped out in club colours for the first time to take on a formidable challenge. Eighteen members of the Parkes Dragon Boat Club put up their paddles for the Mudgee 20km challenge held at Lake Windermere recently.
A total of three boats took part in the inaugural event organised by the Mudgee Dragon Boat Club with paddlers also from Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Forbes and Illawarra. The Endeavour Dragons took to the water with nervous excitement and remained focused even when the conditions turned blustery with very choppy waters whenever ski boats passed by.
“We rode some rough water at times but everyone remembered the drills we went through at training with Coach Warren Edwards, and that powered us through with style,” said President Bill Thomas, who steered his team safely through the tough conditions as sweep.
Bill was very happy with his mostly novice crew’s first performance. “The jubilation on everyone’s faces getting out of the boat told the story,” he said.
The Endeavour Dragons have started preparing for their very first race in Bathurst next month, the Western Region Regatta. New members are always welcome to join the Parkes Dragon Boat Club, or to just come for a try out at Lake Endeavour.
Summer time sessions are on Thursday 5:45pm for 6pm on the water, and Sunday at 8:30 am for 9am on the water. Contact 0418 253 045 for more information.
By Maggi Barnard
Two matches in the Club Championship Fours were played with E Miller, B Davies, R Went, L Byrne defeating M Iffland, V Westcott, G Carty, C Frame in a hard fought game.
J McPhee, H Harvey, L Baker, K Evans defeated M Rodgers, L Orr, M Grant, P Cooney in a great game.
Next week will see the final played between E Miller, B Davies, R Went, L Byrne versus J McPhee, H Harvey, L Baker, K Evans. It will be a great match to watch.
In social matches played H McPherson, A Jones had a draw with F Charlton, M Hawken. I Svendsen, F Riseborough, M Riordan defeated D Howell, C Cox, R Mitchell in a triples game.
The Central Western District won the Taber Shield played at Blayney last week with four teams from each district competing.
Seven clubs have received grants in the latest round of the Sports Grants Funding Program of CMOC-Northparkes Mines and Parkes Shire Council. The successful applicants are: Parkes Gun Club $6,205.23 to build three trap house layout tracks; Parkes Horse and Pony Club $6,996 to provide an enclosed pony arena with soft sand; Parkes Hotel
Football Club $599 for portable training goals; Parkes Marist Junior Rugby League Football Club $2,815.30 for pads, tackle bags and padded hit shields; Parkes Railway Bowling Club $1,750 for seven new scoreboards; Parkes Senior Cricket $1,200 for 12 cricket helmets; Parkes Tennis Club $3,125 to sponsor participants in a three day coaching clinic; and Trundle Central School $6,000 for high jump mats and poles. Total amount of grants $28,690.53.
The next round opens in December with $25,000 available for sports related projects.
Two Parkes dragon boaters were invited to a special occasion at the Parkes Shire Council last Thursday. Member for Orange, Phil Donato MP presented NSW Government State Representative Awards to Warren and Donna Edwards for representing the Western Region in the Australian National Dragon Boat Championships earlier this year.
“I am delighted to present these awards to Warren and Donna for their outstanding contribution in representing the Western Region in the Australian National Dragon Boat Championships in March this year, at Lake Kawana in Queensland,” Phil said.
Donna said it was a great sport as you meet so many people and get to go everywhere to compete in events. “The best part is the community of dragon boaters.” “We are really lucky with our local council with all the assistance we have received in helping to promote our sport,” said Warren.
Warren and Donna both competed in the 500m, 200m and relay events. Warren is the coach of the newly formed Parkes Dragon Boat Club.
The Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association received a big boost last week towards upgrading amenities at the soccer fields. Parkes is one of several clubs in NSW to benefit from $4.1 million from the 2015 Asian Cup Legacy Fund. Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless was in Parkes to hand over a cheque of $150,000 to President Kevin Medlyn.
Kevin said the club was no longer able to attract big tournaments to Parkes because of its lack of suitable amenities. “We will refurbish the change rooms, add toilets and showers and build a new entrance.” The facilities are also not suitable for local players as the club saw an increase of 200 members this year following the Government incentive to get kids active. “We have 500 players here on a Saturday, and 150 on Sundays using the facilities,” said Kevin.
The total cost of the renovation would be over $300,000 with the club putting in $20,000.
The first round of the Championship Fours were played in blustery conditions on Tuesday with E Miller, K Keogh, R Went and L Byrne defeating M Miller, M Riordan, M Hawken and A Jones.
The draw for the second round on 18th September are: M Rodgers, M Iffland, L Orr, M Grant vs J McPhee, H Harvey ,L Baker, K Evans; and M Iffland, V Westcott, G Carty, C Frame vs E Miller, K Keogh, R Went, L Byrne.
Nominations for the minor singles and minor pairs are now open.
The Jones Shield will be played at Condobolin on Thursday, 20th September.
Team 1: D Howell, M Miller, M Iffland and Davies. Team 2: M Rodgers, H McPherson, G Carty, M Riordan; Manager M Iffland.
A Parkes team will be travelling to Blayney this week to compete in the Taber Shield, we wish them luck! Bowlers are needed to play at 1pm on Saturday, 22nd September as a large group of bowlers from Belrose will be here. To play social bowls ring Brenda Davies and Di Howell between 9am and 9.30am on 6862 1446.
Parkes Hockey Incorporated held a successful presentation night at the Parkes Services Club last weekend to announce the 2018 awards. The recipients were:
• A Grade Best And Fairest: Graeme Thompson and India Draper
• B Grade Best And Fairest: Ryan Dunford and Lara Piercy
• Most Outstanding Juniors: Kyle Thompson and India Draper
• Junior Encouragement Award: Tristan Hanstock and Jazlyn Greenwood
• A Grade Leading Goalscorers: Brad Gardiner and Madeline Bott
• B Grade Leading Goalscorers: Craig Kelly and Abigail Simpson
• Goalkeeper Award: Mark Swan, Will Blunt and Megan Hornery
• Umpiring Award: Aaron Thorne, Megan Hornery, Declan Daley and Emmie Searl
• Sportsmanship And Dedication: Brendon Roffe and Denise Gersbach
Games played this week:
Kay Craft, Audrey Jones, Gwenda Carty def Jan McPhee, Valmai Westcott, Maureen Baillee; Lea Orr, Merilyn Rodgers, Margaret Hawken def Ros Taylor, Marja Iffland, Minnie Riordan; and Lorraine Baker, Kate Keogh, Betsy Johnstone def Maureen Miller, Frances Charlton, Rhona Went.
A game of consistency with Di Howell, Eileen Bradley and Brenda Davies with Brenda the winner. Winners for the day were Kay, Audrey and Gwenda and runners-up Ros, Marja and Minnie.
The $30 meat tray raffle from Forbes Central Butchery was won by a Margaret Hawken. The next Trading Table is on 18th September and will be pick-a-box prizes. The draw for the Club Championship Fours to be played Tuesday, 11th September are: M Miller, M Riordan, M Hawken, A Jones v E Miller, B Davies, R Went, L Byrne. The following teams have a bye: J McPhee, H Harvey, L Baker, K Evans; M Iffland, V Westcott, G Carty, C Frame; and M Rodgers, L Orr, M Grant, P Cooney.
To play social bowls please ring table selectors Brenda Davies and Di Howell on 6621446. Social roster Wendy Hendry. New Members and visitors always welcome.