Look no further than this flood-free modern home with river views

first_imgKick back and relax at 6 Riverpoint Boulevard, Riverhills. 6 Riverpoint Boulevard, Riverhills.The ground level features a formal dining room as well as a gym/media room, allowing an area great that can be closed off from the family room.There is a powder room and an updated separate laundry also on the ground level. Inside 6 Riverpoint Boulevard, Riverhills.The elevated five-bedroom, two-bathroom property has magnificent views and breezes.The flood-free property is on a 654sq m block of land.On the second level there is a private living room with kitchenette – the perfect place to bring the family together.This area flows through to the front balcony which is a perfect vantage point for gazing over the stunning riverscape. 6 Riverpoint Boulevard, Riverhills.About 15 years ago Patti Davis stumbled across a small Riverhills land sale along a stretch of the Brisbane River.It was a small secluded oasis within what was an ordinary suburbia. “I bought a block on a private easement, built my house and moved in August, 2005,” Ms Davis said. “Having grown up in country Queensland, I was looking for somewhere to live that reminded me of my bush heritage.” 6 Riverpoint Boulevard, Riverhills.Ms Davis said the joy of living on the Riverpoint Blvd easement had never diminished. “As well as the peacefulness and beautiful bush and river vista, there is an unending abundance of wildlife such as kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots, foxes, pheasants, and a wide range of bird species,” she said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“To get up to early morning birdsong, the fresh smell of the river with the rowers working hard, and the peaceful bush surroundings is a privilege.“Then to come home from a hard work day and relax on the balconies watching stunning sunsets and welcoming the cooler hours of the evening is a lifestyle bonus.”last_img read more

