Local learner shearer’s big win

July 18, 2017

Despite only shearing for ‘‘a couple of weeks’’, local shearer Matt Hill has kicked off his new career in style.

Matt won the North Central Victorian Sports Shears learners shearing competition at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show at the weekend.

Deniliquin contract shearer Sam Walker, who has employed Matt in his first few weeks, said it was an amazing effort considering he’s only new to the job and the sport.

Sam also competed at Bendigo at the weekend, and for the first time in seven years he was unable to make the finals.

‘‘I missed out on the open semi finals by one and a quarter points,’’ Sam said.

‘‘I’ve competed there seven years and have made finals each year, and I won the intermediate section one year.

‘‘In the open section (at the weekend) I was up against about 25 shearers, including some from Western Australia.’’



Construction at the corner of Napier and George streets in Deniliquin’s CBD is turning heads.

The work to the former Deniliquin Newsagency building is for Eric Sim Pharmacy, which hopes to move across the road to their new home by early October.

Mr Sim says the move will offer a more modern space for his staff and customers.

The renovations to the new building will include creating consultation rooms, and more space to increase product lines.



The countdown is on to the 2017 Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo.

Incorporating three events this year — the show and expo on Saturday, September 9, the Wall of Fame dinner on Friday, September 8 and a memorial service on Sunday, September 10 — the event’s organising committee is well and truly in preparation mode.

Committee members and their families were spotted at the Wall of Fame and memorial wall monument in Davidson St, Deniliquin for a working bee on Sunday.

The helpers have begun landscaping the custom made monument, and will soon install solar lights and seating.

Applications for this year’s memorial dedications close on July 31. Register using the form under the admission/registration tab on the event’s website —


Consistent light showers throughout July have boosted the confidence of local farmers, however more rain is needed according to Elders agronomist Adam Dellwo.

The Bureau of Meteorology recorded 0.2mm of rain on both Wednesday and Friday, bringing the total July rainfall to 9mm.

Mr Dellwo said the rain was just enough to revitalise crop, however farmers are still in need of a wet spring.

‘‘We want more rain because soil is starting to get dry again, and there isn’t much more forecast on the horizon,’’ he said.

Mr Dellwo said although many farmers have been able to top dress crops, 25mm of rain per month would be ideal, and rainfall received up until August will determine when they prepare their irrigation programs.

Farmers have also been forced to battle the cold weather, with the BoM recording a low of -0.3 degrees on Saturday and a bitter -3.6°C on Sunday.

The BoM has no major rainfall forecast for the rest of the week, however Friday is expected to reach a low of -3.


The Finley Cats turned back the clock on Saturday with a number of senior players from the ‘80s and ‘90s lining up for the reserves when they hosted the Deni Rams.

It was also the club’s sponsors and winners club function, which saw star former Cats like Mark Newton, Stuart and Rodney Coventry, Darren Jackson and Peter Whitty lining up for the reserves.

Also lining up were Finley’s current senior coach Rob Daniel and assistant coach Kerry Brain.

Finley president Ashley Haynes said it was fantastic to see the former players support the club.

‘‘The night after the day’s play was a huge success,’’ he said.

‘‘Mark Newton, who coached the club to premierships in 1981 and ‘82, was the guest speaker for the night and talked about his time at the club in the eighties.

‘‘All the blokes who played in the twos have kept a strong contact with the club and we’re thankful for their support.’’

At the end of the reserves match it was the Rams victorious, posting their first win of the year.



After two weeks of holiday fun, Deniliquin’s youth have packed their bags and are back in the school routine.

For most students term three kicks off today, however St Michael’s School students were back in the classroom yesterday.

The students at Deniliquin Christian School enjoy an extra week of holidays, and will return to the classroom on Monday.

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