Dream must wait: It was a case of so close but so far for the Barooga Hawks as they fell at the final hurdle, losing the Murray Football League grand final to perennial winners Nathalia by 38 points. A goalless first half by Barooga combined with a dominant first half performance from the Purples ultimately ended the Hawks’ dreams at the main break. Juggernaut keeps going: Cobram under-14s capped a season to remember by claiming the ultimate prize on MFL grand final day. After not losing a single game during the entire season, the young Tigers entered the contest against Denilquin as raging favourites and did not disappoint, enjoying a 56-point victory against the Rams. League medal winner Matteo Allen was named best-on-ground. A day on the green: For the past three years, two Cobram families have organised a golf day to raise much-needed funds for motor neurone disease research. The Hicks and Beasley families formed Lorna’s Cobram Crew to raise money for Daniher’s Drive, a charity car drive started by AFL great Neale Daniher’s Fight MND charity. In total, 125 people ventured to the Cobram Barooga Golf Club to support the event on September 14, and more than $25 000 was raised through a combination of people paying to participate, raffle prizes and auctions. Terry pays it forward: Cobram Tint came up with an initiative to give something back to our farmers battling through the drought by offering to donate a profit from each job they did from September through to October. Owner Terry Batey said the business would donate $50 from every car or four-wheeldrive tinting to the Buy a Bale campaign. Students take up cinema cause: The student representative councils of all Cobram schools as well as Barooga Public School gathered at Cobram Secondary College and collectively agreed upon the sentiment of driving the Cobram Community Cinema project forward together. Each school committed to holding an out of school uniform day to raise money for the project. Irvin House revamp: Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was in town to announce that Irvin House would soon receive a $1.62 million makeover. Mr Gepp said the funding would focus on converting the double rooms in the facility into single rooms with an ensuite to make it feel homelier for residents, while providing more privacy. Aussie favourites hit the classroom: Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten got creative to celebrate Father’s Day, bringing a range of famous Australian animals into the classroom thanks to Wildlife xPosure. It was an animal and reptile extravaganza, which had the children and fathers on the edge of their seats, with some looking slightly petrified during the presentation.
A class above: Cobram Tigers’ South African cricket import sensation Wian Van Zyl officially announced himself in the Murray Valley Cricket Association with a jawdropping double century. The opening batsmen clobbered Tocumwal’s attack to every part of the ground imaginable to make an astonishing 274 not out from 163 deliveries. Masters tour comes to town: Several of CobramBarooga’s brightest young cricket prospects brushed shoulders with their idols when the Australian Cricketers Association Masters tour came to town. Adam De Cicco, Lachlan Hyde, Riley Gow and Izac Artavilla represented the MVCA in a Twenty-20 match against the Masters side which included the likes of former Australian legend Andy Bichel, star Australian female representative Alex Blackwell, Big Bash sensation Ben Dunk, and former Shepparton resident Ryan Sidebottom. Selfless donation to family: It was a day of emotion and festivity for the Cobram Anglican Grammar School Year 12 students and families on October 23. But it was a selfless donation from the students which had one family in tears. The students presented Danyelle and Ben Henderson with a cheque for $1056 to help take their son Harry to Boston for medical treatment. Bowlers pretty in pink: Cobram Bowls Club hosted its annual Ena Gray memorial triples tournament, with 78 bowlers and 26 teams taking part. To give the tournament a new feel this year, all bowlers were encouraged to wear pink — the signature colour for breast cancer awareness campaigns. $542 was raised on the day for Breast Cancer Network Australia. Ride down memory lane: More than 70 people poured into Cobram Bowls Club on Thursday, October 18, to celebrate 30 years of memories with Cobram Riding for the Disabled Association. On display at the bowls club were masses of old photos and collages of horses, especially acknowledging the ones who have since died. There was also a powerpoint presentation outlining the centre’s history and several speeches were made by guests. Fun at the show: The annual Cobram Show was another smash shit, with crowds flocking to Cobram Showgrounds over two days to enjoy a wide array of adventure rides, art, animals and much more. In the pink for a cause: Irvin House hosted a Pink Ribbon High Tea, with raising breast cancer awareness for both women and men the key purpose of the event. McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Michelle Parish was the guest speaker and discussed her role in the community, in which she sees between 80 and 100 new patients each year.
