Thirty keen bowlers took time out from queuing for rolls at Coles to enjoy their favourite game on an absolutely perfect day. The greens are just awesome. Thank you to the grounds guys!
Club singles matches: Liz Byrne df Lorraine Baker. Betsy Johnstone df Lea Orr. Rhona Went df Robyn Morgan. Maree Grant df Jan McPhee.
The third round of the club singles is to be played on or before 24th March: R. Went vs M. Grant and B. Johnstone vs L. Byrne
Social bowls: Frances C, Chris C and Margaret H had a win over Kay C, June B and Di H, 16 – 13. Valmai W, Gwenda C and Maja I just pipped Carol R and Kate K at the post, 15 – 13.
Salva H, Lynn R and Kim E had a close game against Jean K, Eileen B and Mau- reen B with the lead changing several times. Relief for Salva, Lynn and Kim as they took the win, 17 – 16
Pennants are fast approaching with games scheduled for 7th April. Practice play Friday, 20th March at 4pm.
All members are gearing up for the PBSC Centenary celebrations from 17th to 19th April.
The range of recreational activities in Parkes received a major boost last week with the announcement of a rock climbing wall to be installed at the PCYC this year.
“We are very excited,” said Manager Tim Watts. “This will be a great new initiative to keep people active in our town.”
Sam Farraway MLC was in Parkes last week to bring the great news of $82,620 in funding secured from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The funding will pay for the wall in full according to Tim. He said it was such good news for the club following a very strong response from community members in feed-back received on the possibility of getting a wall.
Tim could not give an exact date as to when it would be installed, but said it would be this year. “It will be installed at the back of the court in the main hall, and will cater for all ages from kindergarten to adults. There will be different climbs to cater for a mix of abilities.”
Tim said they were looking at starting term-based classes to teach climbing, and also have open sessions for people of all ages to promote healthy and active life- styles and support anyone serious about rock climbing.
“Rock climbing has been introduced into the 2020 Olympics making this an exciting new addition to the great program PCYC offers to local kids and their families,” said Sam Farraway. “It may even inspire some future Olympians.”
Perfect weather and very enthusiastic students made for a terrific swimming carnival for Middleton Public School recently with outstanding champions as a result.
Some races were so close it kept the judges and time-keepers on their toes! Kingsford won the house competition and the ‘Standen Family Supporters House’ trophy.
Hayden Lamond was the senior boys champion, followed by Walter Smeaton. Chelsea McMaster was the senior girls champion with Meg Skinner in second place. Jett Clarke and Elizabeth Smeaton were the junior champions, while Max MacGregor and Aliza Roberts came in as second place junior champions.
The fastest boy and girl over 50m on the day for the Charlton Shield were Walter Smeaton and Chelsea McMaster.
The team spirit demonstrated by all students was an impressive sight to see!
By Judy Fisher
Faith was selected for the Central West 12 and Under Tennis team after trials in Bathurst last weekend. She will be playing the best girls in her age in the Jan O’Neill Cup in March.
How long have you been playing tennis? Eight years.
Which club do you play for? Parkes Tennis Club.
What do you like about the sport? I get to play with my friends and I can always improve my skills. I really like my coach Helen Magill. She is always very helpful and supportive. She helps me improve my skills and be a better person.
What is the most difficult aspect of your sport? When I play tough opponents, but it’s always a good way to improve my skills.
What is your ultimate goal? To keep improving my skills so I can compete at higher levels and to keep having fun.
What is your proudest moment so far? Playing and training hard to make it into the Western Team – we played for a week in Inverell. Also playing well enough in the Junior Development Squad to play in The NSW Juniors Closed Championships.
Do you have a fitness tip? To keep pushing yourself to do your best and never give up. Eat lots of good food to help your body.
What do you do to unwind or relax? I like to swim because it’s relaxing and soothes my muscles. I like to read and eat. I love to play with my pets, my dog Maisie and my cat Betsy.
