They’re back! Big increase in first home buyers in June quarter

first_imgAerial view of residential housing in Queensland. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt.Queensland, Western Australia, Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory all experienced an increase in first home buyers during the June quarter, with the territories recording growth of 49.6 per cent and 40 per cent respectively.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“The average loan size to first home buyers increased by 1.2 per cent over the June quarter and 0.6 per cent over twelve months to $365,600 with the average loan size to first home buyers decreasing in South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory over the quarter,” Mr Kasehagen said.“Year on year, the average loan size to first home buyers increased in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory.”This is what you’ll get for $4.6m in BrisbaneThe 10 worst postcodes for mortgage stressHomes that’ll make you go greenThere was also some relief for renters during the June quarter.The proportion of median family income required to meet rental payments dropped by more than half a per cent to 24.3 per cent.Rental affordability improved slightly in Queensland, dropping 0.7 per cent to 23 per cent of income required to meet median rents. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFirst home buyer struggles01:25FIRST home buyers have made a bold return to the property market after months on the sidelines, with Queensland welcoming the biggest increase.The latest report from the Real Estate Institute of Australia and Adelaide Bank reveals the number of loans to first time buyers increased by 14 per cent during the June quarter, with increases in all states and territories except Tasmania.That’s despite government grants for first time buyers in some states not coming into effect until July 1.Queensland welcomed more first-home buyers into the market than any time in the past year, with the number of loans increasing by nearly 12 per cent in the June quarter and almost 20 per cent compared to the same time last year.The average loan size for first home buyers in the state increased 1.5 per cent during the quarter to $296,033.Real Estate Institute of Queensland spokesperson Felicity Moore said that confirmed the Queensland market’s viability and good value proposition.“It’s also a reflection of the impact of the Government’s first-home buyer grant boost of an additional $5000 to a total of $20,000,” she said.“Young Queenslanders have seized upon the opportunity to jump on the property ladder and take their first steps to personal wealth creation.”Of all buyers in the market for their first home in the three months to June 30, more than a quarter were from Queensland.But Victoria tops the charts as the state with the largest number of first home buyers, followed closely by Queensland.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: August00:34The June quarter edition of the Adelaide Bank/Real Estate Institute of Australia Housing Affordability Report shows a slight decline in housing affordability nationally, with the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments increasing by 1 percentage point to 31.4 per cent — just above the 30 per cent threshold usually used to define mortgage stress.In Queensland, the proportion of income required to meet home loan repayments increased by half a per cent during the quarter to 27.2 per cent.That’s up a modest 0.2 per cent on the same period a year ago.The average monthly loan repayment in Queensland increased to $1,948, from $1,933 a year earlier.And the median weekly family income in the state is $1,651, according to the report.But Adelaide Bank head of business development Darren Kasehagen said that shouldn’t overshadow the good news that first home buyers had made a comeback. Real Estate Institute of Australia president Malcolm Gunning.Real Estate Institute of Australia president Malcolm Gunning said that while housing loan affordability had declined across the country, rental affordability had generally improved.“This improvement was recorded across all states and territories except in Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory,” he said.“Historically, rental affordability declined markedly from the June quarter 2007 reaching its lowest point in the March quarter 2010.“Since then rental affordability has been showing a trend improvement reflecting the pick-up ininvestment in housing from the end of 2011.”last_img read more

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Andrew Winter’s discontent leads straight to bulldozers

