More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago58 Mooney Street, Gulliver.The median three-bedroom house price in Gulliver is $214,500, making this home in Mooney Street selling for almost $45,000 less than that, a true bargain buy.If living right next door to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia’s largest urban centre north of the Sunshine Coast is appealing, then take a look at these other properties still on the market in Townsville:This three-bedroom home is on the market for $249,000 at 33 Rayleigh Street, Wulguru. Set on a 648sq m corner allotment this well presented home could easily fit a pool and plenty of outdoor entertainment options.If beachside living is more your thing then this cute two-bedroom home at 21 Borton Street, Balgal Beach might be just right for you.Just 200m from the beach and set on 812sq m, it would make the perfect retirement home or even a cheeky beachside holiday home in the tropics.But if you prefer something fuss free with no maintenance or work to be done, then this lovely home at 7 Wexford Crescent, Mount Low could be just what you’re looking for.With an asking price in the mid $200,000s the two-bedroom spacious home requires nothing to be done but to move right on in. This Bargain Buy of the Week in 58 Mooney Street, Gulliver sold for just $170,000.THIS renovator’s delight recently sold for well under the median house price in Gulliver, Townsville week making it our Bargain of the Week buy.Located close to shops, schools and transport, just a bit of imagination is all that was required to secure this home for just $170,000. You’re lucky to get a block of land that cheap in South East Queensland, let alone a three-bedroom two-bathroom home.Set on 809sq m the home at 58 Mooney Street came complete with an in-ground swimming pool, timber flooring that just needed a spit and polish, and a self-contained bedroom at the rear of the property.Gulliver is a suburb of Townsville named after the telegraph master of Townsville, Thomas Allen Gulliver.
Press Association Second row Thorn, 37, has arrived in Dublin on loan from Japanese club Fukuoka Sanix Blues, where he has been playing since last autumn’s World Cup triumph. Thorn made more than 200 appearances for Australian rugby league giants Brisbane Broncos, while his 49-cap All Blacks career featured a World Cup triumph and three Tri-Nations titles. REIGNING European champions Leinster have announced the signing of New Zealand World Cup winner Brad Thorn on a three-month contract. Leinster coach Joe Schmidt said: “It’s great to have Brad to help us through until the end of the season. “After Leo’s (Cullen) injury and Steven Sykes’ return to South Africa we were short of options at second row, but Brad’s arrival will supplement the likes of Damian Browne, Devin Toner and Mark Flanagan, as we look ahead to a demanding few months. “Obviously, Brad won’t have a lot of time to find his feet, but I know the quality he brings and how keen he is to make a contribution both on and off the field.”
Tennis greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will put their epic rivalry to one side when they team up together for the Laver Cup.The competition will see world No 1 Nadal and 19-time Grand Slam champion Federer play for Team Europe against a Rest of the World side in Prague.It’s been an incredible tennis year with the duo able to turn back the clock and share the four Grand Slams between them.Tennis LiveLiveStefano Travaglia 0 v 1 *Adrian UngurTheir rivalry has stretched 13 years and 37 matches with Nadal, back on top of the world rankings for the first timeÂ in three years, with a 10th title at the French Open and third at the US Open forming part of his 16-Slam portfolio.Federer captured the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and with a 2017 record of five titles, 39 match wins and just four losses, the evergreen Swiss remains at the very top of his game at the age of 36 with 19 major titles.The dominant Spaniard leads their head-to-head record 23-14, but they will put their on-court rivalry aside when they team-up for the first time.“After all these years I actually get a chance to support his forehand, his aggressive play, his fighting spirit, his everything,” said Federer after the announcement of the Laver Cup teams. “He’s been a wonderful champion for our sport.“I think Rafa brought something to the game that we really haven’t seen that much before, or not at all. The amount of spin he was able to bring to the game or the physicality and his movement on clay.”Nadal said of Federer: “I’ve never seen anybody with all the ingredients that Roger has. Big serve, big forehand, movement, the slice, but at the same time he plays with unbelievable elegance.”The pair had not met since 2015 before this year’s epic Australian Open final where Federer prevailed, winning 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 38 minutes.In their 37th and last meeting to date, it was Swiss maestro Federer who claimed the Miami Open crown and made reference to their first-ever meeting, at the same venue, away back in 2004 when a 17-year-old Nadal beat a 22-year-old Federer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
