18 Alexandra Street, North Ward.Owner Paul Welch has lived in the house for the past eight years with his wife and three children.He said it was the perfect family home with plenty of space to spread out and his three children being able to walk to school at Townsville Grammar.“We bought the place in 2009 and renovated it and raised it,” he said. “Downstairs there is now a self-contained unit because we had parents flying in from the United Kingdom.“We’ve done a huge amount of work on the house and we repainted it about a month ago, put in a new kitchen, installed solar and relined the pool.“We’re going to be moving to a place that is slightly smaller because we don’t have family coming from the UK any more and our eldest child is going to university.”The classic Queenslander facade contains a home filled with modern amenities with views of the water and Castle Hill.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Classic features such as high ceilings, timber flooring, tongue and groove panelling and timber fretwork and archways have been retained to create a character home. 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.WITH its white picket fence and sweeping front veranda 18 Alexandra Street conjures up images of an idyllic family life.The six-bedroom North Ward home is now ripe for the picking and will go to auction on September 5.Located on one of Townsville’s most popular streets on a 1012sq m block and superbly renovated, the expansive two-level home has already caught the attention of many potential buyers. 18 Alexandra Street, North Ward. The house has three living zones as well as a study and a self-contained guest area downstairs with a total of 416sq m of under-roof space.Mr Welch said Alexandra Street would have to be one of the best streets in Townsville.“We absolutely love North Ward and Alexandra Street because everyone looks out for each other and we all have an annual Christmas party,” he said.“I think our house is in the best bit of Alexandra Street because you don’t have all the noise of Paxton Street and you have a flatter backyard.“The home as well as being great for a family is a really fantastic party house where you can have 50 or 60 guests and the place looks nicely busy but you’re not tripping over each other.“We have really enjoyed living here and it’s such a fantastic spot.” 18 Alexander Street, North Ward.Harcourts Kingsberry selling agent Julie Mahoney said she was expecting a family to snap up the home.“We’ve had a huge amount of groups through because it will appeal to a big family demographic because it’s the type of home that is beautifully appointed but still feels like a home,” she said.“With the layout and position of the home you have an amazing grassed area as well as a large pool which is almost like a lap pool and is very deep ended.”For more information call Julie Mahoney on 0428 242 817.
Of the previous 72 meetings between USC and Notre Dame, at least one team has been ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll all but nine times.This season marks the 10th time.Wide-eyed · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley, pictured here as a freshman against Notre Dame on Oct. 17, 2009, is 1-0 as a starter against the Irish. He missed last year’s edition of the rivalry because of a high ankle sprain. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans and Fighting Irish have compiled a combined nine wins this season — against three losses — both finished outside the top-25 poll this week, receiving 107 and 87 votes, respectively, in what would equate to No. 27 and No. 28 in the poll.It marks the first time in the history of the poll that a 5-1 Trojans team has not been ranked.Despite USC’s postseason ineligibility and Notre Dame’s two losses, the game will still continue to hold plenty of value for many.“It means a lot to the school, alumni and people here,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said following Tuesday’s early morning practice. “To us, it is just another game that we have to win.”Last week at California, Barkley passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday’s contest against the Irish will mark Barkley’s second visit to South Bend, Ind.As a freshman, Barkley completed 19 of 29 passes against the Fighting Irish, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception.He did not, however, play in last season’s game because of a high ankle sprain sustained the week before in a 36-7 loss at Oregon State.“I remember it being electric and not hostile like Autzen [Stadium] or [Ohio State’s] Horseshoe,” Barkley said. “It is a classic stadium that gets me fired up and it probably will for the other guys, too.”Senior linebacker Chris Galippo noted that familiarity also makes Saturday’s showdown all the more unique.“Most everybody on this team was recruited by Notre Dame,” Galippo said.Last November, the Irish defeated the Trojans 20-16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.But until last season’s meeting, USC had won eight straight games over Notre Dame, dating back to 2002 — Pete Carroll’s second season as the team’s coach.“So many coaches and players work over the years to start the streak and keep it going,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When you’re playing a game without your quarterback, you hate to lose a streak when all of your guys aren’t there.”Kiffin noted that it was difficult to watch game film from last year’s loss to Notre Dame.“I don’t think it will ever leave,” Kiffin said of the defeat. “This week brings it back because you have to watch it again and learn from the tape.”—Junior tailback Curtis McNeal was USC’s leading rusher against Cal last week with 86 yards on 17 carries. He hopes the team’s strong play carries over this weekend as well.“It’s a big game,” McNeal said. “They beat us last year, but we’re on a roll and we have to keep it going.”McNeal is listed as the starter on the depth chart along with senior tailback Marc Tyler, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Cal. It is unknown whether Tyler will be healthy enough to play against Notre Dame.—On Sunday and Tuesday, Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods worked on their accuracy after having noticeable issues with timing against Cal.Woods believes he was not affected by his performance last week.“We still got the win by a good margin against Cal,” he said. “I just have to be ready for Notre Dame.”—The Trojans were pleased with their victory against the Bears and hope to repeat their performance this Saturday.“The offense did a great job in controlling the ball and not turning it over,” Barkley said. “Although we had to settle for some field goals, we are putting points up on the board and that’s what matters to us.”
Police detective fires shots as football stakeholders resist the arrestDuro IkhazuagbeThere was pandemonium on Sunday night at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when Super Eagles returned from Ndola with maximum points in Nigeria’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier with Zambia.THISDAY correspondent that arrived Abuja from Zambia with Super Eagles reports that the two gunmen claimed to come from the FCT Police Command with the mandate of the police commissioner to arrest the Chairman of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko, who is also the second vice president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). There was a disagreement between the leadership of the NFF and the detectives. NFF insisted that the order was not proper as the LMC had appealed the judgment of the Plateau High Court judge.It was at this point that one of the gunmen pulled out his gun and threatened to shoot anyone interfering with his job. With temper flaring, the detective repeatedly fired shots into the dark airport sky.Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, and President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, and other football stakeholders who arrived the airport with Eagles intervened to save an angry mob from lynching the detectives.The LMC has been locked in a legal battle over the expulsion of Giwa FC from the Nigeria Professional Football League due to the Jos-based team’s infractions on the rules governing the league.The league body appealed the conviction of Dikko and the Chief Operating Officer of the league body, Salihu Abubakar for contempt of court.Justice I.I. Kunda of Plateau High Court in Jos recently committed both Dikko and Abubakar to 14 days in prison for disobeying his court order. The ruling was sequel to a suit filed by a supporter of Giwa FC praying the court to order the reinstatement of the club to the league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram