When the ‘cat’ won’t fit it’s time for a new house

first_imgThe Boseley’s ‘cat’, Samibella, at 13 Australia Court before the new pontoon was built. A lovely place to sit and watch life on the canals.“Everybody helps everybody else, there are no disputes.“I think the water keeps you very serene, it just makes everybody happy.”The couple have lived at Australia Court for 15 years. This could be your happy place.The two-level house is on a 702sq m block with a 20.9m canal frontage and its own private pontoon.The double brick house has a staircase and flooring made from Jarrah hardwood. CHECK OUT THE AUCTIONS PLANNED FOR BRISBANE THIS WEEKEND There is deep water access to Moreton Bay from this canal home.But Mrs Boseley is already missing canal living.“It’s addictive to live on a canal,’’ she said.“Because my ducks come in the morning and I feed them, and herons used to visit me daily.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“It’s beautiful watching the boats coming up and down the canal. “We had another canal home but the pontoon was too small for the boat,” Helen Boseley said.“We moved here, and it was perfect for this pontoon.”Helen and Brian Boseley are downsizing the boat and the house, moving to Brighton with a seven metre Steber fishing boat that fits on a trailer.Their four-bedroom canal home at 13 Australia Court, Newport with deep water access to Moreton Bay, is going to auction on November 10. The two main bedrooms have their own ensuites.“My bedroom looks straight down the canal and always has the sea breezes but I do like the kitchen with the big window overlooking the pool.” Eat, sleep, sail and repeat at this beautiful Newport address. Moor the cat and catch-up with friends in your own bistro-style outdoor area.The master bedroom has an ensuite and balcony access and there is a second bedroom with an ensuite. Canal breezes flow through every room.The open-plan living areas lead out to private decks and the canal. Now this is a pontoon fit for a cat that’s been around the world.The Boseley family upsized their canal home because their ‘cat’ needed more room.Now they have a Steber and are moving to Brighton.Samibella was the name of the 12 metre Prout Escale catamaran which had sailed the world before coming to the Newport canals.last_img read more

Boom time for first-time buyers undeterred by coronavirus; plus where they are buying in Brisbane

first_imgFor those looking for apartments, inner-city suburbs such as Kangaroo Point, Toowong and Taringa ruled, with Brisbane City coming out top.Industry experts say a dip in house prices coupled with rock-bottom interest rates, the government’s 5 per cent deposit scheme and reduced competition from investors had put those looking to enter the market for the first time in a strong buying position.Nerida Conisbee, the chief economist at REA, said that in a market where most buyers had dropped off it was surprising that first-time buyers remained active. You get more bang for your buck in Griffin, the top suburb for first-homebuyers seeking a house. This house at 1060 Dohles Rocks Road is on a flat 607m2 waterfront block with a 12m x 7m shed.“These buyers don’t like a fast-moving market. They tend to back off property in these climates because they are cautious.” she said.She said the government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme was helping to keep this group active. The scheme, which kicked off in January, enables first-time buyers to purchase a home with just a 5 per cent deposit, which is backed by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation. So far 10,000 places have been made available, with a further 10,000 to be released in July. Graham Cooke, insights manager at Finder, a comparison website, said that the downturn in the market could present a window for cashed-up Aussies ready to buy.“ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:16Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:16 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCameron Kusher’s update on COVID-19 and the market02:16 First-time buyers Rachel and Cory Wittleton with their pup Oslo. Photo: Tertius PickardFirst-time buyers are the best placed to take advantage of the property market downturn caused by COVID-19, according to industry experts.Queenslanders are taking up the challenge, with coronavirus failing to deter them from their house hunt. Figures from the property website Realestate.com.au show that first-time buyer inquiries were up 23 per cent across the state between January and March, the height of the pandemic, compared with the same period last year. Over the past 12 months to March Queensland and the ACT were the only states to register rises in the double digits, with 138 Bennetts Road, Norman Park, attracted 38 viewings over the Easter weeked, 36 of which were by first-home buyersQueensland recording a 12 per cent surge and the ACT 56 per cent.The research also revealed the top Brisbane suburbs where first-time buyers were looking for a home. Newer suburbs such as Forest Lake, Springfield Lakes and North Lakes were high up in the mix for houses, among more established areas such as Kedron, Shailer Park and Oxley. 1. Griffin2. Forest Lake3. Shailer Park4. Springfield Lakes5. Oxley6. North Lakes7. Rochedale South8. Bracken Ridge9. Kallangur10. Kedron Anger over QLD plan to pass laws to make landlords foot the bill HOUSES If you’re one of the first-time buyers who missed out on the 2019 price dip, 2020 could provide a second bite at the apple.” Ms Conisbee agreed: “Given that prices at the moment will probably be below the norm, first-time buyers have the potential to make gains once the market picks up again.“There are some competitive deals around, and with new developments buyers may pick up some added extras that they may not have ordinarily received,” she said.Another reason why first-time buyers may find the current market favourable is a drop off in investors looking for properties. 20310/15 Beesley St, West End, in Brisbane City is on the market and will go to auction on May 1 through Ray White Brisbane“Investors are out of the market at the moment, so it’s a good time for first-time buyers to be in it; there’s less competition,” Ms Conisbee said.The Reserve Bank of Australia last week cemented in further certainty for borrowers by keeping the interest rate on hold at a historic low of 0.25 per cent.According to Caroline Jean-Baptiste, the owner of Mortgage Choice, most first-time buyers have spent up to the past five years saving and if they have a secure income they were in a comfortable position to step into the market at the moment.In fact, she said a lot of first-steppers would be looking for a good deal as properties from distressed sellers hit the market. Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee believes now is a good time for first-time homebuyers to get on to the property ladder.“People have learnt from other crises we have been through, where we have seen that severe drop-off and then consistent recovery. I would say some first-home buyers can see this is going to happen over the next few months and if they don’t get in now, the may find themselves having to wait again. They’re hoping to catch the bottom of the market.”She said when the time was right it would be first-home buyers who benefitted the most.“There will be more stock coming on to the market, which means more choice and more power to negotiate. First-time buyers will be the ones with the power.” Cory and Rachel Wittleton, who live in a rented apartment in South Brisbane, are looking for their first home after spending the past 12 months saving for a deposit. While their dream house would be a “Queenslander in New Farm”, the couple are realistic about where they can afford to buy. Springfield Lakes is a top area for first-time buyer. Pick up this three-bedroom cottage-style character home for $349,000 through La Vie Property Solutions.“New Farm would be ideal,” Mr Whittleton laughed, “but we don’t have those kinds of funds, so realistically something around Norman Park, Wilston or Paddington is affordable for us.“As long as it’s somewhere within 5km to 10km of the city.“We did put an offer in on a place, but it fell over. It turned out it had some issues, but there are others. There seems to be quite a lot of activity going on.”The couple say coronavirus has not deterred them in any way from their search.“We might be able to get a good deal,” Mr Wittleton said. “We had previously looked at buying a townhouse in a development, but buying off plan wasn’t ideal for us so we let that idea go,” he said.One of the properties the couple viewed over the Easter weekend was in Brisbane’s Norman Park. The property at 138 Bennetts Road attracted 38 inspections, 36 of which were with first-time buyers. 3-40 MacDonnell St, Toowoong, on sale through Dixon for offers of more than $449,000, has been popular with first-time buyers because of its proximity to the CBD and the fact you can walk to everything.The agent Stuart McCrae of Place Coorparoo said that from what he experienced over the weekend, COVID-19 was in no way having an impact on this sector of the market.“The fundamentals of real estate are so strong and the interest rates are so low, that for a lot of first-home buyers the mortgage repayments are equal, if not lower than, their current rent, so regarding COVID-19 that has had no impact.” Mr McCrae said that, aside from the surprise entrant of Ascot, where the average property price is more than $1 million, the top ten list of suburbs where first-time buyers were seeking apartments were good choices, along with places such as Carina.“These suburbs are where first-home buyers can get more bang for their buck,” he said,“so it makes sense that they would buy in these sister suburbs that back on to or neighbour Brisbane’s more sought-after areas.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoWhen it comes to houses, Manish Bedi of Smartline mortgage advisors, which covers the suburbs of Bracken Ridge and Springfield Lakes, said these areas, where there were a lot of new developments, were always a draw for first-time buyers, especially with young families, because the blocks were large and offered value for money.Mr McCrae said most of the areas were in the next ring outside the Brisbane circle, with the attraction being the average house price, which sits in the $500,000s, making them more affordable for those trying to get on to the ladder.TOP FIRST-TIME BUYER SUBURBS Five reasons why first-home buyers should buy right now RELATED NEWS House values could fall after record drop in confidence 1. Brisbane City2. Annerley3. Taringa4. Toowong5. Coorparoo6. Kangaroo Point7. Mount Gravatt East8. Nundah9. South Brisbane10. Ascot Source: Realestate.com.au APARTMENTSlast_img read more

