Pre-game tribute for staunch Redeyes

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

The rivalry between the Blighty and Deni Rovers football and netball clubs was put on hold momentarily on Saturday.

The two clubs came together before the Warner Tasker Cup clash to pay tribute to some of the Redeyes members who passed away during the off-season. Guards of honour were formed by the senior and reserves footballers and the A grade and C grade netball sides.

The club honoured Peter Sherwin, Annette Bain and Terry Coleman with a speech read by Andy Lostroh before a minute’s silence.

Family members of each of the club stalwarts closed out proceedings by sending red and white balloons to the sky as a touching tribute.

Blighty president Michael Norman said it was a moment where sport came second.

‘‘It was a really good tribute and we’re happy the families supported us to do that,’’ he said.

‘‘It was done in a very respectful way and we’re also quite thankful he Rovers also paid their respects.

‘‘It just goes to show there is plenty of respect between the two clubs.’’

Win races tickets

Do you consider yourself a local horse racing buff?

Put your knowledge to the test now because the Deniliquin Pastoral Times is giving its readers a chance to win a double pass to the Corporate Marquee at the Deniliquin Anzac Day Races.

Entering the competition is simple, just find the horse racing questions scattered throughout today’s edition and fill out the entry form on page 11.

Return the completed, original entry form by noon tomorrow to be in the running.

Winners will be announced in the early Thursday, April 18 edition of the Pastoral Times.

Early deadlines

Our early edition of the Pastoral Times is owing to Good Friday.

Please be aware that all advertising and editorial deadlines also close early.

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Fire warning

Residents and visitors are being asked to take extra care after a planned burn got out of control in Deniliquin’s west last week.

Deniliquin NSW Fire & Rescue Captain Martin Smith says an unattended fire caused a grassfire which spread to the shed of a neighboring property about 1.20pm Thursday.

The shed and its contents were destroyed, and another neighboring property also suffered some fire damage.

Capt Smith said the following day firefighters were called to bushland opposite Deniliquin Toyota in Davidson St about 6.15pm after reports of a bushfire.

The thick smoke was actually coming from a nearby home where the occupant was burning off.

Capt Smith said given the bushfire danger period has ended, burnoffs will become more common.

But he said they must be done properly, and fines may apply if the fire gets away.

‘‘It is important not to leave fires unattended,’’ he said.

‘‘I want to stress the importance of staying with a fire, and ensuring it is fully extinguished before you leave.

‘‘We also encouraging residents to take garden waste to the Deniliquin Landfill Depot (the tip) rather than burning it.’’

In the spotlight

When the discussion on ABC statewide radio revolved around local phone books last week, Deni’s departing chamber executive officer Janet Renehan was quick to react.

She made contact with the ABC, pointing out Deniliquin still has its own local phone and business directory, which has been a chamber product and its major fundraiser for decades.

The local book, published for chamber by the Pastoral Times, remains the ‘go to’ product for local numbers and businesses.

Cover teaser

Why do four elephants feature on the front cover of the Deniliquin Creative Writers’ latest book, ‘From the Dusty Plains’?

Sorry, but we can’t tell you. It’s being kept a secret until the book is launched at the White Lion Hotel on Saturday, May 4.

A vast range of local people, events and activities are featured in the Writers’ 2019 publication. We’ve had a sneak peak and think it is a ‘must read’ for everyone interested in our region and its personalities.