A winning bid on a stunning home helped this family celebrate a sweet 14th birthday

first_imgThe home had beautiful open plan living on the upper level for family get-togethers.Ms Goodger knows her stuff. The 607sq m lot was improved with a two-level contemporary stunner which provided four-bedroom accommodation with every bedroom having its own ensuite — perfect for a clan whose members like to have their own space.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoPart of the home’s appeal was every bedroom had its own ensuite.Auctioneer Peter Bergen worked through his preamble before calling for an opener.The initial $1.7 million bid was strong — certainly it showed the market meant business — but it wasn’t long before $50,000, and then $25,000, increments saw three bidders take the price to the magic $2 million mark.From there it was a small crawl in mostly $10,000 bids until the figure reached $2.15 million and a pause was called to see if the owner was ready to sell.To and fro negotiations saw the top bidder raise their figure to $2.2 million and the home was ‘on the market’. With no other bids proffered, it wasn’t long before the property was declared “Sold!” to new owners, Bremner and Rosemary Hill.A very happy Mr Hill felt a touch overwhelmed by the new purchase.“Stunned,” he said.“I’m surprised the house didn’t go a bit higher, but I’m really pleased with the outcome. Between kids at St Peters (school) and my daughter, Rose, at the University of Queensland, it’s a really central location.”Despite Mr Hill’s reservations about the auction process, there was extra incentive for success — his daughter, Sarah, was celebrating her 14th Birthday, and she was geed up about the home.“Sarah really liked this house, absolutely, she came out and said, ‘Dad I love this house.’ She was really committed. A bit of Dad pressure absolutely,” Mr Hill said with a laugh. MULTI-GENERATIONAL LIVING IS CHANGING THE FACE OF HOUSING After the event the property’s seller, Warren Denny, said he designed the home to suit his family, and the Hills were the perfect next owners for it. 179 Ninth Avenue, St Lucia Brisbane sold at Auction today.Place New Farm managing director, Judy Goodger, said 179 Ninth Ave, St Lucia had been buzzing with prospects for weeks.“Every weekend has been outstanding,” she said.Speaking before the event, Ms Goodger said there was a definite buyer for this home too.“Families with younger or older children. It’s close to the city and (Queensland) University so it would be great for families that want to grow up in the home,” she said. The Denny family have just sold their St Lucia home and are thrilled with the result. From left to right are Charlotte, Annette, Genevieve and Warren.“The people who’ve bought this house are about 10 years behind us in terms of their children, and they’ll have the same lovely experience we’ve had living here,” Mr Denny said.Mr Denny was revelling in the result, which was part of a very active day of house trading for his family too.“My daughter, Genevieve, has been living in the room downstairs with her fiancee and today she’s going to go and buy her first house,” he said.“Today might be a big day for our family in that we sell our house and our young daughter buys her first house,” Mr Denny said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journocenter_img Bremner Hill and wife, Rosemary, with daughter, Sarah, who’ve just bought their new family home at auction on the day of Sarah’s birthday.IT was one of those picture perfect Brisbane days that almost beggars belief. Clear, crisp and blue skied. The first weekend of spring, the first Place auction of the new season and something special was afoot in our city’s inner west.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports-UPDATED

first_img— Frank Bolling, a two-time All-Star second baseman and the last player to hit a grand slam off Sandy Koufax, has died. He was 88. Bolling died Saturday. He was diagnosed with cancer about five years ago, according to a notice posted by the funeral home handling the arrangements. Bolling played 12 seasons in the majors, six with Detroit and six with the Braves, and hit .254 with 106 home runs. He won a Gold Glove in 1958 with the Tigers and for part of that season, his double-play partner was his older brother, shortstop Milt Bolling. WORLD TEAMTENNIS-FANSFans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West VirginiaWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — World TeamTennis has welcomed fans to matches at a resort in West Virginia. The matches started Sunday at The Greenbrier, where the entire three-week season is being held. There were strict measures in place at the matches to ensure health and safety as confirmed cases of the new coronavirus soar across the country. Anyone who wasn’t a player wore a mask inside the tennis stadium, and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Associated Press Rows of seats near courtside were covered up to allow for social distancing. Up to 500 spectators are being allowed at each of the outdoor matches at the 2,500-seat court.