Raymond Murphy made history on Saturday, becoming the youngest footballer to play a senior game for the Deniliquin Rovers.
The 14 year-old made his debut against Strathmerton in front of a big home crowd at Deni’s Memorial Park, with the Roos’ enjoying a one-goal win.
It was an emotional day for the Murphy family with Raymond’s father Brian, who is going through some hard times with his health, tossing the coin before the match.
A massive roar from the crowd came in the third term when Raymond took to the field for the first time.
Brian said seeing his son running out for a senior game was the greatest thing in his life.
‘‘I was so proud to see him make his senior debut,’’ he said.
‘‘He’s the youngest ever to play and he’ll probably always be the youngest to do so.
‘‘He didn’t look out of place either and I can’t stress enough how extremely proud I am of him.
‘‘I’d like to thank the Rovers for giving Raymond that opportunity.’’
Earlier in the day Raymond played for the club’s fourths, kicking nine goals from the midfield in a best on ground performance.
More history was made in the local footy world for Deni over the weekend.
In what is believed to be a first, Deniliquin had two footballers playing in the AFL in the same round, with Todd Marshall lining up for Port Adelaide on Saturday and Sam Lloyd for Richmond on Sunday.
And both the former Deni Rams players enjoyed victory, Port by five points against Brisbane and the Tigers by 13 points over Hawthorn.
Marshall managed 10 possessions and kicked 1.1 to extend Power’s unbeaten run to three wins, while Lloyd picked up 17 possessions and kicked a goal to help push the Tigers up to a 2-1 win-loss record.
Interestingly, it was Richmond who helped Port become the only remaining side yet to lose a game in the competition so far, with the Hawks heading into the round three clash with a 2-0 record.
AUSSIE CHAMPION TO LEAD CLINIC
Deni’s new Drums and Dust Sports Club is holding its second event this Saturday.
It will host a special clinic for new and seasoned barrel racing riders at the Deniliquin Rodeo grounds.
The clinic will be run by Australian barrel racing champion Shianne O’Donoghue.
Drums and Dust Sports Club committee member Elise Huddle said it will be a great event.
‘‘Shianne is very good at what she does. The main focus will be barrel racing but we’ll also work on the individual needs of the riders if there is anything that needs to be corrected,’’ Elise said.
‘‘We are so lucky to have Shianne fly from Queensland and run this clinic for us.
‘‘Attending will be riders from Echuca, Deniliquin and Albury.’’
Even though all 10 places for the event have been filled, Elise encourages people to come along and take a look at what the Drums and Dust Sports Club do and watch the Australian champion in practice. The clinic runs from 9am to 5.30pm.
Shianne will also be offering private lessons on March 15.
To book and for more information phone Elise Huddle on 0429 470 264.
PARTY FOR PARKINSON’S
Tomorrow is World Parkinson’s Day and Deniliquin’s Sandra Cooke has decided to hold a ‘Parkinson’s party’ to raise awareness and funds for research and to find a cure for the disease.
‘‘It has been 200 years since Parkinson’s (disease) has been recognised as a medical condition,’’ Sandra said.
‘‘Come have a cuppa and some morning tea with me and support a good cause.
‘‘The Deniliquin Lions Club has generously decided to donate and I will be receiving a cheque from them on the day,’’ she said.
The party will be held at Sandra’s home at 2/414 Charlotte St, Deniliquin. There will also be a raffle and morning tea starts at 10am. For any further enquiries phone Sandra on 5881 4244.
SPEAK UP BOOST
The Speak Up Campaign took its membership drive to the streets of Deniliquin on Saturday morning. Members manned the Cressy St kiosk, handing out information and talking to people about the need for a grassroots’ campaign to protect our community against flawed water policy.
Speak Up chair Shelley Scoullar told the PT she was delighted with the many positive comments about the organisation and the work it is doing. She said there was also strong interest in this Friday’s water forum at Moama. More information on the forum, a Speak Up initiative, is on page 11.
For information about Speak Up or to become a member visit the organisation’s website or Speak Up page, or email [email protected]