Renovated Queenslander with top notch features

first_imgThe home at 45 Kate St, Woody Point. Picture: supplied.THIS renovated Queenslander has the benefit of cooling sea breezes and the ocean being within walking distance in three different directions. Owner David Walker said the property at 45 Kate St, Woody Point had undergone a massive transformation while still retaining plenty of character. “For an 80-year-old home it looks brand new,” he said. As part of the renovation the property was raised, the front veranda opened up, a back deck was added, a swimming pool was installed and the backyard was landscaped. The state-of-the-art kitchen has top end technology, lighting and appliances. Picture: supplied.A new kitchen was put in a year ago and the two bathrooms have been fully renovated. Mr Walker, who works at Kitchen Connection, said the kitchen gave the home wow factor. “It’s a state of the art kitchen. All the drawers and doors open electronically. You just touch them and they will automatically open and close.“The benchtops are top of the range super natural Caesarstone with waterfall edges and the appliances are top of the range Westinghouse. “There is a boiling water tap, so there is no need for a kettle, glass splashbacks and the latest lighting from Europe.” The downstairs rumpus room flows out to the poolside deck. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoSet across two levels, the home has river red gum hardwood floors with high gloss polish, high ceilings and VJ walls.A large rumpus room downstairs opens to the poolside deck. There is also a bedroom, a study, a bathroom and a laundry on this level. Internal stairs lead up to the family room and open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. The master bedroom has a dressing room and the two other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The family bathroom has a spa bath and separate shower and there is a sunroom opening to the front deck. The property is on the market through Cameron Reid of Crown Properties.last_img read more

Orange ice hockey hopes to benefit from competition of rotating goalies

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Paul Flanagan doesn’t know who to start at goalie for the Syracuse ice hockey team. The head coach jokes he’ll just have to leave it up to chance. ‘Get the Ouija board out on Thursday,’ he said. Lacking a clear-cut starter at goalie — a position many coaches build their teams around — could be seen as an ominous situation. But Flanagan views it in a more positive light. Freshmen Jenesica Drinkwater and Kallie Billadeau have brought out the best in each other in competing for the starting spot early in the season, Flanagan said. And even if the battle for the starting spot at goalie may not be the optimal situation for Flanagan’s team moving forward, he professes he is fine with that. With the two, there is no solidity there. But he is fine with that little element of chance. For now. ‘I think they work well together, it’s a healthy competition,’ Flanagan said. ‘I don’t see it as anything that’s negative about it. I think it’s all positive, especially when you’re two freshmen and everything’s new to them.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Drinkwater had 15 saves in a 4-4 tie with Northeastern in the season opener. Billadeau recorded 26 saves in an upset win over then-No. 8 New Hampshire and kept the Orange in the game with 34 saves in a losing effort against No. 7 Boston College over the weekend. Drinkwater wants to earn more starting opportunities. At the same time, she said she puts team goals above her own and wants to see her teammates in goal succeed, too. ‘I think all the goalies are really close,’ she said. ‘We all definitely push each other in practice. It’s only going to make us better.’ Billadeau has enjoyed the competition for the starting spot, but she said she doesn’t get caught up in comparisons with the other goalies. ‘I just try to stick to my game and focus on what I’m doing, not really worrying about what anybody else is doing out there,’ she said. ‘I just try to focus on me and doing my part.’ Through three games, Flanagan has noticed differences in their styles and skills in the net. He said Drinkwater relies on her athleticism to make plays. She has played in big games in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League and as a member of Team Ontario in the National Women’s U-18 Championship. She likes the challenge that comes with that big stage. Billadeau, the top goalie out of Minnesota, has a more technical style and uses good positioning to block the puck. Flanagan said he has been impressed by her calm demeanor on the ice. Both have displayed their talents so far. Their play will go a long way in the team’s success this season. It remains to be seen who Flanagan will ultimately choose, if he does decide to make that decision and veer from his complacency with chance. With the two freshmen taking over in goal, it’s a different situation for Flanagan and the Orange. Lucy Schoedel graduated after starting every game for the Orange in the program’s first two seasons. Now Flanagan is searching for strong play in net from whoever the next goalie will be. Building on that foundation is even more important with a young defense that is still finding its way. ‘It is such a key position,’ he said. ‘We also have a young defensive core, and it’s important for our ‘D’ to have confidence in their goaltender. We realize any decisions we make in terms of who’s in there has a pretty big bearing on how our team’s going to perform that night.’ Flanagan believes the situation will work itself out in a long season with 31 regular season games remaining. He swears he has time to wait. He’s taking it game by game. And though he doesn’t have a formula he will follow with the decision, he does have an end result in mind when making the call. Whatever is best for the rest of the team. And for now, he thinks leaving it up to chance is best for SU. ‘There’s not necessarily any rhyme or reason or pattern here,’ Flanagan said. ‘We’re just trying to look at different things and trying to figure out what’s best for our team heading into Friday night.’ rjgery@syr.educenter_img Published on October 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edulast_img read more

