BALLIOL may be relative newcomers to the upper levels of college football, but their start last week against Christ Church indicated that they had the talent to survive at this level. Their first home game, against a struggling Exeter side, provided the perfect opportunity to reinforce these credentials.As the home side dominated the early exchanges, Exeter’s only chances came from Spencer Crawley’s terrific long throws which posed a constant threat, particularly as giant centre-back Ben Fox came forward to get on the end of a number of them. Crawley and Fox aside, the main tactic of the away side was to use striker Billy Bowring as a target man. This policy worked to a degree but Bowring, a lanky forward, had a predictably lumbering first touch and often miscontrolled the ball.With neither side fully getting into their stride the first goal of the game was a surprise when it came, Ted Maxwell controlling a pass on his chest thirty yards out before launching a dipping volley past the keeper. It was a rare moment of excellence in what was a scrappy first quarter.The goal did little to change the pattern of play with the patchy football punctuated by the odd moment of excitement such as an excellent long range effort from Spencer Crawley and a dangerous foot high challenge from Joe Haley which put ‘hard man’ Paul Sagar to the ground. Although Haley’s tackle deserved the booking he received, Sagar’s ludicrous theatrics on the ground afterwards were a gross over-reaction given no actual contact was made between the midfielder’s boot and his face.It was with ten minutes to go in the first half that the game finally started to spark when Maxwell had his shirt tugged in the box and lightening quick wing Rory Campbell hammered home the spot kick. The goal did little to spark a disjointed Exeter side, but they found themselves a lifeline before the interval when Aamir Saifuddin’s speculative long range effort caught everyone off guard, including Balliol keeper Devine. As a scoreline, 2-1 probably was a fair reflection given Exeter had defended stoutly, even if they hadn’t offered much in attack.Balliol started the second half the stronger and were unlucky not to score when they saw the ball get halfway across the goal line before being clawed back by the Exeter keeper and again when a Rory Campbell corner was headed off the line by Charlie Hill.Perhaps feeling the game was turning in their favour Exeter finally made some progress up field, with Bowring, Hill and Crawley all having efforts on goal turned away by the excellent Chris Devine.With time running out Exeter were leaving bigger and bigger holes at the back which were always likely to be exploited by the pacy Balliol attack. Blues athlete Rory Campbell tore through a tiring defence to slot the ball past the keeper before Maxwell was bought down by a last ditch tackle to give Campbell the chance of a penalty to seal his hat trick. He stood up to the challenge, slotting the spot kick into the bottom corner to put the result beyond doubt.
The quaint facade of the home at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.au.Marketed as a “rare investment and potential business venture”, the three-level home boasts an incredible 17 bedrooms, four bathrooms and two kitchens and is perched on a bigger than average inner-city block spanning 374 sqm.The property comes with a development approval and engineered plans for potential renovations to add an ensuite and wet bar to every room, as well as increasing each bedroom to be equal size, resulting in larger self-contained bedrooms. One of the living areas in the home at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.au.Marketing agent Zac Tully of Ray White Spring Hill said the property was an investor or renovator’s dream with a current occupancy rate of above 90 per cent and annual income of about $114,000.That represents a gross return of around 8 per cent.But with renovations, the property had the potential to return $200,000 a year.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoGET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREMr Tully said interest had come from a mix of investors looking to take over the lease and sit back and get a return and builders looking to go ahead with the DA.He said it was the only property in Spring Hill he was aware of with that many bedrooms.“It looks really narrow but when you go in, it just keeps going out the back,” he said.Records show the property last sold for $1.25 million in October, 2014. This 17-bedroom cottage at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.au.IT might look minuscule from the street, but don’t be fooled — this place stretches for miles once you walk through the front door.Currently used as student accommodation, the old-world cottage at 11 Thornbury Street, Spring Hill has just hit the market for offers over $1.3 million. The kitchen at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.au.The property has been professionally managed for several years by The Pad property group who has access to tens of thousands of students at any given time.Walking distance to Brisbane’s CBD, St Andrews Hospital, the Spring Hill Baths, Roma St Parklands, the Boundary St food precinct and Spring Hill market place.DON’T BE PRESSURED INTO BUYINGART DECO APARTMENT BLOCK FOR SALEBRISBANE’S PRESTIGE MARKET ON FIRE One of the 17 bedrooms in the home at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.au.From the back of the property, there are city views.The well-maintained home has multiple shared living areas, television mounts and airconditioning in every roomThere’s also a cash-operated laundry to bring in some extra cash. The view from the back of the property at 11 Thornbury St, Spring Hill. Picture: realestate.com.au.