Under 13’s and under 15’s will play at North Parkes this Saturday 2nd April against Orange City. Kick off will be at 10.30am for the under 13’s and a 11.30am kick off for the under 15’s. Best of luck to all the boys and we hope you have a great day of rugby
Northparkes Mine and the Parkes Sports Council have announced the successful applicants from the first round of the Sports Grants Funding Programme for 2016. Successful applicants included:
Parkes Tennis Club received $6000 towards an undercover outdoor coaching area.
Parkes Golf Club received $3000 for the supply and installation of 13 ladies tee signs.
Parkes Junior Hockey received $2975 for the purchase of goalie kits.
PCYC Gymnastics received $5240 for the purchase of a gymnastics harness.
Peak Hill Swimming Club received $2000 towards the purchase of embroidered towels and installation of shelving.
Parkes Bowling and Sports Club received $2000 towards the purchase of 4 sets of kids’ bowls.
Sports Grants Committee Chairman, Alan Gersbach, expressed his delight that a good selection of projects were received for this round and that most of them received a piece of the funding pie, which is provided annually by Northparkes Mine. Elysha Loiterton, Northparkes Community and External Relations Officer also stated that Northparkes Mine was pleased to be associated with the successful program, which is now in its fourth year. “ I would like to thank all the organisations that have applied for the grants” she said. She also stated that she was pleased that Northparkes Mine was able to assist these projects. In total $21,215 in grants were distributed and the next round of grants will open in June this year, with a total of $12,550 available to be given to the community.
20th March saw the Leagues Club’s Spacies League Tag ladies have their first hit up against Group XI competitors. With 14 ladies named on the game sheet for the day they had fronted to play 2 games and with a withdrawal of one team ended up playing 3. The nerves were high on both benches in the first game against Forbes. Our ladies didn’t take long to open the scoring with Nangar Gem’s Claudia Lovett’s first try and her second following soon after.
Spacies third try went to La Bella’s Sally Dwyer. Forbes opened the second half with their only try and Dippin dots Emma Bailey answered with a try on the restart. Successful conversion by BMJC’s (The Moran Boy’s) Ella-J Harris took the final score to Parkes 18 Forbes 4.
In game 2 the Spacies filled the gap to face Wellington with nerves a thing of the past now they had found their feet. In a very fast paced game Claudia Lovett scored 2 tries, Sally Dwyer scored 2 tries, Parkes GP’s Hannah Kelly 1 try, Nicko’s Bricklaying Nat Gardner 1 try, Parkes Mensland’s Katie Caldwell 1 try and BMJC’s Ella-J Harris 6 successful conversions. Final score Parkes 40 Wellington 0. The last game of the day was against an unknown Cyms. Parkes played the last 3 minutes with only 10 players and defended well to leave the score Parkes 0 Cyms 0.
The Parkes Spacemen executive along with the league tag team would like to thank their major Guernsey sponsor,
Parkes Services Club and Sleeve sponsors Simply Bellissima by Kim, Cunninghams IGA Parkes, Nicko’s Bricklaying, Parkes GP, Bunnamagoo Wines, BMJC (The Moran boy’s),La Bella, Dippin Dots, Parkes Mensland, Thd studio, Parkes Railway Bowling Club, Parkes Leagues Club and Nangar Gems.
The Inaugural 2016 Zone 4 Inter-District Seniors Fours Round Robin was held at the Dubbo City Bowling Club on the 16th and 17th of February. The six District teams competing were Central West, Far West, the Presidents Team, Central Blue Mountains, Western Districts and Lachlan Valley.
Each District Team had two sides, the two Central West Sides were; Brian Tisdell – Forbes, Geoff Williams – Condobolin, Wally Grant- Parkes Bowling and Sports and Mick Craft – Parkes Bowling and Sports, Col Hayward -Parkes Bowling and Sports, Keith MacRae – Parkes Bowling and Sports, Terry Hetherington- Parkes Railway
and Greg Howlett- Parkes Railway. At the end of the Round Robin Far West won with the Local Central West Team coming a close second. Two Central West bowlers were selected in the Zone 4 Seniors Fours
Team with Col Hayward as a Skip and Geoff Williams, the youngest District senior and probably the youngest Zone senior, as a Reserve. Also local Parkes identity and renowned bowls administrator, Steve Torrens, was appointed as the Zone 4 Team Manager.
