Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - WHAT MADE SPORTING HEADLINES IN 2018 -

■ ‘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.

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