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLS postpones Toronto-DC United match amid virus concernsUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer postponed a match between Toronto FC and D.C. United shortly before it was scheduled to begin Sunday morning because of one unconfirmed positive test and one inconclusive test for the coronavirus. The unconfirmed positive test was for a D.C. United player, while a Toronto player returned the inconclusive test. — For the first time since the coronavirus shut down sports and chased away spectators, fans have returned to elite European soccer. Thousands of spectators turned out Sunday to see Paris Saint-Germain’s superstars back on a pitch. For their return to work, PSG’s marquee attacking duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe wore face masks in red, white and blue PSG colors and messages of thanks for health workers. The exhibition match was the first encounter in front of spectators to feature one of Europe’s elite clubs since the outbreak erupted. Only 5,000 people were allowed inside Le Havre’s 25,000-seat stadium to see the French League 2 club take on PSG’s star-studded squad. HORSE RACING-DEL MAR-FATALITY3-year-old filly euthanized after workout at Del MarDEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old filly was euthanized after completing a workout at Del Mar, the track’s first fatality of its summer racing season.Lovely Lilia had just completed a four-furlong workout in 49.20 seconds during training hours Saturday when she was pulled up and vanned off the track. Veterinarians found that she could not recover from the unspecified injury and was euthanized. PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa clutch in finish and playoff to win Workday OpenDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa never looked like a winner at the Workday Charity Open until he tapped in for par on the third playoff hole, capping off a wild finish Sunday at Muirfield Village.Morikawa trailed Justin Thomas by three shots with three holes to play and managed to get into a playoff with a 6-under 66. Then, after watching Thomas hole a 50-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole, he had to make a 25-footer just to stay alive. He could only watch as Thomas had a 10-footer to win on the 18th on the second playoff hole.It finally ended on No. 10 when Thomas had to lay up from behind a tree and made bogey, and Morikawa took two putts from just inside 10 feet for his second career victory, and first against a strong PGA Tour field. July 12, 2020 The Mail on Sunday reported public money was used to provide a select band of athletes with an energy drink called DeltaG, claiming there were no guarantees the product did not cause side-effects nor was it certain to be cleared by the World Anti-Doping Agency.UK Sport said it had consulted with both WADA and UK Anti-Doping before using the product to make sure it complied with guidelines and that the health of athletes would not be put on the line for the sake of an improved medal haul.UK Sport did not say why the use of drink was not previously disclosed. The Mail on Sunday said waivers and non-disclosure forms had to be signed by those on the trial. The Virginian-Pilot reports the 64-year-old Balluzzo was the winningest driver in the history of the track.F1-STYRIAN GPHamilton wins Styrian GP ahead of Mercedes teammate BottasSPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Lewis Hamilton won the Styrian Grand Prix from the pole position on Sunday to clinch an 85th career win and move within six of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.Hamilton’s record-extending 89th career pole on a rain-drenched track was one of his best in extreme conditions, but during the race he was hardly challenged as he finished a sizeable 13.7 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and 33.7 ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. New York is set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington. Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover. In other MLB news:— Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was late arriving to summer camp after he tested positive for COVID-19. The three-time All-Star closer says he believes he contracted the virus from his 4-year-old son Kaden. He says the child had a fever, among other symptoms, which led his wife to suggest everyone in the family get tested. Jansen says his wife, Gianni, and 7-year-old daughter Natalia tested positive, but that his first test was negative. A day later, he says he also tested positive. Jansen expects to be ready for the season opener on July 23. — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Eric Lauer says he’s on the injured list because he was in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Lauer said he hasn’t tested positive. The protocols accompanying that situation caused Lauer to arrive late to the Brewers’ summer camp. He made it to camp Friday, nearly a full week after the Brewers’ first full-squad workout. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Lauer still has a chance to be ready for the start of the season.— Protective masks won’t be out of sight when big league baseball resumes. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. Safety protocols require masks in clubhouses and close proximity indoors, but not on the field. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier plans to wear one during games, in part to set an example for those watching on television. Atlanta third base coach Ron Washington also plans to wear one for health reasons. At age 68, he’s in a high-risk group. center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-KENTUCKYNASCAR Cup rookie Cole Custer wins in upset at KentuckySPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer became the first rookie winner in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway. Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. were dueling side by side for the lead on the final restart when Custer — with a push from Matt DiBenedetto on the outside in the backstretch — made his move in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. As the leaders bunched in Turn 1, Custer slid ahead and outlasted Truex’s Toyota. The victory was the first by a series rookie since Chris Buescher at Pocono on Aug. 1, 2016. Making his 20th series start, the 22-year-old Custer celebrated with a frontstretch burnout as his crew happily ran to greet him. DiBenedetto was third, and Harvick fourth. Update on the latest sports-UPDATED Players and staff are tested the day before each game during the MLS is Back tournament. Both teams had already announced their starting lineups for the match when it was called off shortly before its scheduled 9 a.m. EDT kickoff. The league did not announce when the match would be rescheduled.The postponement is the latest hiccup for the tournament in Florida, which has already had two teams drop out because of a spate of COVID-19 cases. FC Dallas and Nashville were both withdrawn earlier this week, reducing the tournament to 24 teams. FC Dallas had 10 players and one coach test positive for the virus. Nashville had nine players test positive.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— NHL teams return to the ice Monday for the first time since March as the 24 that qualified for the expanded playoffs open two-week training camps. Mixed with the excitement is the uncertainty of which and how many players might opt out and how the long layoff could contribute to injuries. It’s a training camp unlike any in history, with players coming back from a four-month absence to compete for the Stanley Cup. It’s a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts. Viktor Hovland of Norway had a 71 and finished alone in third. He was in the final group of three young stars, all of whom had the lead at some point during the final round.FATAL SPEEDWAY CRASH-VIRGINIAVirginia speedway: Driver dies following crash during raceHAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A driver has died after crashing during a race at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia. Speedway officials say Shawn Balluzzo crashed during the second of two Modified Division races Saturday night. He had finished second in the first of the twin 50-lap races, which were the season openers for the Modifieds. During the second race, Balluzzo’s car went airborne after bumping another car and crashed front-first into a wall. He was taken to a hospital, where he died. Lovely Lilia was trained by Vladimir Cerin. She had two wins in seven career starts and earnings of $37,551, according to Equibase.Del Mar’s summer meet opened Friday. The seaside track north of San Diego ranks among the country’s safest tracks, according to The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. It had a rate of 0.62 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts last year. The national average for tracks that reported was 1.68.BRITAIN-SUBSTANCE TESTUK Sport says welfare not risked with athlete substance testLONDON (AP) — The UK Sport government agency says athletes’ welfare was not put at risk with the use of an experimental substance ahead of the 2012 London Olympics that was disclosed for the first time Sunday by a newspaper. O’Ward and Rosenqvist were both chasing their first career victories. They traded the lead throughout the second half of the race. O’Ward pulled ahead in the 43rd of 55 laps. Rosenqvist kept charging and finally passed him.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge out 2nd straight day with stiff neckUNDATED (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been held out of action for a second straight day due to a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated game Saturday after waking up with a sore neck. On Sunday the right fielder wasn’t included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage. New York manager Aaron Boone said Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium and was improving. Like last Sunday, drivers again wore black T-shirts with “End Racism” and most took the knee a few moments before the national anthem. When he stood on the podium, Hamilton, the only Black driver in Formula One, raised a clenched right fist. INDYCAR DOUBLEHEADER-ROSENQVISTRosenqvist surges at Road America for 1st IndyCar victoryELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Felix Rosenqvist passed Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career victory in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America. Rosenqvist won by 2.8699 seconds and became the first driver other than Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon to win an IndyCar race this year. Dixon’s three-race winning streak ended with a 12th-place finish. last_img read more

Men’s hockey off to fast start

