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Our Sporting Achievements

 Sporting Achievements

CHS Western Open Boys Hockey

NSW State Champions 


CHS Open Boys Squash

Western Region Champions 


CHS Open Girls Cricket

Western Region Champions


2022 Western Region Representation

Sam Levick - Western Region Squash

Maddy Spense & Tess Woods - Western Region Cricket

Jordan Moody, Molly Orr, Toby Collins, Joseph Tanswell, Ryan Dunford, Joel MacGregor, Flynn Thompson, Archie Rix and Zac Redfern - Western Region Hockey

Matty Price, Blake Price, Liam Moody & Ewan Moody  - Western Region Swimming

Jack Milne & Grace Milne - Western Region U/15 Touch

Charlie Denham-Jones & Jacob Fredricks - Western Region Soccer

Zayne Ehsman & Jack Milne - Western Region Open Boys Touch

Tess Woods - Western Region Open Girls Touch

Joseph Tanswell, Maddison McCormick, Nia Boggs, Lily McCormick, Ella McColl & Faith Clarke -Western Region  Opens Tennis

2022 WesternRegion Champion Teams

PHS Under 15’s Boys Cricket – Lachlan Shield

PHS Open Girls Hockey

PHS Open Boys Hockey

2022 PHS NSW Blue Representation

Matty Price - Swimming

Toby Collins - Hockey


2020 Sporting Achievements


2020 has been an interesting year for Sport. Many students and staff have been very disappointed due to sport as we know it, being distrupted. We hope that health restrictions are lifted in the near future so school and representative sport can resume.

2020 Western Sport Gala Days

PHS Swimmers make it to State Championships

Western Hockey Reps

Annalise makes Western Netball Team


2019 Sporting Achievements

6 December 2019

Parkes High Open Girls Cricket Team are Western winners

Our open girls cricket team are western region winners

On Thursday 21 November Parkes High School Girls Open Cricket team played against Blayney High School at Northparkes Oval in the Western area final of the Marie Cornish CHS Knock-out Competition. With the temperature   reaching over 30 degrees and the sky filled with smoke the girls turned up ready to give it their all against the reigning champions of the last five years.

Batting first, Parkes High openers Maddison Spence and Marites Woods managed to put on a quick fire 53 runs before Tess was caught in the 8th over, Tess scored 23 runs (including 3 fours) from 27 balls. Next up was Abigail Simpson who joined Maddison out in the middle where they proceeded to put on a 110 run partnership. Abi scored 51 runs (including 6 fours) from 52 balls. Maddy was eventually bowled out in the 29th over; she scored 93 runs (which included 13 fours and  2 sixes) from 81 balls. During the innings Ellen Dolbel added 7 runs (with 1 four) before she was unfortunately run out and Holly McColl 1 run. Jordan Moody, Gracie Jones and Jolie Norman all went out and tried their best.

After the lunch break the girls headed out in the heat to defend their total. Maddison Spence (2/20) and Marites Woods (0/34) again paired up to open the bowling for Parkes but faced very determined Blayney batters. Abi Simpson (1/24) and Gracie Jones (1/25) then joined the bowling attack with Gracie snaring the first wicket on her very first ball. Ellen Dolbel claimed two further wickets as the Blayney batters started to gain some ascendency.  Blayney were not going to give up without a fight and made the Parkes girls work hard before Maddy Spence claimed two wickets in the second last over.

Blayney required 21 runs from the last over which the Parkes team defended to the final ball. Some beautiful catches were taken by Abi Simpson, Tess Woods and Maddy Spence (2). Along with some fine boundary fielding especially from Jordan Moody who put her body on the line all day to stop the ball.

