The Parkes Boars had to face the hard running Dubbo Kangaroos without key first grade players on Saturday, which favoured the opposition to win the match 26-22.
The Boars opened the scoring when fly half Lloyd Rogers ducked, dived and ran through the Roos defence to plant the ball under the posts. Rogers converted his own.
Kangaroos kicked to restart – the crowd appreciated Israel Symington’s AFL style jump to take the ball. The match began to settle, but an infringement by Parkes gave Dubbo a scrum feed on the 5m and enough go forward to cross the line. The conversion was successful.
Dubbo crossed twice more during the half with Parkes restricted to taking a deep penalty kick. The half time score Boars 10 Kangaroos 19.
The second half was as physical as the first with the Boars lifting their game. Lock Toby Baigent took a screamer and returned the ball 25m through the Roos defence to be brought down under four defenders. His quick pass sent the ball safely into the hands of the inside centre Ben Powlay. Powlay crossed wide.
Parkes cross the line again through the kick, run and chase of newest team member hooker Bobby Waititi. Rogers added the extras and the Boars had the lead at 22-19.
With 5 minutes to go inside centre Billy Sing of the Roos found the line and crossed next to the posts. The extras were added and the Roos took the lead 26-22.
Referee Richard Madden described the match as hard and fast for so early in the season.
By Cath Ryan
Member for Orange, Phil Donato was in Parkes on Monday to announce funding to three community groups under the Local Sport Grant Program.
The Parkes Pony Club received $1,800. The club will be hosting a two-day riding clinic with a guest instructor. The clinic will be open to members, as well as other clubs across zone 11.
The cheque for the Parkes Railway Bowling Club amounted to $4,442 that will be used to install new lights for the greens. The club currently has 329 members.
The Parkes Australian Football Club, better known as the Panthers, received $5,450 for a pair of new goal posts. The club will be hosting the PSSA primary state AFL championships from 23rd to 25th May. This will be a first for the club with 250 kids and their families converging onto Parkes from all over NSW.
The annual Northparkes Mines charity golf day last Saturday was a huge success with 119 players contesting the 3 Person Ambrose event for the benefit of CanAssist.
Mitch McGlashan, Ben McNaughton and Dave Chambers recorded the day’s best scratch score of 11 under par 60 to make them clear winners.
In the handicap events Allan Sharpe, Craig Dillon and Michael Dellaca dominated with a great 58 nett, while the ladies team event went to Lesley Fisher, Colleen Staples and Glynis Conroy successful on 68 nett.
Toby Webb, Sam White and Aaron Buesnell with 60 5/6 nett took out the event restricted to teams with a mixture of handicapped and non-handicapped players.
The novelty events saw wins to Troy Thomson, Kaye Jones and Toby Webb in long drive competitions, while nearest the pin awards went to Richard Hamilton, Steve Edmonds, Ian Ward, Denis Howard and Ben McNaughton. The ladies’ awards went to Janelle Thompson, Colleen Staples, Frankie Cock and Margaret Hogan.
Tomorrow the men will contest the opening two rounds of the annual championships and the ladies will play an 18 hole Stableford.
By Paul Thomas
The annual Lachlan Valley District Golf As- sociation’s Championships and Pennants will be played at the Forbes Golf Club on Sunday.
The Parkes Golf Club has named a strong A Division Pennant team of Justin Sutton, Mitch McGlashan, Robert Hey, Peter Dixon, John Green and Steve Edmonds. The club will also field three B Division sides. The Parkes Veteran golfers will field two teams in that division. The club hopes it will con- tinue to dominate winning 18 of the past 19 years. The No 1 team consists of Robert Hey, Peter Dixon and Ian Phipps.
In the A Division Pennant a close tussle is expected between the district’s two heavy- weight clubs Forbes and Parkes, while the Condobolin and West Wyalong teams will be watched with interest.
In the individual championships played in conjunction, major interest will centre around the Betland brothers John and Ste- ve from Forbes and the Parkes duo of Mitch McGlashan and reigning Parkes champion Justin Sutton.
The championships will also be played in B and C Grade sections, as well as veterans and juniors.
By Paul Thomas
Rhona Went and Liz Byrne are the new Parkes Women’s Bowling Club pairs cham- pions after defeating Maree Grant and Elaine Miller in the final on Tuesday.
In the CWD singles played last week the winner was Pat Cooney who defeated Col- leen Crump from Canowindra in a nail biting final. Pat now goes on to play the other dis- tricts in Blayney.
