Mathoura’s Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens and main street were chock-a-block with attractions for the annual Mathoura Easter Fair on Saturday morning.
The kids — who were the focus of the event — were certainly well catered for with balloons, face painting, a petting zoo, egg and spoon races and drinks.
The Mathoura Rural Fire Service crew was on hand cooking up a storm on the barbecue to cater for the hungry ones.
The Miss and Master Easter Fair Quest attracted a lot of interest and locals featured in a number of sections.
The Under 3 sections were won by Sophie Eddy and Joey Healey, the 3 to 6 years sections went to Aaliyah Wong and Thomas Ireland, and best in the 7 to 12 years sections were Gemma Micomonaco and Ryan Hibma.
Congratulations to all the winners — not to mention the proud Mums and Dads!
The youngsters were not the only ones on show during the day with Alaska Fabri’s ‘Rocky’ the Best Guinea Pig in Show and Janine O’Callaghan’s ‘Slipper’ named ‘Best Rabbit in Show’.
The petting zoo was popular with youngsters throughout the day and Phoenix Eagleton had the Best Decorated Bike.
Event organiser, Mathoura Preschool, is grateful for the support received from local businesses as well as the many volunteers who helped make it a great success. However, it is not content to rest on its laurels, but is keen for feedback on what went well and anything that can be improved. It would welcome your views to email@example.com.
Best wishes go to a popular local woman in this edition.
Family and her many friends are praying for Di Quinlan’s speedy recovery after her recent lung transplant.
Weekend reports suggested she had already done away with her tubes and was pushing ahead — besides she had kids to look after!!
All the best Di, we all hope to have you home really soon.
A large crowd produced a record gate for Saturday’s football and netball games against Blighty.
Mathoura FNC is grateful to its Blighty counterpart for swapping to allow Mathoura a home game on such a busy weekend for the town.
While the results on the day were shared, there was a good atmosphere around the complex and the canteen did a roaring trade.
Many took advantage of the new netball shelters, Legends Shed and clubhouse to watch the game and enjoy a sherbet or two.
The Reserves and Under 14s were successful on the day with a 14-point win to the reserves and a three-pointer to the Under 14s.
Stand-out players for the twos were Tim Hermans, Nathan Rowbottom, Jas Lehman and Troy Mitchell who kicked four goals.
For the youngsters Heath Turner was great in defence, Matthew Moorse in the ruck, Tomas Banks in goal, Maisyn Douglas tackling, and Nick Pell showed fighting spirit.
B and C grades and Under 17s were the winning netball teams.
B grade welcomed back Shantelle Worsnop who produced some great goal shooting and Mel Vanzetta was consistent in the mid-court, but it was a strong performance all over the court which saw the team enjoy a one-goal win.
A really good effort by all players saw C grade take the four points by five goals. Joyce Ward dominated in the centre, Keisha Butler was best on court, while Mikayla Phillips was the other award winner.
Under 17 produced an all-round team effort to defeat Blighty by 22 goals. Bridget and Hayli were best on court.
Despite some sizeable losses the other teams are showing improvement.
Best for A grade were Sophie Harding-Davies, with Bridget Penney and Bec McCluskey other award winners.
Marilyn Carlin, Barb Cox and Lori McCormick were best for C reserve, while Jasmyne Banks and Olivia Cathcart starred in Under 15, and Isabella Jachim, Holly Cheep and Ella McCormick were tops in Under 13.
The Minis had a great time under the guidance of Charlotte Rowbottom with Julie and Imogen voted best.
Mathoura’s Anzac Day activities will kick off with a Dawn Service in the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens on Tuesday.
The 6am service will be addressed by DVA Advocate, John Vincent.
Those in attendance will be invited to join RSL personnel for breakfast in the War Memorial Hall. Admission will be by a gold coin donation.
The commemoration will continue with an 11am service in the shire hall where John Vincent will again be the guest speaker.
This will be followed by a march to the gardens where wreaths will be laid at the cenotaph.
The march will be led by members of a light horse regiment.
District residents have been saddened by the passing of long-term Thyra resident, Edward Raymond (Ed) Larcombe this week — just four weeks before his 92nd birthday.
Mr Larcombe, who had been a resident of the Murrayvale Nursing Home for the past eight years, had been an active member of the Thyra Rural Fire Service, receiving recognition for 72 years contribution to the brigade in 2011. He had joined the brigade when he was 15 and remained a member until he went into care in 2009.
He was father and father-in-law to June (Wayne), Gwenda, Sonia (Woody), Trevor, Barbara (Les), Rhonda (Graeme), Linda and Peter (dec.) (Amanda), seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
His seven surviving children, together with some grandchildren, were with him when he passed away on Monday morning. His wife, Vickie, pre-deceased him several years ago.
A funeral service will be held at 2.30pm today in the Thyra Uniting Church, Thyra, following which the cortege will leave for the Moama Cemetery for his burial at 4pm.
He goes by the name ‘Blaz’ — and thanks to a little yellow Duck No. 628 he is now $700 richer following the Great Duck Race on Sunday.
Other winners were ‘Plastic Flowers’ with Duck No. 258 - $400; ‘Hootie’ Lewis with Duck No. 675 collected $200; and Trent O’Callaghan with Duck No. 308 received $100.
It was another fun event and great fundraiser for the Mathoura Football Netball Club.
Best wishes to local man, Andy Preston, who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this week.
Andy has been admitted to a Melbourne hospital with several broken ribs, an arm which is broken in two places and other minor injuries.
His friends will be hoping he will enjoy a speedy recovery and be back on deck soon.