CFB 150: Top 10 college football walk-ons of all time

first_imgCollege football is built by, on and for blue bloods. It’s true in nearly every aspect of the sport, from the conferences, programs and coaches who have helped make every fall Saturday in its 150-year history.Which makes it all the more sweeter when success comes from unforeseen places and inauspicious beginnings. Nowhere is that more evident than that most important of college football ingredients: the players. 3. Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas StateLeave it to former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder to recognize the potential in Nelson, whom he moved from defensive back to wide receiver ahead of his redshirt freshman season in 2004. Nelson put together respectable seasons in 2005 and ‘06, compiling 1,216 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with a smooth blend of speed, athleticism, evasiveness and soft hands. It all came together in Nelson’s senior year, a season in which he caught 122 passes in 12 games for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had eight games of at least 100 receiving yards, two games with at least 200 receiving yards and six games with double-digit receptions. He also finished the final six games of his career with at least one receiving touchdown, adding two passing scores and two punt return scores to total 15 for the 2007 season. He finished his K-State career as a first-team All-Big 12 selection, a consensus All-American and Biletnikoff Award finalist.2. Santana Moss, WR, MiamiMoss fell just short of the greatest walk-on of all time, but he at least can claim one of the best quotes of all time: “Big-time players step up in big games.” It took only three games for Miami coaches to realize their hometown walk-on was a “big-time player” deserving of a scholarship. Moss went from walk-on in 1997 to one of the university’s most decorated and celebrated receivers of all time in 2000. Moss threatened a big play every time he touched the ball, using his explosive play style to become the program’s all-time leading receiver with 2,546 receiving yards (passing Michael Irvin in the process), as well as the all-time leader in punt return yards (1,196) and all-purpose yards (4,394). He also compiled 28 total touchdowns (19 receiving, three rushing and six punt returns). His best statistical season came as a senior, when he totaled 1,604 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns en route to being named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Big East Special Teams Player of the Year in the same season. He also won the triple jump event for Miami in the 2000 Big East track and field championships in 2000, for good measure.1. Baker Mayfield, QB, OklahomaMayfield is the standard when it comes to college football walk-ons. He walked on twice at two different programs — at Texas Tech in 2013, then Oklahoma in 2014. Mayfield left the Red Raiders after the 2013 season, feeling he’d earned the right to a scholarship. He walked on to Bob Stoops’ team in 2014 — without contacting the staff — then proceeded to become one of the Sooners’ most accomplished quarterbacks of all time, compiling 13,185 total yards, 137 total touchdowns and an absurd 189.4 passer rating. That culminated in a 2017 season in which he completed 70.5 percent of his passes for 4,627 passing yards and 43 touchdowns to six interceptions while leading Oklahoma to the Playoff. That campaign earned him the Heisman Trophy — the first ever for a walk-on — and the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Mayfield was more than happy to wear his emotions on his sleeves, and to carry a giant chip on his shoulder; his already-competitive nature was amplified by the fact he felt overlooked by all the teams who didn’t offer him a scholarship out of high school. In that sense, it’s fair to say Mayfield wasn’t a great player despite his walk-on status. He was a great player because of it. Or, in this case, the walk-ons.CFB 150: Sporting News celebrates 150 years of college footballThese are the kinds of players who make up Sporting News’ 12th entry in our series celebrating 150 years of college football. They didn’t start their careers with pomp or circumstance, but nevertheless made their mark on their teams and, in turn, college football. It’s also a prerequisite to make this list: They must have started their career as walk-ons, meaning players such as J.J. Watt — who was a scholarship athlete at Central Michigan before walking on at Wisconsin — aren’t eligible.With that, Sporting News presents the top 10 walk-ons in college football history:10. Rashad Johnson, S, AlabamaBefore he became a two-time team captain, two-time All-SEC safety and 2008 first-team All-American at Alabama, Johnson was a running back recruit with no Division I scholarship offers. He played on special teams before transitioning to the secondary in his redshirt sophomore season, marking a turning point in his collegiate career. Once Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Johnson quickly became a cerebral part of the Crimson Tide defense, able to diagnose opposing formations, position teammates around him and make plays on the ball. He led the team with six interceptions in 2007 and five more in 2008. That includes a three-interception game against LSU in 2008, which helped his team beat the Tigers for the first time since 2002. His play helped spearhead a 12-2 season in 2008, the first of 11 consecutive 10-win seasons for Saban at Alabama. He was, in a sense, a prototype of future defensive standouts at Alabama.9. Carl Nassib, DE, Penn StateNassib joined Penn State football in 2011 as a 215-pound walk-on, then didn’t see game action in either of the next two seasons. That didn’t stop coach Bill O’Brien from handing him a scholarship just in time for the 2013 season. By then, Nassib — who had gained 60 pounds — used his improved physique to wrack up 19 tackles and two sacks over the next two seasons. He earned the starting position in 2015 and made good on his O’Brien’s faith. Nassib exploded onto the scene — and out of his stance — for 19.5 tackles for loss, a program-record 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles. Nassib’s tackles for loss ranked him 11th nationally in the FBS that season, while his sack and forced fumble totals led all of FBS football. For his efforts, Nassib became a unanimous first-team All-American and won the Lombardi Award, Ted Hendricks Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.8. Adam Archuleta, LB, Arizona StateArchuleta was a three-year starter at linebacker for Arizona State after walking onto the team in 1996. He got better with each passing year in that starting role, totaling 75 tackles, five sacks and 18 tackles for losses in 1998; 111 tackles, five sacks and 21 tackles for loss in 1999; and 127 tackles, four sacks and 15 tackles for loss in 2000. His earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors twice, as well as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honors and a nomination as a Butkus Award finalist as a senior. Archuleta tallied 330 tackles, 14 sacks, six fumble recoveries and five forced fumbles over his four-year career, earning a first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft.7. Clay Matthews III, LB, USCDespite his envious NFL lineage — and the fact he was the fourth player in his family to play for the Trojans — Matthews earned his way onto Pete Carroll’s USC team as a walk-on in 2004. He turned down several opportunities to play in garbage time that season, opting instead to preserve his redshirt and eligibility. The tactic worked out for USC in the long run as Matthews became a three-time co-special teams player of the year for Trojans starting in 2006. He was mainly used as a reserve inside linebacker from 2005-07, but tallied 4.5 sacks in 2008 as part of a quartet of NFL-bound linebackers. He was particularly dangerous in the Trojans’ “elephant” position, in which he would use his linebacker speed and rushing abilities from the defensive end position. The stats never stood out, but his play did — part of the reason he became a first-round pick for the Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft.6. Brandon Burlsworth, G, ArkansasThere’s a reason Burlsworth is the namesake for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s top FBS walk-on: He was a tremendous student-athlete at Arkansas who encompassed everything great about college football and whose play was as distinctive as his black-framed glasses. He turned down offers to play at smaller schools to walk on for the home-state Razorbacks in 1994. He weighed in at 300 pounds as a freshman, trimmed down to 260, then built himself back up into a formidable 300-pound guard, earning a scholarship and starting spot on Arkansas’ offensive line. He was a two-time All-SEC player in 1997-98, made the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year from 1995-98, became the first Razorback ever to finish their master’s degree before playing their final game and was only the second Razorback ever to have his jersey (No. 77) retired. Burlsworth died in 1999 in a car accident, a heart-breaking end to an astonishing life. His legacy will live on forever at Arkansas, and for every walk-on who dreams of greatness.5. Jim Leonhard, S, WisconsinLeonhard is a distinct entry on this list, not only for his aptitude as a defensive back and punt returner, but also because he didn’t earn a scholarship until his senior season, despite some monumental play before then. Opponents thought they could pick on the 5-8, 180-pound free safety when he took over the position as a sophomore in 2002; he responded with a nation-leading 11 interceptions and Big Ten-leading 25 pass breakups. They threw to him a little less in 2003, and still he finished with seven interceptions. They finally wisened up to his act as a senior, allowing him to pull down only three interceptions (enough for him to finish with 21 all-time, a Wisconsin school record). Leonhard was also a tremendous punt returner, finishing his career for what was then a Big Ten-record 1,347 punt return yards and three touchdowns. For his effort, he was a three-time All-American and first-team All-Big Ten selection. Now he’s back in Madison as the Badgers’ defensive coordinator, perhaps coaching up the next great Wisconsin walk-on.4. Hunter Renfrow, WR, ClemsonSeveral walk-ons have better career stats than Renfrow, but how many of them made so many amazing plays on the game’ biggest stage? Renfrow turned down offers to play in the FCS so he could join Dabo Swinney’s squad in 2014: maybe the best business decision of his life. He built his 5-10 frame up from 155 pounds in 2014 to 176 pounds in 2015, earning a scholarship in the process. He then proceeded to play in four straight College Football Playoffs for the Tigers, helping them to championships in 2016 and ‘18. He was particularly impressive in the 2016 and ‘17 national championship games, tallying 17 receptions for 180 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama. That, of course, includes the last-second, go-ahead touchdown from Deshaun Watson in the latter matchup, which gave the Tigers a thrilling 35-31 win over the Crimson Tide. He tallied 11 receptions for 103 yards in his last three Playoff games, but that was only because teams knew by then to attempt to lock him down. It’s not hyperbole to call Renfrow, the 2018 Burlsworth Trophy winner, an integral part of Clemson’s twin dynasty with Alabama.last_img read more

