Foley late scratching for Tahs’ Brumbies clash

Bernard Foley was a late scratching for the Waratahs’ crucial home game against the Brumbies, with lingering concussion symptoms again delaying the start of his Super Rugby season.
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Foley trained throughout the week and took part in the traditionally light captain’s run session on Friday morning but coach Daryl Gibson ruled out his Test No.10 later in the day.

“Bernard isn’t quite 100 per cent and still experiencing some symptoms,” Gibson said.

“He has trained all week and completed his cognitive tests. We have seen improvements but he still has some symptoms lingering.

“It’s frustrating for Bernard being so very close – he more than anyone wants to be back out on the field.

“But we won’t want to push him so we’ll give him more time and ensure we take all the necessary precautions to get him back to 100 per cent.”

Foley himself had openly targeted the round-four fixture for his return and gone to the trouble of getting his traditional big-game haircut on Thursday, teammate Nick Phipps revealed.

But the return wasn’t to be, and both Phipps and attack coach Chris Malone made it clear there was no pressure on their playmaker to risk his health for the team.

“Obviously we want him back on the field but we want to make sure he’s completely right before he comes back,” Phipps said.

“Especially in modern day sport, there’s so much emphasis put on concussion rules and regulations, it’s good to see him back not having any recurring headaches.”

Earlier on Friday Malone defended the late call on the Wallabies No.10.

“We can’t say you’re going to play, because he came out of training today and he had a headache we have to respect the fact his wellbeing is foremost,” he said.

The Waratahs have followed World Rugby return-to-play protocols, which require a player to be symptom free after training and pass a range of cognitive tests.

“It’s something that six years ago no one paid too much attention to,” Phipps said.

“I remember playing a lot of games and seeing blokes get concussed and then probably back on again in 10 minutes having a run around again.

“Rules are changing for the better and it’s good to see a lot of the players are being protected, especially seeing stuff over in the US, it’s sort of brutal and cutthroat over there. It’s good that and the rest of SANZAAR are leading the way in that area.”

Despite the drama surrounding Foley, there is no doubt the Waratahs are a stronger team going into the game at Allianz Stadium, with influential forwards Will Skelton and Jed Holloway back in the starting line-up and primed for battle against a strong Brumbies pack.

Phipps, who along with Sekope Kepu and Michael Hooper will play his 100th Super Rugby match on Saturday, said the Waratahs had talked about how important it was to win at home this week, especially after a disappointing two weeks on the road in South Africa.

“Overseas you know the French and UK clubs put so much attention on their home games and try to pick up one or two on the road after that,” he said.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re winning our home games not only for the points but to keep our fans and our strong supporters there.”

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Bargains no more as house sellers flex muscle and raise prices

Melbourne median house price nudges $800,000Property prices soar in once-affordable suburbsSuburbs leading the pack as market hits new peak
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Gone are the days of finding cheap houses in middle suburbia, as more homeowners demand seven-figure sums for humble homes.

Sellers in Pascoe Vale, Glenroy, Kilsyth and Mooroolbark have been able to capitalise on a strong market, with the once-budget postcodes having the highest rise in their asking price over the past year, Domain Group data on private sales shows.

Pascoe Vale has come a long way from its working-class days, with a typical house advertised for $765,000 in February, an increase of 44.9 per cent from the same time last year.

Earlier this month, a completely untouched three-bedroom art deco house at 44 Austin Crescent sold for $1.1 million.

Barry Plant’s Chris Kavanagh said three would-be buyers made offers for the 975-square-metre block, and the keys went to a developer who planned to build townhouses.

Another weatherboard home – with plans and permits approved for four double-storey townhouses – at nearby 372 Gaffney Street also sold for $1.06 million on Thursday, he said.

“A lot of young families in the area are no longer easily able to afford large family homes, so now they’re very much looking at ??? really good, spacious, three- and four-bedroom townhouses,” Mr Kavanagh said.

“Two years ago, there were a handful of million-dollar sales a year – and now routinely. You see at least one or two every month.”