Trojans continue physical practices as injuries pile up

first_imgFootball practice on Tuesday continued the trend of physical and full-contact intensity, and it concluded with a serious injury. According to Scott Wolf at Inside USC, the Trojans will be without junior wide receiver George Farmer for the foreseeable future, as he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a non-contact drill.Major blow · Junior wide receiver George Farmer is tended to at practice after suffering a left knee injury. According to Inside USC, Farmer has a torn ACL and will be out of action for at least nine months. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanWith 19 players already out for Tuesday’s practice, Farmer and senior safety Demetrius Wright both left practice early because of injury. Farmer is expected to miss nine months with the tear.The coaches have placed a heavy emphasis on physicality in recent practices and the risk of injuries has mounted accordingly, but the defense has been responding well.“We love it. Coach [Lane Kiffin] is holding everybody accountable,” redshirt junior defensive tackle George Uko said. “We have great coaching and great energy.”During a goal-line drill at the end of practice, a pushing match broke out between redshirt sophomore running back Javorious “Buck” Allen, senior defensive end Morgan Breslin and Uko.“It was nothing at all,” Uko said. “It’s just what happens on the field. Buck pushed Morgan, and as a defensive linemen your natural reaction is to push back.”After tensions cooled, the linemen forced a fumble, sparking a raucous celebration by the defense. By the time practice was over, both assistant coach Ed Orgeron and Uko had bloody noses after getting accidentally clocked during the drill.“Practice was very physical,” Kiffin said. “I’m really excited about the goal-line mentality that the defense had. They really changed the line of scrimmage by how they got after the offense.”The defensive line has been solid behind the likes of Breslin, Uko and sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams, but concerns of an inexperienced secondary remain.But though the cornerback position is thin after the departure of veteran Nickell Robey to the NFL draft, USC’s new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast believes the Trojans have enough bodies to contend.“I like the flexibility with the guys that we have,” Pendergast said. “We’re still working to get the technique there.”Pendergast is also pleased to have early enrollees in freshmen defensive backs Su’a Cravens and Leon McQuay III practicing with the team.“The good thing is that they’re here,” Pendergast said. “They have the benefit to be here and learn the system and learn the different techniques. I’m just glad they’re on campus so they can move more quickly when fall comes.”On the offensive side of the field, freshman quarterback Max Browne has also been settling in and continues to take reps with redshirt sophomore quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek in contact drills.“At this point, I’m just taking whatever I can get and making the most of it,” Browne said. “The biggest thing is that I’m running out there with Cody and Max and that’s all I could ask for.”Wittek missed several spring practices with a knee injury but returned last week.With the injuries piling up, the Trojans may have to dial back on the intensity for the rest of spring, but they certainly aspire to bring this fire when the beginning of the season comes around.last_img read more

Ontario rolls out welcome mat for Clippers

first_imgHe spent four years with the team before leaving in 2012 to become the general manager of the Angels’ double-A affiliate, the Mobile (Alabama) BayBears. He also spent time as a director of sales for the NHL’s Florida Panthers.“The turnout tonight has been outstanding. We really didn’t know what to expect,” Bennett said. “The community came out in full force for the event.”Among the fans in attendance was Jules Ferrer, who considered himself a die-hard Clippers fan.“I am from Eastvale, which is about 15 minutes from here,” Ferrer said. “To be able to watch basketball near by is a dream for me.”Ferrer said he has been a fan for over 20 years and went to about 15 Clippers games last season at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.“I had a lot of family that are fans of the Lakers but I wanted to go against the grain and be a Clipper fan,” he said. “If I can I might be a season ticket holder but I do plan to come out to as many games as I can (in Ontario).”As team president, Bennett’s expectation for the team going forward is to have more than just an impact on the court but in the community as well.“My goals and expectations are pretty much aligned. We are going to have some fun with this,” he explained.“This is NBA branded basketball but when it comes to the pricing and affordability families will be able to come out here on a Friday night and not have to break the bank.”With a roster of player yet to be determined, the goal for the Clippers was to give the community an example of what a game night could look and feel like.“Without having players in the building tonight we wanted to give fans a taste of what a game night would be like,” Bennett said. “That is why the dance team is here and the mascots are flying around to create that family fun part as best as we can without a game going on.”The Tip-Off Party also provided the local fans the opportunity to shoot a basketball on the home court and win raffle prizes such as season tickets for the team’s first season in Ontario and tickets to a WWE event.“When it comes to the community that is where it really all starts for us. In order for us to be successful we have to get out into the community,” the team president said. “I have seen teams try to sprinkle marketing dollars over a community hoping that it will grow into attendance but it rarely works. The best way to get involved with the community and have the community support you is to support it. We plan to roll up our sleeves and really be a part of this community.”The next step for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario will be the schedule, which is expected to be released in two weeks, according to Bennett.When it comes to creating the team roster, the G-League will have an expansion draft on August 23rd. “On behalf of the City Council, we are excited to welcome the Clippers to their new home at Citizens Business Bank Arena,” Leon said. “Today is a good day for all of us and we are thrilled to also welcome Clippers fans throughout Southern California to the city of Ontario.”Bennett has only been in the Inland community for three weeks but wasted little time embracing the area and its other sports teams by attending Rancho Cucamonga Quakes games.While he is still getting familiar with the area, he is not a stranger to the Clippers organization. ONTARIO >> The first step for the Clippers’ new G-League team, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario, was to introduce themselves to the community with its Tip-off Party on Monday. Mayor Paul S. Leon and the community welcomed team president Heath Bennett and the organization with open arms.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more