AFC is a work in progress, says coach Zapata

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Rudolf Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata says the club will be a force to reckon over the next two seasons considering the investment they have made with bringing in young players into the squad.Among the players who landed at the den in the June transfer window included the Thika United trio of Eugene Mukangula, Said Tsuma and Saad Musa while midfielder Edward Seda returned to the club after a stint at Mathare United with striker Alex Orotamal arriving from Rwanda. “We need to fight for the league title this year, but also, we are building a powerful team for the next two seasons. We need to be patient especially with the new players who need to adapt, but I know that if we keep this project then we will dominate football because AFC is a big team,” the tactician said.AFC Leopards fans celebrating. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAAFC is placed fourth in the Kenyan Premier League standings and despite sitting a massive 14 points behind eternal rivals and leaders Gor Mahia, Zapata says he will not give up the chase for the league title.Ingwe were 1-0 winners over Sony Sugar over the weekend and the win was an encouragement for Zapata that his side can challenge for the crown.“I am very happy with the players because we performed very well and created many opportunities to score. Even the last game we lost 3-0, we still played very well and created more chances than the home team. We should continue in this way,” the tactician added.-Sofapaka warns Gor-Sofapaka bench led by head coach John Baraza (center). Photo/RAYMOND MAKAHAYAMeanwhile, Sofapaka head coach John Baraza has warned Gor Mahia they will not relinquish the fight for the league title easily, despite being nine points behind the leaders who have a three-game deficit.Sofapaka beat Mathare United 3-2 over the weekend to narrow the gap and Baraza who won the title with Batoto ba Mungu as a player in 2009 says they will push on with their focus left on winning their matches.“The league is still open. As much as Gor have those matches at hand, they will have to fight for the points on the pitch. This is football; anything can happen. We still have a lot of hopes and ours is just to keep winning our games and see what happens at the end,” Baraza said.Sofapaka have a five point deficit between them and third placed Bandari FC and Baraza is confident that at worse, if their league ambitions do not come to fruition, they will ensure the worst they finish is second.Sofapaka’s Pistone Mutamba in action against their Mathare United clash. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAMeanwhile, Mathare United who earlier on in the season looked like title favorites, have fizzled away winning only one of their last 12 games, drawing eight and losing three.Despite the poor run, head coach Francis Kimanzi remains confident his charges can bounce back to winning ways though fighting for the league title now seems like a far-fetched dream as they lay 15 points behind the league leaders.“Of course you have to get worried when things do not go your way but I know our win is coming. We have to work on our mistakes especially minimizing the defensive errors and ensure we are better in scoring. That’s the only way we can rise back,” Kimanzi mentioned.The tactician was disappointed in the 3-2 defeat to Sofapaka noting that they gave away cheap goals through defensive errors and has called on his team to up their game as the league enters the business end.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more