Dy­lan proves he’s a true War­rior

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - News -

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.

Bunny bo­nanza

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.

Mill talk

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.

Poll chal­lenge

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.

Runs needed

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.

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