Game results were: Parkes High 7/185 in 30 overs (Maddy Spence 93, Abigail Simpson 51, Marites Woods 23, Madison Marmion 3/36 off 6 overs, Taylor Hobby 2/19 off 6 overs, Montana Marmion 1/36 off 6 overs) defeated Blayney High 6/169 in 30 overs (Ella Tilburg 35, Sophie Tilburg 31, Abbie Uhr 29 n.o, Georgina Gray 22, Maddy Spence 2/20 off 6 overs, Ellen Dolbel 2/34 off 6 overs, Abigail Simpson 1/24 off 6 overs, Gracie Jones 1/25 off 3 overs) Parkes won by 16 runs.

Mr Duncan would like to thank Shane Jones and Paul Moody for their assistance with coaching the girls, Shane for umpiring and the parents for their assistance with the transporting of girls to games and training sessions. McDonalds Parkes for providing two of their Orange Bowls for ice cold water and the Spence and Simpson families for the ‘Zooper Doopers’ to keep all the girls cool and hydrated and also to Kerry Spence for scoring.

The girls should be super proud of their efforts, they will now face the winner of the Riverina zone. Wishing the girls all the best of luck in their next game.

25 October 2019

Open Girls Cricket Team into the Western Region Finals

Our Open Girls Cricket team are through to the Western Region Finals after dfeating Wellington High School on friday 18 October 2019

Parkes High School Open Girls Cricket team had an outstanding win over Wellington High School in the semi-final of the Western schools open girls’ cricket competition. Parkes High batted first scoring 4/330 from 40 overs, (Maddy Spence 106 retired, Abigail Simpson 98, Marites Woods 55 retired, Ellen Dolbel 20 retired) defeated Wellington 10/68 in 17 overs
(Maddy Spence 4/19, Marites Woods 2/8, Gracie Jones 1/3, Jordan Moody 1/11, Abigail Simpson 1/20).

All girls performed brilliantly with Maddy scoring her first century off 72 balls, Abigail falling just 2 runs short of another century (which would have been her 3rd in 3 games!), Marites Woods scoring her 55 runs from just 33 balls, Ellen getting 20 from 20 balls, Holly McColl and Jordan Moody getting 1, Gracie Jones 2 not out and Jolie Norman 4 not out.

After a quick lunch break the girls then went out and restricted the runs for Wellington whilst taking regular wickets. The girls fielding was outstanding with catches by Ellen Dolbel, Abigail Simpson and an amazing diving catch by Marites Woods who also performed a beautiful direct hit run out.

The girls are to be congratulated on their performance which will now see them play in the Western Regional final! 

Open Boys Cricket

Open Boys Cricket team's run in the Alan Davison Shield came to an end after losing to a strong Dubbo side

Parkes High School Open Boys Cricket were unfortunately beaten in their round 3 match of the Alan Davison Shield by a strong Dubbo Senior Campus. The boys put in a good performance, but could not match the older Dubbo outfit. Dubbo won the toss and set a run chase of 277. Hunter Hawke bowled well taking 6/46. Toby Thorne assisted with 2 wickets for 40, while Harry Bayliss took 1/52 from his eight overs.  Parkes were unable to maintain the run chase and despite a good  performance from Hunter Hawke with 42 runs, Royce Simpson 27 and Geordie Duncan 24 runs.

30 August 2019

Abigail named most valuable player for Western

Abigail was named most valuable player for Western at the CHS Hockey titles at Moorebank

Year 10 student Abigail Simpson has had an exceptional representative season in hockey this year. She was named in the Western Region Team who won a silver medal at the NSW Hockey titles in Moorebank, Sydney, and was named most valuable player for Western by her peers.

Recently she played in the NSW B team at the CHS All Schools Hockey Championships in Newcastle where her team came 5th. Abigail is also a valuable member of the PHS Open Girls and U/16 girls hockey teams.

Congratulations Abigail.

16 August 2019

Bronze Medal For Girls Tennis Team

Our Open Girls and Boys copmpeted in the finals of the CHS State Tennis copmetition at Nelson Bay. Our girls claimed the bronze medal while the boys finished 4th in the state.

