Todd cho­sen for Rookie Squad

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - REAL ESTATE -

Todd Mur­phy, a tal­ented young crick­eter, has se­cured a berth in Cricket Aus­tralia’s 2017 Path­ways Rookie Squad.

By gain­ing his po­si­tion in the 53-player squad, he has put him­self on track for suc­cess, with sev­eral squad mem­bers hav­ing gained state con­tracts.

Cricket Aus­tralia na­tional tal­ent man­ager, and for­mer Aus­tralian Test cap­tain, Greg Chap­pell, de­scribed Todd as an emerg­ing tal­ent and the rookie squad was an im­por­tant part of the Path­ways Pro­gram in iden­ti­fy­ing these play­ers and en­sur­ing they have ev­ery chance at state or na­tional level to con­tinue their de­vel­op­ment as crick­eters and young men.

A se­lect group from the pro­gram will at­tend Cricket Aus­tralia’s Rookie Camp in Jan­uary, pro­vid­ing them with an ex­pe­ri­ence of life as a pro­fes­sional.

Sil­ver medal­lists. That’s the news from Mathoura Netball Club’s B grade net­ballers and their as­sault on the Pi­cola League grand fi­nal last week­end.

So near but yet so far; they lost by just one goal af­ter claw­ing back from seven goals down.

It was a huge ef­fort by a team which jells to­gether and per­forms like a well oiled ma­chine. And they are not just team­mates, but the best friends you could imag­ine.

Are you plan­ning to at­tend Wed­nes­day’s Blume’s Fash­ion Pre­sen­ta­tion?

Well, for cater­ing pur­poses, or­gan­is­ers would ap­pre­ci­ate hear­ing from you. You can call Ruth McCluskey on 5884 3218 or 0427 803 004.

The pop­u­lar event will show­case a great range of spring and sum­mer fash­ion.

The $15 ad­mis­sion fee will also in­clude morn­ing tea, lunch and af­ter­noon tea as well as a lucky door prize and en­ter­tain­ment.

Dis­trict res­i­dents will gather on Mon­day to farewell a lo­cal health pro­fes­sional and com­mu­nity con­trib­u­tor who was highly re­garded through­out the re­gion.

Myra Cop­pinger was gen­er­ally seen as Mathoura’s com­mu­nity nurse even be­fore there was a ded­i­cated nurs­ing po­si­tion in town.

She was called upon by all and sundry to at­tend those who were ill or in­jured. And she an­swered the call wher­ever or when­ever it came, whether it was a foot­baller crash­ing out of the ruck, a tim­ber­cut­ter cut­ting more than tim­ber or a child fall­ing from a bike.

Myra was also in­volved in ini­ti­at­ing moves for the de­vel­op­ment of a re­tire­ment vil­lage in Mathoura, later be­com­ing a res­i­dent her­self.

When not patch­ing or prop­ping peo­ple up she en­joyed play­ing golf in the club’s hey days, and later played bowls.

Myra, who was 93, was the loved wife of the late Henry (Boody), loved mother and mother-in-law of Joi, Tricia and Stan, Tony (dec) and An­nie, Tom and Julie.

She was also Nan to Joe, Rich, Nick and Paul as well as Great Nan of Ayr­ton, Eli, Cooper, Danielle and Isaac.

Fol­low­ing an 11am funeral ser­vice at St Brid­get’s Catholic Church, Myra will be laid to rest at the Mathoura Ceme­tery.

Blokes by the dozen rocked up to the Mathoura Pub­lic School last Fri­day for their an­nual day in the sun.

They were there for Blokes’ Day and what a great day it was.

The school com­mu­nity’s ver­sion of Fa­ther’s Day, the event saw the vis­i­tors tuck into a hearty lunch be­fore tak­ing part in a pro­gram of fun ac­tiv­i­ties with the youngsters.

It was dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine who had the most fun – the stu­dents or their guests!

The dust has hardly set­tled on the 2017 sea­son but the search is on for Mathoura Foot­ball Netball Club coaches for 2018.

The call is out for peo­ple to guide the club’s se­nior, re­serves, un­der 17 and un­der 14 foot­ball sides as well as eight netball teams, A, B, C, C re­serve and un­der 17, 15, 13 and 11.

In­ter­ested peo­ple should con­tact pres­i­dent Leonie Fran­cis on 0428 843 373 or vice pres­i­dent Shane Moorse on 0428 843 683 for a coach­ing ap­pli­ca­tion pack­age.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Things are ex­pected to get a lit­tle icy at this year’s Can­cer Coun­cil fundraiser.

Or­gan­is­ers have de­cided to ar­range an ‘ice bucket chal­lenge’ as part of the Mathoura Speed Shear pro­gram and are keen to hear from any­one who is will­ing to as­sist by be­ing ‘dumped on’.

If you would like to vol­un­teer, con­tact Anne Robertson or Sharnie Celli.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to lo­cal lad, To­mas Banks, who has been se­lected for the 2017 Un­der 13 Gi­ants team which will con­test the AFL NSW/ACT State Zone tri­als in Al­bury later this month.

His se­lec­tion fol­lows weeks of travel to Tocumwal for train­ing as part of the AFL NSW/ACT Joss Tal­ent Pro­gram.

Great ef­fort mate, good luck in the tri­als.

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