Buyers are travelling from the eastern suburbs to northern pockets such as Glenroy – where the median asking house price rose 32.3 per cent over the year to $549,000 – to see their money travel further, agents say.

A family from the east splashed $1.11 million on a large five-bedroom home on Wheatsheaf Road. In September, a record price for a residential home (or non-knockdown site) was set in the suburb at $1,217,500, while development sites now frequently demand even more.

The sheer size of blocks available in the outer suburbs is playing into the hands of homeowners who bought on what was Melbourne’s fringe 20 or 30 years ago.

Following last week’s announcement of the refreshed Plan Melbourne blueprint, the opportunity to subdivide large blocks further down the track has become even more appealing to buyers.

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One-track Waratahs lose ugly to Brumbies in sloppy Sydney affair

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 18: Sam Carter of the Brumbies is tackled during the round four Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at Allianz Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Sydney, . (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Photo: Getty ImagesThe Waratahs have fallen to the Brumbies for the third consecutive time in two seasons and surrendered the inaugural Dan Vickerman Cup, going down 28-12 on a wet evening in Sydney.
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With scores locked at 7-7 in the 58th minute, the Brumbies hit the lead through a driving maul finished off by reserve hooker Robbie Abel before a sensational Henry Speight try extended the lead to 21-7 with 19 minutes remaining.

The winger’s left-foot kick downfield was planted over the line and looked to seal the deal but moments later second-gamer Jake Gordon scored his first Super Rugby try to keep NSW in the hunt.

A tense final period ensued but it was Speight who ensured the result would be a formality as he sliced through a flimsy Waratahs defensive line with his second try in the 74th minute.

After back-to-back losses against their arch rivals last year, the Waratahs failed to capitalise on good possession in what was their third straight loss of 2017.

“I’m bitterly disappointed with that,” said Waratahs captain Michael Hooper. “I thought we were a better team in the first half and sustained pressure killed us. Teams like the Brumbies who are great in that area are going to grind it out and they did.”

To make matters worse, the Waratahs could be without blindside breakaway Jack Dempsey for the rest of the season after he left the field on a stretcher in the 44th minute with a suspected broken leg.

When Dempsey was being taken off the field, Fox Sports interviewed coach Daryl Gibson up in the press box and the sombre look on his face said it all, knowing that he likely won’t have his best starting back-row moving forward.

“It doesn’t look good for him,” Gibson said. “At the moment best case, potentially is 8-12 weeks [on the sidelines], so that could be the season for him. [It is] particularly [tough] when he was coming into some pretty good form.”

The wet-weather gods were against the Waratahs once again, bringing a downpour in the 48 hours before kick-off of a similar nature to the one before the Force match in round one.

Punters could have been forgiven for changing their tip mid-week, mostly because of the wet weather that generally suits the Brumbies and also the fact five-eighth Bernard Foley was ruled out on match eve.

With four dropped balls in the opening two minutes, it was clear conditions would play a major role in how both teams would go about their game.

To their credit, the Waratahs opted to kick for touch on a number of occasions rather than take easy three-pointers on offer.

It paid dividends when back-rower Scott Fardy was sent to the sin-bin after a number of infringements with the Brumbies camped on their own line.

Two minutes later, after pick-and-drives from Will Skelton and Tolu Latu, prop Tom Robertson sneaked through a hole in the Brumbies defence to put the Waratahs up 7-0 after 10 minutes.

The Brumbies were dealt a blow in the 22nd minute when hooker Josh Mann-Rea limped off the field with a suspected ankle injury but the visitors managed to negate the Waratahs for the rest of the half.

Brumbies outside-centre Tevita Kuridrani hit back with a five-pointer in the 28th minute on the back of a barnstorming run straight at Nick Phipps.

From there, both teams were happy to play field position, with NSW fullback Andrew Kellaway’s kicking game a feature.

When conditions aren’t in their favour and they are unable to play a free-flowing style of rugby, the Waratahs have shown in the last 12 months they struggle to modify their game. Handling errors, too, were sprinkled throughout the contest and although miserable weather could be partly blamed for this, it was hard to keep up with how many mistakes were being made.