With sunny weather at Nelson Bay, the Open Girls tennis team arrived to find themselves seeded 5, meaning a Quarter Final first up against the 4th seed Mosman High. The 2nd pairing of Holly McColl and Maddy McCormick started slowly, losing their first service game, but came back strongly from 4-3 down to win 6-4. Phoebe and Hannah Potts also started slowly, got themselves in the lead, but eventually fell to their opponents 6-4.

Maddy got the singles off to a good start with a 6-3 victory before Holly fell 7-6 in a close encounter. Phoebe Potts played valiantly against her opponent, who has received 4 offers from US colleges, and was in every game although losing 6-0. Hannah restored the advantage for Parkes with a 6-1 victory. The match was then 3 sets each with Parkes leading by a single game.

All 4 girls played beyond their amazing earlier performances with the match in the balance. Phoebe and Hannah went out determined and dominated their opponents with a 6-0 scoreline. Holly and Maddy looked like the doubles combination of the tournament but fell 7-6 to their more fancied opponents. The final result was Parkes High defeated Mosman High 4 sets each, 40 games to 34.

The Semi-Final saw Parkes against the more fancied Grafton side who had finished as runners-up in 2018. Phoebe and Hannah were unable to answer the pace and precision of their opening doubles opponents and went down 6-0. Holly and Maddy proved too strong for their opposites winning 6-3. Hannah led off the singles and trailed 3-0 early in the set. She dug deep and took the fight to the Grafton girl and came out victorious 7-5. Phoebe again took on the No 1 opposition  player, putting in a great match before succumbing 6-2. Holly went out confident against her opponent but a headache at  1-1 hindered her progress, losing 6-1. Maddy went out to her set knowing a win might see Parkes through to the final. She blew her opponent off the court winning 6-0. Unfortunately this left the girls at 3 sets each but trailing by 6 games meaning they had to win both of the remaining doubles matches to make the final.

Phoebe and Hannah took out the 2nd pairing from Grafton, leaving it all down to the final set. Holly and Maddy were determined in their efforts and frustrated the Grafton Number 1 pairing. The Grafton pair proved too strong in the end winning the set to leave the final score at 4 sets each, 34 games to 30. Parkes had gone within 4 games of playing for the gold medal and Floris Conway Cup.

Wednesday morning started at 8am with the Parkes High girls confident in taking on the side from Castle Hill High School. This confidence looked well founded as Phoebe and Hannah quickly overcame their opposing pair 6-1, while on the other court MVP Maddy McCormick combined well with Holly to dominate their opponents 6-0.

The singles results continued Parkes’ good form with Phoebe winning her singles 6-1. Hannah followed suit with a 6-1 win of her own. Holly fought hard against her opponent but some missed shots cost her as she went down 10-8 in the tiebreak. Maddy continued her winning form, to the crowd chants of M…V…P dominating the tiebreaker 7-3. The reverse doubles were not required with the Parkes High girls claiming the bronze medal for the 3rd place team in the CHS knockout.

Boys Tennis Team Ranked Fourth

The boys had their first match against Lambton High in the Quarter Finals. Jake Magill and Ben Evans were down early in their match before coming back to win 6-3. Joseph Tanswell and Gabriel Goodrick were too good for their opponents winning 6-3 to give Parkes the early advantage.

The singles started with some high quality tennis from both Ben and Gabe. Ben took his opponent to deuce in nearly every receiving game but fell just short of a win, losing 7-5. Gabe fought on bravely to emerge victorious over his opposite 6-3. Joseph also took his opponent to deuce in a lot of games but fell 6-1 to the No 3 Lambton player. Jake Magill and long-time opponent Lleyton Richards played an intense singles match with each service game being a close run affair and the advantage swapping from one player to the other Jake managed to win the last 3 games with 2 breaks of serve to take it 6-3.

The reverse doubles saw Jake and Ben dominate and record a 6-0 victory and ensure the semi-final spot for Parkes. Joseph and Gabe played well against their more fancied opponents but fell 6-0.