first_img“I don’t love it that much,” he told The Courier-Mail. “We’re living in it now but we’re moving out and bringing in bulldozers.”The couple are awaiting council approval to put in a three-storey luxury home with a roof terrace to make the most of the views. They hope they’ll have the go-ahead by “November-December time”. Andrew Winter’s 2019 Mermaid Beach purchase which is earmarked for demolition. The host of Selling House Australia is much kinder to homeowners Season 13 of Selling Houses Australia than he has been to himself. The first episode is 7.30pm QLD/8:30pm AEDT tonight on Foxtel’s LifeStyle channel.“We’ve never built a home like this before. It’s completely uncharted territory. It’s a narrow block and the living area will be on level three. It’s an interesting one and it’s taken a long time to get it to this stage.”He said the inclusion of the top-floor living room was at his wife’s insistence.“I was going for a living room in the middle, bedrooms on top and garages and a guest room on the ground floor. But no, the architect and my wife said entry on the middle level and living on the top and the roof terrace.” Clearance rates dive but still higher than 2019 You can only just make out the ocean now, but when they go three storeys up, it will be a different ballgame. Andrew Winter dislikes everything about this million-dollar property at present.“Unfortunately gravity doesn’t like that much, but it’s all good. It’s quite a design challenge. We’re very conscious about capturing the views.”The family loved the beach and the cafe lifestyle of Mermaid Beach.“Our kids are growing up. We moved out of central London to the suburbs of the Gold Coast and loved it. We’re facing the fact that we’re really townies, the coffee shop’s 10 minutes walk away as well as restaurants and bars. Forget the car, we don’t need it. We are embracing it.” He said it was about different stages for different people. “Some people will never have an urban desire, but there’s something great about waking up, seeing there’s no milk and thinking I’ll just go to the coffee shop. Then, of course, we won’t have a big backyard for a trampoline. It just depends on what you want.”Mr Winter said the shooting schedule for Selling Houses Australia – the 2020 season premieres Wednesday on Foxtel – was “pretty full on as usual”. Host of Selling House Australia Andrew Winter in an upcoming episode out of Queensland.Andrew Winter, the Selling Houses Australia TV show host and real estate guru, hates his home so much that he’s tearing it down and moving into “uncharted territory”.He and his wife Caroline bought a house in Mermaid Beach mid last year for $1.525m before selling their waterfront Sanctuary Cove five-bedroom home for $3.05m in December. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE: Sweeping changes for real estate Most people would likely not mind this at all, but to each his own dream home.He was proud of their success helping most families on the show to sell their property, which at about 80 per cent sales.“Forget Love at First Sight, we’re on fire,” he said.He said the Queensland property market had not had the increases of Sydney and Melbourne, but was still “really strong”.“In the last 10 years, you’d be hard pressed to find properties that have doubled. We’ve still got room to grow in SEQ.” *Selling Houses Australia S13 premieres Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30pm QLD / 8:30pm AEDT on Foxtel’s LifeStyle.last_img read more

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Is this the best rooftop pool on the Gold Coast?

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37A PALM Beach penthouse touted as having the best rooftop pool on the Gold Coast is on the market with a $3.995 million price tag.The two-level 450sq m apartment is in new development 77 Jefferson, which was completed last month.The luxury penthouse at 9/77 Jefferson Lane, Palm Beach is on the market.Entertain in style.MORE NEWS: Auction set for epic Gold Coast mansion once listed for $45mGold Coast property: Oxenford house takes inspiration from the Hollywood Hills“It’s got such a point of difference compared to other penthouses on the Coast,” said Olindah Property Group’s James Meredith, who is marketing the property alongside Nicole Riley.“Exclusive to the penthouse is a large pool, kitchenette, undercover barbecue, 5.4m stone bench, sunrise and sunset lounges, dining area and bathroom facilities.“It’s an entertainer’s dream.”The penthouse offers views south to Coolangatta.Find a better spot to relax on the Gold Coast.He said the outlook from the penthouse stretched as far south as Coolangatta and back to the Surfers Paradise skyline and beyond.“As far as the view goes, you’ve got everything you could ever want,” he said.The four-bedroom penthouse also features timber floors, glass stacker doors and a butler’s pantry.Inside the luxury abode.Views from every room.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoDeveloper BluePoint Property is behind the 10-level apartment building, which features eight full floor apartments.The project was designed by Bureau Proberts and built by Hutchinson Builders.“The penthouse is the only apartment still available as all the others sold off-the-plan early on,” Mr Meredith said.“It was under contract for a while but has recently come back on the market.”Make a splash in the rooftop pool.Mr Meredith expected strong interest in the penthouse as the spring selling season kicked up a gear.“Palm Beach is obviously a hot suburb at the moment,” he said.“To assist with the demand of interstate and foreign inquiry, the online listing includes an interactive virtual tour, along with a fly-through video to showcase the property.“Some inquiries requested an inspection via Facetime and were comfortable purchasing a property at this level site unseen.”last_img read more