Van-Zylant: Cobram Cricket Club’s South African sensation Wian Van Zyl plundered his second double ton of the season against CobramYarroweyah United. The Combine was powerless to stop one of the most in-form batsmen in the region, as he took apart the bowling attack on his way to a sparkling 210 runs. Celebrations: A champion of our health services, Cobram Ladies’ Hospital Auxiliary celebrated 70 years on November 18, with a gathering at the Uniting Church hall. During the past 70 years, the connection between the hospital and auxiliary has been strong, with the group raising about $750 000. Gordon’s happy to be helping others out: Cobram Riding for the Disabled member Gordon Gannon received an outstanding service award at a special dinner hosted by RDA Victoria patron and Victorian Governor Linda Dessau after 15 years spent as a volunteer. Tricks of trade: Awardwinning landscape photographer Tom Putt enthralled Finley and District Camera Club members and guests from visiting clubs Yarrawonga and Benalla at a special presentation. Twenty-nine keen photographers packed into Barooga Public School library to listen to Mr Putt, hearing him explain how he takes aerial landscapes and seascapes using drone technology. Ritchies IGA celebrates: Ritchies IGA Cobram cut the celebratory cake to mark 15 years since the supermarket opened. To look back on memories from past years, the store held a 15 year reunion at Cobram Barooga Golf Club. Thompsons Beach pit stop: Hundreds of people taking part in the Massive Murray Paddle, formerly the Murray Marathon docked in at Thompsons Beach for a pit stop. The river was hive activity, with kayaks of all shapes and sizes passing through. Residents, students remember: CobramBarooga RSL Sub-branch finished its Remembrance Day services at Ottrey Lodge with help from St Joseph’s and Cobram primary schools, Cobram Anglican Grammar and Cobram Secondary College. The students took an active role in the service, reciting the pledge of remembrance as well as placing a wreath to commemorate the fallen.
Cheers to the volunteers: MHA Care celebrated the tireless contributions of all its wonderful volunteers at its annual Christmas lunch at St Margaret’s Anglican Church hall. MHA chief executive Michael Hogan thanked all Meals on Wheels and FoodShare program volunteers for their efforts during the year. Across the Moira Shire, MHA had 395 dedicated volunteers supporting the Meals on Wheels program, which delivers 25 370 meals. New leaders: Cobram Secondary College’s next generation of school leaders were elected and officially unveiled. The four-person leadership team consisted of Ellie Jones (captain), Mitchell Hawke (captain), Alannah Furmston (vice-captain) and Tristan Grinter (vicecaptain). Real estate agent pays it forward: One local real estate agent decided to give back to his community in an unusual way. Ray White Cobram’s Troy Schlink took the generous approach of donating $200 out of each commission from every house he sold back to the community. He would leave the community nomination at the vendor’s discretion after each sale. Carols a hit despite weather: Despite inclement weather, 400 residents enjoyed Barooga Carols by Candlelight, hosted by Barooga Advancement Group. Mother Nature opened the heavens on Barooga Botanical Gardens, with light drizzle constant during the 21⁄2 hour show, but it did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance. Rising to the top: Former Cobram resident Kyla Wagner took out the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Apprentice of the Year award for Shepparton and Seymour campuses. The baking apprentice was the overall winner out of eight different trades. Cobram young writer a literary star in the making: Cobram’s Emily Davies, 10, won the junior section of the Joseph Furphy commemorative literary prize for her short story, Cabin Catastrophe. The junior section was so close, the prize could not be split, with Emily sharing it with Jayden Lamb. Record breaker: South African batsmen Wian Van Zyl set a new benchmark for Cobram cricketers for generations to come when be eclipsed Steve Gemmill’s record of most runs in a season made by a Cobram Cricket Club player. Gemmill’s record of 796 runs in a season was bettered by the import with a score of 64 against Katamatite.
Cobram Ladies Hospital Auxiliary members Val Linquist, Elaine Blizzard, Val Coldwell, Carol Wigg, Mary Powell, Phyl Escott, Rosemary Fitzpatrick and Pat Tallent cut the 70-year cake.
Kyla Wagner with her GOTAFE teacher Kim Banfield after being judged Apprentice of the Year from the Shepparton and Seymour campuses.
Barooga players were left to ponder what might have been after the Hawks’ shattering grand final defeat at the hands of Nathalia.