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Buyers building at The Orchard

first_imgFirst homebuyer Denni-Elle White. Picture: Shae Beplate.THE first homes are under construction at large-lot estate The Orchard in Jensen.Townsville couple Denni-Elle White and Daniel Baker, along with their three children, are one of the first buyers to start building.Ms White said after much searching they had found their perfect place to call home.“We were searching for a large block where we could build our dream home and not leave the area,” she said.“The most important thing to us was to find a place that had a real community feel, where the kids could play outside and safely ride their bikes in the street.”“From the moment we entered The Orchard, we got an immediate sense of quality with beautiful entry statements and landscaping giving it a real feel of privacy.“We can’t wait to finish our new home and move in.”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 2020The popular estate is close to St Anthony’s school, shops and the new Ring Rd extension.It has large, fully-serviced lots designed for family living with room for a pool, shed or topark a boat.Ms White and her family are building with Townsville builder GJ Gardner Homes.Their home will have four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a media room and study.The open-plan design includes a large outdoor entertaining space and the family have plans to put in a pool and shed.The Orchard is a $43 million large-lot residential development by longstanding local developer Elements NQ in the heart of Townsville’s northern growth corridor.For more information visit www.theorchardnq.com.au or call Penelope Slogrove on 0439 749 700.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams’ chances to win it all, from Duke on down