Thiago Silva eyes Premier League glory with Chelsea

first_imgThiago Silva has set his sights on winning the Premier League title with Chelsea, insisting he does not lack motivation in the twilight of his career. The defender joined Frank Lampard’s side from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in August and is waiting to make his Blues debut after being granted a longer break than his new team-mates. Loading… The Brazil centre-back clocked 36 today, but he does not agree with suggestions he is past his best and will not be able to cope with the physical demands of the Premier League Silva plans to feature at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is targeting silverware with Chelsea after eight successful years with PSG, who won the French title and reached the Champions League final last season. “What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win; to win everything within my reach,” Silva told Chelsea’s website on Monday. “Coming to the Premier League, my main goal is to win the league title and I’m certain that we’ll be fighting for that every step of the way.” Read Also: Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch “The club has gone a few years without spending big money, without regenerating the squad, but now we’re starting again on a new journey with some big signings,” Silva said. “I hope that this reboot will bring the same success as the club has enjoyed in the past.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea have spent around £200 million ($255 million) on Frank Lampard’s close-season rebuild, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell all joining as well as Silva. Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is also expected to arrive soon as Chelsea seek to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish in the Premier League. Lampard’s side finished 33 points behind champions Liverpool, who beat them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to underscore the gap between the teams. Silva wants to help Chelsea overhaul Liverpool and his experience and leadership could prove key elements in a defence that has been creaky since Lampard took charge last year. “As I’ve said before, the prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me,” he added. “I’ll be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I’m hugely motivated to be in good shape for it.” Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

May is National Foster Care Month

first_imgBatesville, In. — National Foster Care Month, observed each May, recognizes the important role foster parents, child welfare professionals and other community members play in the lives of foster children.It is estimated that 442,000 kids and teens across the nation are unable to stay in their own homes because of abuse or neglect, and as of March 2019, over 14,500 of these children live in Indiana.To raise awareness of the number of children in Indiana’s foster care system, the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) will host events this month throughout the state promoting opportunities to help our state’s most vulnerable children.This year, the General Assembly passed legislation during the 2019 session to support DCS and Indiana’s foster children.For example, our state’s next two-year budget allocates $502 million in additional funding to DCS.Senate Enrolled Act 1 gives foster parents a stronger voice by creating a process for them to share their recommendations about a child’s welfare with the court system.Another bill passed this year, House Enrolled Act 1006, implements recommendations from the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group to improve DCS based on its 2018 review of the agency.Click here to learn more about National Foster Care Month.To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit in.gov/dcs.The Batesville Christian Church holds an Adoptive Parent Support Group meeting sponsored by The Villages of Indiana on the fourth Monday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Meetings will not be held on federal holidays.last_img read more

