Alan ‘Smithy’ Smith talks about his home – ‘Rosebank Station’

first_imgIt would have 360 degree views from the bed or the bath.There would not be another building or person in site most times of the day or night. Sunset, sunrise and moonlight and every single breeze from every single direction could be used to truly feel free in my ultimate sleeping space. Guest bedrooms would have their own outlook of bush landscape and common areas solely designed for sociability and functionality with open plan kitchen and entertainment areas to enjoy total serenity and silence or Dire Straits on the best sound system. Alan ‘Smithy’ Smith, with horse Scooter, the founder and owner of Outback Aussie Tours, which this year celebrates 30 years in business. He lives at The Homestead, Rosebank Station.Whether it is a renovated cottage, or a brick and tile house, Queenslanders love talking about real estate.Founder of Outback Aussie Tours, Alan ‘Smithy’ Smith, talks about his home. RELATED: MORE: Our business life has grown significantly since we bought the river block and while we love the river and what it represents to us, Rosebank offers a larger sense of freedom as personalities and as a family. Not to mention it being a very special place to host exclusive hospitality events for our Outback Aussie Tours guests making them feel like a person, not just a number on a bus tour as they are welcomed into our home while on tour. We loved the river option as it gave us a direct connection with the bush and the majestic magic of the mighty Thomson River waterhole. This gave us the best of both worlds being close to town and having all the freedoms of being out of town and on the waterway. Sunsets and sunrises and moonlit nights have a one of a kind atmosphere on this block which has been an amazing place to bring up our children and providing some special moments as a couple and a family A wooden Queenslander on the breathtaking Thomson River just out of Longreach; bought for $80,000 — we bought the home for both business and personal reasons — as a place for the kids, and as a homebase for the business. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME FIRST HOME Friends said they were ‘insane’ to buy this property The Homestead, Rosebank Station, a truly historic homestead.Rosebank is set among the open Mitchell and Flinders grass downs country with the Wellshot Creek that seasonally flows with a network of dams and waterways that are a great contrast to the open plains. This landscape happens to have a historic early 1900s homestead that has a 70 year legacy of Mackenzie/Smith family partnership with stories, events, hospitality and special visitors that are so inspirational and socially valuable to the Longreach story and our custodianship of this amazing homestead. With its sweeping gauzed verandas and lawns and gardens that offer a serenity and a feel good vibe to all visitors and to us as a home, it is a great place to wake up. CURRENT HOME >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< Tennis star reveals why he loves the Sunshine Coast My fantasy home would have one bedroom located above the roof of the house with gauzed walls and shutters and a bed and bath in the middle of the room. From a $30,000 hovel, to this! More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoA property in outback Queensland — with our personal experience and visitor experience of the Thompson River and Rosebank, we feel very inspired to realise a long term dream of developing an eco-lodge in special locations in Outback Queensland.This is not a mass tourism experience, but a personalised small group concept that immerses the visitor into the environment and its incredible connection of stories and secrets.That’d be my dream home in a heartbeat! 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Pitch, Hit, & Run Updates

first_imgBoys and girls advancing to Great American Ballpark this Saturday morning. They will participate at 7:30 AM.Each kid also receives the official hat & shirt for the contest, along with two tickets for the game that afternoon. Each individual winner per age group gets to walk on the field that afternoon before the game. Only the morning winners get to walk on the field.The Ohio Rod Products wants to wish these kids the best of luck, and also all the coaches who helped run the event want to wish them much luck as well.Major League Baseball is grateful for the coverage as well.Katelynn Samples goes to SR ElementaryJulia Rea will be SR Freshmen (Just completed 8th grade)Trey Heidlage will be Batesville Freshmen (Just completed 7th grade).Courtesy of Area Coordinator Brian Samples.last_img read more

Lemke leads to Eagle checkers

first_imgBrint Lemke won the Saturday main event for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 18) – A 10-year veteran made his first visit to victory lane at Eagle Raceway Saturday night.Brint Lemke regained the lead on the final circuit in winning the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock main event.Shane Hiatt collected his second local Runner Freight IMCA Modified win of the season while Adam Gul­lion notched another IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car victory.Gunner Pike started ninth and finished first in the Hoosier Racing Tire IMCA Northern SportMod feature and Justin Callender prevailed in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact main.last_img read more

Godolphin purchase Pleascach

first_imgGodolphin have snapped up Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Pleascach and she will carry their colours when she runs in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot next week. The Jim Bolger-trained filly won the 10-furlong Blue Wind Stakes at Naas before dropping back to a mile for a half-length Classic success over Found last month. She is now due to step up to a mile and a half at Ascot and John Ferguson, bloodstock advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, is pleased to have recruited the daughter of Teofilo for Godolphin. He told “Jim is keen for the filly to run at Royal Ascot, with the Irish Derby and the Irish Oaks both being targets in the future. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed believes when buying young Classic fillies, you look at them as a 10-year plan rather than just as a racehorse, and with the stallions that we now have at our disposal, the future is exciting.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

