Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Jock gets plenty of local support

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Green and gold balloons were seen flying high at the Landales’ ‘Mundiwa’ property gate on the Riverina Hwy just outside Deniliquin on Wednesday.

A boxing kangaroo flag was also waving in what was seen as support for Jock Landale, a basketball­er for the Australian Boomers at the Olympics.

The Landales delivered similar balloons to Navorina Nursing Home last Friday, where his grandmothe­r Peggy Landale is a resident.

Mrs Landale said she was very proud of Jock and excited to see him march at the Olympic opening ceremony on Saturday.

Jock was a star for the Boomers in their winning match on Wednesday. See sport for more details.

Ready to run

Deniliquin Little Athletics this week gave the Hardinge St oval a splash of paint ahead of its August Trial Day.

The associatio­n thanked its volunteers who helped line mark the track.

‘‘We wish our young athletes the best,’’ Deni Little Athletics said.

Welcome back

Deniliquin’s Riverside Caravan Park extended a warm welcome to Victorian border bubble guests on Tuesday.

Under the rules which came into effect at midnight on Tuesday night, the lockdown ended and Victorians within the border bubble were allowed to enter its NSW counterpar­t.

The caravan park said they were ‘‘so excited’’ about the change.

Dawn double up

Well it was a case of double Dawns in Tuesday’s paper that caused some confusion.

Recent 80th birthday celebrator Dawn McDonnell is not saying farewell to Deni for Shepparton, but rather ArtLife member Dawn MacDonald is.

Both Dawns were featured in stories in Tuesday’s PT — apologies about the mix up ladies.

Best wishes to both the lovely Dawns.

A ‘short’ disruption

Power disruption­s across Deniliquin on Wednesday afternoon had lights and electrical appliances flickering across town.

The disruption­s occurred between 3.20 pm and 4.30 pm before power returned to normal.

The unplanned power outage impacted more than 1600 customers in Murgha, Moulamein and Koraleigh, a spokespers­on for Essential Energy told the PASTORAL TIMES.

‘‘Electricit­y network protection equipment activated automatica­lly when it detected a fault,’’ the spokespers­on said.

Collectors’ rally

The Deniliquin Collectors Club is still planning to hold its 15th annual spring rally in September.

An amazing array of different collectabl­es will be on display for the local community and enthusiast­s.

Cars will also be a main feature with rods, customs, classics and vintage vans.

The event will run across the weekend of September 18 and 19, with a tractor trek on Saturday and Show ‘n’ Shine on the Sunday.

It will be held along the Edward River at Memorial Park.

Public entry is $5 per day.

What was the bang?

Mystery surrounds an unusual occurrence in Barooga last week, when residentia­l properties were shaken by an explosiont­ype event.

Barooga’s Denis Liuzzi said he heard a thundering sound at his Vermont St home, which he described as ‘‘quite deafening’’ and lasting about 20 seconds.

‘‘The windows of my house shook, my Colorbond metal roof rattled, and a general shuddering took place. I immediatel­y walked outside to find my next door neighbour had experience­d the same — it was very strange,’’ he said.

Residents in nearby Banker St also experience­d the phenomenon.

But what caused the noise remains unknown. Police did not receive any reports and no earthquake­s were recorded.

DonateLife Week

Did you know this week is Australia’s 10th DonateLife Week?

It includes a call to the 13 million Australian­s eligible to be organ and tissue donors to please take just one minute and register like a life depends on it.

There are currently 1800 Australian­s waiting for a life-saving organ transplant that can only happen through organ donation.

This year, DonateLife is holding The Great Registrati­on Race for DonateLife Week — a campaign to encourage 100,000 of the 13 million eligible Australian­s to register as organ and tissue donors by the end of August at www.donatelife.gov.au/register.

New coaches

Barooga and the Deni Rams have long been rivals on the footy field. And off the field both have recently made significan­t coaching announceme­nts.

Hot on the heels of the Rams announcing Ash Morris as their 2022 senior coach, Barooga have likewise announced a new leader.

The Hawks have advised that former AFL gun Jackson Trengove would take on the top job after joining the club this year in a playing role.

The superstar ruckman, who turns 31 later this year, will continue to pull on the boots next year as well.

Trengove, a 180-game talent at Port Adelaide and Western Bulldogs, will replace coach Tim Hargreaves, who has decided to step down.

The Hawks are struggling near the bottom of the Murray League ladder, so will no doubt be keen for improvemen­t in 2022.

Cat re-signs

And while on the subject of football, district residents will be able to continue cheering on former Yarroweyah junior Esava Ratugolea, who has extended his contract at the Geelong Cats for another two years.

The 22-year-old, who has played 50 AFL senior games, said he was thrilled to remain at the Cattery.

‘‘I can’t wait to see what this group does going forward, and I want to be a part of it so it’s very exciting times,’’ Ratugolea said.

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