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Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 by: BBC News – November 22, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share The authorities can use insecticide to try to halt outbreaks of the plagueAn outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected almost 80 others, the World Health Organization has said.The WHO warned of the danger of a “rapid spread” of the disease in the capital, Antananarivo.The situation is worsened by high levels of resistance among fleas to a leading insecticide, the WHO added.Humans usually develop the bubonic form of the plague after being bitten by an infected flea carried by rodents.If diagnosed early, bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics.But 2% of the cases in Madagascar are the more dangerous pneumonic form of the disease, which can be spread person-to-person by coughing.The first known case in the outbreak was a man in Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, about 200km west of Antananarivo, at the end of August.There have been two confirmed cases in the capital, including one death.“There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city’s high population density and the weakness of the healthcare system,” the WHO said.A task force has been activated to manage the outbreak.Last year health experts warned that the island was facing a plague epidemic unless it slowed the spread of the disease. It said that inmates in Madagascar’s rat-infested jails were particularly at risk. Tweetcenter_img 331 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

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It’s not all about RVP – Monreal

first_imgArsenal’s showdown against new Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United on Sunday must not just be all about Robin van Persie, according to Gunners defender Nacho Monreal. Press Association Passions still run high among some of the Emirates Stadium faithful by the manner in which the Holland forward left last summer in a £24million move, and there have been suggestions those disgruntled fans will turn their backs in protest when the teams come out from the tunnel ahead of a guard of honour to mark United’s achievements. But Spain full-back Monreal said: “Teams like Manchester United don’t just have gifted wingers, they have a squad with a lot of depth. Their players are of the highest level, you can’t just focus on one player because their team is full of players who can create and score.” center_img Full-back Monreal, who joined Arsenal from Malaga in January, added: “We must be on our guard and be aware of certain key players, like Robin, who has scored a sack of goals this year and is playing well. He is one of their main threats. “They are one of the biggest teams in England and they are having an exceptional season. It is one of those games every player wants to be involved in, but there are three points at stake and that is what we are aiming for. They may be a very strong opponent, but we are also a very good team and can win the match.” Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, admits losing striker Olivier Giroud to a three-game ban is a “blow” – but one which his side must learn to deal with if they are to hold on to a place in the top four. Giroud was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner in the final minute of last Saturday’s 1-0 win at Fulham for jumping into a challenge with defender Stanislav Manolev. Although Wenger initially indicated he felt the dismissal had been warranted, after review the club appealed, which was on Tuesday rejected by the Football Association. Wenger must now re-evaluate his attacking options for crucial games against United on Sunday, then at QPR and home to Wigan before Giroud, who has netted 17 goals, will be eligible again on the final day at Newcastle. “It is a blow that we cannot have him available. We will have to do without him and we will do it,” Wenger said. “It is a harsh decision. After the game, I was a little bit less convinced that he didn’t deserve the red card, but having seen it again, I feel it is completely accidental and a very minor incident.”That is why I decided to appeal. I am sad that it didn’t work, but we have to cope with it.” last_img read more

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Holtby frustrated at Tottenham

first_img The former Schalke midfielder has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga with Hamburg, and he admits it may well be an attractive prospect. “We’re just going to have to see what happens in the next few days and weeks,” he told t-online.de. “I’m a young player and I want to be playing all the time. That’s very important for me, for my development and for my career.” Holtby, who finishes last season on loan at Fulham, has found his opportunities limited at Spurs with new coach Mauricio Pochettino not giving him much consideration in the first few weeks of the season. However Holtby, who has a contract until 2018 with Spurs, still hopes he will get to prove his worth in London. “Preferably, I would stay here with Tottenham of course and that’s why I really hope that I get a chance,” he added. Lewis Holtby has admitted he could be moving on from Tottenham Hotspur this summer due to a lack of first-team action at White Hart Lane.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Leaders in Palm Beach County meet about migrant relocation plan