It’s serious for Pardew

first_img Pardew has no doubt the key issue for his side is a lack of cutting edge going forward and has vowed to address the problem. Newcastle rarely looked like equalising after Stoke – who also had a decent-looking penalty shout turned down and hit the post through Marko Arnautovic – went in front via Peter Crouch’s 15th-minute header. Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was only really called into action to push away one Daryl Janmaat strike, although Jack Colback missed a golden chance to level when he hit the bar late on. Pardew, whose team have accrued three points from their six league games, said: “The last third is obviously a problem for us and we have to put that right. “We have to find the answer. We’ll have to have a look at it – make changes, change the system or something. I’ve got to give the team more options in terms of going forward. “We didn’t create enough – I’m not going to make any excuses. We are quite honest with ourselves in the dressing room that we need to create more. “We had a big chance with Jack, who is beating himself up about it. If that goes in, I think we all knew what we were going to do -we were going to get the ball and try to get the winner, because we know that winning was everything tonight. “A draw would have been as bad as a defeat really tonight. We need to get a win and get it quick.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes, meanwhile, hailed a “big” win for his side which brought their first points at home of the campaign. “We are delighted with that,” Hughes said. “It was an important win for us today, a big win. “There has been a little bit of negativity around our home form. But we were always quite comfortable in that we felt it was only a matter of time before our home form turned around. “And I think on the balance of play, we deserved to win the game.” Stoke moved up from 17th to 11th in the table and have eight points from their six games. Ahead of the match, Ashley – who Newcastle insist was joking with the comment – said Pardew would be ”finished” if it ended in defeat. The sportswear magnate then watched from the stands at the Britannia Stadium, while several Newcastle fans there held up ‘Sack Pardew’ signs, as the Tyneside outfit’s wait for a win in the Barclays Premier League this term extended to six games. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not quit but accepted his future in the job was uncertain and expects “serious” talks with club owner Mike Ashley after the Magpies’ 1-0 loss at Stoke. Pardew’s side have only tasted victory once in 14 league fixtures stretching back to last season, with 10 of those games ending in defeat, and they are second-bottom of the table. Following this latest reverse, the 53-year-old said: ”I have to fight and the team have to fight and that’s what we’ll continue to do until we can turn it around.” He then added: “I think we’ll (he and Ashley) have some serious conversations before Saturday (when Newcastle face Swansea away) because he doesn’t want to lose and nor do I.” Asked how secure his position was, Pardew said: “I don’t know. But I think it’s my job really to show to the players that there are 32 games left to be strong and to show there is a resilience. “We find ourselves in a position where we are not winning games and we have to put that right.” Regarding the Newcastle supporters, Pardew said: “This is a tough job – make no bones about that – and it is tough where we are at the moment. The fans are giving their honest opinion of what they believe. “I looked at them at the end and clapped them to show I respect their views. I’m not going to hide from it. “I know there is a big question mark about me being at this football club and the only way I can answer it is to do the job to the best of my ability and try to come up with the answers.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Bangladesh Cricket Board ropes in THESE two stars in their support staff

first_img New Delhi: Daniel Vettori and Charl Langeveldt have been appointed as the spin and fast bowling coach respectively by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday. Indian spinner Sunil Joshi, who was with the national team since 2017 August had called it a day after the end of ICC World Cup 2019, and Daniel Vettori is set to replace him. Langeveldt, on the other hand, replaced former Windies fast bowler Courtney Walsh, whose contract ended after the World Cup in England and Wales.Vettori will join the Bangla Tigers ahead of the tour of India, which is scheduled to get underway in the first week of November. The tour consists of three T20Is and a couple of Tests. Vettori has some experience in the coaching field. He was the coach of the Brisbane Heat for four years but decided not to renew his contract. He also coached the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Middlesex.It has also been learnt that Vettori will be with the team until the upcoming 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia as per reports in Cricbuzz. As far as Langeveldt is concerned, he played a fair bit of international cricket for South Africa, but was never been able to cement his place in the Proteas side. However, he was an absolute stalwart in their domestic cricket with over 800 wickets.Further, Steve Rhodes, who was their head coach in the World Cup, resigned from his position. For the time being, it’s not known who’ll take over the baton. Assistant coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon has been filling in for the ongoing three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which the Tigers are currently trailing 1-0 after suffering a 91-run defeat in Colombo. It seems from a distance that the management is seeming to be waiting on Chandika Hathurusingha to throw his hat in the ring. Interestingly, Wasim Jaffer, the Indian domestic legend, is currently the batting mentor of the Bangladesh team. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Daniel Vettori is set to join Bangladesh team ahead of India tour. Vettori is reportedly to stay with the team until World Cup 2020. Langeveldt replaced former Windies fast bowler Courtney Walsh.center_img highlightslast_img read more

