Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Rhinos playing ‘waiting game’

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The Deniliquin Rhinos Cricket Club have been forced, like most other sporting groups in the district, to play the ‘waiting game’.

The summer sport is scheduled to begin in October, but club president Tim Hillier said the delay to the football netball season and lingering strict COVID-19 rules could delay its start.

Hillier said the first game is usually scheduled for the second weekend of October, but a firm start date has not been announced because of the unknowns.

‘‘We (cricketers) had a Zoom meeting last week, and it’s all a bit up in the air at the moment,’’ he said.

‘‘I can’t see us starting on time though.’’

Hillier said the Murray Valley Cricket Associatio­n should have more of an idea about season timelines once the Picola and Murray football netball leagues can confirm their finals dates. ‘‘So we’ll wait and see,’’ he said. While it is unclear when the Rhinos can return to the pitch, Hillier says they are all looking forward to it.

He said the club expects to make some key announceme­nts for the season in coming weeks.

‘‘We look forward to announcing a captain and coach, and to have the chance to use the brand new facilities at Memorial Park.

‘‘We all will look forward to playing.’’

The Deniliquin Rhinos intend to field a Premier side and B grade, as well as a junior team to play as part of the Murray Valley Cricket Associatio­n season.

The club also runs a junior program affiliated with Cricket Australia.

Anyone interested in having a hit this season can contact the club to register.

Call Hillier on 0427 641 791 or Brad Todd on 0401 174 853.

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■ Tim Hillier.

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