first_img“We cannot accommodate in Florida just dumping unlawful migrants into our state,” said Gov. DeSantis at a news conference in Sarasota Friday morning. “I think it’ll tax our resources, the schools, the health care, law enforcement, state agencies.” Authorities in Palm Beach County are scheduled to meet Friday afternoon to discuss a measure that will spend hundreds of immigrant families to Palm Beach and Broward Counties.The measure, handed down by the Trump administration, is an effort to relieve some of the strain being place on officials at the Texas border.According to Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, those released into the community are “family units,” and that they will be released pending an asylum hearing.Governor, Ron DeSantis criticized the plan early Friday stating that we did not have enough resources to accommodate the families and that it would do more harm than good to the state: Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw echoed Gov. DeSantis sentiment stating:It’s not a good plan,” Sheriff Bradshaw said. “We think it’s a danger to our community, and it’s gonna put a real strain on what the resources are.”Sheriff Bradshaw also stated that he does not believe once the immigrants are released into the community that they will return for their hearings that will determine whether they are able to continue living in the states.The closed door meeting will include officials from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, Florida Department of Health and other public concern agencies were said to be included in the meeting.The Mayor of Palm Beach County joined The South Florida Morning show this morning, hear what he had to say about the measure:EXCLUSIVE: Palm Beach County Mayor Plans Legal Battle to Stop Influx of Illegalslast_img read more

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Former cricketer Sunnette Viljoen bags silver in javelin at Olympics

first_imgFormer South Africa Women allrounder Sunnette Viljoen, who has played one Test and 17 ODIs, created history on Thursday by bagging a silver medal in the women’s javelin final of the Rio Olympics.Viljoen, 33, finished second behind Croatia’s Sara Kolak, with her best throw of 64.92 metres compared to Kolak’s 66.18 metres. Viljoen’s medal was the ninth for South Africa who are currently placed 34th overall with one gold, six silvers and two bronze medals.She had come agonisingly close to winning a medal at the London 2012 Olympics but finished fourth with a best throw of 64.53 metres, behind Germany’s Linda Stahl, who finished third with 64.91.Viljoen played her only Test against India in March 2002 in Paarl, scoring 17 and 71. She had made her ODI debut in 2000 and finished her ODI career two years later with 198 runs and five wickets.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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West Genesee boys swimmers go 2-1, beat Syracuse, Oswego

first_imgScharoun, for his part, tore to first in the 100 backstroke in 58.25 seconds, also taking second in the 50 freestyle in 23.87 seconds and helping Shuron, Cameron Chao and John Lyons go 1:51.57 in the 200 medley relay.Also getting a 1-2 finish in diving, the Wildcats had Justin Byrne earn 256.65 points and David Puma get 232.85 points as Lyons was second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:16.18.Two days later, it was WG traveling to Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA for a three-team meet that also included Oswego. Head-to-head against the Red Rams, the Wildcats took a 103-82 defeat, but it defeated the Buccaneers 88-63.McMahon and Shuronwon still two races apiece, McMahon going 1:54.32 in the 200 freestyle and 5:08.16 to take the 500 freestyle as Shuron swam the 200 IM in 2:16.55 and went 58.26 seconds to win the 100 butterfly.Scharoun, second in the 100 freestyle in 52.83 seconds, did take the 100 backstroke in 1:03.87 and helped Shuron, McMahon and Chase Foresti win the 200 medley relay in 1:45.49.In a diving showdown, Byrne picked up 261.70 points, Puma 241.25 points and Bryan Reichert 221.50 points, but all trailed the 307.15 points from J-D/CBA’s Lucas Dekaney, who has already qualified for the state meet.Byrne would then contend for top honors at Saturday’s Burgos Memorial Diving Invitational. His total of 443.70 points topped everyone except Dekaney, who won with 477.95 points.Puma did well, too, earning fourth place by accumulating 399.90 points. Reichert finished ninth with 354.95 points as Parker McIlroy was 15th and Kyle Collins 29th.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys swimmingWest Genesee With two meets against three different opponents in a 48-hour span, the West Genesee boys swim team wrapped up its regular season.First, the Wildcats took on Syracuse City last Tuesday at Nottingham High School, to where it will return on Feb. 13 and 15 for the Section III championships.WG defeated Syracuse 95-86, led by Ryan McMahon and Alex Shuron, who won two races apiece.center_img McMahon swam the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 55.15 seconds, getting first-place points even though Westhill’s Vincent Tarolli, who swims with Syracuse, did 1:50.64.Later, in the 500 freestyle, McMahon went 5:04.03 to Tarolli’s 5:07.09, and he also paired with Keegan Scharoun, Nate Long and Josh Goshow to go 3:54.21 in the 400 freestyle relay.As for Shuron, he was first in the 200 individual medley in 2:16.68 before dominating the 100 butterfly, winning that race in 57.71 seconds.last_img read more