Round one of the Club Singles Champion- ships took place this week with 27 bowlers. Rhona Went defeated Cherie Frame; Maree Grant defeated Heather Harvey; Robyn Morgan defeated Gwenda Carty; Jan McPhee defeated Maureen Miller.
The second round of the Club Major Singles will be played on or before 10th March.
Results of social games:
Lynn Ryan, Helen Heraghty and Brenda Davies played consistently in front of a cheer squad and were too good for Jean Kennedy, Chris Curteis and Joan Simpson.
Carol Reed, Merilyn Rodgers and Lea Orr lapped it up over Julie Green, Kate Keogh and Maureen Baillie.
In a game of pairs, Kay Craft and Lorraine Baker collared the opposition and had a win over June Burgess and Elaine Miller.
Off the leash at last, Valmai Westcott, Ann Norton and Frances Charlton escaped to the top green and enjoyed a game of consistency.
The District Singles Championships were held in Forbes last week. Brenda Davies did our club proud in her match, while Maree Grant finished as runner-up in the final.
By Lea Orr
It’s almost time to take a leap and fly again for the Parkes Christian School Senior Design and Technology class.
They have been busy planning and building their plane that will fly into the Yarra River on Sunday, 8th March at the Moomba Birdman Rally in Melbourne for the sixth time.
For the last five years they have won their categories and learned a lot about teamwork, engineering and the power of flight.
This will be the second year where participants in the school category can raise funds for themselves to help them build the flying machine and develop technology. Every dollar raised for their team will be points earned that will go towards the final score and could help lead them to victory again!
The Parkes Christian School team is counting on the local community to support them in this endeavour and they have a fundraising page at this link: https://birdmanrally2020.gofundraise.com.au/page/ParkesChristian
Donations can also be made directly at the school office on 6862 4164 until 4th March. The team’s progress and success can be followed on the school’s Facebook page.
The cooler weather saw 25 bowlers on the greens this week at the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club. President Merilyn Rodgers welcomed two new members, Ann Norton and Salva Harris, and enjoyed a game of Consistency with them.
Eileen Bradley and Jan McPhee had a close game with Carol Reed and Heather Harvey: 15 all. Di Howell and Betsy Johnstone defeated Kim Evans and Chris Curteis: 24 to 12. Jean Kennedy and Maureen Baillie defeated Lorraine Baker and Lea Orr: 20 to 12. Maureen Miller and Maree Grant defeated Maja Iffland and Robyn Morgan: 20 to 13. Kay Craft, Gwenda Carty and
Rhona Went were too good for Julie Green, Frances Charlton and Joan Simpson: 27 to 6. Lucky winners, Jan and Eileen, and runners-up, Carol and Heather, shared the spoils. Lucky 50 club winners were Maja, Eileen and Carol.
Nominations for Club Championships Singles close next week. The District Singles is at Forbes from 11 – 13 February. Good Luck to Maree and Brenda.
Tuesday, 11th February Social roster – June Burgess. Call Kim or Gwenda between 8:30 and 9am to play on 6862 1446. Play begins 9:30am.
By Lea Orr
A highlight on the Currajong Disability Services calendar is its annual All Abilities Swimming Carnival to be held at Parkes Aquatic Centre on 4th March.
Participants from Orange, Temora, Trangie, Dubbo, Cowra, Forbes, Bathurst and Parkes will compete in this flagship event. Last year’s event saw 120 entrants, and interest shown so far indicates this year will be bigger and better.
Organiser Indigo Kriedemann said the day was a real highlight on the regional disability calendar and many were already looking forward to it. “It’s a great event that brings together people far and wide within the disability community,” Indigo said.
“The day keeps growing and going from strength to strength. This year is already looking like a bumper carnival!”
In previous years Currajong has often dominated, however Live Better from Orange got the chocolates last year, despite sterling efforts in the pool by Ian Kaupke and Tim McDonald.
As Indigo points out, the day is not about who wins, but who is having a go, and “everyone coming together to connect and meet new friends and old ones”.
“It’s also a real social outing, and many of us get a buzz out of it!”
To register, call 02 6883 4713 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your organisation’s place in this blue chip event.