NBA star Durant rules himself out for rest of season

first_imgLOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) —NBA superstar Kevin Durant, who has not played since he tore his Achilles tendon a year ago, said he would not make his debut with the Brooklyn Nets when the season resumes late July in Orlando.“My season is over. I don’t plan on playing at all,” in the 2019-2020 season, Durant said in an interview Friday with The Undefeated.“We decided last summer when it first happened that I was just going to wait until the following season. I had no plans of playing at all this season.”The NBA suspended its season on March 11 as the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, leaving professional sport in North America at a standstill.The league’s board of governors on Thursday gave the green light to a plan to restart the season at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on July 31, without spectators.The news was followed by speculation over whether Durant would appear.Durant, who was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player for the Golden State Warriors in their 2017 and 2018 championship runs, ruptured his right Achilles tendon in last June’s NBA Finals.He then left California to join Brooklyn, where fans were hoping he would form a formidable duet with Kyrie Irving, who also arrived last summer.“It’s just best for me to wait. I don’t think I’m ready to play that type of intensity right now in the next month,” said Durant.He said, however, that his rehab was going well.“I’m doing well. Working out every day. I’m moving. I’m feeling like a normal player again,” he told The Undefeated.Plans to restart the league received the approval of the players’ union on Friday, although some details remain to be ironed out.Durant, who is among a dozen NBA players who tested positive for coronavirus in the spring, has not said whether he will accompany his teammates to Florida.last_img read more

University Club moves its location

first_imgStoops Hall, currently the home of the Graduate Education Library, will be the new home of the University Club beginning in spring 2012, the university decided earlier this month.The University Club is a campus club exclusively for USC faculty and staff, who can choose to become members by applying and paying membership dues. The Club, currently located in a building in the southeast corner of campus, near Pardee Way, is a restaurant for member professors and campus staff.Stoops Hall is located near the intersection of Trousdale Parkway and 34th Street, west of the School of Social Work.The decision to move the Club came from the Office of the Provost. Having it in an architecturally historic building was a primary reason cited by staff at the Club.“[Stoops Hall] is so much more representative of the direction that the university is headed in, in terms of architecture and prestige, and it better represents the history of the university,” said Ed Kasky, program director of the University Club.Stoops Hall, built in 1923, first served as a branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. It then became part of USC, and has housed the Graduate Education Library and the East Asian Library in 1999.Stoops Hall is currently being used as additional space for the School of Policy, Planning, and Development. Its current occupants will be moved to the University Gateway building north of campus.As a former library, Stoops Hall will have to be refitted before the club can move in.“Stoops will have to be outfitted with a kitchen, and facilities to manage banquets and catering. We’re also making it [American with Disabilities Act] compliant. It’s going to be a serious renovation,” said Kristen Todd, membership and member programs coordinator for the University Club.Though the interior of the building will have to be significantly changed, little will change on the exterior so as to preserve the building’s historical appearance.“There are many beautiful components of the original building that [will] still remain and those will be kept in the renovated building,” said Joe Back, associate senior vice president of Campus Development and Facilities Management, in an email.Club members are also excited about the move to the new building.“[Stoops Hall] is like Bovard, Doheny and Mudd Hall — it’s in the age and grace of those buildings. It provides a sense of continuity from generation to generation,” said Regina Nordahl, associate dean of the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and University Club member.Kasky hopes the move will make the club more visible and attract more faculty and staff to become members, which is a goal it constantly strives toward.The current location will be demolished; details on the replacement structure have not been released, Back said.A banquet hall and outdoor patio will also be added to Stoops Hall.“We’re also celebrating our 50th anniversary, so [the move] has come in conjunction with that,” Todd said. “In the fall … we’re looking to do a special dinner or event, kind of a farewell to the old space and the 50 years that were spent here.”The site of the current single-story building, opened in 1960, could be used more efficiently, according to Kasky.“[The current structure] being a single-level building, which covers 10,000 square feet, makes it very valuable real estate for the university. So we knew that eventually something multi-story was going to have to come here,” Kasky said.Other changes to the University Club are planned besides the move. Executive Chef Blake Clevenger recently joined the staff, and the Club will be going through a “brand rehaul,” Todd said.“The space is going to have a lot more of a collegial club feel, as has been seen in other university clubs throughout the country,” he said.Funding for the renovation of Stoops Hall will come jointly from the University Club and the university, according to Kasky. Construction will start April 18, and the renovation is planned to be completed by Feb. 2, 2012.last_img read more

