How $50 turned retired grandparents into property moguls

first_imgThe RSL Art Union raffle prize on Jefferson Lane at Palm Beach worth $4.1 million.“We’ve been coming up here for the winter for many years and we’d have a look at homes, but think we’re just dreaming,” said Mr Sanders, who calls Bendigo, Victoria, home.“Usually we would book in February to come and holiday here, but this year we won’t have to.”The couple have bought entries in the RSL’s draws across Queensland for the past 35 years.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago“Jenny and I are still going through the emotions, we’d never looked like winning anything, and here we are,” said Mr Sanders. What to do with an entire apartment block? Ray and Jenny inside their new penthouse. Picture Glenn Hampson“Down the track, what a great future it’s going to be for our daughters, son-in-laws and eight grandchildren.”The newly-built complex at Bluebird’s Rest features a two-storey penthouse with ocean views, four two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments, a pool, 10-car garage, barbecue area and $304,000 worth of furniture.The Sanders also won $80,000 of gold bullion. Ray and Jenny Sanders are the winners of the RSL’s largest prize home — a $4.1 million apartment complex at Palm Beach. Picture Glenn HampsonTHE GOLD Coast’s newest property moguls are thrilled with the future they can provide their grandchildren after winning an entire apartment block worth $4.1 million.Retirees Ray and Jenny Sanders bought a $50 ticket in the RSL Art Union’s biggest prize home draw — five apartments in Palm Beach — during their annual holiday to Burleigh Heads. The couple has the option to rent out or sell the apartments.“We’ll probably be living in the penthouse for a good six months of the year to start with and then the family can come and go whenever it suits them,” Mr Sanders said..“With the four other apartments, our financial adviser will assist us with them, we might sell a couple, we might keep the four, we don’t know yet.”The RSL raises funds for ex-servicemen and women, including services like crisis accommodation and rehabilitation support.The next prize will see a $5 ticket land a lucky prize winner a $2.3 million package of three apartments, including a luxury Southport unit and one on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.last_img read more

Briana Day holds her own against South Carolina’s post players in 80-72 win

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 1:12 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In a four-point loss to South Carolina last season, Briana Day stayed out of foul trouble, played 37 minutes and helped Syracuse gain a 50-35 edge on the boards.In a 29-point loss to the Gamecocks in last year’s Round of 32, she picked up two fouls within the first four minutes and could only play for 20 minutes.Against the biggest team the Orange has faced this season, Day’s ability to stay in the game and be a factor in the paint was one of the key differences in turning those two losses into an 80-72 win in the Sweet 16 on Friday.“Huge, because she didn’t get in foul trouble,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “That’s the whole game for her. First half she didn’t have any fouls. She was able to be aggressive in the second half. … I thought Briana was unbelievable inside.”No. 4 seed Syracuse (28-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) advanced to its first-ever Elite Eight on Friday in the Denny Sanford Premier Center with an eight-point upset win over No. 1 seed South Carolina (33-2, 16-0 Southeastern) and Day was at the core of the Orange’s success. The junior center finished with 13 rebounds, nine of which were offensive, seven points and she took four charges. Despite fouling out with 16 seconds left, her 29 minutes allowed her presence to be felt throughout the game and it kept Syracuse in position to pull off the improbable victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange still got outscored 40-18 in the paint, but it outrebounded South Carolina 47-42. Earlier in the week, SU’s Cornelia Fondren said rebounding would have to be a team effort and it was. Even point guard Alexis Peterson had four boards.Packing the inside was the Orange’s game plan. Early on, the wings of SU’s 2-3 zone sagged toward the middle and sacrificed open 3s. That gave Tina Roy the chance to hit her five first-half 3s.“If they make 3s, we’ll get our food and go home,” Hillsman said. “That was the game plan. I think once you put a game plan in place, you have some things you may adjust to. We did. We started going out on Roy a little bit more. But we still played the other four players in the paint.”And it started with Day as an anchor down low.With just over five minutes to play in the third quarter, the Day put back a layup off a miss. After making the basket, her shoe popped off, but she kept running down on the defensive end where she took a charge. Neither her missing shoe nor USC’s frontcourt — including 6-foot-5 A’ja Wilson and 6-foot-4 Alaina Coates — flustered Day.“She had one of the biggest challenges of everyone playing tonight,” Peterson said of the 6-foot-4 Day. “They’re very, very tough inside. They’re physical. She stepped up and she took it … We can’t ask nothing more.”Day got involved on the offensive end too, and with 2:26 left, she laid in a basket off a pass from Brianna Butler to give Syracuse a three-point lead. It was just one in a series of key late plays for the Orange.After picking up two fouls in two minutes in the Round of 32 against No. 12 seed Albany, Day was forced to sit for the final 18 minutes of the first half. On Friday, she stayed in the game and kept SU competitive in an area of the floor it had to avoid being dominated in.By the time she fouled out with 16 seconds left, Syracuse had a five-point lead and her work was good enough for the Orange to pull off the upset.“It was tough because she has length and she can really jump out the gym,” Wilson said. “I feel like our post players handled her well. I feel we handled the post well, it really just comes down to them just executing.”And Day, as much as anyone else on Syracuse, was the reason for that execution. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Thursday October 3rd Local Sports

