Saturday ride day for Maddie Lea

July 14, 2017

The Deniliquin Motorcycle Association is hosting a Ride Day tomorrow in memory of local teenager Maddie Lea.

Maddie, a motocross enthusiast, passed away in late May this year.

Association secretary Andrew McBurnie said Maddie was a regular participant at the club’s ride days, and it only seemed fitting to hold one in her honour.

‘‘Maddie attended every ride day meeting since the club re-formed early last year,’’ Mr McBurnie said.

‘‘Saturday will be an opportunity to show our support for a local family.’’

To be held at the association’s motocross track, gates open at 7.30am and sign-on is from 8am.

The riders briefing will be from 9.30am, with the seniors first on the bike from 9.45am.

Coffee and food vans will be open from around 11am, and a delicious bacon and egg roll for $5 is sure to be a winter warmer.

Everyone must be a member to ride the tracks, and riders must also have a Motorcycling Australia licence.

For more information, head to the Facebook page — Deniliquin Motorcycle Association Inc, phone Mick Summers on 0408328935 or Andrew McBurnie on 0427811793, or email

Cats legends to

take on Rams

A handful of Finley Football Club legends are expected to return to the playing field tomorrow to ensure the club can field a reserves team against traditional rivals the Deni Rams.

Among those pulling on the boots for the special game is expected to be 1981 and 1982 premiership coach Mark Newton, who club president Ashley Haynes said was the main driver of the initiative.

He will also be a guest speaker at the Cats’ sponsors and winners club function that evening.

‘‘Mark’s arrival in Finley in the early 80s had a positive impact on our football club, both on and off the field. He instilled a winning culture which resulted in one of the club’s most successful periods in its history,’’ Mr Haynes said.

‘‘This weekend will be a blast from the past and will be very entertaining to say the least.’’

At least six other Cats players from the 1980s will be at Saturday’s game, however Mr Haynes said it’s not yet clear who will be in the final reserves line-up.

He said returning players at this stage are likely to include the Jackson brothers — Glenn and Darren — and the Coventry brothers — Stuart and Rodney. Also indicating they may play are Bruce Day and Peter Whitty.

Business development

Eleven locals learnt how to showcase the best of their business at a special workshop on Monday.

The workshop — which was hosted by the Riverina Business Enterprise Centre — focused on branding and marketing, and was delivered by small business branding specialist Kerry Chick.

Riverina BEC Central Murray business adviser Rowena Jackson said there was a mix of enterprises at the workshop, ranging from small to big businesses.

‘‘Kerry knows all the latest marketing techniques, including the use of social media and database marketing,’’ Ms Jackson said.

‘‘She’s up to date with modern marketing technology, and was a very engaging speaker.

‘‘Kerry answered a lot of questions, and people were encouraged to become involved in the discussion.’’

This was the third Deniliquin workshop this year for the Riverina BEC, with two held in May.

Lagoons maintenance

Deniliquin’s lagoons system will remain lowered for at least another month as winter maintenance continues.

Edward River Council interim director infrastructure Mark Dalzell said it is the best way and time to tackle invasive species of plants infecting the lagoons.

‘‘The invasive plants that affect the lagoon system are prone to frost, so we bring the water down to give us an opportunity to clean out some areas.

‘‘We do annual winter maintenance in conjunction with our partner groups, and Ian Fisher has been doing a great job with the high school students who assist on Wednesdays.’’

Screening tonight

Deniliquin Film Society’s July feature film Adoration will be screened tonight.

A drama/romance rated MA15+, it tells the story of a pair of childhood friends and neighbours who fall for each other’s sons.

It stars Australian sweetheart Naomi Watts, as well as Robin Wright and Xavier Samuel.

The screening will be held at the Intereach Neighborhood Centre in Trickett St, Deniliquin.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Your first visit to a Film Society screening is free. Twelve month subscriptions are available.

For more information, go to or contact Graeme Dick on 54897258.

Rovers fiesta

Enjoy a taste of Mexico at the Rovers Football and Netball Club Mexican Fiesta tomorrow night.

Featuring delicious enchiladas and tacos for dinner, as well as prizes for best dressed, guests can expect to see ponchos, moustaches and sombreros galore.

DJ Jordyn McCulloch will provide live entertainment, with give-aways and games taking place throughout the night.

To be held at the Rovers’ clubrooms, the fiesta is set to start at 6.30pm, with happy hour running from 7pm to 8pm.

The event is 18 plus and the cost is $10 per person, which includes dinner.

For more information, head to the Facebook page — Rovers Mexican Fiesta Night.

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