Women of Troy defeat Pacific, tie UC Irvine

first_imgA third of the way into the 2014 campaign, the USC women’s Soccer team continues to evade defeat.The No. 14 Women of Troy beat Pacific 3-0 Friday afternoon and left Orange County with an extra-time draw against UC Irvine Sunday evening, improving their record to 5-0-2.Sole goal · Junior striker Katie Johnson came up with USC’s only goal in Sunday night’s 1-1 extra-time draw at UC Irvine. The Monrovia, California native has two goals so far this season, pushing her career total to 10. – Samuel Chang | Daily TrojanAnother successful weekend began with a tough first half against the Tigers that saw USC struggle to score.Despite a number of opportunities, head coach Keidane McAlpine was displeased with the team’s first-half performance.“[The first half was] sloppy,” McAlpine said. “I didn’t think we were sharp in our movements and our passing, especially around the box and around the goal.”The first-year coach’s halftime messages and adjustments have already proven to do wonders for this team, as the Women of Troy continue to turn tough first-half deficits into stellar second-half performances.Just two minutes into the second half against Pacific, junior forward Tamara Mejia finally put the Women of Troy on the board. Mejia, who entered the game as a substitute, finished her run down the left flank by netting her first-ever career goal as a Trojan into the lower left side of the net.Sophomore defender Kayla Mills followed up with a beauty of a shot into the upper left corner at the 63-minute mark, giving the team room to breathe and giving herself her second goal in two games.“I do what I gotta do for the win,” Mills said. “I just do what the team needs me — drop back [or] push up when they need me.”Senior midfielder Alex Quincey finished off the win with a clinical header off of junior Reilly Parker’s corner kick. Coming off a hat trick against UC Riverside, the midfielder added to her team-high season tally of five goals and capped off the much-improved second half that Coach McAlpine wanted.“I thought our response in the second half was pretty good,” McAlpine said.More importantly, McAlpine was impressed with the defense’s ability to shut out Pacific, one of the primary goals this squad looks to achieve in every single match.Senior goalkeeper Caroline Stanley was also thrilled about the shutout, but she credited her hardworking defensive front for it.“The defense definitely earned it today,” Stanley said. “They single handedly got the shutout themselves.”Though the shutout kept their winning streak intact, the Women of Troy were forced to forget the win against Pacific quickly and travel to Anteater Recreation Center Field to take on a UC Irvine squad that had won three straight games.The Sunday night match between the Women of Troy and the Anteaters was a clash of winning streaks, but it also quickly became a clash of defenses.McAlpine was finally given the fast start he has been looking for all year when junior forward Katie Johnson scored her second goal of the season in the seventh minute off a Mejia cross and a flick by junior midfielder Natalie Donaldson.It looked like the Women of Troy were well on their way to their fifth straight win, but the Anteaters would not go down that easily, and the match suddenly evolved into a defensive battle.USC relentlessly sought the match’s all important second goal, but the UCI defense refused to back down.It was only a matter of a time before great defense turned into productive offense for the Lady Anteaters. Home fans finally rejoiced in the 75th minute when Kiana Palacios put the ball past Stanley, ending the shutout and tying the game.The late goal — which came off a free kick — pushed the duel into extra time.Two 10-minute extra periods still failed to separate the two squads, and the Women of Troy could not manufacture a second goal even while dominating the game offensively.A draw allows USC to retain its undefeated record, but a win certainly seemed within reach. Nevertheless, McAlpine welcomed and appreciated the tough challenge that UC Irvine gave his team.“This was great preparation for us,” McAlpine said. “Irvine played great and brought good energy. I am glad we got a result in this type of game.”The Women of Troy return to action during a two-game, non-conference set that pairs them against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Pepperdine on Friday and Sunday at McAlister Field.last_img read more

