Two Central West NRL players were the star performers for the Penrith Panthers last Saturday scoring five tries in total.
Billy Burns from Parkes scored in the 55th minute, while former Forbes Magpies star Charlie Staines made the headlines scoring an amazing four tries on his debut. The final score against the Cronulla Sharks was 56-24. He told Fox Sports afterwards just playing was a dream come true. “I’m lost for words at the moment.”
Billy, who made his debut against the Sydney Roosters in September last year, played 33 minutes.
Eighteen keen bowlers started the day in foggy conditions on Tuesday, with music of The Carpenters softly playing. With COVID rules in place, we weren’t ‘Close To You’ at any time!
Two games of pairs and one of triples took care of the social bowlers with a first day out of hibernation for some.
The match of the day (no, of the year) saw Liz Byrne and Rhona Went contest the Club Championship Singles Final. Wow! These two superstars played their hearts out. Too many magic moments to mention, but with the score 24-all, Rhona holding shot, and Liz with her last bowl to deliver to win, ‘A Kind Of Hush’ settled over the crowd. And win it, Liz did! Huge accolades to both, congratulations and thank you for the entertainment. Liz was last seen ‘Dancing In The Street’ heading home!
In social matches, Chris Cox and Maja Iffland were looking for ‘A Place To Hideaway’ after their loss to Carol Reed and Rosemary Mitchell. Maureen Miller and Kim Evans were ‘On Top Of The World’ defeating Chris Curteis and Lea Orr who just wanted ‘This Masquerade’ to end.
‘Solitaire’ was not the way to win the triples. Heather Harvey, Di Howell and Betsy Johnstone got their team rhythm going and enjoyed a win over Kay Craft, Lorraine Baker and Maureen Baillie. Club Championship Pairs nominations will close 21st July.
Even more excitement! – our club is the winner of a $2,500 grant from Essential Energy Community Choices Program. Thank you, Essential Energy, and to all our members who voted!
To play social bowls next Tuesday, ring the club on 6862 1446 between 9 and 9:30am, with play to begin at 10am. Social roster – Lorraine Baker. See you at the club on Friday night. Delicious meals from Dev’s Kitchen available!
By Lea Orr
Last Saturday saw the return of the Parkes & District Amateur Soccer Association’s competitions after a short delay due to COVID-19. It was great to welcome everyone back to Harrison Park and to see lots of smiling faces enjoying the great game of soccer.
Although Round 2 kicks off this weekend, it is still not too late to register for the 2020 season. Registrations will be accepted until 31st July. For more details regarding registrations go to www.pdasa.sportingpulse.net.
Draw for tomorrow, Saturday 11th July:
• UNDER 6: 12.20pm G1 Panthers v Cheetahs; 12.20pm G2 Lions v Tigers.
• UNDER 8: 12.00pm G8 Eagles v Hawks; 12.00pm G9 Falcons v Emus; 1.10pm G9 Budgies v Magpies.
• UNDER 10: 12.15pm G4 Jets v Mari- ners; 12.15pm G5 United v Roar.
• UNDER 12: 12.30pm G11Olympic v Vic- tory; 2.00pm G11 Power v Warriors.
• UNDER 17: 12.10pm G6 Thunder v Rovers; 12.10pm G7 Rangers v Wolves.
• OPEN LADIES: Friday Night 6.00pm G10 Parkes Hotel Football Club (PHFC) v Star Hotel Cougars. Saturday 1.30pm G10 Raptors v Commercial Kookaburra’s; 3.05pm G7 Peak Hill All Stars v Forbes Wildcats.
Community sports teams were able to resume competition from this week on 1st July as the NSW Government continues to ease Coronavirus restrictions.
Sporting codes in Parkes returning include junior hockey, senior hockey, soccer, WPL soccer, rugby, netball and dragon boating.
The eased restrictions include full-contact sport, and food and beverage stalls at facilities will be able to open too.
All participants must adhere to strict health measures to ensure the safety of everyone with every code applying specific measures related to the sport.
Parkes Tennis Club staged the very first regional sporting event last weekend since the NSW Government shut down all sporting codes due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) event targeted a niche market of players who met the standard criteria. The players involved have an Australian ranking, are involved in the college recruitment system, or want consistent level based matches.
Players travelled from Tamworth, Gunnedah, Canberra, Penrith, Lithgow, Eglinton and Dubbo, while seven players from Parkes took part: Jake Magill, Ben Evans, Andrew Slattery, Joseph Tanswell, Gabe Goodrick, Abbey Kennedy and Maddy McCormick.
All players were guaranteed 4 or 5 best of 3 set level based matches. Parkes is part of a six-event series with Paramount Club at Dubbo. The next event is in Dubbo on 28th and 28th June while the remaining two Parkes events are on 11th and 12th July and 8th and 9th August.
UTR is a global system that rates every tennis player regardless of age, gender, or nationality on a 16-point scale. It’s an objective, results driven rating driven by the strength of your opponent, the amount of games you win and playing 30 matches within one year to show consistency.
As an example, right now Novak Djokovic is 16.18, Alex DeMinaur is 15.73, Ash Barty is 13.36, Jake Magill is 10.18, Ben Evans is 8.16 and Abbey Kennedy is 5.40.
