Chic modern stunner in this spacious Daisy Hill mansion

first_imgThis Daisy Hill home us sure to get attention.THERE is no shortage of space inside this Daisy Hill home.Sitting on half an acre and overlooking a conservation park, the home feels separate from the endless suburbia that surrounds it.The closeness to nature was just one of the reasons why Gary Poole purchased the property 17 years ago.At the time he and his family were living in Stretton, but with four kids and a foster child they needed something bigger. “And this place just has the best views,” Mr Poole said. “We can see out to Mount Tamborine and you can see the Q1 building on a fine day.”The three-storey home was built on a 2150sq m allotment on one of the highest streets in Daisy Hill. One of the home’s three bathrooms.With the kids all grown up, Mr Poole said it was time to move to a unit near the beach. “The house is much too big for just the two of us,” he said. The home is at 447 Springwood Road, Daisy Hill and is on the market now through Ray White Daisy Hill. There is enough room to park eight cars.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoThe modern house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.The modernist architectural style of the house features a distinctive use of glass and sharp angles to give the home a very unique look. “It is a very striking house, people remember it,” Mr Poole said. 447 Springwood Road Daisy Hill 3D floor planThe swimming pool is at the centre of the property, with the curved design of the house wrapping around it.“It was a little bit run down when we bought it so we have renovated it a couple of times,” Mr Poole said. With a pool, alfresco dining area and a large grass yard at the front of the house, he said it was the ideal home for people that enjoyed the outdoors. “My kids would play touch football and soccer and everything out there,” he said. Space to enjoy the great outdoors.With the house close to the Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the Springwood Conservation Park it is common to see and hear possums, birds and even koalas from the balcony, Mr Poole said.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting’s parting gift for Gary Pratt

first_img– Former Australia Test skipper reveals meeting with substitute fielder Gary Pratt at end of 2005 Ashes seriesTHE epilogue to the major flashpoint of the greatest Test series this century came not with a terse exchange of words, but with a gift.More than two weeks after one of the most famous run-outs in Ashes history, Ricky Ponting finally came face-to-face with the man who played an unexpected role in handing Australia their first Ashes defeat in 16 years.“Gary Pratt came into our rooms after the last Test at The Oval … and I wanted to grab him by the throat and throw him off the balcony!,” Ponting recalled with a laugh to last year.“Obviously, I say that tongue-in-cheek. It was all part of what had happened. It was all done and dusted and over.”Pratt had shot to fame during the fourth Test of that unforgettable series when, as a substitute fielder, his pinpoint throw ran Ponting out in Australia’s second innings of the nail-biting Trent Bridge Test.Ricky Ponting was furious after being dismissed. (AAP)The 23-year-old Pratt was regarded as one of the better fielders in England and despite not being part of his county Durham’s first XI at the time he was one of a handful of players who were drafted into the England squad as specialist fielders for the series.Ponting and the Australians had been aware for some time that England’s Test side had been tactically deploying their substitute fielders to replace fast bowlers during a game, allowing the quicks to have longer stints at the bowling crease with the promise of an extended break in the rooms to followIt was a move from the hosts that while not against the rules of the game, had riled up the Australians, particularly Ponting.And when Pratt made his decisive play on that day at Trent Bridge, weeks of frustration that had been bubbling beneath the surface finally boiled over.“I’d talked to the referee before the first Test match about the way we knew they were going to be handling their fast bowlers,” Ponting remembers.“We’d been watching them for two years beforehand and we knew what they were doing; they’d bowl an eight-over spell, go off the field for a while, come back and in time would be ready to bowl their next spell.“I wasn’t comfortable with the way they were playing their cricket like that so I let the referee know and made sure I monitored it where I could.“They would just bring their best fielders in from anywhere in the country. It wasn’t just their 12th man fielding; it wasn’t the big quick whom they didn’t pick out there fielding. They had their best fielders from anywhere in the country doing their fielding for them.“And it wasn’t unusual to have two or three (substitute) fielders on the field at the same time in that series.“It was getting to all of us.”The fallout to Pratt’s run-out is part of Ashes history.Ponting’s verbal spray at England coach Duncan Fletcher as he walked off Trent Bridge that day led to the Australian skipper copping a fine as the home side won the match by three wickets in a nail-biting finish.But despite his frustration at series end, Ponting made sure his Trent Bridge conqueror walked away from the campaign with more than just happy memories.“I actually signed a pair of my shoes and gave them to him and said ‘well done’,” Ponting said.“And that’s the last I’ve seen of him.” (Cricket Network)last_img read more

Tour de France 2019: Julian Alaphilippe keeps ahead of pack as Nairo Quintana claims stage win

first_img Tour de France 2019: Matteo Trentin wins 17th stage; title contenders conserve legs for Alps Alaphilippe was caught before the line, though his brilliant effort in the final stretch ensured he ended the stage having dropped just five seconds to second place, which is now occupied by Bernal.The Colombian was the major mover, with his eighth-place stage finish seeing him leapfrog Thomas into second in the GC standings, 90 seconds behind Alaphilippe.INEOS WAS without Luke Rowe after his disqualification on Thursday, and 2018 winner Thomas conceded he had little more to give, though was pleased for Bernal’s success.”We wanted a hard pace and unfortunately we ran out of guys,” Thomas told ITV Sport. “The call was made for Egan to go and that kicked it off. I couldn’t do much then other than follow. I had a little dig just to see if anything was going to happen and the guys followed me over the top. It was a good day for Egan gaining some time.”There are two big days now. We knew it would be hard to drop Alaphilippe, but there are two more big days to come.”Romain Bardet’s impressive ride saw him finish second, 95 seconds behind Quintana, and the Frenchman now holds a 12-point lead over Tim Wellens in the King of the Mountains standings.Tour de France Stage 18 Results1. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 5:34:152. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) + 01:353. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana Pro Team) + 02:284. Lennard Kamna (Sunweb) + 02:585. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) + 03:00Tour de France classification standingsGeneral Classification1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 75:18:492. Egan Bernal (INEOS) +1:303. Geraint Thomas (INEOS) +1:35Points Classification1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3092. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick Step) 2243. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) 203King of the Mountains1. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) 862. Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) 743. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida) 60WHAT’S NEXT? Nairo Quintana claimed a fantastic win in stage 18 of the Tour de France while Julian Alaphilippe held onto the yellow jersey, as Egan Bernal moved ahead of teammate Geraint Thomas in the general classification standings.After a remarkable breakaway, Quintana set a new record for the quickest climb of Galibier — the last of three huge peaks in Thursday’s stage — conquering it in 22:28. Having just got off their bikes, @romainbardet, @Eganbernal and @alafpolak1 get straight back on them for some recovery. 🚲À peine descendus de vélo, Bardet, Bernal et Alaphilippe remontent dessus pour récupérer. 🚲#TDF2019— Tour de France™ (@LeTour) July 25, 2019Though Quintana’s third Tour stage triumph put him into GC contention with two more summit finishes to go before Paris, it was back in the yellow jersey group where the real drama occurred.With Bernal having already made his move, Thomas looked set to be closing in on the yellow jersey when he attacked on Galibier, but Alaphilippe recovered with a fantastic descent, overtaking the Team INEOS rider and Thibaut Pinot. Related News Just two stages remain before the race heads to Paris, and things do not get any easier on Friday. A gruelling 79-mile stage from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Tignes includes the Category H climb of Henri Desgrange and Category 1 slog up Montee de Tignes, which comes in the final six miles.last_img read more