Deniliquin footballer Sam Lloyd played a key role in getting Richmond’s VFL side across the line in a thrilling elimination final against Collingwood on Saturday at Fortburn Stadium in Port Melbourne.
With scores level deep into the last quarter the former Deni Ram, who had kicked 0.3 for the day, slotted a clutch goal from about 40m out on a tight angle while contending with the strong breeze.
Lloyd then closed out the quarter with another minor score and an inside 50 that led to a match sealing goal to teammate Jake Batchelor.
Lloyd gathered 33 possessions (20 contested), with five inside 50s and kicked 1.4 in the trying conditions.
The 27 year-old has had a tremendous season at VFL level, averaging 24 disposals, six marks and five tackles a game.
Lloyd will continue to push for senior selection this week as the Tigers’ AFL side prepares for its qualifying final with Geelong on Friday night at the MCG. The forward turned midfielder hasn’t played in the senior side since notching up his 50th game, which was against St Kilda in round 16.
Blighty live stream
The Picola & District Football League’s north-west division grand final, to be hosted by Blighty this Saturday, will be streamed live by McPherson Media Group.
The senior footy match will see reigning premier Picola United take on Strathmerton in a replay of last year’s decider.
The big clash is set to start about 2pm. To watch the game live visit www.sheppnews.com.au
Spring has sprung across the region, with Deniliquin and district welcoming the climbing mercury after a cool winter.
Although the opening day of spring recorded a low of just 0.6 degrees, Friday climbed to a sunny 19°C later in the afternoon, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
This was the warmest weather recorded in more than two weeks, however locals were spoilt again on Saturday with the BoM recording a high of about 22°C.
Despite the sunny start to spring, croquet-goers were forced to battle strong winds on Sunday with gales reaching 63km/h.
The forecast for the remainder of the week is cool, with the BoM predicting a weekly high of 15°C tomorrow.
Jersey Day at
Pulling on your favourite sporting jersey can foster a sense of pride, and Deniliquin Hospital staff also used the opportunity to raise money for a good cause last week.
Staff members participated in Jersey Day on Friday, a simple concept designed to raise awareness of The Organ and Tissue Authority and the Donate Life network.
Jersey Day has been inspired by the story of Nathan Gremmo who tragically lost his life in an accident in May 2015. Nathan’s family chose to give the gift of life to others to honour the legacy of Nathan’s generous personality.
Deni Hospital staff raised more than $120 for the charity.
The Edward River at Deniliquin appears to be on the rise, with the height increasing by about 20cm by the end of last week.
The river height was at 2.41m last Tuesday and jumped by more than 10cm overnight to be 2.56m on Wednesday, then 2.67m on Thursday and a seven day peak of 2.72m on Friday.
Since then the height has dropped between 2cm and 5cm each day, to be recorded at 2.59m yesterday when the PT when to print.
When shopping at Deniliquin Central IGA this month be sure to keep an eye out for tickets being sold for the Lions Australian Grocery Raffle.
Deniliquin Lions Club in conjunction with IGA will present a $300 grocery voucher to a lucky local shopper in early October.
Money raised will help support the Lions Cord Blood Foundation Inc and local club projects.
Lions member Geoff Riley said the annual raffle was a great fundraiser.
‘‘Tickets are only on sale for a month and cost a dollar each. Last year we sold 1000 tickets,’’ Mr Riley said.
The Lions Cord Blood Foundation was launched in 1996 with the aim to raise funds to provide equipment and storage tanks for blood samples, and research into improving the success rate of this process.
Cord blood can be used to assist those suffering from leukaemia and other blood disorders.