In what was supposed to be one of the matches of the year and at a time when rugby is desperate for eyeballs, this was far from the spectacle they were after to showcase the 15-man game.

Meanwhile, there were concerns going into the match about the state of the surface and particularly after heavy downpours in recent days.

Overall, the Allianz Stadium surface held up relatively well, save for a handful of long scrums, which had the odd player lose their footing.

The Waratahs will now gear up for a match against the Rebels, in what will be billed as a battle to avoid the n conference wooden spoon for the time being.

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Cummins’ heroic comeback as Kohli’s clap reignites DRS controversy

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Ranchi: Comeback kid Pat Cummins has produced a heroic display on a featherbed wicket as maintained their dominance over Virat Kohli on a day where controversy returned in India.

Kohli’s attempt to mock backfired spectacularly on Saturday when his wretched run with the bat continued but he can still have the last laugh in Ranchi with the third Test hanging in the balance with two days to play.

Playing in his first Test since his debut in late 2011, Cummins was a constant menace to India’s batsmen with his pace and ability to extract bounce from the lifeless surface.

He jagged four wickets, including the prized scalp of Kohli, in a performance up there with his bag of six against South Africa.

“He deserves a five-for. He’s been outstanding in his first Test back,” former captain Michael Clarke said on Star Sports.

India’s rock at no.3, Cheteshwar Pujara, stood firm, batting all day to make a defiant century which has kept his team in the contest.

India were 6/360 at stumps on the third day, trailing ‘s first innings total of 451 by 91 runs.

The draw is the favoured result, however day four is moving day on the subcontinent when hitherto benign wickets deteriorate markedly.

Tensions are still bubbling between the world’s top two ranked Test nations after Kohli again made his presence felt.

In a childish but entertaining game of tit for tat, Kohli mocked for burning their reviews only to be on the receiving end later when Glenn Maxwell made light of his shoulder injury after making a diving save on the boundary.

The ns won the battle that mattered more when Cummins had Kohli nicking off, to of all people Smith at second slip.

Smith’s men celebrated animatedly, whooping with joy in Kohli’s direction as he walked off the field. While it’s unclear if there was a send off given, the n captain was spoken to by an umpire moments later.

There were allegations on social media Smith, like Maxwell, had also poked fun at Kohli’s injury by holding his shoulder though it was later revealed he had done no such thing. Kohli fighting through slump

Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world but right now he is a shadow of the player who plundered runs for fun during India’s marathon Test summer. From five innings, he has managed just 46 runs, two fewer than ‘s maligned all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.

Not even in their wildest dreams can ‘s bowlers have imagined such a lean trot.

It will take every ounce of Kohli’s champion qualities for him to dig his way out of his slump, particularly now he also has a clipped wing.

Smith and Kohli dominated the headlines in the build up to this match. Three days in, it’s the n captain who holds the honours after his unbeaten 178.

Kohli is one of the few players in world cricket who can still have a significant influence on a game even without firing a shot with the bat or ball. Kohli’s DRS barb to Smith

And he proved it again on the third day when he sparked another spot fire over DRS.

A dour first session lifted several gears about 40 minutes before lunch when unsuccessfully tried to overturn an appeal for leg before wicket from Stephen O’Keefe to Pujara.

Eager to impose himself on the game, Kohli rushed onto the balcony from the dressing room, where he was waiting to bat, to sarcastically applaud Smith for the failed challenge.

Rubbing salt into ‘s wounds, they were denied a wicket the very next ball when umpire Ian Gould missed a bat pad chance from Murali Vijay off Nathan Lyon. , however, were powerless to challenge the call.

Both nations still feel aggrieved they have been cast in a poor light. The ns are unhappy Kohli has not provided evidence to support his claims of systematic rorting of the DRS while India believe their captain has been unfairly criticised for drawing attention to Smith’s actions. Smith has conceded he did the wrong thing.

It was tough going for ‘s bowlers, who struggled in the first half of the day to get anything out of the Ranchi featherbed.

