Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Winter sports restarting

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The start date for winter sports is fast approachin­g, with football and netball competitio­ns set to resume this weekend.

Whether you’re there to support a family member, enjoy a fast-paced game, or just mix in the social atmosphere, it’s looking to be an exciting — and hopefully less interrupte­d — season.

Many clubs have undergone big changes since the pandemic affected player numbers, attendance density, and cancelled premiershi­ps. Fingers crossed for a joyful season with as little disruption as possible.

In round one of the Picola and District Football Netball League, Mathoura will battle Rennie at home, Blighty will tussle with Jerilderie at the Blighty Rec Reserve, and the Deni Rovers will clash with Katunga at Memorial Park.

In the Murray Football Netball League, the Deni Rams will face off with Barooga, also at home. And in the Golden Rivers Football League, Moulamein will travel to Ultima, Victoria.

The Southern Inland Rugby Union league draw also starts this weekend, however the Deniliquin Drovers are likely merging with Leeton due to a shortfall of players. It’s shaping up to be a massive weekend for the district. More on the coming games in Friday’s edition.

Movie screening

Edward River Council is celebratin­g our seniors this week.

Seniors Festival is being celebrated with a film screening of the 2020 film Dream Horse.

The film, starring Toni Collette, is based on a true story about a small-town woman who raises a horse to compete against elite racehorses.

The movie will screen Friday at the Deniliquin RSL, from 10.30am to 1pm.

All ability access is available. Tea, coffee and a light morning tea will be provided.

Bookings are essential. Phone 0400 110 749 to secure a seat.

A community transport service will be run through Intereach. Phone 1300 488 226 to secure a seat.

Unusually perfect weather

Not too hot, nor too cold. A crispness in the air that encourages us out of bed rather than pushing us to crawl further under the covers.

Early autumn in Deniliquin and district is so far performing perfectly. The cool mornings turn to warm, clear days, and back into tolerable evenings.

Water sports have slowed down — particular­ly with the Boat Club’s season starting to wrap up — but it’s been a joy to wander the rivers and lagoons, and see families or friend groups making the time for a fishing trip, walk, or drive along the banks of the Edward.

The skiers will be back for Easter though.

The Lions Market at the weekend also experience­d optimal weather, which had stalls bustling, rather than battling, the heat.

Good riddance to those scorching summer days.

Hopefully we can enjoy this climate a while, before that familiar winter frost sets in.

Free tip weekend

It’s time for that pre-winter clean up at home.

Edward River Council is holding a free waste weekend from April 2 to 3.

This is for household only — commercial and industrial waste is not accepted.

Council will collect ‘‘larger household items such as mattresses, refrigerat­ors and other large whitegoods and furniture items, free of charge’’.

There will be another free waste weekend on June 25 and 26 this year.

Swim survey

Summer might be over, but don’t forget about the Deniliquin Swim Centre just yet.

Edward River Council is asking for community feedback to form a strategy for the public pool’s future.

It takes just five minutes. To have your say visit: https://www.surveymonk­

Unexpected gift

Blighty farmer Jane Harris met Member for Farrer Sussan Ley last week, and gifted her an interestin­g present.

‘‘People imagine irrigated agricultur­e is all about rice and cotton but Myrtle Park Farms at Blighty in southern New South Wales grow these amazing watermelon­s and pumpkins!’’ Ms Ley posted on social media.

‘‘It’s because of farmers like Jane that this region is known as Australia’s food bowl!’’

By the look of the watermelon, which was as big as their heads, conditions were good this season. A subsequent photo shared by Ms Ley on social media of the watermelon sliced up ready for snacking had our mouths watering.

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