There was a special moment when Sam Lloyd arrived at last Wednesday’s junior footy clinic at the Deni Rams oval.
The first Tigers fans to greet the Richmond forward were Deniliquin’s Matt Cameron and Nakea Morton and their son Logan.
The pair wanted to thank ex-Deni Rams footballer for his support when three year-old Logan was recently admitted to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Lloyd made a special visit to the hospital to see the Deni toddler at the end of November, giving him a pair of footy boots, which gave the family a real lift during a tough time.
Lloyd said on Wednesday night he was happy to see Logan had recovered from his injuries, and after chatting with the little Tiger’s parents he signed his yellow and black jumper and posed for a photo.
■More photos from the footy clinic are on page 4.
Rain on Thursday and Friday brought December’s total to 75.8mm. There was 3.2mm recorded at the Bureau of Meteorology’s Deniliquin Airport weather station in the 24 hours to 9am Friday, and an additional 2.6mm in the next 24 hours.
The short bursts of rain in the final week of December had the year’s total rainfall finishing at 352.8mm.
December recorded the highest total, with August the next highest with 64mm and then April which delivered 54mm.
The month with the least was June, when only 2.2mm fell. September was not much wetter with only 4.8mm delivered that month, and February the third lowest rainfall month with 11.8mm.
All other months delivered between 17mm and 28mm.
Cinema pops up
Starting Thursday, Deniliquin’s usually empty Edward River Oval will be turned in to a make-shift outdoor cinema.
Edward River Council has teamed up with Cinema Pop Up to screen four films over four nights.
Disney animated film ‘Big Hero 6’ will be shown Thursday, followed by the PG rated family film ‘Red Dog’ on Friday night.
The popular ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ will be screened on Saturday, and the comedy ‘Step Brothers’ will be screened on the final night (rated MA 15+).
You know it’s the peak tourism period for Deniliquin when there are traffic jams in the CBD.
The appeal for tourists and locals to make their way in to the main street on Friday was heightened by the one-off Friday Lions Community Market in the Waring Gardens.
Bargain hunters switched between the stalls in the shade of the park to the CBD shops and cafes.
Parking in the CBD was scarce, and those seeking a park to stop and check out what Deniliquin has to offer created some back-log in Cressy, Napier and Edwardes St.
And it was fantastic to see.
keep us safe
While may of us took a break over the weekend to celebrate the approach of the New Year yesterday, our emergency services were working overtime to ensure we reached our destinations safely.
Police roadside breath testing sights were spotted in various locations around Deniliquin, and Highway Patrol officers were cruising along the highways between district communities.
Sunday’s target areas were the usual Hardinge and Davidson Sts.
Operation Safe Arrival started on December 15 to coincide with the start of the summer school holidays. The operation will end at 11.59pm on Sunday, January 7.