The owner of this ‘pub’ clearly knows their state of origin!IS there anything more refreshing than cracking a cold one with some mates at the end of a hot summer’s day? There are plenty of swanky bars these days, but we thought we would take a look at home pubs that even your most occa mate could relax in.And with enough time to grab one of your own before Australia Day on January 26, let us all rejoice in these party pads.First up is five bedroom house that comes with its own mini-me Aussie pub. Located in its own shed, it has been set up as the ultimate entertaining space, with the current owner proudly shouting their state of origin. There is also a huge covered entertaining area with a wall-mounted TV and a barbecue range hood, an in-ground pool and views of Mount Neurum and the Glasshouse Mountains. At Wights Mountain, a six bedroom architecturally-designed house on 1.56ha is on the market for offers over $1.3 million. With that amount of space you could crank Barnsey and not bother the neighbours.There is also plenty of spaces to entertain your mates, starting with a tennis court to practice those moves learned whilewatch the Australian Open. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAfter that, you can take a dip in the pool to cool off in what will no doubt be a typical summer stinker.From there, you can pour a drink at the bar, hop in the spa and watch Muriels Wedding on the mounted TV in the entertainmentarea. This house at D’Aguilar has its own “pub” Bar with water views? Other features include a gym/media room and ducted airconditioning. And in Buderim, a four-bedroom house on a 3319sq m block is on the market for offers over $1.35 million. Located on the lower ground floor is a pool room and a deck and bar area. Not a bad spot for a cyclone/rain party!And while you have missed out on this beauty, we can all sit back and appreciate just how ‘straya it is.With corrugated iron, exposed timber, XXXX and VB stickers, this quintessential Aussie bar at 72 Stanton Rd in Tingalpa now has new owners.It is located on the ground floor of a two-level Colonial house, which was built in 1993.Horse shoes and bits and bobs hang from beams, and stools are placed around a wine barrel next to a wood burner fire place.Its creators, a retired couple, sold up at auction at the weekend for $960,000.Ray White Wynnum-Manly agent Vicki Fraser said the vendors were leaving for a sea change, but we are almost sure they won’t have a bar like this there.
THE Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB) 2017 season got off to an early start with the Bounty/Antonio’s Grill One-Day hockey competition at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, on Sunday night. Despite a few early showers, brilliant sunshine emerged on an immaculate Providence stadium field which provided players the best opportunity to show off their skills and entertain the modest crowd.The Pizza Hut GCC ladies took advantage by defeating all challengers and completing their dominant showing with a 5–0 drubbing of Woodpecker Hikers in the final.The Bounty GCC men matched their club-mates with the narrowest of victories in the men’s division that was decided by a penalty shootout.Pizza Hut GCC stormed through the women’s competition scoring 33 goals in five matches and only conceding one. Tournament Most Valuable Player, Aliyah Gordon of Pizza Hut amassed a leading 11 goals for her team which was almost double the next highest score in the competition.After a spirited first half in the women’s final that saw the Woodpecker Hikers contain GCC to just one goal, the Pizza Hut ladies rattled in 4 more unanswered goals in the second half for the easy victory.The men’s division saw the eventual victors Bounty GCC take a different path to the summit, as they lost a close duel to the defending champs Pepsi Hikers by 3-2 in the early rounds. With the Hikers playing unbeaten right up to the final, they entered as heavy favourites in their rematch against GCC who had brushed aside Old Fort by 5-0 in their semi-final.The two sides produced some wonderfully entertaining hockey in an unforgettable men’s final that saw GCC take the lead twice but the Hikers drew level on both occasions to result in a final score of 3-3.Tournament Most Valuable Player for men, Dwayne Scott, was particularly outstanding in defence for the Bourda side in thwarting several Hikers’ raids on goal where Scott found himself outnumbered.The match then went into a penalty shootout to determine the winner. After Aroydy Branford and Jamarj Assanah for the Hikers and Kevin Spencer and Kareem McKenzie for GCC all scored their penalties, Hikers’ Andrew Stewart saw his effort go just wide of the post after a fine save by goalkeeper Medroy Scotland.Fittingly MVP Dwayne Scott had the final say in the match and succeeded by the narrowest of margins as his initial shot hit the left upright post before he pounced on the rebound to put in into the net for the win.
