Hil­lier fam­ily play side-by-side

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It was a spe­cial day for Deni Rhi­nos crick­eter Tim Hil­lier on Satur­day, hav­ing the rare op­por­tu­nity of play­ing Divi­sion One cricket with all three of his sons.

With the Rhi­nos head­ing into the game un­der­manned, Tim’s youngest sons Kai (14) and Char­lie (12) stepped up to en­sure the club fielded a side.

Harry, who usu­ally plays in the Premier Divi­sion, also played Div One for the week­end.

‘‘I didn’t think about it too much be­fore­hand, but when we got home that night we re­alised it was pretty spe­cial,’’ Tim said.

‘‘Not many play­ers would get the op­por­tu­nity to play cricket with their sons, let alone all of them.

‘‘It’s a great mem­ory, es­pe­cially for an old cricket tragic like me.’’

Back in the pool

Dave Wil­son has never been one to let age, or aches, slow him down.

Dave, who turns 80 to­mor­row, has only re­cently re­turned to swim­ming laps at the De­niliquin swim­ming pool.

He man­aged 20 laps of the pool on Satur­day, his first real swim since in­jur­ing his shoul­der.

‘‘I’ve only just been able to lift my arm out of the wa­ter,’’ Dave said.

‘‘I try and go for a swim ev­ery day, but if I’m driv­ing (the Com­mu­nity Trans­port bus) I can’t al­ways get there.’’

Rods on show

Hav­ing only pur­chased his ‘Rocket body’ Toy­ota ‘ 86 10 months ago, De­niliquin’s Ethan Wade rel­ished the chance to show it off to car lovers at the week­end.

Ethan’s was one of the cars on show at the Ed­ward River Ho­tel for its Rock ‘n’ Rods event, which dou­bled as a fundraiser for the De­niliquin Rid­ing for the Dis­abled group.

The car en­thu­si­ast said while he’s done some work on the Toy­ota since he pur­chased it, any other work he chooses to do will be a true tes­ta­ment of a ‘labour of love’.

‘‘All the parts have to be shipped from Ja­pan, so any­thing else I want to do will take a bit of money,’’ Ethan said.

‘‘It was a lit­tle rough when I first bought it, so it did need a bit of work.

‘‘I also up­graded the sound sys­tem and did a bit of rewiring.’’

More on the Rock ‘n’ Rods event in Fri­day’s edi­tion.

All aboard

The Ed­ward River So­ci­ety of Model En­gi­neers minia­ture train rides at Me­mo­rial Park de­lighted both lo­cal and vis­it­ing chil­dren on Sun­day.

For one group of fam­i­lies from Mel­bourne — the Dimechs, Drap­ers, Clarks and Brains — it was a side to De­niliquin they’d not yet ex­pe­ri­enced.

Hav­ing al­ready stayed in De­niliquin a num­ber of times, in­clud­ing for this year’s De­niliquin Ute Muster, the train rides added an­other el­e­ment to their Mel­bourne Cup Day long week­end.

The fam­i­lies are stay­ing at the De­niliquin BIG4 Hol­i­day Park, and said they learned of the rides from the signs in the CBD.

The minia­ture train rides run the first Sun­day of each month, weather per­mit­ting.

Turn­ing heads

Julie Simp­son and Ian Ma­son’s in­ti­mate wed­ding had heads turn­ing in the De­niliquin CBD on Satur­day.

The cou­ple chose to hold their cer­e­mony un­der the tow­er­ing palm trees in the Waring Gar­dens.

But it was Julie’s en­trance which re­ally had peo­ple want­ing to take a sneak peak at the event.

Julie ar­rived in the back of Steve Beck­with’s red 1963 Dodge Po­lara con­vert­ible.

Her brides­maids — daugh­ter Brook Simp­son and Vanessa and Ka­t­rina Jones — ar­rived in a bright or­ange EJ Holden wagon and bright yel­low 1963 Chevro­let Bel Air, owned by Steve’s daugh­ter Rhi­an­non and her hus­band Ricky Hayes re­spec­tively.

More in Fri­day’s edi­tion.

Hitch­ing a ride on the minia­ture train with driver John Coote on Sun­day were (from front) Ruby Dimech, Krys­tal Draper, Nash and Jett Clark, Brodie Brain and Josh and Michael Dimech.

Drew Lar­combe and Ethan Wade proudly show off Ethan’s ‘Rocket body’ Toy­ota.

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