The pitch had been expected to be treacherous for batting however it has played the opposite in the first half of the game.

did not strike until the final ball before lunch when Matthew Wade stumped Murali Vijay.

Wade, who has been much improved behind the stumps this tour, had the bails off in a flash after O’Keefe had managed to get one between the bat and pad of the advancing batsman.

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An Indian school converts submissive girls into empowered women

PHOTOS by Siddharth Shukla show?? Prerna Girls School and one of the slum where the children come from.SUPPLIED for THE SUNDAY AGE WORLD for Amrit Dhillon story 18th March 2017 Photo: Moni KannaujiaDelhi: Going on stage at school and acting out scenes from your home life can uncover hidden truths. The stage at Prerna School for Girls in Lucknow is the place where the performers – girls from poor families in the surrounding slums – suddenly realise they are unequal.
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As they recreate and enact family routines, the scenes show how, in the mornings, their brothers are allowed to sleep late, are given milk and, if any are available, eggs for breakfast while they get leftovers. After school, the boys play with friends or watch TV while they cook, clean, wash, and fetch water.

‘We get them to ask questions they have never asked. Is it fair that you do more household chores than a boy? Why is your homework not as important as his? Why does he get more food than you – does he need more nutrition?” says Urvashi Sahni, founder and director of the school.

Feminist principles are conveyed through drama, music, and videos to make the girls aware of how Indian society functions and their status in it. Their eyes are opened to the daily discrimination they face.

“Once we have made them aware, we ask them if they ever protest about the unfairness to their parents. Once they start to resist in small ways, they resist in big ways,” says Sahni.

The school was set up in 2003 with 80 students from kindergarten to Class 12. Now there are almost 900 young girls, mostly from very difficult backgrounds, who pay just 100 rupees per month. The fathers are often alcoholics and sometimes on their second or third wife. The mothers work as maids. The girls too often work as domestic helps in the mornings which is why the school operates from 2 pm to 5.30.

Ignorant fathers, backed up by stepmothers who want the girls to help in the house, are reluctant to let them go to school. When they hear that girls are being kept at home, Prerna teachers often intervene by visiting the house and persuading the parents to let the girl attend.

Most women in India have so profoundly internalised their second class status that they are not even aware of it. When asked why they are denied opportunities, the answer is a shrug and ‘this is how things are’.

The school’s feminist pedagogy aims to undo this internalisation. “Every effort in every class is to build a perception of being equal,” says Sahni.

Apart from the special sessions on society and patriarchy, a feminist perspective pervades every classroom. In a maths class, for example, the teacher will use examples that show women working outside the home or making their own decisions.

If it’s a history class, the teacher will take a historical figure such as the 19th century Queen of Jhansi, a symbol of resistance to British rule, and ask the girls: What are you resisting? What weapons did the Queen of Jhansi use and what weapons are you using to fight discrimination?

Even the way the girls carry themselves has to be tackled. “Girls are told to look down to avoid eye contact, speak softly, be quiet and passive. We tell them to speak out, to laugh loudly, be confident and to speak up for themselves,” says Sahni.

All these small daily acts of questioning what happens at home and of changing their bearing add up to a different consciousness – and a different life. Moni Kannaujia, 22, was in Class 10 when her father said it was time to get her married. Her teachers visited her home many times and, with great difficulty, persuaded him to let her continue her education.

Kannaujia is now doing a journalism degree at Lucknow University. “If it weren’t for the school, I’d be married with two kids. That’s what has happened to all the girls in my family,” she says.

Though a University of California, Berkeley Ph.D graduate, Sahni says that her own realisation of the inequality in her own life came late, in her late twenties. Though from a middle class family, she was married at 18 – no questions asked. When she gave birth to her second daughter, the family’s response was cold.

Then, in 1982, a cousin who was married with a toddler “set herself on fire” and died. That was the official version but Sahni has never bought it. She feels that something else happened and it was covered up by the suicide theory. “That was when I began to explore feminism,” she says.

One of her pupils is Jyoti Pal, 17, who is in Class 12. Pal’s mother is a maid and her father works as a gardener. She says the school has changed her and she has changed her parents. “My father didn’t want me to come at first but now he says that since I and my sister are doing so well at school, sons are no longer so important,” she says.