In the second tier Gwynneth Rice Trophy, another great final was played between Gwen Haydon from Canowindra and Robyn Morgan from Parkes. Gwen took home the Gwynneth Rice trophy, presented by grand- daughter Emma Rice and great grand- daughter Clara Rice.
Rhona Went and Liz Byrne (right) beat Elaine Miller and Maree Grant in the bowling pairs final on Tuesday.
Two games of triples were played with Maureen Miller, Marja Iffland and Rose- mary Mitchell defeating Di Greenhalgh, Frances Charlton and Audrey Jones.
Kate Keogh, Hilda McPherson and Flo Riseborough defeated Valmai Westcott, Ei- leen Bradley and Minnie Riordan.
The Minor Singles are open until 2nd May. A Mother’s Day competition will be held on 2nd May, please put your name on the board to play and wear something pink.
CWD Pairs will be played 8th-10th May at Parkes Railway. CWD Triples will be played 5th – 7th June at Forbes and close May 12th.
By Rosemary Mitchell
The Forbes Diggers Harness Racing Club will be presenting two big race meetings on Anzac Day, 25th April and the TAB Carnival of Cups Market Day on 30th April.
The club welcomed Braden Sullivan as its new president this year as Robert Par- sons has stepped down from the role.
Forbes Harness Racing has one of the youngest committee in NSW with Melissa Sullivan as treasurer and Emma Gaffney as secretary.
Forbes has a strong team of harness racing trainers and drivers. The club is grateful for all the help the committee and volunteers put in to make events happen, as well as its sponsors. Forbes Services Memorial Club is the major sponsors and has been for many years.
The Forbes RSL sub-branch is a big supporter of the Anzac Day Race Meeting when a ceremony is held to commemorate Anzac Day and pay respects. One of the feature races on Anzac Day will be the Neville Pellow Memorial pace.
The club will also be helping out at the Good Friday Camel Races this year and will be running their Calcutta.
The TAB Day on 30th April will feature a market day. You can follow the club on Facebook, Forbes Diggers Harness Rac- ing Club, with daily posts.
A 27-10 win for the Parkes Boars made the trip to Cowra to face the Eagles all the more worthwhile.
Parkes settled under the guidance of Captain Israel Symington settled after the first 15 minutes. Dan Ryan took a high ball from a line out and found the hands of the winger T. Laberato. Lab grounded the ball to put the first points on the board.
The next points came when John Rath- bone stole the ball from a breakdown in play and fed it to the backs until full back Josh Miles faced a 15m sprint to find the line. This time the conversion sailed across to take the Parkes lead to 12-0.
Lloyd Rogers was next to cross over un- der the posts and the lead extended to 19-0.It was Cowra’s turn next and the half time score stood at 19-5.
In the second half the Parkes lead went to 24-10 when Joe Nash using his soccer skills to cross the line to beat the defence to the ball. Powlay added the extras and Parkes took a 24-5 lead.
Cowra countered with a quick tap and scored out wide., but with less than 10 minutes to go Parkes added an extra three points to finish the match 27-10.
The Parkes Boars second grade team rolled out in force to beat the Cowra Ea- gles 33-0. The Boars took control of the match from the kick off.
Parkes try scorers: James Dean 2, Chris Sellings, Mitch Hutchings, Rusi Lawaniku- la. Goals: Mitch 2, Rusi, Toby Tanks.
By Cath Ryan
Despite extreme weather conditions a good field contested last Sunday’s Westlime/Ro- tary Charity Golf Day with 85% of the field completing the 18 holes battling strong winds and a deluge.
Major winners on the day were Robert Hey, Dean Powter and Warren Gardiner in the open scratch award surviving a count- back after recording a great 6 under par 65.
In the men’s 18 hole handicap victory went to Brian Hogan, Peter Picker and Ian Phi- pps on 56 5/6 nett. Runners up were Warren Blatch, Tim Burke and Tim Baker on 59 2/3 nett. The Ladies 18 hole handicap saw Sue Holman, Colleen Staples and Ann Jennings get the verdict after recording a 60 5/6 nett. The handicapped and non-handicapped section had Paul Thomas, Finni Latu and Brendan Chambers take the spoils just ahead of runners-up Brad Blanchard, An- thony Riach and Steve Nicholson, and third place going to Mick Smith, Robert Simp- son and Eddie Alexander. The final division strictly limited to non-handicapped players saw Glendon Hooper, Pat O’Connell and Ian Coombs get the spoils, while runners- up were Kap Pili, Matthew Wright and Phil
Wennerbom. By Paul Thomas