Hillier family play side-by-side
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.
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.
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.