Although some parents resist the idea of sending their daughters to Prerna, it’s intriguing that the level of resistance is not higher than it is. After all, this is the education that can transform their daughters from obedient to rebellious.

Sahni has a theory about this. She thinks that most uneducated parents think of education as memorising textbooks, sitting exams and getting certificates. “They have no idea it can be subversive. By the time they do, it’s too late!”

The state government of Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow is the capital) has been so impressed that four years ago, it asked Prerna to train its schools not just to teach but to act as advocates for girls’ rights. Out of the initial 746 schools, Prerna has trained 346 so far.

Sahni is currently working on a policy brief to present to the government which will offer training to all 243,000 schools in the state.

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Patients urged to bargain with doctors

Grahame Lonnie??? was nervous about calling his doctor to ask for a discount.
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In the past his orthopedic surgeon had given him her mobile number in case of a health emergency and now he was using it to call her about money.

The call went to voicemail, so the pensioner chickened out and hung up.

But then the surgeon rang him back. Mr Lonnie, 70, says he quickly explained that he couldn’t afford to pay for another hip replacement – the sixth one in his life stemming from a traumatic car accident in his youth.

“She said: ‘Don’t worry about it??? I’ve made enough money from you to do this one for free’,” he said.

It was a relief. Despite health insurance, Mr Lonnie was anticipating more than $3000 in out-of-pocket fees or having to go on a public hospital waiting list to see a surgeon he did not know.

The former technician had even considered selling his beloved Mazda MX5 to pay for the operation because he trusts his private surgeon so much.

With recent data showing some specialists are charging 15 times what their peers do, leaving some patients up to $10,000 out-of-pocket, a consumer group says patients should investigate fees before they commit to a doctor and haggle if they can’t afford it.

“Some people might think it’s a bit tacky to negotiate health costs??? but we should all be doing it,” said Leanne Wells, chief executive of the of the Consumers Health Forum.

The trouble is, many specialists don’t publish their fees on websites, so GPs often refer patients without knowing how much they charge. If a patient wants another referral after seeing that specialist, they often need to go back to their GP and start again.

However, the rise of price comparison websites look set to change this. Several sites publishing specialist doctors’ fees have sprung up recently including mind-the-gap苏州夜总会招聘.au and seekmedi苏州夜总会招聘.

Health insurers are also pairing up with established health websites such as healthshare苏州夜总会招聘.au to tell members and their GPs whether a specialist doctor charges their members a fee.

Having recently done a deal with whitecoat苏州夜总会招聘.au, Chief executive of NIB Mark Fitzgibbon said patients would soon be able to review specialist doctors based on their manner and how long it takes to get an appointment.

Within a year, he said the site would also include patient reported outcome measures such as complications following surgery so members can shop around. For example, Mr Fitzgibbon said NIB would ask patients who have surgery to remove their prostate if they have incontinence or erectile dysfunction a year after the operation so members can compare surgeons’ results.

“There can be extreme differences (among surgeons). If I’m a patient facing a prostatectomy, I want that information??? We’re working very hard to think about how we can bring this information into GPs surgeries so they can guide their patients on cost information and performance information.”

Only doctors who are willing to participate in a “no gap” or “known gap” scheme with the insurer (an agreement where the insurer pays them more, so the member gets charged less) will be on the website. While doctors are fighting the move, Mr Fitzgibbon is confident the insurers will win.

“It gives them marketing reach. Can you imagine a hotel not wanting to be on trip advisor?” he said.

President of the n Medical Association Michael Gannon said he was concerned about the validity of complications reported by patients being published on websites and said it could unfairly ruin some doctors’ reputations.

“We can’t breach patient doctor confidentiality by saying ‘that’s not true’. It’s very difficult,” he said.

While recent data revealed about 30-40 per cent of specialist doctors bulk-bill consultations so patients face no out-of-pocket cost, Dr Gannon said n Prudential Regulation Authority data showed about 86 per cent of specialist doctors do not charge out-of-pocket fees for procedures. This is despite paying overheads for their businesses such as equipment costs and professional indemnity insurance up to $80,000 a year, he said.