AWCON 2018: Oshoala Vows to Redeem Form against E’Guinea for S’final…

first_imgFemi SolajaSuper Falcons’ misfiring striker, Asisat Oshoala, has promised to make up for all the scoring opportunities she had failed to convert with tomorrow’s final group B match against former champions, Equatorial Guinea.Pundits and passionate followers of the feminine side of the game where left a bit disappointed with the performance of the current ‘African Woman Footballer of the Year’ as the player is yet to lift her head above the standard expected of a footballer in her caliber. Super Falcons players celebrating one of the goals against Zambia on Wednesday “I play for the team and not to impress myself but it’s just unfortunate that those precious opportunities were missed. Together we stand and I want to assure that the atmosphere in the camp is very high and we are ready to confront any opposition after the lesson of the first match which we lost to South Africa but now that is behind us as we continue the journey here in Ghana,” she expressed last night.Super Falcons’ qualification for the Semifinal of the 2018 African Women Nations Cup (AWCON) means the eight time African champions must beat Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea in their last Group B match tomorrow in Cape Coast and it’s about the same time the other group match between South Africa and Zambia will come up in Accra.Although Equatorial Guinea senior women national team are mathematically out of contention after woeful performance against Shepolopolo of Zambia and Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the ongoing tournament, however, Nzalang Nacional still pose a threat as they are the only team that have defeated Super Falcons in semi final and the in the final of the continental show piece in the past.Before tonight’s match, Super Falcons were brought down to the earth with a shock lone goal defeat by Banyana Banyana of South Africa in opening match but came back to reckoning with a 4-0 win over Zambia to set a stage for a must win clash in the last group match for a semi final berth.LEquatorial Guinea beat Nigeria 1-0 in the semi-finals of the 2008 edition, which they hosted. The goal was scored by Genoveva Anonma Nze.Nigeria defeated Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the final of the 2010 edition of the AWCON. Goals by Perpetua Nkwocha and Desire Oparanozie and two own goals by Equatorial Guinea players ensured that Nigeria regained its title.The Super Falcons are the most successful African national team (male or female). They have won the African Women’s Championship/Nations Cup 8 timee.The Equatoguineans won the championship in 2008 and 2012, the only two times that Nigeria failed to win it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Neymar stars in Turkey friendly

first_imgNeymar scored twice as Brazil beat Turkey 4-0 in a friendly in Istanbul for their fifth successive win since their World Cup exit.Brazil opened the scoring midway through the first half when Neymar drove past keeper Volkan Derimel.Turkey defender Semih Kaya turned a cross into his own net to make it 2-0 before Chelsea’s Willian tapped in.Neymar then played a one-two with Willian before curling in Brazil’s fourth in the second half.The victory continued Brazil’s impressive form under coach Dunga, who was appointed in July. .Dunga succeeded Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after Brazil suffered the joint-heaviest defeat in their history when they lost 7-1 to Germany in the semi-final of the 2014 World Cup they were hosting. Neymar, 22, was once again their key player but Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho played a huge part in the Barcelona forward’s opener.He played a 40-yard pass for Neymar, who took a touch to bring the ball under control before finishing with the outside of his boot.Moments later, Brazil doubled their lead when a teasing cross by Danilo was turned into his own net by defender Kaya.Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan had a shot saved for Turkey before Brazil added a third before the break.This time, Neymar turned creator as he dribbled his way down the left before sending a cross to the far post, where Willian was on hand to finish from close range. Brazil wrapped up the win early in the second half when Willian and Neymar exchanged passes, before the latter held off a challenge to roll the ball into the far corner.last_img read more

Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde on Angels’ managerial list

first_imgRelated Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Brandon Hyde, the Chicago Cubs bench coach, is among the candidates to be interviewed for the Angels’ managerial job, according to multiple sources.Hyde, a product of Long Beach State, has been with the Cubs since 2014, under both Rick Renteria and Joe Maddon. This season was his first as bench coach. Hyde also reportedly interviewed for the opening with the Texas Rangers this week.The Angels are planning interviews with at least 10 candidates for the job. The only two confirmed candidates are Joe Espada, the Houston Astros bench coach, and Hyde.Internal candidates Brad Ausmus, Eric Chavez, Dino Ebel and Josh Paul are also believed to be on the list. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros last_img read more

