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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