Shears to the Rams

May 04, 2018

Deni Rams players and supporters (on back of truck) with the Essential Shearing team and their helpers at Old Cobran.

The Deniliquin Rams took to the Old Cobran shearing shed for the second consecutive year for one of the club’s major fundraisers on Saturday.

The Essential Shearing team shore 1,167 sheep between 7am and 3pm with all the proceeds from the work donated to the Deniliquin Rams Football & Netball Club.

About 40 club people — ranging from juniors and committee members through to about 20 senior footballers — helped press wool, pick up and skirt the fleeces, pen up the sheep and put on a barbecue for the shearers.

It was a team effort that Rams president Clint Free said he was proud of.

‘‘It’s days like this which help bring a club together, everyone working together for the club,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s also a lot of fun on the day with a bit of stirring and some blokes having a go on the shears, and it gives some of our young people an understanding of what goes on in a shearing shed and how hard the shearers and roustabouts work.’’

Free said he wanted to thank Garry and Toni Wilkinson from Essential Shearing and everyone else who gave up their Saturday to help, as well as George and Will Grimwade from Old Cobran and Purtills Deniliquin for donating a supporters’ bus to get to and from the Barham Rd property.

The club put on a meal and drinks for everyone back at the Hardinge St clubrooms that night, which was enjoyed by about 50 people.

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