Hilliers make Rhinos cricket history

October 11, 2017

Tim Hillier presenting his son, Harry, with his Deni Rhinos Premier grade cap.

It was a historic day for the Deni Rhinos Cricket Club, with the club’s first ever father-son combination playing in the Premier Division.

Harry Hillier made his debut for Premier grade in their 45-run win over Cobram-Yarroweyah United, playing alongside his dad, Tim.

Before the game, the talented youngster was presented with his Rhinos cap by his father.

‘‘It was an exciting day for us,’’ Tim said.

‘‘You don’t ever expect to be playing a Premier Grade match with your son, especially at my old age.

‘‘We ended up scoring the same amount of runs too, which is a nice piece of trivia.’’

Another talented youngster, Dylan Rotherham, also made his Premier debut on Saturday, and he too was presented with his Rhinos cap by his father, Phil, who plays in Division One.

Match reports in today’s sport.

Boston marathon

for party guest

People came from far and wide to attend Deniliquin man Graeme McKindlay’s 60th birthday party last weekend, but it was Rick Phipps who took the cake for having travelled the greatest distance.

Rick — who lives in Bolivia in northern NSW with his wife, Jan — had to be in Boston, United States for work commitments before the celebration.

‘‘I finished the job in Boston on Wednesday and left after that so I arrived here in time,’’ Rick said on Saturday.

‘‘The jet lag hasn’t been too bad, but I was keen on making it home and having a catch-up with Graeme.’’

Graeme and Rick met and became friends at university more than 40 years ago.

Big fundraiser

Mathoura man Allan Watson’s fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease had a tremendous start on Friday night.

Mr Watson, who sets off on Thursday in the Daniher’s Drive for MND, held a movie night and auction at the Mathoura Bowling Club with about 70 locals supporting the event to raise $5500.

Guests sat back and enjoyed the movie Ratbag Hero, a 1991 film that was partially filmed in Mathoura and Echuca.

‘‘About $3000 was raised from entry to the night alone. We also had an auction during the intermission, with tools, chemicals, fertilizers, hay and all sorts of things sold,’’ Mr Watson said.

‘‘All the auction items were kindly donated by local farmers, which was quite helpful. It was a successful night and I can’t thank everyone enough for the support.’’

Daniher’s Drive is a four-day trip through regional Victoria and New South Wales organised by former Essendon footballer Neale Daniher to raise awareness and much-needed funds to fight MND.

More on Allan’s involvement in Friday’s PT.

Golden opportunity

Long-lasting love is something to be celebrated, and that’s exactly what Chantelle Barnett did on behalf of her grandparents Lyn and Ron Cartwright.

The Cartwrights marked 50 years of marriage on Saturday, and 27 year-old Chantelle marked the milestone by crafting a hand-made poster and attaching it to the hand rails along the Cressy St pedestrian crossing in Deniliquin’s CBD.

The poster caught the eye of many pedestrians and motorists and was fittingly decorated in gold glitter to represent the golden anniversary.

Lyn said it was a lovely gesture.

‘‘We had a party organised for Saturday night but had to postpone it because Ron and I are both unwell,’’ she said.

‘‘Chantelle lives in Geelong and she’s back there now, but I had no idea she was going to do something like that.’’



There was meant to be a sea of pink at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Saturday morning, but the 10th annual Pink Breakfast was unfortunately postponed. It will now be held at the club on Saturday, October 28, hosted by Soroptimist International of Deniliquin.

Tickets, which are $25, are available from the club.

‘Boo’ launch

Guests of Gomer & The Girl’s ‘Boo’ album launch at the Deniliquin Club were given a real treat on Friday night, with the local band playing all eight of the album’s tracks.

‘‘The Con Spirito Voice choir led by Delena Gaffney joined us on the album for ‘A Song for Girls’, and I invited them to join us at the launch as well on Friday night, which was great.’’

The band also held launches at The Exchange Hotel in Deni on Saturday, and in Bright on Sunday.

■ Brenda Eames is the proud new owner of the ‘Boo’ album, after winning a Pastoral Times giveaway.

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