Parkes Tennis run all of their competitions through the UTR systems and competitions organiser Helen Magill is encouraging all players in junior and senior competitions to download the app and sign up and make their profile at www.myutr.com.
TennisNSW will be staging a UTR super series for juniors throughout the Central West starting early July. More information will be provided on the Parkes Tennis Facebook page as it comes to hand.
By Helen Magill
Nine recipients received a share of almost $40,000 in the latest round of the Sports Grants Program of CMOC-Northparkes Mines and Parkes Shire Council.
Parkes Sports Council Chairperson, Alan Gersbach was delighted that more projects had been put forward for selection including a diverse range of sporting pursuits.
One of the projects will see a brand new event coming to Parkes once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Parkrun Australia received a grant of $7,500 to get a weekly 5km Parkrun event going. It is a free community event and takes place all over the world.
The other successful applicants were:
$1,700 to Parkes District Cricket Association to purchase a PA system for use at Woodward Oval by both cricket and soccer clubs; $5,000 to Peak Hill MPS to purchase three Hydrorider Aqua Bikes for use with the Aqua Fitness program targeting men aged 35-65; $2,024.30 to Parkes and District Kennel Club to purchase additional agility equipment to allow trials without the need to hire equipment; $5,000 to Parkes and District Soccer Association to purchase soccer goals to develop a new venue at Woodward Oval and be home to a new regional premier league side called the Parkes Cobras; $2,500 to Parkes School of Dance to purchase hardware and software to run a virtual studio for online live classes for students to participate in classes from home, which would expand the program to remote locations including Tullamore and Trundle; $8,000 Parkes Marist Junior Rugby League to upgrade the speakers, microphone and amplifier at Jock Colley Field to improve the PA system, which is supported by senior league and Parkes Soccer; $2,000 to Parkes PCYC to purchase sports equipment for use in their after schools programs; and $4,700 to Parkes Sporting Shooters Association the purchase of a new clay target thrower.
The joint funding agreement between Northparkes and Parkes Shire Council has distributed $170,000 in sports related funding over the last three years.
Family members, cricket players, supporters and officials gathered at the Woodward Oval last Saturday for the official opening of the restored 61-year-old Wes Cheney Pavilion.
“It is wonderful to see so many of Wes Cheney’s family here today,” said Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM. He remembered Wes as a very humble man who never talked about all he did for sport in Parkes.
Master of Ceremonies Michael Greenwood called Wes a real Trojan who volunteered so much of his time in providing and maintaining recreation facilities in Parkes and was instrumental in the formation of the Parkes Sports Council, celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
The pavilion was named after the late Wesley Berry Cheney in 2015 in recognition of his herculean voluntary contribution to the Shire’s sporting community.
The $297,000 amenities upgrade, thanks to a collaboration of local and state government and sporting associations, included the replacement of all the internal and external walls and floors, renailing of roofing iron, installation of a new kitchen, upgrades to the change and shower rooms, as well as the construction of a new unisex toilet. A new awning and retaining wall were also constructed as part of the project.
“This will ensure the ongoing attraction of local, regional and state cricket fixtures, as well as inclusive community participation in sport for both males and female players,” said the Mayor.
The upgrade was funded in partnership by the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund ($100,000), Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund ($50,000), Parkes Shire Council ($142,000) and Parkes & District Cricket Association ($5,000).
Matt Ellis from Cricket NSW said: “I am so happy this facility is here to help grow the game of cricket.”
For Dan Gordon, representing senior cricket in Parkes, the new lights at the Woodward Oval makes it magical to play at the oval, but the addition of the upgraded pavilion is “the cherry on top”.
Currently, the Wes Cheney Pavilion is home to 250 senior and 220 junior registered cricket players.
Many keen cricketing pundits were forecasting a closely contested final between minor premiers Parkes Colts and an inform Cowra Bowling Club at the Woodward Oval last Saturday.
Parkes Colts however turned it into quite a one-sided affair after they produced a stunning bowling and fielding effort to dismiss Cowra Bowling Club for 97 runs in 35.2 overs.
The Colts then made short work of their run chase to score 1/98 in 20.1 overs, only losing the wicket of opening batsmen Peter Yelland off the last ball of the game as Peter was stumped off a wide that gave Colts victory.
It would be fair to say that the Dunford brothers, Phil and Paul, played major roles in the Parkes Colts premiership success as Phil secured the excellent bowling figures 5/24 off 9 overs including 3 maiden overs. Paul continued his rich rein of batting excellence to score a dominant 59 not out with 7 fours in 70 minutes to pilot the Colts home to a most emphatic 9 wicket victory.
The match began with a superb bowling blitz from Colts bowlers Brent Tucker and Andrew Britt as they smashed through the early order Bowling Club batting. Andrew Britt, by securing 2 wickets in his opening over, gained plenty of approval from his teammates. The entry of Phil Dunford to the bowling crease saw wickets tumble, but Michael Curtale’s valiant 49 provided the backbone of the Cowra Bowling Club innings of 97. The Colts young bowler Zac Larkins was delighted to take a wicket with his first ball before finishing with the very tidy figures of 1/5 off 3 overs.
In reply Colts openers Pater Yelland and Paul Dunford carried on the tradition of great Australian opening pairs such as Bob Simpson and Bill Lawry, Geoff Marsh and Mark Taylor in guiding the Colts to a memorable victory.
By Luke Nash
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