Grenfell team victorious in successful Open Pairs event

19-06-2019 by admin

Mike Valentine in action at the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club. Photo: Jenny Kingham 0416Bowls_0209Parkes Mens Bowling Club enjoyed a great response to their Open Pairs event with 26 teams entered.

Entries went in from down the road at Parkes Railway Diggers Club and as far away as Griffith.

The weather was kind and the competition was fierce, but very friendly for a great weekend had by all.

The event got away early on Saturday morning with each team playing three games of 15 end Pairs.

By the end of the day, five teams had won all three games.

The team from Grenfell, J. Bradtke and N. Walter won three games and had an aggregate for and against of 17.

The Griffith team of Rod McDonald and Neville Cullen was also on three wins and 17 while three local sides had also won all three games.

Paul Henry and Garry Carberry were on three +42, Maree Grant and Tom Furey were on three +34, and Pat Cooney and Chris Dunn were on three +19.

The weather continued to be fine on Sunday for the last two games of 15 ends each.

At the end of the day, the team from Grenfell, Bradtke and Walter, played some great bowls to be the only team to have won all five games and claimed the major prize of $900.

Second place went to Paul Henry and Garry Carberry who won four games and drew the fifth.

Third place went to Pat Cooney and Chris Ward with four wins.

Fourth place, also with four wins with a slightly smaller for and against, went to Maree Grant and Tom Furey.

Fifth place, also with four wins, went to Rod McDonald and Neville Cullen from Griffith.

The club would like to thank all the bowlers who supported the event and those who gave so much time to prepare the greens, organise the matches, and prepare the food.

They would also like to thank the bar staff who catered for a lot of thirsty bowlers.

Special thanks go to major sponsor Casey Surveying and Design, and associate sponsors Telescope Tyres and Parkes Courier Service.


On Thursday, May 12, a team of bowlers from the ACT visited the club.

After having a great lunch, the visitors were joined by 37 club members for a total of 72 bowlers to take to the greens for an afternoon of mixed Triples.

In what was a very close match, Ron Hornery teamed up with visitors P. Maher and J. Howard to play Joe Crowley and visitors J. Gerakiteys and L. Canning. The scores were even throughout, but with one end to play, Joe’s team lead 19 -17.

The last end was won by Ron’s team by two shots to draw the match 19-all.

A team of visitors, J. McCaskill, K. Schipp and N. Wills, had a great game against the all local team of Tom Furey, Rosemary Mitchell and Brenda Davies.

After seven ends, the local team had a lead of 12 – 4. But, by the 12 end, the visitors had come back to level the scores 13-all.

With one end to play, the visitors led by two shots.

On the last end, Tom’s team managed to win by three shots to take the match 24 – 23.

Prize winners were local bowlers John Hodge, John Dunn, Guy Ellery, Glenda Carty, Garry McPhee, Keith MacRae, Chris Dunn and Mike Valentine. Prizes were also won by visitors John Howard, Peter Cooper, Jan Taylor, K. McCaskill, J. Gerakiteys, Yvonne Hawthorn and Dom Travato.

Many thanks to all those involved in organising the bowls and providing lunch for the visitors.

Everybody enjoyed a great day and the club look forward to meeting up with the ACT bowlers sometime in the future.

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Call to find roles for the former council leaders

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Dubbo Ratepayers and Residents Association president Merrilyn Mulcahy said 18 months was a long time for the new Western Plains Regional Council to be run by an administrator. Photo: TAYLOR JURDThe former leaders of Dubbo and Wellington councils should be involved in the merged entity, according to the Dubbo Ratepayers and Residents Association.

Last week it was announced Dubbo City Council and Wellington Council would be amalgamated to form Western Plains Regional Council.

The mayor and 10 other councillors have been removed from their posts to be replaced with an administrator until an election in September 2017.

However, Ms Mulcahy said the mayors and deputy mayors of both councils should continue to have a role.

“I’m hoping that we’ll have the deputys and mayors from Wellington and Dubbo as overseers- that would be good, that would be terrific, that would be a bit of a safeguard I guess,” she said.