Dr Gannon said although doctors often charged patients less if they fell on hard times, he hoped people wouldn’t take advantage of this good will.

“It would be unedifying for professional services to descend to the level of the local bazaar,” he said.

But Mr Lonnie disagreed. “If you don’t ask the question, you deserve to be fleeced,” he said.

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Malvern East mansion sells after being discounted by $2 million

‘Undervalued’ Seddon dump gets almost $1 millionHow much will the houses sell for in Elsternwick?Melbourne market resumes at full pace as prices rise
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A majestic Malvern East mansion, once-owned by Little River Band guitarist Beeb Birtles, sold for more than $6 million at auction – a whopping discount of about $2 million from its initial price.

The vendors of the circa 1905 five-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 10 Manning Road originally asked for more than $8 million through an expressions of interest campaign last November.

The mansion was one of about 1200 properties listed for auction on Saturday. By Saturday evening, Domain Group had collected 971 auction results and put the clearance rate at 78.3 per cent.

“Melbourne returns from a holiday break with a robust clearance rate from higher listings, although down a little on recent results,” Domain Group chief economist Andrew Wilson said.

On Saturday, just one local family – represented by buyer’s advocate David Morrell – made a bid for the keys to the 1410-square-metre property.

Bidding opened at $5.95 million and Jellis Craigauctioneer Ian Carmichael was forced to put in a vendor bid of $5,975,000 because prospective buyers kept their cards close to their chest.

After knocking back several attempts by the sole buyer to offer $10,000 more, Mr Carmichael finally accepted $5,985,000 and passed the home in.

The property, sold in conjunction with Kay and Burton, fetched an undisclosed sale price of more than $6 million price, Mr Carmichael said.

During the preamble, Mr Carmichael described the house as rich with history: from a grand house, to a rooming house, back to a home where songwriter and guitarist Birtles practised his chords in the 1980s.

The vendors bought the property, also known as Harleston Firs, in 1991. It features a large walk-in cellar, gas-heated swimming pool and pool house with kitchenette.

In nearby St Kilda, another Aussie musician – The Seekers’ singer Judith Durham – also sold her two-bedroom semi-detached Edwardian at 26 Nelson Street, used as the group’s business headquarters. The ’60s n pop band is best known for their hit Georgy Girl.

A woman, who planned to use the property for her tattoo business and residence, and a young professional couple battled it out.

The property was announced on the market in the $780,000s and sold to the couple for $808,000.

Listing agent Angelos Stefanis, of Biggin and Scott, said the group did a few impromptu rehearsals in the property, but it was predominantly their meeting place.

In Elsternwick, one young family trumped three others to buy a four-bedroom Victorian home at 15 Murray Street.

Biggin and Scott Elsternwickauctioneer Bill Stavrakis announced the property was on the market at $2.95 million after consulting the vendors.

Though the reserve was about $2.8 million, Mr Stavrakis tried to entice more bids by throwing in some baby chickens from the local pet shop as a housewarming gift.

The winning family trumped their competition with a knock-out $25,000 bid to buy the home for $3 million.

“There’s always a shortage of stock in Elsternwick, particularly beautifully renovated homes like [15 Murray Street],” Mr Stavrakis said, adding some good results last year had given more homeowners confidence to sell.

On the bayside, a single-fronted circa 1890 Victorian terrace in Albert Park sold for $3.01 million under competition from four bidders.

An empty nester paid $660,000 over reserve for the Hawthorn brick beauty at 97 Page Street, just a short walk to the South Melbourne Foreshore.

Auctioneer Greg Hocking said the property struck a chord with the market, and described the sale price as a “real wow” result.

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A bumper weekend of auctions across Canberra

Auction watch: Listings plummet for Canberra Day long weekendAnother Yarralumla home breaks Canberra’s auction record with $5.475 million sale
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The sale of a Yarralumla townhouse was among more than 80 auctions scheduled across Canberra on Saturday.

