The Newman’s have just sold their property for $920,000 after buying it six years ago for $570,000. They say even though the property market is tough there is still money to be made. They also reckon Toonpan which offers a semi-rural lifestyle is Townsville’s best kept secret. This is Sharee Newman on the property.THE Newman family’s Toonpan home has become a property success story, selling for $920,000 after they purchased it five years ago for $572,000.Sharee Newman, who lives at 242 Mountview Dve with her husband and two children, says the sale is proof there is still money to be made in Townsville’s downtrodden property market.The family gutted the five-bedroom home during a five-month renovation to create a picture perfect homestead sitting in pride of place on 26ha.Even after completing a six-figure renovation, Mrs Newman said they had come away with a healthy profit.“When we bought it in 2012, it was a bit of a mess and they had renters here at the time,” she said.“It was on the market for a long time and we came back to look at it again and the renters had gone and they had cleaned it out but there was still a lot of water damage. “I was pregnant at the time and I just thought, ‘I can’t do this’, but the previous owners had all the right infrastructure in place so we went ahead and bought it.”The property was sold to a Townsville family with three children who want to be able to enjoy a rural lifestyle. Mrs Newman said well-maintained acreage properties were a rarity in Townsville and she felt that was why it sold for such a high price.“I noticed in Townsville that you don’t see a lot of acreage properties of this size where it’s tidy inside and out and I think there is a real lack of these properties in the market,” she said.“We had overseas interest, interstate interest and the rest was locals.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 2020“We’ve kept it well maintained and that’s what really attracted people and within three weeks we had an offer.”The home has a large undercover entertaining area and a six-bay shed, while there is also a dam, bore water, rainwater tank and a pet pig that will be given to the new owners. The dam has been stocked with barramundi and there is a bridge leading to an island in the centre of the dam.She said the home had been a rural paradise and they were sad to be leaving to relocate to Victoria. “We get turtles out of the dam that crawl up to the house, we catch barra out of the dam and you get kangaroos hopping about the place,” she said.“The bird life is amazing and you get storks that are as tall as me and they are like a jumbo jet when they fly in. It’s a great home for kids.”The southern suburb of Toonpan is arguably Townsville’s best-kept secret. It offers a rural lifestyle, large lots, mountain views and tranquillity. The suburb, off the Flinders Highway, mainly hosts owner-occupiers and properties rarely come up for sale.McGrath agent Karyn Voevodin, who sold the property, said the price was a reflection of the limited amount of quality acreage on the market.“I’ve got a number of buyers who are still looking for something similar,” she said.
As a follow-up to the success recorded in its first two editions, the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and LaLiga are set to kick off the third edition of the NPFL-LaLiga annual coaching clinic. The five-day clinic is expected to have about 100 youth coaches in attendance and will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja from Monday the 21st to Friday the 25th of January, 2019.The annual coaching clinic will precede the NPFL U-15 Promises Tournament and is designed to train youth coaches on how to properly develop young talents using LaLiga methodology. The content of the clinic will as usual be framed within a level 3 (professional) syllabus where coaches will learn more complex and technical aspects of LaLiga’s methodology as a continuation of levels 1 (beginner) and 2 (intermediate) training from the first and second editions.LaLiga Sports Project Coordinator, Juan Zapata spoke about LaLiga projects in Nigeria and said “The first two editions of the clinic were highly successful and we are once again thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the LaLiga’s methodology across Nigeria and Africa with the third edition of the clinic. We are committed to each of our projects across Africa, and sending LaLiga coaching instructors to again train the youth coaches in Nigeria aims to further show our commitment to the development of football in the country”. Also speaking about the initiative, Assistant coach of the Nigerian U-17 National team, Bunmi Haruna said “Last year’s edition of the coaching clinic was very impactful. We were exposed to the Spanish methodology for training players. The Spanish model is indeed unique and very technical, and I am grateful to the NPFL and to LaLiga for giving me the opportunity once again to better my skills as a coach”.The NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016 and has since recorded a number of exchange projects between the two leagues, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, and the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Liverpool’s hopes of making the Champions League knockout stages were dented as they succumbed to a 1-0 Group B defeat at Basel.Raheem Sterling and Mario Balotelli both had goals ruled out for offside, but Liverpool rarely threatened.Instead the visitors’ defensive problems were exposed as Martin Skrtel headed towards his own goal and Marco Streller swept home the loose ball.Steven Gerrard came close to a late leveller, but his free-kick was saved.While Liverpool roused themselves to apply some concerted pressure in the final five minutes, it was not enough to merit an equaliser that would have denied the hosts victory.Champions League Group B table PlayedWonDrawnLostGDPointsReal Madrid 22005 6Basel210 1-33Liverpool2 10103 Ludogorets2002 -20Instead manager Brendan Rodgers returns to Merseyside without a point and with more concerns over the disjointed attack and dysfunctional defence that have undermined the start of their Premier League campaign.Basel themselves looked vulnerable when they were beaten 5-1 by Real Madrid in their Group B opener, and they were cut open inside five minutes by the Reds.However Sterling strayed carelessly offside before turning in Lazar Markovic’s cross, and Liverpool struggled to create a chance of similar quality for the rest of the match.Instead full-backs Jose Enrique, preferred at left-back to Alberto Moreno, and Javi Manquillo were frequently exposed as their team were penned back.Geoffroy Serey Die, exploiting space on Enrique’s flank, came closest to scoring in the first half, slamming a shot into Simon Mignolet’s shins.While Liverpool looked vulnerable out wide in the first half, it was their deficiencies in the centre of defence that were exposed by the Swiss side’s goal.Martin Skrtel, more concerned with grappling with his man, inadvertently headed the ball against Dejan Lovren and, while Mignolet got down sharply to prevent an own goal, the goalkeeper succeeded only in palming the ball into Streller’s path for a simple finish.Without the injured Daniel Sturridge and the departed Luis Suarez, Liverpool were stripped of the interplay and invention of last season and struggled for a response.Only Mario Balotelli’s long-range free-kick, blocked by goalkeeper Tomas Vaclík’s shoulder, and Sterling’s clumsy mis-control when clean through gave the home crowd cause for concern.With back-to-back meetings against holders Real Madrid to follow in Group B, Liverpool will need a vast improvement to progress to the knockout stages.And they will certainly need to play better to ensure a return to the competition next season.