The year that was in sport: April 2021

PIC OF THE MONTH: Seven Deni High School students represented Riverina Murray in the under 15s State Title AFL tournament and came away with third overall. Pictured are Deni players (from left) Noah Bradley, Tyson Willis, Logan Leiper, Bobby Hall, Cameron Wills, Luke Todd and Marcus Moorse. Photo by Contributed

Here is what made sporting headlines in April 2021.

‘Local star ready for rodeo’ – At 17, Deniliquin teenager Jordan Grant was already one of the best barrel racers around. She was registered to compete in the Junior Division and Open Women’s division of the sport at the Deniliquin Rodeo on Easter Saturday.

‘Star Deni netballers selected in state squad’ – Two Deniliquin netballers — Ella Harvey and Eloise Ritchie — were selected in the elite Victorian under 19s squad, with a final team selection to be completed ahead of the National Championships in Hobart in July.

‘Lloyd helps Rams to big Cup win’ – The Deni Rams shook off a dogged Finley outfit to claim the Leo Barry/Tom Hawkins Cup by 53 points on Good Friday.

‘Connor wins silver at state championships’ – Deniliquin Athletics Club athlete Connor ‘CJ’ Wilson performed well at the NSW Little Athletics State Championship for under 9 and under 12 athletes, claiming a silver medal at the Sydney event. CJ finished second in the under 12s shotput with a throw of 11.87. Also competing in Sydney were Remi Baulch and Jessica Dover.

‘Bulls win battle at Deni Rodeo’ – Not one of the open bull riders was able to score at the Deni Rodeo on Easter Saturday, all bucked off before the obligatory eight seconds. As a result, there was no Russell Offord Memorial All Round Cowboy Buckle awarded. The Frank Stockham Memorial Rookie Buckle was presented to Tanna Ireland.

‘World champions lead winning Easter team’ – Former World Champion of Champions gold medallist Lee Schraner, from Bendigo, and team mates Jarryd Davies and Travis Berry claimed the Deniliquin RSL Bowling Club’s Easter Triples Tournament.

‘Stalwart receives first life membership’ – Brad Todd was honoured with the Deniliquin Rhinos Cricket Club’s first life membership. The Rhinos have only been in existence since 2013, and Todd has served as A grade captain, secretary and treasurer in that time.

‘Lourene receives top tennis honour’ – Lourene Liebenberg was awarded life membership of the Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club, in recognition of her many years of service since 2001.

‘Freyer backs it up’ – Corowa trained Boogie Woogie took out top honours at the Deniliquin Racing Club’s Anzac Day races, claiming the Diggers Cup in 1:36.42, by a margin of a half length. Freyer also won the last contested Diggers Cup in 2019 with Another Jay Brown.