first_imgBefore Friday night’s season-opening series with Northern Michigan, the No. 3-ranked Wisconsin men’s hockey team had held only four practices, leaving Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves little time to get a feel for this year’s squad. But despite the short preparation window before the first two games Friday and Saturday night at the Kohl Center, Wisconsin accomplished something it hasn’t since 2004 by sweeping the Wildcats with 5-2 and 2-1 victories.After Friday night’s resounding 5-2 win, Eaves commented on the nature of the game that has left him without an opening night win since 2007, when the Badgers knocked off Notre Dame.“It’s an odd game to coach,” Eaves said. “It reminds me of craps. You roll the dice. You see what happens.“We go right into games — you really don’t know what you’re going to get. You hope that because you’re an older team that you have more repetitions over the course of a couple years that pays dividends for you, but you really don’t know what you’re going to get.”The sentiments of Eaves were echoed in just how different the two games were, as the Badgers (2-0-0) coasted to the win Friday night, but had to dig in deep late in regulation to pull out the win Saturday night over the Wildcats (0-2-0).Despite the differences between the two games, Wisconsin struck for first blood in both, a crucial aspect, according to Eaves.“The statistics say that 68 percent of all teams that score first win games, so you want to put those percentages in your favor. So having a great start and getting that start tonight was a good thing,” Eaves said.Not only did the Badgers notch the first goal Friday night, but they scrapped their way for two more in the first period of play, giving them a comfortable 3-0 heading into the first intermission.Sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles, who played his first two games at center this weekend after having been a winger last season, made his presence known at his new position by facilitating the first two goals and picking up the secondary assists on both.Then in Saturday night’s game, Kerdiles switched to the center of attention as he blasted a slap shot past NMU goaltender Michael Doan to give the Badgers a 1-0 lead a little less than midway through the first period.With points in both games, Kerdiles now currently rides a 15-game point streak dating back to last season.Although Kerdiles contributed a great deal to both wins, he was certainly not the only one playing a part in the sweep. Over the course of the two games, 11 different players recorded at least one point for Wisconsin with six of those players recording two or more points. Senior forward Michael Mersch tied Kerdiles for the team lead in points with three of his own coming off of two assists and a goal, as well.The first two lines for Wisconsin – Mark Zengerle, Tyler Barnes, Morgan Zulinick, Kerdiles, Mersch and Joseph LaBate – racked up 11 points and did most of the damage, but it was third wing freshman forward Grant Besse, who was the only one with two goals on the weekend.Besse’s first goal as a Badger was the fifth and final goal Friday night, while his second goal that came late in Saturday’s 2-1 win was his first game-winner as a Badger.Following Saturday’s game, Eaves gave his thoughts on the Plymouth, Minn. native Besse, who played four years of high school hockey and only a handful of games at the junior level.“Good offensive players, it’s interesting. If you watch enough hockey, they make bad passes or they make bad decisions, but somehow, some way the puck goes back to them. How do you explain that? It’s the thing they have. You can’t explain that. Grant has that and it was a goal scorer’s goal,” Eaves said.“The seven games I played in the USHL really helped make the adjustment from the high school to the collegiate level, so I’m starting to feel more and more comfortable every shift out there,” Besse said.Meanwhile, the games also differed in that two different goaltenders were in between the pipes for each game. Junior goaltender Landon Peterson shouldered the load in net Friday, stopping 18 out of the 20 shots he faced from the Wildcats and earning him the game puck from his teammates and coaches. In Saturday’s game, Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel had similar numbers with 20 saves on 21 shots, but gave up a big goal halfway through the third that tied the score.That mistake was later bailed out by Besse with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in regulation, as the Badgers started the season with a quick 2-0 start, much different than how things began against the Wildcats a season ago when the Badgers were swept.“There’s the psyche of winning that allows you to press forward with your coaching and your teaching,” Eaves said. “I think you can be more demanding because the kids feel good about the fact that they won.”last_img read more

Giants stomp all over POM Meros

first_imgAt their first bat, the Giants scored three runs after a hit to the outfield by Jay Selu brought home three runners.Keeping the Meros scoreless in the first inning, the Giants continued to pile on more runs.Jayden Lach smacked a ball to the left outfield and brought Kepas Mormor home. A home run by Ryan Meriman kept the scoreboard ticking,  bringing two more runners home plus himself.The next batter up, Consie Bais, hit the second homer for the game off the pitching of Mero’s Mosley Obed.By the third inning, the Meros made a change in the pitching, bringing on Joachim Pagal for Obed.Pagal helped restrict the Giants who only managed three runs in the last two innings.The Giants made a change in the pitching department, using Aaron Duronx. This helped the Meros who scored their first run through Joel Kua from a loose ball from Duronx.The Meros added another run from a safe hit from Julias Tatai before time in game was called.This is the second win for the Giants who beat the Madang Kings 4-2 yesterday.In the women’s first game for today, Madang were too strong for Buluminski, winning 7-1.last_img read more