Two new teams took first and second place at Australia’s one and only indoor marbles championships held in Parkes last Friday. Balls Deep surprised everyone by taking the honours in the 32nd year of the competition, with the Gootons coming second.
Eight teams entered for the Australian Indoor Marbles Championships at the Parkes Golf Club and competed in round matches and final eliminations. The aim of the night is to not only carry on a tradition that started with the celebration of the Parkes centenary, but for the team members and spectators to have fun too. In addition, Can Assist benefits from this quirky tradition, with almost $1000 raised from team entries and raffle ticket sales. Organiser
of the event Paul Thomas said the idea of playing indoor marbles was first tried out with the centenary celebrations. “It has now become a time honoured event and a fixed item on the Parkes yearly calendar, and forms part of the NSW Government tourism attractions.”
Teams have travelled from as far as Sydney to compete in previous competitions. Paul explained that the game
had to be altered slightly from the oncepopular childhood game when the aim was to knock marbles into a hole. “Playing it indoors meant we changed it to knocking the marbles out of a ring.” Each player uses a ‘Tom’ and the idea is to knock the smaller marbles out of the centre of the ring. The four players in each team take a turn and they keep on playing until all the marbles are knocked out of the middle. The one with the most marbles at the end is the winner.
Peter Magill of Griffins Leading Edge, the major sponsor, said it was a good night with a new team winning the title.
On Tuesday a team from Northparkes Mines played a ‘pink stumps’ cricket match against Year 10 students from Parkes High School at Spicer Oval. The game was played to raise money for the McGrath Foundation and the money combined has raised over $1000 for breast care nurses!
Parkes High School bat first and fought valiantly against a strong contender with 85 runs and 11 wickets taken. However, the Northparkes Mines team were the winners of the day with 126 runs and 5 wickets taken. The match was umpired by none other than Parkes Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM for the first hour who was then substituted
by Greg Morrissey, a life member of both Parkes Junior and Senior Cricket. Well done to all involved!
17 clubs, 285 players and as many spectators were present at Tom Clyburn Oval in Canowindra on Saturday to attempt to win the Western Challenge League Tag trophy. The Parkes Space Cats were keen to impress this year against some stiff competition from Orange CYMS , Bathurst St Pats and Orange Hawks, all previous winners.
The Space Cats were placed in pool A alongside Eugowra Golden Eagles, Lithgow Workies and Canowindra Tigresses. In their first match the Space Cats purred their way to victory, defeating Eugowra Golden Eagles 20-0. Their second game was more difficult but the Space Cats again came away with the win against the Canowindra Tigresses, 8-6. It was third time lucky against the Lithgow Workies as the Parkes ladies again had a convincing win, 14-4.
In the semi-final Parkes Space Cats faced off against Bathurst St Pats and although they showed great skill St Pats secured the win 10-2. The final saw Bathurst St Pats head off against Orange Hawks. Hawks had looked sensational all day but just couldn’t crack St Pats in the decider and Bathurst were crowned the winners with a 4-0 victory.
The Parkes team did extremely well to make it to the semis and Sally Dwyer made a huge amount of tags. Space Cat Ell Harris was also recognised as one of the top 5 players in the tournament, well done Ell.
Player of the tournament was awarded to Mish Somers from St Pats. A special mention goes to the referees who had extremely high standards and gave their time on the day. The standard of League Tag in the Western Region is improving every season and all teams should be congratulated.
Parkes Golf Club will once again be the venue for this Friday’s Australian Indoor Marbles Championships with Griffins Leading Edge once again the major sponsor. The championships will kick off at 7pm and teams will compete in round matches and final eliminations to determine the 2016 Australian Indoor Marbles Champion team.