Thursday morning had the boys against the 2018 champions in Sydney Boys High. Lachie Tassell came into the side in place of Gabe for this vital clash. The doubles matches saw quality tennis from both teams but this was not reflected in the score with both Parkes pairings going down 6-0. Jake faced a strong foe in his singles match that included no less than 4 deuce games but gained valuable match practice for the afternoon in his 6-1 defeat. Ben made sure his opposite number knew they were in the match with a long set that finished 6-2 in the negative for Parkes. Joseph and Lachie played consistently in their matches but went down 6-1 and 6-0 respectively. The reverse doubles were not required and the Parkes boys decided to conserve their energy for the bronze medal playoff later in the afternoon.

The bronze medal match had Parkes taking on the side from Figtree High that included a member of the NSW All-Schools side. The first doubles matches were split 7-5 and 6-3 leaving Parkes trailling by 2 games. Jake Magill lost his first service game but then matched it with his opponent gaining break points but was just unable to get over the line, falling 6-4. Joseph Tanswell tried hard but fell to his hard serving foe 6-3 meaning Parkes was on the back foot. A good win by Ben Evans 6-0 meant that Parkes was back in the match. Gabe Goodrick was also well in his match until a couple of lucky shots saw his opponent take the match 6-3 and Parkes behind 4 sets to 2 with 2 to play. Jake and Ben won their doubles 6-0, meaning a win in anything other than a tie break for Joseph and Gabe would give Parkes the win. It was a tough ask though as they were up against the top pair from Figtree who had previously beaten both the Westfields Sports High doubles pairings. The Parkes boys were down early, fought back to level but fell to the big serves of Figtree’s NSW All Schools representative.

Combining the results from both competitions, Parkes High were only bettered by Westfield Sports High.

Both the boys and girls teams represented Parkes High with distinction and showed to the other schools what it looks like to both win and lose with dignity and respect for your opponents.

26 August 2019

NSWCHSSA Cross Country success

Matty Price is picture with the medals he won at the NSWCHSSA Cross Country championships

On 26 July, Matty Price (Year 7) and Trefor Douglas (Year 12) represented Parkes High School at the NSWCHSSA Cross Country at Eastern Creek after qualifying at the Western Cross country at Geurie earlier in the month.

Matty had a great day and earned himself two medals for his efforts. Matty competed in the Under 13’s Multi-class and ran the 3km event. He was placed 3rd overall in his class for all NSW All Schools and 2nd in his age/class for CHS. This was the second state championships that Matty has qualified for this year after also competing at the NSW CHS Swimming earlier this year.

Trefor competed in the U18 event and ran the 6km event. Congratulations to both boys on their achievements.

2 August 2019

White Ribbon Day

Parkes and Forbes High Schools acknowledged White Ribbon Day's capaign to raise awareness of domestic violence through the annual Rugby League and League Tag matches

Parkes High and Forbes High held its annual league matches recently to raise awareness for the important issue of domestic violence and the White Ribbon National Campaign.

For the last two years the school have come together in friendly rivalry to play rugby league, but this year saw the inclusion of the girls playing league tag. The entire school travelled to Forbes High to watch the matches and support this important cause.

Before the game there was a moving speech by Mr Barry Merrit about the frightening statistics of domestic violence in Australia and explained that each player was playing in honour of a victim who had lost their life to domestic violence.

The girls played first and Parkes High were convincing winners 30-14. PHS league tag Captain Daisy Burn was thrilled with how the girls played. “The girls were awesome, they never gave up and were so strong in defence” said Daisy. Meika Lovett was announced players player by the Forbes High team and Tess Woods was named player of the match by the umpires.

The boys league game went to Forbes High 32-12. PHS League Captain Harrison MacGregor was extremely pleased with how the boys played. “It was such a great effort from the boys and the score was closer than last year. Forbes had nine year 12 boys and we had none, so I think we can get them next year” said Harrison.