FILE PHOTO: Eliud Kipchoge becomes first person to run a marathon under 2 hoursParis, France | AFP | The action was spectacular, exciting and colourful for 12 months around the globe, but the thrilling and sometimes surprising images also caught the wider significance of modern sport.Megan RapinoeMegan Rapinoe lapped up the rapturous reception when the US women’s football team appeared in New York on July 2 two days after winning the World Cup. Rapinoe stood out on and off the field in France. She talked eloquently with her boots as she captained the United States and finished as the tournament’s joint top scorer. Off the field, Rapinoe, a campaigner for LGBT rights and gender equality, spoke out, attracting even wider attention as she stood up to President Donald Trump which did not diminish the reception she received when the team returned home.Siya KolisiSiya Kolisi stood tall as he showed off the Rugby World Cup trophy at a victory parade in Soweto on November 7. Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain, had led the Springboks to victory five days earlier in Yokohama. Less than a month after Chester Williams, the sole non-white in South Africa’s first World Cup triumph in 1995 died at 49, Kolisi, prop Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira and wingers Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi were key members of the team.LiverpoolLiverpool did not walk alone as they won Europe’s top club competition for the sixth time. A tepid final in Madid was effectively settled by a controversial penalty award in the second minute. After that Tottenham were powerless against a defence martialed by the magisterial Virgil van Dijk. The most memorable moment came at home at Anfield in the semi-final on May 1 when the Reds, trailing 3-0 from the first leg deficit, beat mighty Barcelona 4-0. The Kop roared and their team responded.Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton had something to spare as he clinched his sixth Formula One driver’s title at the US Grand Prix with two races left in the season. Mercedes started strongly, winning the first six races, with Hamilton taking four of them. Even when the Ferraris were faster and their 21-year-old starlet Charles Leclerc collected four straight pole positions, Hamilton kept finding a way to win. He ended the season with 11 victories in the 21 races to collect a third straight title. He is now just one world title behind the all-time mark of Michael Schumacher.Eliud KipchogeEliud Kipchoge’s run on October 12 in a Vienna park might have been carefully stage managed, yet it was still a momentous and emblematic feat. The Kenyan became the first person to complete a timed run over the marathon distance in under two hours. After narrowly missing in 2017, he beat the symbolic mark by almost 20 seconds. He also bettered the world record by two minutes but did not break it. Because he ran behind a pace car, was escorted by a rotating phalanx of pace makers and had no competition, the official record remains a relatively leisurely 2:01:39, set by Kipchoge in Berlin 2018.Simone BilesSimone Biles sparkled again at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart in October. She won five more golds to take her tally to a record 25. Biles unveiled two fresh and complex elements, sparking debate after the international gymnastics federation assigned the moves relatively low values arguing that they did not want other gymnasts to endanger themselves imitating the American. The triumph came in a tough year which saw Biles speak about being abused by former US team doctor Larry Nassar. The 22-year-old American has suggested that she will retire after the Tokyo Olympics next year. Tiger WoodsTiger Woods showed he still has claws as he tore through the field on the final round at the Masters on April 14 to win his first major in 11 years. The 43-year-old Woods started the final day clad in his famous Sunday red and two shots behind Francesco Molinari. Over the last seven holes, five other men held or shared the lead. Only Woods held his nerve as he won his 15th major and fifth Masters. The rest of the season was more of the struggle, but Woods had proved he can still perform on the biggest SundaysBen StokesBen Stokes stooped to conquer. Returning to the England team after a ban following a brawl in 2017, he started the World Cup with runs, wickets and an astonishing catch to win man of the match. From there, his year just got better. In the final against New Zealand, he made 84 not out to earn England a tie, helped by a bizarre incident when he was hit by a fielder’s throw as he dived for a run, deflecting the ball for four overthrows. England won on tiebreak. Stokes was man of the match. In the Ashes, he clobbered an unbeaten 135, to claw England back from the brink in the third Test at Headingley.Steve SmithSteve Smith climbed off the canvas to eclipse even Stokes in the Ashes. The former Australian captain, also returning from a ban, was flattened by England fastest bowler Jofra Archer in the second Test and missed the third, the ‘Stokes Test’. But he still finished the series with 774 runs in four Tests — 333 more than the next highest scorer, Stokes — at an average of 110.57 as he ground down England’s bowlers and ensured Australia drew the series and retained the Ashes.Djokovic, Federer, WimbledonNovak Djokovic and Roger Federer pushed the limits as they fought out a dazzling heavyweight men’s final at Wimbledon. At 4 hours, 57 minutes it was the longest Wimbledon final. It only ended as soon as it did because of the first ever fifth-set tie-break in a Wimbledon final. Djokovic retained his title, 7–6, 1–6, 7–6, 4–6, 13–12, after saving two championship points. It was his 16th Grand Slam title. Only Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (19) have more. Between them the three have now won the last 12 Grand Slams.JapanJapan were refreshing hosts at the World Cup. They brightened the competition with their high-energy running rugby, upsetting both Ireland and Scotland to reach the last eight for the first time before bowing out to eventual winners South Africa in the quarter-finals. Indeed, their bowing also attracted attention. Japanese teams and fans have acquired a reputation for tidying up after them selves when they play away. As hosts, they also set a good example, as other teams copied their habit of bowing to fans.Lindsey VonnLindsey Vonn finished her career by collecting yet another medal. The American speed queen said her body was too battered to continue her pursuit of Ingemar Stenmark’s record of World Cup victories, but at the end of another injury-hit season she was still quick enough at 34 to claim an eighth World Championship medal in the downhill in Are, Sweden. She skied 19 seasons and won 82 World Cup races, both records for women. She won races in five disciplines and she always brought style and elan to events.Share on: WhatsApp