The surge in the number of houses listed for auction comes off the back of a much quieter Canberra Day long weekend, when just 18 properties went under the hammer.

A luxurious three-bedroom townhouse at 24B Bentham Street was among six Yarralumla homes auctioned on Saturday, contributing to an ACT clearance rate of 68 per cent, according to Domain Group data.

A crowd of about 100 people gathered to watch half a dozen committed registered bidders vye for the property, which sits on a separately-titled 450-square-metre block a stone’s throw away from the Yarralumla shops.

An opening bid of $1.4 million gradually crawled past the $1.6-million mark. The competition then began to heat up, with some quick bidding raising the price past $1.8 million.

After a pause in proceedings, the townhouse sold for $1.83 million under the hammer.

Selling agent Mario Sanfrancesco of Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Manuka said the townhouse had attracted a lot of interest, with more than 100 groups inspecting the home in the lead up to the auction.

“We anticipated we would have a lot of interest in this property, predominantly because of the design, the quality finishes and its proximity to the Yarralumla shops – it really has a bit of everything,” he said.

“It was a really good result, and fair, I’d say.”

The sale comes off the back of a big 12 months for the suburb.

Yarralumla’s suburb record was initially broken in June with the $3.95 million sale of 16 Brown Street, only to be smashed again five months later with the $5,475,000 sale of 12 Hunter Street in November.

Mr Sanfrancesco said the strong results had increased buyer confidence in the area.

Yarralumla’s location next to Lake Burley Griffin; a lack of through traffic; and a number of architecturally-designed properties were among the suburb’s drawcards.

“I think Yarralumla has somewhat been overlooked up until a couple of years ago and there’s no doubt confidence, off the back of some of those upper-end sales, has really drawn attention to the area,” he said.

Other big results in the suburb included Saturday’s top sale, with a property at 7 Drummond Row selling for $2,275,000 under the hammer via Belle Property Kingston.

A house at 79 Schlich Street sold for $1,305,000 via One Agency Sandy Morris.

Mr Sanfrancesco said Saturday’s bumper auction schedule was largely due to agents and clients timing auctions around last week’s long weekend.

“I think, moving forward, we’ll see some good activity at all of the auctions and strong prices. There’s a reasonable shortage of properties. It will be a busy time ahead.”

See all of Saturday’s results here.

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South Sydney 24, Newcastle 18 at McDonald Jones Stadium

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Newcastle’s Peter Mata’utia prepares to pounce on a loose ball. Picture: Getty ImagesSOUTH Sydney racked up their eighth successive win against Newcastle with a 24-18victory at McDonald Jones Stadium on Saturday.
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The Knights led 12-10 at half-time, despite running into a stiff wind, but paid the price for errors and ill-discipline after the break.

It was nonetheless their best performance against Souths since they last beat the Rabbitohs in 2011, and a vast improvement on some of the hidings they have endured in recent seasons.

Newcastle had Southsprop George Burgess to thank for turning an early 10-0 deficit into a two-pointhalf-time lead.

With his team in possession, Burgess was sin-binned after throwing an elbow and punches during a confrontation with Knights lock Mitch Barnett.

A minute later, Newcastle skipper Trent Hodkinson stepped inside Sam Burgess to score next to the posts, then converted his own try.

Newcastle scored a second try, by centre Peter Mata’utia in the left-hand corner, while George Burgess was serving his penance.

A 38th-minute penalty goal by Hodkinson, after a late hit on Newcastle five-eighth Brock Lamb, put the home side in the lead.

George Burgess capped off a frustrating half seconds before the siren when he barged across the line, only to spill the ball trying to ground it.

Souths drew first blood in the seventh minute when fullback Alex Johnston extended his freakish tryscoring record against Newcastle.

It was Johnston’s 10thtry against the Knights in five games.

When Souths-back-rower John Sutton charged over after a Cody Walker short ball, it was 10-0 to the visitors, who were looking in ominous form.

The Knights, with a howling southerly at their backs, gifted Souths great attacking position at the start of the second half when Lamb inexplicably caught the kick-off, instead of allowing it to go out on the full, and Jacob Saifiti was trapped in-goal.