Harrison was also voted players player by the Forbes High Team and received the Louise Cole memorial medal.

The day is sponsored by Northparkes Mines, who were in attendance to present the trophies and supplied a sausage sizzle for everyone.

Don't forget to check out the White Ribbon Day album in our gallery for more great photos.

21 June 2019

Parkes High School are Western Region Champions

Both Parkes High School Tennis teams were named Western Region Champions on 13 June 2019

Both the Parkes High Boys and Girls tennis teams are Western Region Champions for 2019 after a blistering display of Tennis on Thursday 13 June 2019.

The girls were hot favourites going in to the day having retained the same side that were champions in 2018. The withdrawal of Orange High on the eve of the finals saw the day played as a round robin. The girls were up against Dubbo  in the first round and didn’t need to play the reverse doubles, with a comprehensive 6-0 thrashing of their opponents. The final round of the round robin saw Parkes play the surprise team of the finals in Blayney High. Not knowing what to expect the girls were still confident of success. True to form, they dominated their opponents, finishing with another 6-0 scoreline. Even with their dominance, the girls played with an excellent demeanour, encouraging their opponents and having fun in their matches.

The boys were slight favourites heading into the day but it was expected to be tight between Parkes and Bathurst. First up though was the semi-final against Dubbo. The boys were precise in their play and comprehensively beat Dubbo 7-1 with the only loss coming from our Number 2 doubles pairing against the Dubbo Number 1 pair. Having warmed up against Dubbo, the boys faced Bathurst who had received a bye in the semi-final. The Parkes boys saw this as an advantage to them as they were warmed up on a wet, misty day. This may have proved the difference as our doubles pairings got off to a flying start taking both matches. The singles were a tighter affair but a 6-0 win to Ben Evans and a tight 6-4 win to Jake Magill meant that they only had to beat the 2nd pairing from Bathurst for Parkes to advance. They did this comfortably to give Parkes a 5-3 win.

Thank you to the ladies of Parkes Tennis Club for running the canteen through the day. Both teams now travel to Nelson Bay in Week 3 of next term to play in the state finals. Good luck to both teams.

Seven boys attended the Western Region trials on Monday after these finals. Congratulations to Jake Magill, Ben Evans and Joseph Tanswell who have made the Western Region team to play later in the year.

Parkes High School wins the Darby Shield

Parkes High School hockey boys win the 2019 Darby Shield

Parkes High School recently hosted in conjunction with NSW Hockey the annual Laurie Wakefield “Darby” Shield.

The Darby shield is for boys under the age of 16 and is the equivalent of the Tom Kemp Cup for the girls that is held in Bathurst each year. The gala day was attended by Parkes High (2 teams), Lithgow High and Red Bend Catholic College (2 teams).

All teams played each other in the round games with Parkes High Blue making it to the final against Red Bend Catholic     College. In an even match, Parkes High Blue eventually came out on top winning 3-1.

NSW Hockey Development Officer Kate Pullbrook was in attendance to present the shield and medallions and expressed the sportsmanship of all players on the day was exceptional.

Congratulations to the Parkes  High Blue team that comprised of students in years 8-11 and a huge congratulations to the Parkes High Red team that comprised of Year 7 and 8 students, who came third on the day.

Parkes High into next round of Open Hockey State Cup

In a momentous effort both the Open Boys and Girls Hockey teams have advanced into the NSW Combined High School State Cup.

The Open Boys team met Cowra High School in the first round and were convincing in their win. Cowra never gave up, but Parkes’ skills were too advanced, winning 8–0.

The Girls and Boys then travelled to Dubbo to take on the combined Dubbo College teams in the next round.

The Boys participated in a hard fought game winning 3-1 and were pleased with their performance.

The Girls advanced to the second round to play Dubbo after a forfeit from Molong Central School. The girls knew the game was going to be very tough, coming up against the Western Region goalie, but they kept to their game plan and were solid in defence and flamboyant in attack and won the game 2-1.

