The Frank Gersbach Cup match at the Parkes Railway Bowling Club on Sunday will culminate a very busy year of lawn bowls for both clubs in Parkes.
It is the Parkes Railway Bowling Club’s turn to host the return bowls match against Parkes Bowling & Sports Club in the Frank Gersbach Cup bowls competition between the two Clubs.
The match will also determine the inaugural holder of the Bob & Geoff Freeman Shield.
Frank Gersbach and Bob and Geoff Freeman have been honoured by both clubs in recognition of their esteemed dedication to supporting bowls in Parkes over many years.
The Parkes Railway Bowling Club particularly acknowledges the timely vital support Frank Gersbach provided to the club for many years. The popularity and success that the club enjoys today is largely the result of his sustained support.
Geoff Freeman has dedicated many years to umpiring at all levels, as well as training and assessing bowls umpires. He and his brother Bob, who plays weekly at both clubs, have supported, managed and played bowls at all levels in Parkes and the wider district. Frank, Geoff and Bob’s support for bowls in Parkes has been immeasurable over a long time.
The match will be a pennants match with 3 teams of major bowlers for the gold cup and 4 teams of minor bowlers for the silver cup.
The first match in April saw 56 bowlers compete in the inaugural competition, resulting in a solid win to Parkes Bowling & Sports Club in the Majors, who have proudly displayed the gold Frank Gersbach Cup. The Railway Club narrowly won the Minors match, and have held the silver Gersbach Cup.
Both clubs, together with their large supporter groups, eagerly await the return match on Sunday, 27th November at the Railway Bowling Club, commencing at 1pm.
By Marty Tighe