Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Big weekends of golf
It was a busy weekend at the Deniliquin Golf Club with the return of the Premier League and a golf clinic held Saturday and Sunday respectively.
Terry Howe and Prue Lloyd are leading the Sunday clinics fortnightly for any young people wanting to take up golf.
Mrs Lloyd said they particularly hope to get more women on the course.
There’s another busy weekend coming up at the club this weekend, with an open day on Sunday.
For the golfers, including learners, there will be a free nine hole competition at 10am, to be followed by lunch and drinks.
This is an opportunity for members and non-members to inspect the renovations, including the club’s suitability for a range of functions.
Because it has various areas, it is an excellent venue for events of different sizes and is COVID-Safe.
The day will double as a chance for the club to thank its volunteers for their unwavering support, even through challenging times like COVID19.
Famous Australian race horse Subzero died on Saturday, aged 32.
Subzero would only win three races in his 31-race career — the 1991 SA Derby and Adelaide Cup and the 1992 Melbourne Cup — but he transcended racing.
He became the most loved horse of his generation and, in partnership with best pal Graham Salisbury, was a regular at aged care homes, schools, hospitals and anywhere anyone needed a boost or a smile on their face, he could be found.
The pair made a few trips to Deniliquin, including a visit as part of the 2014 Melbourne Cup Tour.
Subzero’s first post-racing performance was as Salisbury’s ride in his role as clerk of the course, beginning a friendship only parted by death. When they both retired from that, Salisbury continued as Subbie’s carer and they began 20-plus years of public service, helping brighten thousands and thousands of lives.
Based out of Salisbury’s Heathcote property, Subbie and his mate toured Australia making guest appearances at every call.
Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson agreed Subzero would be remembered for what he did both on and off the track.
‘‘As a Melbourne Cup winner he became a household name, but it was his work in retirement that earned him legendary status,’’ Thompson said.
But perhaps the final words belong to Salisbury’s daughter Nicole, who was with the old grey at the end.
‘‘I was with him and it was very peaceful,’’ she said.
‘‘He died at 2.38pm. The same time dad did, on a Saturday as well. Technically, it was sudden onset (of) heart failure.’’
When looking for ducks to feed in Deniliquin on Sunday afternoon, one of our journalists ended up feeding some hungry kookaburras.
After heading to the Edward River at a spot she usually feeds the ducks, one kookaburra flew down from the trees scooping up a piece of bread.
Soon another joined and they both sat on the bank waiting for some more.
A third kookaburra joined the feast, and all sat there and ate. Not one was perturbed by the human interaction.
They stayed happily while the journo snapped some photos of the friendly kookaburras who stuck around for a little while longer after finishing a few pieces of bread.
It isn’t hard to believe spring starts today with beautiful weekend weather in Deniliquin in the lead up to September 1.
Saturday was sunny with a low of 1.3°C and a high of 18.8°C, while Sunday was also sunny until later in the afternoon with a low of 6.5°C and a high of 23.4°C.
The nicer, warmer and sunnier days are something to look forward to, as well as your garden flourishing.
However, this is an issue for some people who suffer from hay fever, often caused by pollen.
If this is an issue for you, go and see our local chemists for advice.
Coffee catch up
Don’t forget about the coffee catch up for LGBTIQ+ friends, family and community this Saturday.
Everyone is welcome to meet at Harry Pepper cafe in End St from 10am.
Indicate if you are going on the Facebook event www.facebook.com/events/ 311338993420073/.
Organiser Wendy Johnston started the support group about three years ago in the lead up to the marriage equality vote.
It is about showing support for people that identify as LGBTIQ+ including their friends and family to ensure they feel accepted, supported and have a network of people they can relate to and connect with.