first_imgDistance, steep ticket prices and a potentially hostile environment were not enough to keep some devoted fans from planning a trip to Norman this Saturday to witness a top-10 football clash between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Peter Roemholdt said he is willing to endure the 30-hour roundtrip drive from South Bend in order to experience the renowned atmosphere at Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. “The atmosphere is going to be electric,” Roehmholdt said. “I bet it’s going to be extremely loud, and especially if it’s a close game, it should be quite the experience.” Junior John Garry, who is traveling as part of the Notre Dame Marching Band, said he also is excited to support the team and be there for one of the most important games since the 2005 Notre Dame-USC showdown. Despite having to leave on Thursday and drive through the night, Garry said being a part of this game is still more than worth it. “It’s going to be rowdy, it’s going to be crazy,” Garry said. “[ESPN’s] ‘College Gameday’ will be there, so take what happened on our campus and multiply it. It should be a good day to be a college football fan.” Roehmholdt said he is also looking forward to getting a taste of the Oklahoma tailgating culture before the game. “The tailgating will be great,” Roehmholdt said. “A lot of these big schools pride themselves on their tailgates and pregame parties almost more than being at the game itself.” Garry said band members won’t have much time for activities before the game, occupied by a pep rally and with preparation for their halftime performance. “Basically we’re just there to be at the game,” Garry said. “Performing will be fun. Oklahoma fans are some of the rowdiest in the nation, so it will be great to get out there and be on the field for that.” Despite being behind enemy lines as a Notre Dame supporter, Roehmholdt said he is not concerned about having to deal with potentially abusive or belligerent Oklahoma fans. “It’s an 8:00 [p.m.] game, people will have been tailgating for a while so I’m sure there will be some rowdy individuals, but it will be fine,” Roehmholdt said. “I can handle a few ‘Notre Dame sucks.’” Garry said he expects the crowd environment to be intense due to the implications of the game, yet not as hostile as the atmosphere of Michigan. “The Notre Dame-Oklahoma rivalry isn’t quite as heated as other rivalries, and Sooner fans are known for being incredibly courteous outside the stadium,” Garry said. “Once you get inside the stadium, it will be a different story. Overall, Roehmholdt said he anticipates the trip will be one of the highlights of his time at Notre Dame. “At the end of the day you’re not going to remember the homework and the tests, you’re going to remember the experiences you had at Oklahoma for the biggest game in Notre Dame history for a long time,” Roehmholdt said. Contact Dan Brombach at dbrombac@nd.edulast_img read more

first_imgA house-and-land development in Logan, Queensland.Ms Porter said there was also a lot of new stock coming to the market in the form of house and land packages. “This is starting to push a huge amount of supply into the market,” she said. Ms Porter predicts consistent growth for Brisbane house prices in the year ahead, with renovated houses likely to continue to sell well.“A tip for young players — renovate in Brisbane,” she said.“Renovated properties in Brisbane sell a lot better. Add value and you will see an uptick.” Property commentator predicts steady growth for Brisbane house prices. Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga.But Ms Porter is not just concerned about the Brisbane unit market.“Down the southeast pocket of Queensland, towards Logan and Ipswich, we’re going to start to see some pain I think towards the end of 2018,” Ms Porter said. “We’re starting to see the local council cracking down on a lot of the granny flats being illegally rented. A lot of people have purchased these properties with the idea of getting a dual income, but this is being stripped away from them. “There is also a little bit of pressure on interest rates, and vacancy rates are creeping up.” SUBURB TIPPED TO OUTPERFORM High-rise apartments under construction in Brisbane. Picture: Marc Robertson.BRISBANE’S oversupplied apartment market and parts of southeast Queensland’s housing sector are headed for a “bloodbath” in 2018, according to one property commentator.Buyer’s agent and former valuer Anna Porter, principal of Suburbanite, has some blunt advice for unit investment holders in Brisbane — get out now.“Steer completely clear of units,” she said.“They’re incredibly oversupplied and there will be a bloodbath in the unit market over the next couple of years. “Lending will tighten, values will retract and rent will be hard to maintain.” GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE One property commentator warns Brisbane’s unit market is headed for a “bloodbath”. Photo: Adam Armstrong.The latest Urbis apartment report revealed 300 new units were sold in Brisbane in the September quarter of 2017, with the average sale price dropping more than $80,000.Another 7100 apartments are expected to reach settlement in 2018. Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga said Brisbane apartments were still selling, even in the current market conditions.“Established local developers with a reputation for quality product and strong networks are achieving great results,” he said.“For the rest of the market, it is certainly harder than it was 18 months ago but sales continue to tick over quarter after quarter.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago POSITIVE EXPECTATIONS FOR BRISBANE last_img read more

first_imgDavid Duncan insists Ghana can still make the next round in the qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics despite their first leg defeat to Sudan.The Black Meteors’ hopes of reaching the Olympics looks to have hit a bad patch after Sudan stole a 1-0 win in Accra last weekend.A 92nd minute goal by substitute Martin Wani Khamees condemned Ghana to the shock defeat ahead of the return leg tomorrow in Omdurman.Duncan has bolstered his squad with some fresh call ups and is very confident of their chances of overturning the deficit.“It’s not what we requested for that we have but the players we have are good enough to deliver. We did not do badly in the first leg but we did not just take our chances,” the Black Meteors coach said.“We are approaching the game with all the seriousness it deserves. We have to cancel the deficit from the first leg as quickly in the game as possible. It’s going to be tough but it is possible for us to pull a surprise and turn the tables.” Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more