The year that was in sport: June 2021

PICTURE OF THE MONTH: Pete Seely, Ricky Nixon, Ron Turner, Gary Davies, Geoff ‘Zorro’ Bessell and Col McMahon at the MND Big Freeze charity golf day. The day raised more than $10,000. Photo by chelsea

Here is what made sporting headlines in June 2021.

■ Cooper, Moorse to play for NSW’ – Jemika Cooper and Marcus Moorse were both selected to represent NSW in a national football tournament in Darwin on the back of their performances at the Combined High Schools footy tournament in Albury. Also representing Deni High at the Albury carnival was Logan Leiper.

■ ‘Deni High progresses’ – Deni High School progressed to the next stage of the Swan Shield football competition in Wollongong, scheduled for August, after a nail-biting, four point win against Finley High School.

■thbf‘Silver for Kate, Ella’nf – Ace Deni netballers Ella Harvey and Kate Westcott played as part of the Riverina team which took out silver in the NSW netball championships held in Orange. The Riverina team only suffered one loss during the tournament, on the final day, to Sydney South West.

■ ‘Deni duo claim tournament’ – Twenty-two teams took part in the ‘Roosters and Hens’ pairs tournament at the Deniliquin Bowling Club, with the Deni combination of Daryl Weymouth and Joanne Bovell winning by one point after five matches of 12 live ends.

■ ‘Jack stars’ – The Deniliquin Rams utilised the talents of Jack Henderson — who usually plays for Werribee in the Victorian Football League — to outrun arch rivals Finley in round 10 of the Murray Football League.

■ ‘Strong results’ – Living up to their name, the Strong family dominated at the Riverina Cross Country Carnival in Gundagai. Charlotte and Lara represented Deni High School, with Charlotte second in the 17 year-old division and Lara fourth in the 12 year-old division. Sam, a Deni North School student, was fourth in the eight and nine year-old section.

■ ‘In the squad’ – Deniliquin footballer Charlie Hillier again showcased his sporting skills, impressing Victorian NAB League team the Bendigo Pioneers. Hillier was selected in the team’s under 16s squad. Selection is based on performance during the footy season, with scouts attending weekend games to fill the squad.

■ ‘Riders put to the test’ – The Deniliquin Pony Club attracted 96 entries for its horse trails event, with a high calibre of riders coming from Albury, Barham, Tallangatta, Koondrook and beyond to compete.