Dino Babers gives injury updates, says Mahoney will likely start if Dungey can’t on ACC teleconference

first_img Published on November 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) plays its last home game of the season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when it takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3). The Orange is coming off a 35-20 loss to North Carolina State, while the Seminoles crushed Boston College, 45-7, last Friday.Here are three things SU head coach Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.Injury updatesThe Orange missed two key starters on offense last week when both quarterback Eric Dungey and wide receiver Steve Ishmael sat the game out. Additionally, center Colin Byrne — who has been the starter since Week 3 after senior Jason Emerich hurt his shoulder in the second game of the season — had to leave last week’s game with an injury.Dungey was knocked out of the Clemson game in the first quarter and never returned. He was listed as questionable last week, and then after the N.C. State game Babers called him doubtful to play this week. He is getting a second opinion on the injury but that hasn’t happened yet, per Babers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIshmael was a surprise scratch last Saturday, and Babers said that it was a nagging injury that slowed him down as the week went along. Quarterback Zack Mahoney said that Ishmael was a full-go in practice yesterday, but Babers refuted that today saying that he started yesterday’s practice but didn’t finish it.Babers declined to expand on what Byrne was dealing with. Byrne took a shot to the head was lying on the ground for several minutes before he was be helped off the field.“Well,” Babers said, sighing, “I think we’ve gotta leave that stuff all up to the ACC thing. We’re not supposed to be talking about injuries.”“You saw the tape, you saw the game. I’m just gonna leave it there and you can see the (injury) report on Thursday.”Mahoney will probably start if Dungey is outLeading up to last week’s game, the quarterback situation for SU was murky. It was unclear if Dungey was going to play, and which of the two backups — Mahoney and Austin Wilson — would start in his place was also a mystery. Mahoney was second on the depth chart all year, but it was Wilson who came on in Clemson when Dungey left.Mahoney started last week, but both were listed as backup options on this week’s depth chart. Babers said that based on last week’s performance, Mahoney would probably get another shot.“Well I think right now, based off of how well Zack played, Zack should be the guy that goes up first,” Babers said. “But we haven’t decided yet, have to still see how everything fits in the game plan.”In his first start of the season, Mahoney went 14-for-25 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.Dalvin Cook is better than Babers thoughtFSU’s junior running back currently ranks second in the ACC and ninth in the country in rushing yards per game, with 124.2. In the conference, he trails only Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Heisman favorite who torched SU’s defense in Week 2.After seeing Cook on tape though, Babers saw that the star running back is even faster, and better, than he first realized.“I thought he was really, really good, but I didn’t know how fast he was until I saw the Clemson game, and I saw him run away from the Clemson secondary people,” Babers said.“We couldn’t run away from the Clemson secondary people. He’s probably one of the fastest, or the fastest, back we have in the conference.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more