Dylan proves he’s a true Warrior
Former Deniliquin man Dylan Hare had plenty of local support on the culmination of his mixed martial arts journey at Sydney on Saturday night.
Dylan’s parents Jim and Lorene, along with friends Ben Littmann, Brody Lumber, Bret Leech and Judd Barnes all attended for his first MMA fight.
The 29 year-old gave the Deni crew plenty to cheer about, defeating his opponent Gino ‘ The Peruvian Nightmare’ Espinosa by submission in just 36 seconds.
The fight was part of international reality TV show Wimp 2 Warrior, a show where every day people are trained by professional MMA fighters and coaches to compete in the octagon.
‘‘It was good to be able to go up and support Dylan,’’ Mr Littmann said.
‘‘We were all mates with him at school so it was great that we could make it there.
‘‘We all caught up after the fight for a few drinks because he wasn’t feeling too sore. We did have a laugh that we travelled all that way just for 36 seconds, but it was worth it.’’
■ More on Dylan’s fight in Friday’s edition.
Hats off to the Deni Business Chamber for organising the successful Bunny Day sale on Saturday.
The CBD was a busy place with lots of pre-Christmas shopping and plenty of bargains to snap up.
If you haven’t finished Christmas shopping (which, we suspect, is most people) make sure you support our local businesses. And you could be in the running for some ripper prizes in the ‘Spend & Win’ promotion, which we’re running on behalf of chamber and other major sponsors.
Toy Run donation
The annual Toy Run on Saturday, organised by the Ulysses Motorcycle Club with the help of Deniliquin Antique Vehicle Club, had a ‘‘great overall turnout’’ according to coordinator Peter Nankivell.
‘‘About 40 drivers showed up on the day with many others coming down to have a look,’’ he said.
‘‘Thank you to everyone involved and those who dropped off a toy donation. And a big thank you to the Deniliquin Antique Vehicle Club.
‘‘We were also lucky enough to receive a $200 cheque from Deniliquin Creative Writers Group. We’ll be donating the money in the form of ten $20 shopping vouchers.’’
The vouchers will be used in their appeal for teenagers, who are usually overlooked in the quest for toys.
Donations are still being accepted at the Salvation Army store.
There was lots of talk about town over the weekend following our front page story on Friday about the rice mill closure.
And our local politicians, Sussan Ley and Austin Evans, were not being talked about nicely in some circles.
Seems there’s a fair bit of angst about what many consider to be their lack of action to protect our community.
It will be interesting to see if anything changes in coming months, with a state election in March and a federal election in May.
Talking of elections, there are whispers that Ms Ley will get tougher opposition than she’s ever had at next year’s poll.
Our info suggests there is strong feeling among some quarters, particularly in the farming field, that any change would be better than the representation we’ve been getting.
There have been previous attempts to shake up Ms Ley and make Farrer a marginal seat, but her powerful vote in the major population centre of Albury gives her a huge buffer and makes it virtually impossible for anyone else to take the seat.
Then again, with what we’ve seen in politics over the past six months, you wouldn’t rule anything out.
As for Austin Evans, he’s been likened to former Nationals’ local member John Williams who, it must be said, wasn’t our greatest local representative.
It would not take long to add up what Mr Williams achieved for our district during his eight year tenure in state Parliament.
Perhaps it’s a bit cruel — and maybe premature — but we’ve heard the suggestion that Austin is about on a par.
What we do agree with is the widely held view that if he doesn’t start getting runs on the board for our district very soon, he had better start looking for another career from April 2019.
Judd Barnes, Bret Leech, Ben Littmann, Dylan Hare and Brody Lumber following Dylan’s MMA debut on Saturday.