“Eighteen months is an awful long time to leave us completely unrepresented.”

The new council is one of 19 created in NSW.

The NSW government has said the mergers could free up almost $2 billion over the next 20 years, allowing councils to fund better services and new infrastructure for communities or lower rates.

“I’m pretty devastated that it ended up like this but I think whatever happens we will have to make the best of things,” Ms Mulcahy said.

“None of us are particularly thrilled about it but we’ve got to make sure it does work for us, all of us in the Western Plains.”

While The Real Estate Institute of NSW – Orana has said the loss of ‘Dubbo’ from the name will affect the city’s identity, Ms Mulcahy said she was unconcerned.

“I think the name is alright, I like the name. I’m glad it isn’t something like the Dubbo Wellington Council,” she said.

“I think that Western Plains gives us more of an expansive attitude, which is what we’re doing, we’re expanding and we’re no longer just Dubbo.”

The sentiment was echoed on the Daily Liberal Facebook page.

One commenter said: “Dubbo will always be Dubbo to me, and I’m sure most of the population”.

Another said that Dubbo would remain as “Dubvegas” and its reputation could never change.

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Focus on elder abuse

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Empowering: West Pennant Hills residents Aksheya and Shubha Kumar launched the domestic violence prevention group, Next Step. Picture: Isabella Lettini

A community forum will aim to raise awareness of domestic violence and elder abuse in The Hills.

The India Club will hold another forum as part of a series aimed at tackling the rate of domestic violence in all areas of the community.

India Club chairman Aksheya Kumar said while elder abuse was prevalent in the Indian community of The Hills, it could affect anyone from any background.

“Victims may not realise straight away what is happening to them, but once they do become aware they become bold and they seek help,” Mr Kumar said.

Elder abuse is typically characterised as a form of domestic violence where the victim is kept from having control of their finances or where their health is neglected.

“All of which causes serious health impacts and can shorten the lives of our older citizens,” The Hills local area commander superintendent Rob Critchlow said.“It’s something that affects every community, but there are some features of Indian families where we’ve noticed it having a bigger impact–the Indian community had been very courageous in addressing these issues publicly.”

The forum,a joint initiative between the India Club, The Hills LAC and The Hills Council, will take place on June 8, coinciding withWorld Elder Abuse Day.

In March, the India Club launched Next Step, a program aimed at holding regular meetings and events to address the rates of domestic violence.

Mr Kumar said they hoped to make an impact by holding meetings and events more regularly and build stronger relationships with those who may be affected.

“This kind of elder abuse is more common in the Indian community but the forum is open to all,” he said.“We hope it will help problems in families that may be hidden to come to the surface, so that something can be done to guide them –this is for those who are willing to empower victims and give them options.”

Superintendent Critchlow said the role of the police was to keep people safe, and that they were available for people to ask questions and be referred to services.

“It’s invaluable to have these discussions –people are often ill-informed about the risks facing older people and the abuse of older people is a very difficult situation for many families, because it involves financial pressures, relationships, and language barriers.”

Details: 10.30am – 12.30pm, June 8, 2016, The Hills Council Chambers, 3 Columbia Circuit, Baulkham Hills. Bookings:0402 257 588.

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Magnificent bowls as brothers meet in final

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Jarrod and Mitchell Andrews in Saturday’s final.

Exceptional bowls were played by the two Andrews brothers, Jarrod (19) and Mitchell (18), at the Forbes Sport and Recreation Club on Saturday afternoon making history, being the youngest ever to play in an A grade singles final.

With great weather approximately 60 interested members, and the boys’ friends, turned out to watch the game as well as 24 Forbes and Eugowra members who were playing.

The tussle of the brothers saw Mitchell defeat Jarrod 31-25.

Mitchell jumped out of the blocks leading by 10 after five ends, 10-0.

On the sixth end Jarrod scored a three, plus two on the eighth end, with Mitchell winning the next four ends going to 18-5.

On the 17th end Mitchell led 19-10, plus a two and one, leading 21-13.

On the 25th end, Mitchell led 26-18.