Defending Champions ‘Money Shots’ will once again be the team to beat and if training and practice have anything to do with results the defending titleholders will be one of the favourites. However, last year’s runners up the ‘Bull Sharks’ surprised everyone with their talent and ability last year so it could be anyone’s game. Other teams
that could excel include former champions ‘Lords of the Rink’, ‘Ball Throwers’, ‘Langlands Longhorns’ and the ‘GLE Techspurts’ with the food service central team ‘All Stars’ out to redeem themselves after last year’s debacle of sacking their manager.
Other teams likely to challenge in the exciting evening will be the Parkes Tourism girls capably led by Captain Katrina Dwyer. Organisers of this year’s event are expecting a larger than normal field to contest the title. Parkes Golf Club House President, Ross Smith, stated that his board of directors were behind the event and congratulated everyone for their dedication. “This is now one of the premier events of the town and clubs social calendar” he said, “for patrons who do not wish to play the entertainment value is second to none.” Mr Smith also
praised long time sponsor Griffins Leading Edge for their support and commitment to the championships, notably the tireless work put in by their Managing Director, Peter Magill. Teams will consist of four players with female team members awarded with a one marble start. Team registration is $40 with all proceeds going towards the Parkes branch of Can Assist.
There will also be prize money up for grabs for the winning and best dressed teams and food will be available from the club snack bar.
Hockey fans in Parkes are enjoying their grounds’ new status of being in the ‘Global Elite’ this week thanks to the hard work of local organisations. The two pitches (Polytan and TigerTurf) have both been listed in a group of just seven providers worldwide that have been certified as being the ultimate in hockey terrain by the International
Hockey Federation (FIH). Dusty Powter, member of Parkes Hockey Incorporated (PHI), says; “If you haven’t been over to have a look at our new field do it soon, it’s going up fast! It’s exciting and gratifying to see it coming together after so many years of hard work by so many people who have partnered with us. 2016 will be a great year for Parkes Hockey!” Organisations that have been powering this new development include the PHI and the Turf Committee, which was established around 11 years ago.
For over a decade the Turf Committee’s vision has been to only have world class facilities and this latest analysis
by the FIH is sure to be a wonderful endorsement and testament to the work the PHI and the Turf Committee have undertaken together with Parkes Shire Council. Parkes will now lay claim to two of the best pitches in the world (the same pitches that are used in the World Cup and the Olympics) and can host elite matches and tournaments.
Not bad for a rural community!
This Wednesday more than 100 people took part in the annual combined swimming carnival for disability services in the Western region. “It is just a fun day for everyone,” said David Parker of Currajong Disability Services. Looking around at the smiling faces soaking up the atmosphere of the Parkes pool with the aroma of a sausage sizzle filling the air, we can see what he means. The 120 swimmers ventured from Forbes, Cowra, Mudgee, Parkes, Condobolin, Orange, Bathurst and Dubbo for the day. “We are so thrilled with the response we’ve had this year! We also have over 50 staff coming from different disability service providers around NSW, which is just fantastic,” Jodie Turner, swimming carnival organiser, wrote on the Currajong Disability Services website.
Participants took part in a variety of events, such as assisted and unassisted freestyle, relays and novelty events, over
the whole length of the pool or just half a length. Every participant received a medal for their effort with a trophy awarded to the winning team. The Currajong team from Parkes was defending its title, but had to share the trophy with Cowra as both teams finished joint first.
It was the fourth year in a row the event was held in Parkes, “people like travelling here and enjoy our pool,” said David. He said it used to take place in Cowra, until Parkes offered to host it. Swimming is one of the many activities
offered to people making use of disability services. Other activities offered to the 51 local clients of Currajong Disability Services are sewing, cooking, lawn bowls, tennis, dancing, drama, karaoke, mosaics and ten pin bowling.
They also have a secure paper-shredding business. The day finished on a high, with free swimming for everyone.