Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, August 3, 1993: Gary Sweet visits | PHOTOS

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, August 3, 1993.

Battlers return

Callington took centre stage last week when filming continued on the movie The Battlers.

The town population swelled Wednesday and Thursday while the 60-strong cast and crew transformed the town into a bustling centre.

The Battlers, set in 1934 and based on the novel by Kylie Tennant, is a love story centred around a group of itinerant people.

Stars include Gary Sweet, Jacqueline McKenzie, Marcus Graham and child actor Peter Stonham.

Bitter harvest for Mypo

“The season wasn’t good … juice prices are as depressed as they’ve probably ever been.”

That’s how Mypolonga Co-Op secretary Mr Ted Schunke summarised the plight of the district’s orange growers after a horror financial year.

A citrus glut in the Riverland has pushed juice prices down to around $30 a tonne, while production costs hover around $150 a tonne.

Bruce’s snooker fund on cue

World snooker domination became closer to Bruce Pearson’s reach after a fundraiser near Mannum last month.

A wine-tasting day at the Life Plan Camp swelled the snooker player’s World Snooker Championship fun by $1072.

Pearson, who is quadriplegic, now needs $4200 to reach his $10,000 target to attend the championships in Ireland later this year.

Colourful cop goes to Swan Reach

One of Murray Bridge’s more colourful police officers, Constable Paul “Rocky” Warren, has been transferred to the one-man station at Swan Reach.

During his three and a half years at Murray Bridge, Constable Warren was deeply involved in Rural Watch in the Tepko-Rockleigh area.

He was also the police liaison officer for Murray Bridge High School for two years.

Rams give Roosters a fright

A determined Nairne-Bremer went down by only 16 points against Ramblers in Saturday’s football match at Callington.

Pre-match predictions had the margin between the league leader and seventh-placed Nairne-Bremer at 91-100 points.

Addressing his players after the game, Ramblers coach Ray Huppatz described their effort as “their worst for the season”.

For sale

  • Corner wall unit, $499 at Central Furnishers and Electrical
  • Ladies’ fleecy track pants, $6 at Bells
  • Holden Apollo, $21,990 at Dutton Motors

This week in history

10 years ago: August 1, 2008

After rising to an Australian ranking of 194 and gaining his first sponsorship, 15-year-old tennis ace Alex Bolt aspired to play at an ITF event.

20 years ago: August 4, 1998

Stuart Totham and Damien Garrett were the catalysts for Imperials’ 112-point win over Ramblers at Johnstone Park.

40 years ago: August 3, 1978

Manager Kevin Prosser said a fruit-crushing and confectionary-making company was preparing to set up alongside the Mypolonga Co-Op.

80 years ago: August 5, 1938

The Murray Bridge Electric Supply Company proposed changing its service from direct to alternating current.