Com­mu­nity mile­stones

Septem­ber

The Cobram Courier - - 2018: THE YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

Oc­to­ber

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.

Novem­ber

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.

De­cem­ber

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.

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