Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Marshall makes 50th match
Deniliquin’s Todd Marshall has celebrated a game milestone with the Port Adelaide Power.
His latest match on Sunday marked the youngster’s 50th game with the club.
And it was good match with Power securing the win against the GWS Giants, 15.10 (100) to 11.7 (73).
Marshall kicked a goal, taking his season’s tally to 20, and had 16 disposals.
Marshall made his way to the AFL team when he was selected in the 2016 national draft, and since has made the local community proud of his sporting success.
The former Deni Rams junior footballer showed potential from his youth and is now living his AFL dream.
The sporting and wider community congratulated Marshall on the amazing achievement.
Deniliquin Netball Association players Kate Westcott and Makayla Finn have made another stride in their netball journey.
The girls have been training with the 2021 U15s North Central region squad for the past month, hoping to make the final team.
Over the four weeks, the girls had to show skill and potential to make the final 10 players, attended training sessions at Elmore.
And their talent was recognised, being successful in making the final team, which was announced this week.
They hope to compete in Melbourne later this year at the state title carnivals at the Netball Centre — COVID permitting — and will keep up their training until then.
The Deniliquin Business Chamber Business Awards nominations have come to a close.
The annual awards program gives recognition to local businesses and their staff, celebrating the local business community.
Nominations allow locals to flag businesses which they think should enter the awards initiative.
Organiser Susie Wallace said this year they saw a great response from the community.
‘‘We had 129 nominations from the public,’’ Mrs Wallace said.
She added it was wonderful to see this response in the current climate.
‘‘We’ve seen great community spirit, given the COVID times,’’ Mrs Wallace said.
The external judging panel will now to be going through the 68 applicants who entered, working their way through to decide the finalists.
More details will be in Tuesday’s PT, as we continue supporting the awards after more than 15 years as the major sponsor.
The Wanderers won’t be hitting the pitch this weekend.
A week gap between round 12 and 13 in the Griffith District Football Association means the squad will have another break from playing this Sunday.
The season has seen disruptions due to border bubble restrictions, with the side still looking to have make-up games with West Griffith.
The team is sitting in third spot on the ladder, and looking to make finals, with the top four to compete in the semis.
New school at Moama
Serving the communities of Deniliquin and surrounds is at the forefront of planning for Moama’s new Catholic school, according to Director of Catholic Education for the Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese Anthony Gordon.
The school, Blessed Carlo Catholic College, is planning to cover K-12, and open in 2024.
Principal of St Michael’s Parish School Deniliquin, Nick Braybon, says the college will be ‘‘an exciting option’’ for families in Deniliquin and Mathoura.
‘‘There will be a direct pathway for students from St Michael’s into a state of the art Catholic secondary college,’’ Mr Braybon said.
Plans for face to face community consultation in Deniliquin have been temporarily
put on hold due to the COVID outbreaks in NSW and Victoria.
Parkrun powers on
The community running event Parkrun has taken off in Deni with much success.
Last week the group saw around 70 participants join in.
Some of latest personal best times include: Erica Hayes - 25:06; Nick Robinson 25:38; Samuel North - 25:58; Scott Tritton -26:07; Matt Kiley - 26:21; Terri-Anne Maher - 26:24; Susan Laing - 26:26.
On a final note, it is pleasing to see Premier Gladys take note of the regional uproar over her plans to reallocate COVID vaccines from regional areas to Sydney (see story on page 3).
It’s a shame her government will not do more to support regional NSW during the pandemic, and continues to fall way short of expectations when it comes to providing the regions with COVID information and health messaging.
But, as one reader pointed out, it’s about all you can expect from the Premier of NSW which, he said, more than ever stands for Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong.
And it’s such a shame we no longer have a strong National Party effectively representing country NSW.