■ ‘Bridie makes history’ - Blighty netballer and 13 year-old, Bridie Blake, was the youngest person in the club’s history to make her A grade debut. She played for the Under 15s, 17s and top level in round seven of the Picola & District League.
■ The Deniliquin Rovers wasted no time in securing the services of senior coach Josh Bode, with the six-time club best and fairest winner committing to the top job for the 2019 season.
■ Five local footballers — Jace Collins, Cameron Wills, Noah Bradley, Marcus Moorse and Alvin Cooper — represented the Riverina at the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association Aussie Rules carnival.
■ Deniliquin schools went into Blues fever when Carlton Football Club made a visit to the local area.
Deniliquin Junior Giants basketballers — Logan Leiper and Bonnie Everett — represented Riverina at the NSW state carnivals.
■ Deniliquin’s Duncan Hughes was selected in the NSW Combined High Schools Sports Association under 15 state team. The NSW side was set to compete at the national championships. Raymond Murphy also had a strong showing at the carnival, receiving the Riverina Murray MVP honour and the Riverina Medal.
■ Deniliquin High School teacher Josh Perizzolo showed he is one of the fittest men in the world, finishing fifth at the 24 Hour Enduro Obstacle Course Racing World Championship in Sydney. ■ Mother Melissa Westcott and her daughter Kate were both chosen in regional selections. Melissa was chosen as one of the selectors for the Northern Central Region 15 and under Netball Victoria State Title side. Kate was selected to trial as an umpire for the State Titles.
■ ‘Touching tribute’ - Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall made a welcomed return to AFL since the death of his father. The key forward, who has the number 13 on his back received a standing ovation from the crowd at the 13th minute mark of the first quarter as a tribute to his return and his father Robert.
■ ‘Deni High in top eight’ - Deniliquin High School’s under 15s Australian Rules side officially became one of the top eight teams in the state following the Swan Shield knockout competition.
■ ‘Nine qualify for state run’ - Nine Deniliquin High School students qualified for the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships — Annie Harvey, Rachel Crockart, Charlie Hillier, Dean McDonald, Macie Free, Ella Harvey, Charlotte Strong, Sophie Strong and Hannah Dunmore.
■ ‘Nick tumbles to fifth at gymnastics nationals’ - Local gymnast, Nick Caruso, placed fifth in the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.
■ Under 14s player Tom Cochrane played his 100th game with Blighty Football Club.
■ ‘Bob, Dickie clear Classic winners’ - Bob Landy and Jeff ‘Dickie’ Grant had a comfortable five shots win in the annual Deniliquin Golf Club Winter Classic.
■ ‘Hat-trick hands Raiders 1st win’ - A hat-trick from Dave Pikani steered the Moama-Echuca Border Raiders’ Division Two side, a team made up mainly of Deniliquin Wanderers players after the two clubs merged for the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League season, to their first win of the year.
■ Netballer Nerisa Wills celebrated her 200th club game milestone for the Deni Rovers.
■ ‘Mitsch set to play milestone match’ - Deni Rams netballer and premiership winning coach Corinne Mitsch took to the court for her 200th senior game with the club.
■ In a tough 2018 Murray Football League season the Deni Rams claimed their first of only two wins for the year, downing Echuca United by 16 points.
■ ‘First loss for Rams A’ - The Deni Rams A grade side’s stunning unbeaten start to the season came to an end against Echuca United after eight wins in a row.
■ ‘Drovers down Aggies 91-0’ - The Deni Drovers piled on 15 tries on their way to a record-breaking 91-0 win over Wagga Ag at a wet and muddy Rotary Park.
■ ‘Nine qualify for state run’ - Nine Deniliquin High School students — Annie Harvey, Rachel Crockart, Charlie Hillier, Dean Macdonald, Macie Free, Charlotte Strong, Hannah Dunmore, Ella Harvey and Sophie Strong — qualified for the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships in Sydney.
■ ‘Mildren’s return sparks massive win’ - Talented teenage defender Emily Mildren returned for the Rams A grade side to replace a pregnant Eliza Eastman. Mildren’s return helped the Rams to a 28 goal win over fourth-placed Numurkah to be two wins clear on top of the Murray League ladder.