Shear de­light

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - REAL ESTATE HOUSE OF THE WEEK -

The 2018 Mathoura Speed Shear is ex­pected to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

The pop­u­lar events will be con­ducted on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, and, in ad­di­tion to the shear­ing com­pe­ti­tion, this year’s event will in­clude his­toric tim­ber in­dus­try ac­tiv­i­ties.

Regis­tra­tion opens at 9.30am with en­tries from teams of four in­vited to take part.

The day’s pro­gram, with the un­mis­tak­able roar of the chain­saws, will kick off at 11am.

The shear­ing con­test, with $12,000 in prize­money, will fea­ture in­ter­me­di­ate, women’s and se­nior’s sec­tions, as well as the con­trac­tors’ re­lay and the Trans-Tas­man Cup events.

En­try will be by gold coin do­na­tion and there will also be mar­ket stalls, kids ac­tiv­i­ties, train rides, a whip crack­ing demon­stra­tion, face paint­ing, a bar­be­cue and li­censed bar all day.

Be on hand to see and sup­port Corey Tay­lor as he loses his locks in a can­cer fundraiser at lunchtime.

For more de­tails, con­tact Anne Robert­son on 0429 843 579.

Did you see it on tele­vi­sion — the Mathoura Car — in the re­cent Dani­her’s Drive?

Look­ing re­splen­dent with its smick new paint job, the ve­hi­cle was front and cen­tre at Gov­ern­ment House when the ve­hi­cles were waved off to start the 2018 ad­ven­ture.

In his third ap­pear­ance in the fundrais­ing event with mates, Bill Ran­dall and Stu­art McCal­lum, Al­lan Wat­son un­der­took a 1900km jour­ney which took the trio through cen­tral and western, Vic­to­ria, the east­ern part of South Aus­tralia and back into Gee­long .

The lo­cal en­try con­trib­uted $16,700 to the fundrais­ing event aimed at putting the brakes on Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease.

Pen­nant com­pe­ti­tion for Mathoura Bowl­ing Club last week­end saw Di­vi­sions 4 & 5 en­joy wins over Rich River while Di­vi­sions 1 & 2 go down to Rich River and Lock­ing­ton re­spec­tively.

In good news for the club, Joe Mur­phy and Gob O’Brien won the Cam­paspe Val­ley 60 & Over Pairs con­test but then went down in the re­gional con­test.

Play­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to reg­u­larly check the lists on dis­play in the bowls of­fice for play dates and cham­pi­onship draws.

The club’s Monthly Mixed Pairs 2x4x2 will be con­tested on Sun­day, Novem­ber 4 with a 1pm start.

Play­ers are re­minded that bowls at­tire is to be worn.

En­tries are be­ing ac­cepted by Rod Werner on 0408 568 338 or the club on 5880 3200.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to skip David Hicks, third Rod Werner, sec­ond Paul Clear and lead Frank Ja­co­bite who were run­ners-up in the 50th Water­wheel Fours Tour­na­ment at Lock­ing­ton re­cently.

It will be too early for Christ­mas but kids at­tend­ing the Mathoura Coun­try Kids Fes­ti­val will think it has come early with all the fun and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to them.

There will be laser tag, wa­ter zorbs, a gi­ant slide, jump­ing cas­tle, camel rides, mini golf, sumo wrestling, hobby horse races, mini golf, a pet­ting zoo and much more.

There will also be a sausage siz­zle should they ever slow down enough to eat one.

It will be a bit like Christ­mas — so many great ac­tiv­i­ties they won’t know which to try first.

The fes­ti­val, to be held in the Soldiers’ Memo­rial Gar­dens on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, will be run by the Mathoura Preschool and Mathoura Pub­lic School.

As well as the kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, the school’s cake stall will be an­other out­stand­ing hit with lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

Last week I men­tioned the com­ing an­nual gen­eral meet­ing for Mathoura Golf Club. How­ever, I have to ‘fess’ up to mak­ing an er­ror re­gard­ing where the meet­ing is to be held.

The Oc­to­ber 31 meet­ing will be held at the Mathoura Bowl­ing Club — not the golf club­house as I in­di­cated. Start­ing time will be 8pm.

My apolo­gies for the er­ror.

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