Spring Training 2015: Top 5 Dodgers storylines to watch for

first_imgPederson will be trying to establish himself as the everyday center fielder. Andre Ethier and Chris Heisey are the other contenders, and manager Don Mattingly has declared an open competition among the three for the job. There’s more at stake here, too. Ethier might be auditioning to determine his trade value, as the Dodgers were unable to move his four-year, $71 million contract over the winter. Kemp is gone but not forgotten, and a strong camp by Yasiel Puig in his return to right field will help fans focus on the present.3. Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthyAndrew Friedman didn’t splurge on free-agent Max Scherzer or James Shields, or trade for Cole Hamels. Instead, the new president plunged less money into Anderson and McCarthy, two talented but injury-prone pitchers. Anderson has made only 19 starts the past three years; McCarthy is attempting to make 30 starts in consecutive seasons for the first time in his career. The best thing both pitchers can do in camp is stay healthy. 4. New double-play comboHowie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins are established veterans and better glovemen than Gordon and Hanley Ramirez. The double plays should come naturally. It’s less clear how either player fits into the lineup; Gordon was a natural leadoff hitter, while Ramirez was a fixture in the middle of the order (when healthy). Kendrick must adapt to new pitchers after nine seasons in the American League, while Rollins might need to prove he can still be an everyday leadoff hitter at age 36.5. Sorting out the set-up menConsidering Friedman is paying Brian Wilson more than $9 million not to pitch for the Dodgers, whoever establishes himself as Kenley Jansen’s primary set-up man must be a clear upgrade. Joel Peralta, Brandon League, Pedro Baez, Chris Hatcher and converted starter Juan Nicasio are the top contenders. If no clear winner emerges, at least Friedman is always willing to make a trade to address an area of need. Hype and intrigue seem to follow the Dodgers whether they’re stretching in spring or sweating bullets in October. For this franchise, attention is a normal, constant companion.It wasn’t normal when Vin Scully sized up a deluge of offseason changes and said in a recent television interview: “I don’t know who the Dodgers are.” The changes must have been pretty big. Scully is entering his 66th season with the team.• SPRING TRAINING: Top 5 Angels storylines • FOR MORE ANGELS NEWS: Bookmark ‘Inside the Dodgers’ blog The Dodgers’ biggest makeover took place in the front office, but Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon are both gone. Two-fifths of the starting rotation is new, and most of the bullpen will be new too. Yet none of these new faces will elicit the biggest “oohs” and “aahs” in spring training.Beginning with the team’s most-hyped young campers in years, here are five storylines to watch:1. Who’s ready?Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias will be participating in their first camp together — the first of what the Dodgers hope are many. Considered among the best young prospects in baseball, the trio has more at stake than just its 2015 work address. Rebuilding the farm system was one of CEO Stan Kasten’s top priorities when he arrived in 2012. The prospects’ arrival is a referendum on Phase 1 of the Dodgers’ makeover. No pressure, kids.2. Crowded outfieldcenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers seek answers after latest fourth-quarter flop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAnd yet the numbers – and the nosedive the Lakers have taken in the fourth quarter of the past five games without LeBron James – merit special attention.As the team has gone 1-4 in that stretch, the Lakers are last in the NBA in net rating in the fourth quarter. In layman’s terms: Per 100 possessions, the Lakers are outscored by 24.6 points in the final period. They average five fewer points in the fourth quarter (23.0) than any other quarter in that five-game stretch.The extreme nature of how the Lakers can’t function offensively in the fourth quarter points to just how much of a sticking point it has become without LeBron James. Luke Walton has mused that the ball movement cuts off and the tempo slows down in that period – both critical mistakes that cost the Lakers even more without James, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma.“The shots aren’t always going to go. Even if you’re a great shooting team, you’re going to have off nights,” Walton said. “But we can control certain things that we did not do a good job of tonight and did not put ourselves in a great chance to win down the stretch.”There were notable errors by the Lakers’ two remaining ball-dominant players. For one, Lonzo Ball had two turnovers in the final minute, including a rare five-second violation on an inbounds play out of a timeout. Walton later took fault for the error, saying the play needed to be run faster and he would do a better job of communicating the play to his personnel. Kuzma has been missing since leaving the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with lower back pain. An MRI confirmed that he had a contusion, but Walton said Kuzma was still too stiff to play Friday, and he stayed home to recover.The Lakers are already without James on the road trip as he continues to recover from a strained groin. The hope is the Lakers could return Kuzma, the second-leading scorer on the team (18.3 ppg) who would also add size to a lineup that is missing depth at forward. In Kuzma’s absence, 6-foot-5 Josh Hart has taken on more of the power forward responsibilities. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Ingram also missed his last three shots of the game, calling his own number on several possessions and missing on contested drives to the rim. Walton didn’t single him out for the loss, but acknowledged Ingram wasn’t play-making as much in the fourth as he was in other parts of the game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.It didn’t help that the Lakers gave up 20 free throws in the final quarter and the Knicks made 16. This made it difficult to run the transition offense in which the team thrives. But the Lakers also got away from another offensive strong suit they had in the third quarter, when JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac were a combined 8 for 9 from the field with 16 points.McGee took only two more shots for the remainder of the game, and neither Tyson Chandler nor Zubac took any fourth-quarter shots. McGee said it would be “selfish” for him to say he thought he needed the ball more, but he also seemed frustrated the Lakers got away from what helped them come back down 17 in the first half.“I think we just didn’t stay consistent on what was working,” he said. “It’s not necessarily me and Zu, there was a lot of stuff that was working. Me and Zu just had a couple hot spots out there to where we had some scoring streaks. But lot of things that were working that we coulda did. Lot of plays that we coulda ran. But we just didn’t do it.”Answers aren’t easy to come by with many key veterans on the shelf, but the Lakers know they must respond: Losing to one of the few weak squads on the upcoming schedule doesn’t help them stay afloat in the Western Conference standings, where they are now a precarious eighth place.“Every game is big in the West,” Ball said. “Plus, we keep losing the same way, in my opinion. We get up in the fourth and keep giving it away, so we got to change that.”Kyle Kuzma on the road tripThere was some good news Saturday morning for an otherwise reeling Lakers squad: Kyle Kuzma was cleared to travel to Minneapolis for the two-game road trip. He’ll be questionable for Sunday afternoon’s tilt with Minnesota.Related Articles MINNEAPOLIS — Fielding his fourth question about the pivotal fourth quarter in the 119-112 loss to the New York Knicks, Brandon Ingram briefly pushed back on the narrative Friday night.He knew the media was interested in the final period, in which the Lakers (21-18) had been outscored 33-20. But he also felt there were other things to pick at.“I don’t think the entire thing is the fourth quarter,” he said. “I think it’s sometimes on the defensive end where we have a loss of focus. Sometimes a loss of focus for myself. Sometimes free throws. Sometimes it’s different things. So I don’t pinpoint it to the fourth quarter.”To an extent, Ingram had a point: The Lakers had 17 turnovers and allowed a season-high 41 free-throw attempts. For the first time in 13 games, they cracked 75 percent at the free-throw line, but would’ve liked to make more. These issues were not limited to any one period of Friday’s loss. How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