first_imgMASON CITY – The NIACC volleyball team improved to 4-1 in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference with a 3-1 win over No. 14 Kirkwood Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.NIACC (17-5 overall) won 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23.NIACC sits in third place in the conference behind Iowa Central and Northeast. Iowa Central improved to 5-0 in the league with a 3-0 win over Southwestern and Northeast Community College (4-0 in the league) played at Hawkeye Community College Wednesday.NIACC hosts Northeast on Oct. 9 and plays at Iowa Central on Oct. 30.In Wednesday’s match, sophomore Kennedy Meister had 11 kills, seven ace serves and 20 digs. Also for the Lady Trojans, freshman Becca Steffen had nine kills, 21 assists and seven digs, Shelby Heston had six kills, 14 digs and two blocks, Bri Powers had 14 digs, Tessa Sienknecht had 3 kills, seven assists and eight digs, Megan Hollander had five kills, Alexa Loftus had four kills and nine digs and Braylee Wood had two kills and four blocks.NIACC hosts the NIACC tournament on Friday and Saturday. They’ll face Minnesota West Community and Technical College and Dakota College at Bottineau on Friday afternoon at 4:00 and 6:00, followed by matches against Carl Sandburg College and Anoka-Ramsey at 11:00 and 2:00 on Saturday. AMES — Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy says better production on first and second down will help the Cyclones convert more third down opportunities. ISU is converting less than 45 percent on third down in a 2-2 start.A more productive ground game will help take some pressure off of Purdy and the passing game. The Cyclones managed only 63 yards on the ground at Baylor.The Cyclones host TCU on Saturday and will be in search of their eighth straight win during the month of October. Purdy says the key has been continued improvement.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins made the unorthodox decision to hire pitching coach Wes Johnson last winter straight from college, where the schedule of games and the makeup of players is vastly different than in the pros. Johnson’s background with biomechanics and his accentuate-the-positive personality have clearly made a mark on the staff of the American League Central champions. The Twins posted the ninth-best ERA in the major leagues this season, their highest rank in 10 years at Target Field. CHICAGO —- Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery says there is an outside chance Jordan Bohannon may play this season. The senior point guard underwent off-season hip surgery and may take a redshirt season.He says Bohannon has not returned to on-court work.If Bohannon can’t play he would be the third significant loss off last year’s team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tyler Cook turned pro and guard Isaiah Moss transferred to Kansas. As McCaffery enters his 10th season as coach the Hawkeyes face their most challenging schedule.McCaffery made his comments at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago on Wednesdaycenter_img MASON CITY – Both NIACC cross country teams are ranked in the second junior college Division I poll released on Wednesday.The NIACC women’s cross country team is ranked 13th. They were ranked ninth in the first poll of the season on September 18th.NIACC placed sixth at the Luther College All-American Invitational on Sept. 14 in Decorah. NIACC was led by freshman Paula Jimenez, who placed 12th in a time of 19 minutes, 25 seconds on the five-kilometer course. NIACC sophomore Emma Davison placed 16th in a time of 19:46.In the poll released Wednesday, Iowa Central is ranked No. 1 in the women’s poll and El Paso Community College is ranked second. Iowa Western is ranked 10th.The NIACC men are ranked 15th in the new poll.Cloud County Community College of Kansas is ranked No. 1 in the men’s poll and Iowa Central is ranked second. Iowa Western is ranked 10th and Hawkeye Community College is 18th.NIACC placed fourth at the St. Olaf College Invitational on Sept. 21. NIACC was led by freshman Jorge Ruiz, who was 20th in a time of 27 minutes, 54 seconds on the 8-kilometer course.NIACC’s Janvier Irakoze was 23rd in 28:11. Other counting scores for the Trojans were Evan Wilson (26th in a personal best 28:22), Aidan Bauermeister (30th in 28:25) and Dawson Schmidt (32nd in 28:33).Both NIACC teams return to action Saturday at the University of Arkansas Chile Pepper Festival. IOWA CITY — Iowa views this weekend’s visit to 19th ranked Michigan as an opportunity to show it will be a contender in the Big Ten West. The 14th ranked Hawkeyes are 4-0 and visit a Wolverine team that needs a win to stay in the hunt in the East Division.That’s safety Geno Stone. The Hawkeyes have only claimed one victory in Ann Arbor since 2002. Tight end Nate Wieting.Junior running back Mekhi Sargent says the Hawkeyes view themselves as underdogs.Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock , with the pre-game show starting at 9 o’clock on AM-1300 KGLO.last_img read more