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SU field hockey clinches Big East regular-season title in weekend wins

first_imgMartina Loncarica has a tendency to step up in big situations. The junior midfielder had four game-winning goals coming into the weekend. But with the conference championship on the line and No. 4 Connecticut deadlocked in a scoreless tie, Loncarica proved she still had a few late-game heroics left in her bag of tricks. Just under six minutes into double overtime on Saturday, Loncarica took a pass from freshman Leonie Geyer on a penalty corner and blasted the game-winning goal into the right corner of the cage for a 1-0 victory. The goal clinched SU’s third straight Big East regular season title, locked up the top seed in the conference tournament and lifted the No. 8 Orange (12-4, 5-0 Big East) to its fifth overtime win of the season. ‘We’re pretty much professionals at overtime, so (it’s) like our thing,’ junior back Nicole Nelson said. ‘We’re always really confident when we go into overtime. We really, really wanted this game, so we didn’t think about losing at all.’ Nelson and the rest of the SU defense maintained that confidence throughout Saturday’s game against UConn (13-4, 3-2 Big East), which averages three goals per game. Sunday, the Orange used that confidence to defeat No. 14 Boston College, 3-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Against the Huskies, sophomore goalkeeper Leann Stiver was a wall behind them with 11 saves in her return to the field after missing three games. The defense stayed strong during a number of UConn’s opportunities, including a key stretch of the first overtime during which the Huskies seemed to be on the brink of snatching the game away. Freshman back Laura Hahnefeldt was sent off with a yellow card for nearly the final five minutes of the period, but several defensive stops and a miraculous diving save by Stiver kept the Orange alive. SU always found a way to come up with a stop, despite being outshot 15-11, and head coach Ange Bradley said that resiliency was the decisive factor in the game. ‘I have to give the kids a lot of credit, they stepped up and they competed,’ Bradley said. ‘It was very much a defensive battle. UConn is just such a good team and such a good program, and it was a matter of who was finally going to break.’ Bradley said the thrill of the victory over a top-five team provided momentum heading into Sunday’s game against Boston College (10-6). But there were negative lingering effects as well. As a result of the length and intensity of the UConn game, fatigue and a lack of focus were potential issues for the Orange. But despite players performing at less than full strength, the Orange found enough stamina to win, again riding the strength of the defenders to a victory over the Golden Eagles. Sophomore back Amy Kee assisted on a goal by sophomore back Iona Holloway on a corner and added a goal of her own, and Loncarica fittingly provided the game winner on a penalty stroke with 5:11 remaining. Kee said practice during the week focused more on UConn, but the preparation carried over because BC has a similar playing style. One of the main aspects of getting ready for the Huskies was working exhaustingly on penalty corners, and that made a significant difference on Sunday as SU was able to convert in that situation. ‘It was a major thing for us because we’ve had a history of not scoring goals against UConn, so we practiced that a lot this week,’ Kee said. ‘We scored the first goal from that today, and obviously it was very important to get on the scoreboard.’ The extensive mental and physical preparation have paid off for Bradley’s squad, not only with the Big East title but also the current five-game winning streak that includes four victories over ranked opponents. Amid the many lineup changes and cloud of questions about the team’s unity, the streak and performance from the weekend have Bradley optimistic about SU’s potential to close out the season. ‘I’m really excited about the growth of our team, and we’re really starting to come together,’ Bradley said. ‘To get back-to-back wins at this time of year against two top teams, it says so much for Syracuse.’ jakrakow@syr.edu Comments Published on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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