Slater and Freeman scoop U16 honours

first_img England Golf squad player Nicola Slater and Nottinghamshire’s Matt Freeman scooped the honours in the English U16 boys’ and girls’ championship at Hawkstone Park.Slater, from Hickleton in Yorkshire, and Freeman, from Rufford Park, both completed wire-to-wire wins and both set them up with sub-par first rounds.Slater, 16, shot three-under par 70 in her first round, on the Championship course, when she compiled an impressive 16 pars, one eagle and one birdie. She followed up with scores of one over 73 and 77 on the Hawkstone course, for a three-over total after 54 holes.She held a five-shot lead going into the final round but was taking nothing for granted. “A lead like that can go very quickly,” she said. “I just tried to be relaxed, focus on my own game – and I didn’t pay attention to any other scores.She was still five ahead at the turn, but her closest rival, Annabell Fuller (Roehampton), narrowed the gap when she charged home in one-under for the back nine.Slater bogeyed the last and, having watched the spectators turn away, thought she was heading for a play-off, before discovering she had edged home by a shot. “Then I came in and Alan (the organiser) shook my hand and congratulated me. It was a shock!”Slater is a member of England Golf’s Yorkshire U16 girls’ regional squad and has found the training has helped her confidence. She added: “Also, you are in a group and they help you out, yesterday the other girls were supportive and that adds to the whole experience.”Like Slater, Matt Freeman recorded his biggest win to date with his success in the boys’ event.The 15-year-old from Rufford Park was the only player to beat par over 54 holes, scoring two-under with rounds of 68 72 74. He was two clear of James Cooper (Cumberwell Park) and a further shot ahead of Aaron Edwards-Hill, an England U16 East regional squad player from Chelmsford.Freeman’s opening 68 was his best competitive score and included five birdies and just one bogey. “It was great to get off to a good start and I just felt settled in,” he said. “I didn’t really feel under pressure, I knew I was playing well and I had got my game up to where I needed it to be for the tournament.”The win was particularly satisfying for Freeman after the disappointment of not being picked for an England Golf regional squad. “This is a really big confidence booster because now I know I can do it. I’ve tried to get on a squad twice and both times I was disappointed but in a way it’s given me that drive to prove them wrong,” he said.The event was organised by Alan Covey, an England Golf U16 regional manager, and was well supported by squad players.Caption: Matt Freeman and Nicola Slater with organiser Alan Covey. Image courtesy Kevin Diss. To view more championship images click here 1 Apr 2016 Slater and Freeman scoop U16 honours last_img read more