first_img15. Virginia TechAlthough Justin Robinson played effectively in the second-round victory over Liberty, we still don’t know exactly how close to their potential the Hokies are operating now he’s back from injury. It’s not easy to recover the rhythm and effectiveness that’s impacted when such an important player is missing. But the Hokies are dangerous. They know what they are capable of achieving.16. AuburnI have been doing these lists, ranking the Sweet 16, for well over a decade. I do not recall at any point in that time placing a team with this level of talent and accomplishment at this position. Usually, my comment is something on the order of: “Just be happy you’re on this list.” And Auburn should be happy. It has been a while since it has been here, and this is a terrific achievement. But they need not be content.It may be a stretch to say the Tigers could win this championship. But it’s not outside the realm of possibility. They seem a bit 3-point-dependent to continue advancing, but they will be no fun for Carolina to play. (Who are we kidding? It will be a ton of fun. There’ll be jumpshots everywhere! It just won’t be easy for the Heels). SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Only five of the remaining teams won neither a regular season nor conference tournament, and they average 29 victories each. Eight teams won or shared their conference regular-season title. Three won their conference tournaments. Michigan State, in the Big Ten, won both.So when you see the list of Sweet 16 teams ranked in order of their potential to win the NCAA championship — a ranking based on NBA-level talent, draw, offensive and defensive efficiency and the presence of a gameplan-breaking player — you may be horrified to see their team’s name at or near the bottom. In many years, you might be justified in feeling insulted (even though the reality is, your men definitely were not going to win).In this company someone must be 16th. But it’s no insult to be listed there. Here, there is not the typically vast difference between first and last. If you’ve been less than moved by how March Madness has developed this year, just wait until you see what’s coming this weekend.1. DukeWe all know you want to view the UCF game as an indicator Duke is faltering. The truth: Duke is flawed. It is not a capable perimeter shooting team. It can find the range at particular moments, and even get hot for a game, but Duke is not winning this championship from long distance. It must be able to access the lane. Teams that can jam that area — anyone got another 7-6 center laying around? — have a real chance.2. North CarolinaThe Tar Heels’ offense is operating at such a high level, even Washington’s excellent 2-3 zone made little impact in slowing it down. There may be no one else in the tournament that can put more high-level scorers on the floor at once. And there is a chance, depending on developments with other teams, that the region where the Tar Heels are placed has weakened since the bracket reveal.3. VirginiaHaving disposed of the burden of losing to a 16-seed, the Cavaliers are now merely a team in pursuit of a championship: a very, very good, close-to-complete team. And though they will have to deal with a dynamic and complicated Sweet 16 opponent in Oregon, the region still seems designed to accentuate UVA’s strengths.4. GonzagaThe Zags had difficulty establishing a consistent offensive flow for their best perimeter scorers against Baylor’s zone defense. That leads one to wonder if the length they will pose in their Sweet 16 game against FSU will be problematic. It may be more important than ever for point guard Josh Perkins to generate opportunities off the bounce. That is not his greatest strength.MORE: It keeps getting sweeter for Zags’ big-time program5. Michigan StateThe issues with the Spartans’ bench caused by the late-season ankle injury to Kyle Ahrens were fully on display in the more-difficult-than-expected first-round win over Bradley. The short bench is less of a problem in the tournament, relative to fatigue, than it might be in the regular season. But it does leave Tom Izzo with fewer answers then he’d prefer.6. KentuckyThe absence of star forward PJ Washington makes generating enough points to win a problem that will endure as long as the Wildcats last — or until he returns. It is unknown whether Washington will be available for this weekend. Thus, UK’s position on this list shakier than most. Honestly, if his unavailability were a certainty, the Wildcats would be in double-digits.7. MichiganThe Wolverines survived a rough day for star freshman Iggy Brazdeikis in their second-round game. That’s the thing about this team: They can win when one of their top scorers — maybe even a couple — does not produce, so long as point guard Zavier Simpson is in command and dictating the proceedings at both ends of the floor. Imagine what might happen if more than one or two weapons fires accurately in the same game.8. LSUIf we thought it might be problematic for the Tigers to be functioning under an interim coach, and if it looked very much like that during their brief appearance in the SEC Tournament, we discovered their true resolve in their first two games of this event. They performed as gracefully under pressure against Maryland as they had with Will Wade on the bench when they came back in February games against Kentucky and Tennessee. With players as gifted as Tremont Waters and Naz Reid, the Tigers can win this. What an odd story that would be.MORE: Red Raiders using pain of loss in latest tournament run9. Texas TechThere was nothing much thrilling about Tech’s first two wins in the tournament, and there won’t be anything much to get excited about until perhaps they’ve won two more. (They’ll cut down nets if that happens). This team’s defense squeezes the energy out of opposing attacks and, though All-American Jarrett Culver is capable of individual brilliance, invariably will quality-shot opponents into submission.10. Florida StateThe Seminoles still bring Mfiondu Kabengele off the bench, which may be the best way to hide what a proficient offense this has become. His development has made him the most underrated player in this tournament. He has become a force on offense and remains an integral part of the Seminoles’ aggravating defense. One wonders if there is a player on this team who can take the ball and make a play happen in pressure circumstances — but not whether FSU can create those circumstances for the opposition.11. TennesseeYes, you’re going to wonder why the Volunteers are here, and not somewhere in the positions listed above. They have been one of the season’s best teams, and possibly the most consistent of all. They have shown a resilience that separates them even from the teams comprising the Sweet 16. But somewhere between here and April 8, the need for high-end talent that separates champions from those that come close is going to arrive.12. PurdueIf Carsen Edwards can play at the level he did in the Boilers’ destruction of defending champion Villanova, Purdue can beat anyone left in the field. The odds of him doing that four more times without exception are not exceptional.MORE: Carsen’s unforgettable performance in win needs improvement13. OregonThe only double-digit seed to survive the first weekend, the ducks have been defying the standard they set for themselves with their meager performance between November and February. Their zone scheme has punished opponents with its length and dynamism. Guard Payton Pritchard has performed like someone with no interest in commencing the offseason. As terrific as freshman Louis King has been during this run of success, there is even better basketball contained in his game that could be revealed before Oregon is done.14. HoustonThe difference between Houston and almost everyone else remaining is the Cougars’ relative inexperience in coping with this level of opposition, even under tenured coach Kelvin Sampson. They have beaten only one team — LSU — that earned a top-four seed from this year’s tournament. But then, none of those teams beat Houston, either. The Cougars are not a great 3-point shooting team, do not get fouled a lot, do not shoot a high percentage on 2s … and yet, they get what they want out of their offense because they punish teams on the offensive glass and don’t often throw away the ball. Because there once was a group that contained Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Tyler Hansbrough, Kevin Love and some skinny kid named Steph Curry, we’re not going going to say the Sweet 16 group we’ll rejoin Thursday and Friday for another eight games is the best in NCAA Tournament history.It’s possible there’s never been one, though, in which so many teams were so accomplished.last_img read more

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