From the ensuing set of tackles, Walker grubber-kicked and winger Bryson Goodwin was on the spot to score.

Reynolds threw a classy cut-out pass in the 58thminute to gift-wrap a try for winger Braidon Burns, then converted for a 22-12 lead.

Any hopes of a Newcastle fightback were seemingly torpedoed in the 70thminute, when Hodkinson was sin-binned for dissent, apparently after telling referee Dave Munro: “You’ve just cost us the game.’’

Hodkinson was reacting after Souths won a scrum against the feed, denying Newcastle a prime attacking opportunity.

But with two minutes left in the game, the Knights gave 15,212 spectators hope when winger Ken Sio scored from a Jamie Buhrer grubber, and Lamb converted from the sideline.

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Super Rugby: Henry Speight’s form sizzling as Brumbies dominate Waratahs

BRUMBIES HOPE FORM SPARKS CANBERRA SUPPORT
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There’s been plenty of talk about the future of Super Rugby, but the ACT Brumbies are letting their rugby do all the talking.

The clash against the Waratahs wasn’t a dazzling game of fast rugby and spectacular tries because of wet conditions.

But what it did show is that the Brumbies deserve to be in the competition and need some support in the capital to prove it to the rest of the rugby world.

Crowds have been down in the first two rounds because of games against the Durban Sharks and the Western Force.

There’s no excuse for fans not to turn up next weekend when they play the Otago Highlanders at Canberra Stadium. It’s time for Brumbies fans to stand tall and show the rest of Super Rugby that they actually care.

SPEIGHT’S SIZZLING FORM CONTINUES

Thank the rugby Gods for Henry Speight and Tevita Kuridrani. The flying Fijians look like they’re in the best form of their careers and it’s good news for the Brumbies.

Kuridrani scored the try to level the score in the first half and Speight scored a second-half double, including the match-winner, to kill off a Waratahs fightback.

Speight missed most of last year while he chased a Rio Olympic Games dream. But deep down he hated missing game time with the Brumbies.

He’s transferring that hunger into this year and he’s currently the best winger in n winger, without a doubt. It was fitting he forced a breakdown turnover in injury time to seal the win.

Kuridrani was dropped from the Wallabies’ starting side, but rather than sulk the “K-Train” is dominating at outside centre and is terrorising opposition defenders.

SUPER RUGBY UNCERTAINTY KILLING INTEREST

The Waratahs’ faithful turned up on Saturday night and a few made the trip from Canberra to Sydney, but there’s little doubt the ongoing Super Rugby saga is hurting n clubs.

Sure, it had been raining in Sydney all week and for most of the day before kick-off, but the Waratahs-Brumbies derby is one of the biggest games of the year.

It’s a shame Super Rugby officials have made an absolute meal of it. Not only was it the only time the arch rivals play this year, but the off-field drama took the shine off the contest.

The talk at Allianz Stadium was all about whether the rivalry will live on for another year as speculation swirls about the Brumbies’ future in the competition.

SANZAAR have remained silent on the issue of overhauling the competition and potentially axing one n team and two South African clubs.

It’s been a disastrous move for the game in the competitive n market.

BONGO GOES DOWN

The Brumbies will sweat on the injury report for hooker Josh Mann-Rea, who limped from the field in the 21st minute with a knee injury.

This year was supposed to be the biggest of his long and delayed career, but he faces a stint on the sideline after suspected meniscus damage.

It was hoped that Mann-Rea had just suffered a cork and if that’s the case, he could be fit to play the Otago Highlanders in Canberra next weekend.

But if he’s out for an extended period, it will test the Brumbies’ hooker depth. Robbie Abel has played just five games and the clash against NSW was his longest stint on the field.

The Brumbies haven’t used Saia Faingaa this season so far after he was granted leave after the death of his father, Saia Senior.

Saia returned to training last week and could be called on this week to play his first game for the Brumbies since 2008. Faingaa has plenty of experience but has had limited training time in Canberra.

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