Parkes High Hockey Coach, Mrs Justine Morrissey was extremely pleased with both teams and was particularly impressed with the younger students who have made up the majority of both teams.

Both teams would like to thank Mr Warburton for driving the bus to Dubbo and providing his wealth of hockey knowledge on the day.

7 June 2019

Open Netball Runners Up At Western Area Girls CHS Carnival

The Parkes High Open Girls Netball team recently competed at the Western Area Girls CHS Netball carnival in Orange.

The team, coached by Samantha Dunlop, performed extremely well, winning their pool and making it through to the final. The team put up a good fight against Orange High in the final but unfortunately ended the day in second place.

 A special mention goes to Jordyn Chapple, Annalise Maier and Olivia Dolbel who progressed through to the second round of trials for the Western Team. Congratulations to Annalise Maier who was selected in the team and competed at the NSW CHS Carnival, with the Western Team finishing fifth. 

In other netball news, the Year 7/8 and Year 9/10 boys and girls netball teams participated in the TAFE NSW Netball Schools Cup held in Parkes. Great sportsmanship was shown throughout the carnival and all players are to be commended for their efforts.

Congratulations to the Years 7/8 boys and girls teams and the Year 9/10 boys and girls teams who made it through to the next round of the TAFE Cup to be played in Orange in August.

A big thank you to Alleyne Gaut, Tianna Simpson and Jolie Norman who were the Parkes High umpires for the carnival.

24 May 2019

Great Swims and a WSSA Encouragement Award for Matty

Congratulations to our team who joined their colleagues in the Western NSW Swimming team and competed at the NSW Combined High Schools Swimming Championships in Sydney in the last week of last term.

A big congratulations to Olivia Dolbel, Danilo Bottaro-Porter, Liam Moody, Matty Price and the Mens 14-15yrs relay team (Jordan Moody, Danilo Bottaro-Porter, Geordie Duncan and Will Lamond) who put in some incredible swims against some of the top swimmers in the state.

Our very own Matty Price was awarded a WSSA Encouragement Award medal as he; competed in the Multi-Class (MC) events. He had a full program across the three days of this meet, and it was his first time competing at NSWCHS level. Matty was on time for marshalling and put in 100% effort each time he swam. He achieved two Bronze medals (12-15yrs MC 100m BK & 12-15yrs MC 200m IM) and gained selection into the NSWCHS All Schools Swimming Team. 

Maddison attends the CHS Girls State Carnival for cricket representing Western.

27 February 2019

In February, Madison Spence attended the CHS Girls State Carnival for cricket representing Western at Raby, Sydney South West.
The girls were fantastic ambassadors for their schools and region with very positive feedback from other coaches and umpires. Although the team only had one win, they showed determination to improve their skills and worked well as a team.
The girls had a tough draw playing most of the top teams, but held their own but often fell short in runs.

Maddison didn’t let being the youngest team member stop her performance. She is a competitive and enthusiastic cricketer with a bright future ahead of her. She took on any role she was asked in the team and gave it her best. Although she didn’t take any wickets from her bowling it was very economical. Her batting was steady and included a valuable 28 runs against North Coast.

Thanks to Rachel McCann of Mudgee High School for the article.

Our 2019 House Captains & Vice Captains

3 December 2018

Congratulations to the following students who have been named as Sports Captains and Vice Captains of their respect houses for 2019.


Captains: Harry Dawson and Tiana Dumaine

Vice-Captains: Blair Allen and Tess Cummins


Captains: Connor Hewes and Shakira Henry

Vice-Captains: Nathan Hessel and Lucy Flynn


Captains: Luke Noakes and Hannah Potts

Vice-Captains: Jake Magill and Bronte O'Shannessy


Captains: Nic Slavin and Hannah Spedding

Vice-Captains: Lachlan Tassell & Kaitlyn Spence