Dalbys prepare for The Longest Day

Tomorrow – Thursday, December 14 – Shane and Brayden Dalby will be teeing off at the crack of dawn, taking part in The Longest Day – a challenge set by The Cancer Council that sees participants play 72 holes of golf in a single day!

From 5.45am the brothers will begin the first of four rounds at Broken Hill Golf and Country Club, making their way through the fairways and greens, all in the name of raising funds for cancer research. Already the pair have raised more than $4500.

While the pair love their golf, they admit there’s sometimes a love-hate relationship with the sport. However, speaking to the Barrier Truth before putting in nine holes of practice ahead of the big day, both Shane and Brayden said they were ready and up to the task.

“I’m pretty keen to get out and do it. Should be alright. We’re still youngish. Looks like [it’ll be] 33 degrees and just a little bit of wind. So just looking forward to it”, Shane said.

“I think it’s pretty rare to find someone that hasn’t been affected with cancer at some stage in their life. Couldn’t do it for a better cause, so [we] jumped at it”, Brayden added.

On the day, they’ll be plenty of opportunities for the community to continue to support the duo. Bacon and eggs rolls can be purchased at 7am before a BBQ lunch with all proceeds going towards the cause, as well as nearest to the pin challenge from 10am, where people can pay a dollar per ball with club prizes on offer.

From 2.30pm right through to the end of the day where the brothers hope to finish up around 6pm, the 18th green will be a ‘party hole’. Inviting people to come down, a gazebo will be set up with music blaring, refreshments on sale, and a donations table, all set to give the guys that final push.

“We can’t thank the golf club enough for allowing us to do it. They’ve backed us the last couple of months flat out. Each and every one of the people behind us at the golf club itself is just unreal. They’re the ones doing all the work down on the 18th green and for afterwards”, Shane said.

“Just the whole community itself, and out of town as well – we’ve got family and people in the Barossa – and just the support from the golf club and our father, Adrian Dalby, he’s banded around us a lot trying to get things organised for us.”

“The support from individuals as well as businesses has been unreal. Tins at the golf course have been hit pretty hard in the last week”, Brayden continued.

“Realistically, if this year is a huge success, I think Shane and I have talked about running it for years to come and hopefully it attracts more people to do it and raise more money for such a good cause.”

Head on down to Broken Hill Golf and Country Club (1 Racecourse Rd) on Thursday, December 14 to support Shane and Brayden. To donate online, visit

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