Fans got their first-look at the revamped backfield for the Wisconsin football team this Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium during the annual spring game.It has been general consensus for months that Corey Clement would fill the massive void Melvin Gordon left at running back. But given Wisconsin’s history of productive depth at the position and no clear backup through spring ball, three backs fought for the spotlight throughout the scrimmage, while Clement remained on the sideline for the game’s entirety.Redshirt freshman Taiwan Deal trotted out with the first-team offense to start the game and his first two runs went for a combined 15 yards. By halftime, Deal had rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries, albeit against the Badgers’ second-team defense.“I just tried to take advantage of it and do what I can,” Deal said of his performance.Deal finished the day with 15 carries for 76 yards.Unlike Deal, redshirt senior Dare Ogunbowale struggled in the first half, getting bottled up against the first-team defense for only 11 yards on nine carries.He would bounce back in the second half, finishing with 12 rushes, 89 yards and two touchdowns. The two touchdowns came on runs from 55 and 20 yards out.“Obviously, the first half was a little rough for me,”Ogunbowale said. “So it was making sure I kept pressing things and not moving away from anything that I’ve been doing all spring really. It was a good second half, and the plays opened up for me.Redshirt junior Serge Trezy, a newcomer to the running back conversation since his transition from cornerback, carried the ball 17 times for 47 yards, with a long of 12 yards.Perhaps most importantly, the running backs’ mentality Saturday was to compete not only on the scoreboard, but against each other.“The running backs as a unit wanted to make sure that we were competing. We all wanted to compete amongst each other, not only against the defense, but within the running back room,” Ogunbowale said. “I think we all looked very good, and we wanted to make sure that even though Corey wasn’t going. We still gave the fans something to cheer about. I think we did a pretty good job with that.”Deal said the competition is something running backs coach John Settle instilled throughout spring ball.“We competed a lot during spring camp,” Deal said. “I didn’t notice the competition because we just came out and had fun and did our best. Coach Settle made it fun.”Clement, observing from the sidelines, said that despite the unflattering numbers Wisconsin backs are accustomed to putting up, he was happy with the way his future backups played.“I think they did great even with working with two offensive lines. Everybody made the most of what they could do,” Clement said. “I think Dare (Ogunbowale) and Serge (Trezy) are really in good positions to actually contribute to this offense. I’m excited to see what they can do in the fall.“Dare said to me that he couldn’t wait for the second half. So, to actually get some more energy on our offense, you can kind of see it with the younger line. They were lacking energy and he kind of brought the focus back to where it needed to be.”Boom Goes BondocOne of the biggest surprises of the day was redshirt freshman safety Evan Bondoc. The Madison native recorded a game-high 12 tackles and broke up two passes, one of which would have been ruled an interception if instant replay was in use.“It was awesome to be out there,” Bondoc said. “I give a lot of credit to the guys in front of me. I’m not usually out there.“I was just ready to go out there and play. We did a lot more base stuff today, which freed us up to go and make plays. It wasn’t more complicated. It was just fun to go out there and play.”Obasih Busy in BackfieldRedshirt sophomore Chikwe Obasih was flying toward the quarterback all afternoon, recording 2.5 sacks and four tackles. He also forced two fumbles and recovered one.Obasih said slowing the game down and focusing on technique has been a point of emphasis for the defensive line this season.“Last year we felt rushed to get there and make sure everything was ready to fit the scheme since we had a lot of new guys coming in to the front,” Obasih said. “This spring we took a step back. We talked the techniques. We talked exactly what we need to do and what we want to do to ensure that we have success this fall.”Offensive Line RepairWith Obasih and his defensive line counterparts wreaking havoc in the backfield, question marks still surround the offensive line, which has to replace the entire right side due to the graduations of Dallas Lewallen and Rob Havenstein. Starting center Dan Voltz didn’t participate Saturday and presumed starting left guard Ray Ball was also held out.That doesn’t concern left tackle Tyler Marz though, who said that guys will step up during summer workouts and fall camp, simply because they have no choice.“Wisconsin has a tradition of just always someone stepping up. It was my duty two years ago when I was coming in here,” Marz said. “(Former Wisconsin offensive lineman) Ryan Groy might not have had the confidence in me coming out of that spring, but come fall I was a guy. And for me then, I just didn’t want to let him down. So the guys really need to feel that with me and Dan (Voltz), because that motivates you. You don’t want to let the guy next to you down.”