The Deniliquin Rams have shifted their round five match against Katandra to a Sunday to accommodate one of the club’s major fundraisers.
Deni had been scheduled to meet the new Murray League club on Saturday, April 28 after a new draw was released a week out from the season to cater for former Picola League clubs Katandra, Shepparton East and Tungamah joining the competition at the 11th hour.
Deniliquin Rams president Clint Free said the committee had pre-arranged the now annual ‘Day of the Rams’ shearing event for the Saturday, which was originally a bye weekend.
He said it was a tough decision to move the match to Sunday and thanked club members and Katandra for their support.
‘‘Fundraising is so important to clubs in the current climate and there was no way we could schedule this for another date.
‘‘Wilko (Garry Wilkinson) from Essential Shearing has shearers coming from all parts of the country for this event and we wanted to honour the commitment they’ve given to our club. It’s a massive fundraiser for the club and we can’t thank Wilko and Will and George Grimwade from Grimwade Grazing Company (Old Cobran) enough for putting this on for us.
‘‘We’ll have a big crowd there on the day supporting the shearing and cooking a barbecue for the workers, and then we’re inviting everyone back to the clubrooms that night for a meal.
‘‘I’m also very grateful to our committee and members for supporting this move. Obviously this (the new draw) was out of our control and all clubs and players have been put out in some way but we’ve all had to get on with the job.’’
Last year the Essential Shearing team shore and pressed the wool of 1,027 sheep at local property Old Cobran with the help of about 20 Deni Rams club members and players.
‘‘We’re inviting all club members to join us on the day for what’s a great experience in a working woolshed. We’re taking a bus out there which has been kindly donated by Purtills and we’re asking people to get on board,’’ Free said.