Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Footy, netty are back

FIXTURE RESHUFFLE SEES PDFNL MATCHES RESUME

- By LAURA GREEN

Tomorrow will see the return of some cross-border sport as the Picola and District Football Netball League gets back into action.

A meeting of the PDFNL took place on Tuesday night, resulting in the decision to play round 15 matches.

PDFNL operations manager Shane Railton said the league was determined to finish the season on its end date by cancelling rounds 17 and 18 and replacing them with rounds 15 and 16, ‘‘so everyone can play each other once’’, however the round starting Saturday, July 31 would need to go ahead to make that possible.

Rounds 17 and 18 were cancelled on Tuesday night, along with the round 16 Berrigan v Tocumwal match.

At least one PDFNL club — Jerilderie — is outside Victoria’s newest version of the border bubble, with those in Wagga Wagga, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire and Murrumbidg­ee all locked out from visiting the Victorian side of the border bubble without an exemption, a statement from Premier Daniel Andrews announced this week.

To allow Jerilderie to play, the club will travel to Berrigan this week to play against Tungamah.

Finals venues and dates will remain the same.

After a Monday night league meeting of the Murray Football Netball League, general manager Dale Norman said this round’s matches would be cancelled, with plans to restart in August, COVID19 rules permitting.

‘‘We’d like to think we can resume early August but it might be a bit of a battle,’’ Norman said.

‘‘The ban on spectators in Victoria and the uncertaint­y over travel restrictio­ns within the border bubble does not (make it) viable to proceed,’’ the league’s announceme­nt said.

Norman said it was a disappoint­ment to be forced to cancel rounds.

He said the MFNL finals would go ahead on the scheduled dates in August, without the three cancelled rounds.

‘‘The draw will stay the same, those games that we’ve missed will be cancelled and there’s nothing we can do about that.’’

Norman said he would need to see crowds allowed at games and clubs allowed to hold functions to make the season financiall­y viable.

‘‘We need crowds to make it viable — without functions and an income source, clubs will struggle,’’ he said.

He said with almost no COVID19 cases in the MFNL’s catchment through the entire pandemic, he didn’t see why sport couldn’t go ahead with safety precaution­s in place.

‘‘Everything is still open in these regional areas — cafes, bars, clubs and training is still happening.’’

Round two of the Deniliquin Golf Premier League will be played Saturday and Sunday.

With heavy course conditions and showers forecast, good scoring may again be challengin­g.

Bush Whackers versus the Wedgies is the only contest between two winners from week one, but given the mediocre round one score of the Wedgies, Bush Whackers are the clear favourites.

Bush Whackers have had a knack of having different players provide good scores almost every week. Wedgies will need to get the majority of the team on course if they are to post a winning score.

Hit & Hope will no doubt bounce back after their narrow week one loss when they take on TaylorMaid­s.

It has been reported that TaylorMaid­s’ captain has been searching high and low for her team, so let’s hope a few find their way to the club over the weekend.

Look for Jim Poka Jnr to lead Hit & Hope after a down performanc­e last week.

The Water Wizards will be full of confidence after their first-up win, when they take on Old Boys.

The drying course should see cart use Saturday which will help overcome Old Boys’ biggest issue in week one, being a lack of numbers. It will be interestin­g to see if the Wizards adopt their

Sunday golf strategy for a second week and achieve the same result.

COVID-8 are sitting top of the table and take on WOTAM, whose captain Noel Swainger will no doubt have his team more organised this week, after their last-minute entry to the competitio­n; their form and numbers were down last week. COVID-8 were the high scorers last week and should start favourites.

The final match is an all-ladies affair between Eagles & Birdies and the Crackers. Eagles & Birdies, despite a week one loss, will start favourites due to the overall experience. The Crackers were lucky week one winners with only four players and they will need better numbers this week if they are to remain undefeated.

Sunday golf is on again this weekend, with a stableford competitio­n to be played. The daily competitio­n is open to all golfers and can be used to contribute a Premier League score. It should be noted for Premier League players that only one score can count for your team each week and that will be the first entered.

Sunday is a great opportunit­y to bring along new golfers and introduce them to the club and regular competitio­n golf.

The coveted Borella Cup will be contested tomorrow, with the winner getting to enjoy the cup’s spoils for the next three months.

Last Thursday the ladies played stableford, with Prue Lloyd needing only 31 points to win A-grade on countback to Kerran Leetham. The B-grade scores were a little higher, with Vicki Barnes recording 35 to win on countback to Leonie Chadderton.

Saturday was singles versus par and the A grade winner with +2 was Jackson Campbell, by a shot to Dean Irwin, and in B grade Peter O’Brien had square to also win by a shot, from Jane Glowrey.

The highlight on Saturday was a hole-in-one on the 9th by Ross Taylor.

On Wednesday Andrew ‘Taffy’ Brunker won A-grade with 38 points, from Tom Maw 37. In B-grade Albert Liebenberg was the winner with an impressive 41 points, well clear of David Maraldo 33.

There also appears to be some incorrect informatio­n on the Wednesday scoresheet, which says Bob Landy had an eagle on the 12th and ‘Zorro’ Bessell won golden hole — hard to imagine either is correct, but you never know.

Don’t forget the raffles and meals tonight. Raffle tickets are on sale from 6 pm with draws from 7.30 pm.

Last week’s results: Thursday, July 22, ladies’ single stableford:

A grade P Lloyd 31, c/b K Leetham; B grade V Barnes 35, c/b L Chadderton.

Ball comp: B Leetham, P Aitken, F Harrington, J Glowrey, E Bolton, J Hood, D Wharton, P Chandler, P Chalmers, C Maher, S Simpson, c/o 29.

NTP: K Leetham. Golden hole P Lloyd.

Saturday, July 24, singles versus par:

A grade J Campbell +2, r/u D Irwin +1; B grade P O’Brien square, r/u J Glowrey -1.

Ball comp: S Tritton, L Chappell, J Hunt, B Bourke, P Joice, C Thompson, G Stephens, C Thomson, J Wacheke, D McQuie, N Boswell, I Fuller, T Grant, Mark Thomas, D Nalder, c/o -4.

NTP: 5th L Chappell, I Campbell; 9th R Taylor; 13th G Rodda, D Bull. Golden hole L Chappell.

Wednesday, July 28, men’s stableford:

A grade A Brunker 38, r/u T Maw 37; B grade A Liebenberg 41, r/u D Maraldo 33.

Ball comp: J Penna, G Rothwell, L Chappell, J Hunt, N Werner, D Wade, N Swainger, C Thomson, P Joice, P Hodgkinson, Andrew Hall, D Ramsey, R Bolton, B Dixon.

NTP: D Connolly, golden hole G Bessell.

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