Jarrod won the next five ends making him 25, the score Mitchell 29-25.

On the 32nd end Mitchell got a two, giving the final score of 31-25, making him A grade Club Champion.

The game was a joy to watch, so congratulations had to go to both boys, in producing such a magnificent game of bowls.

They are very competitive against each other, as well as anyone else they play, but display great sportsmanship.

One staunch supporter of the club, Clive Herbert, among others, stated that it was the best singles final he had seen played at Forbes Sport and Recreation Club. He has been watching since 1987. The visiting Eugowra players said they were pleased they were not playing either of the boys.

The bowls were so close they had to measure for shot many times and called for the umpire once, with lots of resting touches. Mitchell said he remembered when his grandfather defeated him three years ago, 31-29, he hoped this match would go his way.

The match was marked by a very proud grandfather and 14 time A grade singles champion, the Donald ‘Duck’ Drabsch.

The game was well supported by their family and extended family, including very proud mum and dad Scott and Lisa Andrews.

The day is one to be remembered by both players and the club.

On Sunday morning, Don Drabsch and Jarrod Andrews teamed up to play the second match of the A Grade pairs competition.

They defeated Laurence Jackson and Greg Gunn and progress to the next round.

From Don Craft

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Bices top Dalby feeder challenge

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Elders’ Andrew Cavanagh, with Preston Bice and Rachael Bice, Jandowae, and Brendan Kelly.JANDOWAE producersMark and Rachael Bice came up trumps with their Santa/Angus-cross steers, exhibiting the grand champion pen at Elders’inaugural Dalby Feeder Sale and ChallengeonMay 13.

The Bices were awarded a Warwick Cattle ZT Ultimate cattle crush sponsored by Elders for their achievement.

A total of1200 head of excellent quality cattle weredrawn from Mitchell, Miles, Yuleba, Goondiwindi, Meandarra, Jandowae and the localDalby area for the competition.

All cattle were mouthedand pre-weighed and sold in weight ranges of 300-360kg, 361-420kg and 421-500kg classesfor both steers and heifers.

The judges wereRyan Brown, Smithfield Cattle Co, Geoff Garland, B&W, Moree, and LeoMcMahon.

Elders staff at the inaugural Dalby feeder sale and challenge are Ross Ruddell, Glen Waldron, Paul Holmes, Gwen Muller, Peter Fleming, George Reid, Andrew Cavanagh, Brendan Kelly, and Ashley Loveday.

In the300-360kg class steers averaged 304c/kg to top 330c. Heifers averaged 296c, topping at 304c. The winning steers were Santas shown by Jack McDonald, Goondiwindi, in a class sponsored by WildRiver Concrete. The winning heifers were Angus-cross fromElite Cattle Co, Meandarra, in a class sponsored by Allflex.

In the361-420kg class steers averaged 305c to top 330c.Heifers averaged295c to top 298c. The winning Santa steers were yarded byRussell andMarion Duncan, Dalby, in a class sponsored byOlssons. The winning heifers were shown byIvan andDonna Phipps, Meandarra, in a class sponsored by Tru-test.

Steers in the421-500kg class averaged300c topping at330c. Heifers averaged 286c for a top of 292c.Mark and Rachael Bice had a winning pen in a class sponsoredbyCoopers. The heifers were from Moongool Charolais, Yuleba, in a class sponsoredby Wild River Concrete.

The best pen of Santa steers class was Mark and Rachael Bice, while the heifers were shown by The Lithgow Partnership in classes sponsored byRosevale Santa Gertrudis.

AF&MF Douglas had the best pen of Droughtmaster cattle,sponsored by Clonlara Droughtmasters.

Merv andJune Slack and familyhad the best pen of Charolais cattle, sponsored by Elite Cattle Co.

Mark andRachael Bice also had the best pen of Angus cattle,sponsored by Valorbrook Angus.

Andrew Cavanagh from Elders said all of the regular feedlot buyers were active at the salewith extra buying support coming from Warwick and Walgett.

“The excellent line up of cattle sold to very strong competitionand vendors were rewarded for the quality on display,” MrCavanagh said.

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