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ND students cheer Irish on to victory

first_imgJunior Pat Vinett, who transferred to Notre Dame from Wake Forest, returned to Winston-Salem, N.C. for Saturday’s game hoping for an Irish victory. Vinett said he was cautiously optimistic about Notre Dame’s chances, even more so than many of the Wake Forest fans he spoke to. “I know talking to kids down there, they were expecting to lose by like 40. I thought it was going to be pretty close, that we were going to underestimate the ACC,” Vinett said. “I knew we’d win, but I thought it’d be difficult.” Despite the Demon Deacons’ stadium being less than half the size of Notre Dame’s, Vinett said the level of excitement was impressive. “I ended up in the student section, so I don’t know about general admission, but compared to whenever I’ve been there before, it was really loud,” he said. “They had fireworks going when they scored, it was pretty good considering the size of the stadium. It was packed.” While it was a farther trip from South Bend than Purdue or Michigan, Vinett said the Notre Dame turnout was surprisingly large. “There were a ton of ND people,” he said. “I’m not going to say there were more ND people [than Wake Forest fans], but I’d say it was pretty even cheering.” Despite having a friend on the Wake Forest team, Vinett cheered for the Irish throughout. “I was cheering for ND the whole time,” he said. “My buddy’s one of the wide receivers [for Wake Forest] … I was happy when he was doing well, but I was happy ND won.” Vinett said the highlight of the game was senior receiver Michael Floyd’s third quarter touchdown. “It completely sucked the life out of the Wake student section,” he said. Sophomore Ashley Barraza turned down the long drive in favor of on-campus game watch and said she was expecting the Irish to quickly lock in a victory. “I thought the game was going to be a blowout,” she said. “I thought we were going to go in there and dominate, that they’d put it away in the first half like the Navy and Air Force games.” She said the decidedly less impressive victory was due to a series of minor errors. “I thought the two interceptions were pretty bad, especially the one where they were in Cover 3 [zone defense] and Tommy [Rees] threw it anyway,” she said. “Just a bunch of fundamental mistakes we could have avoided … Wake’s not that great a team so we could recover, but if it were a better team it could have cost us.” Junior Andy Boes was also confident in Notre Dame’s odds at the beginning of the game. “We’re athletically superior to them,” he said. “It was just a matter of how much we would win by.” After struggling in the first half, Boes said the defense coming together later in the game was crucial for the victory. “The defense came up with some plays that were pretty important,” he said. Boes said he was happy with the win, despite the close score. “I would have liked to see a bigger point differential, but a win’s a win,” he said. “I’m hoping next week it’s not as close as it was this weekend, but I’m glad we can continue with some momentum.”last_img read more

Budget offers limited help to Townsville Market

first_img©Roslyn Budd — www.buddphotography.com.auTHE Townsville housing market will only marginally benefit from the Federal Government’s measures designed to help first home buyers get into the market. Real Estate Institute of Queensland Townsville Zone Chair, Damien Keyes said broadly speaking, the Queensland housing market would not be significantly impacted from announcements in the Federal Budget which was designed to tackle problems that are faced by Sydney and Melbourne markets.“The REIQ has been lobbying the State Government extensively to get the first-home buyer grant broadened to include established homes,” he said. “History tells us that this type of support is popular with young first-home buyers who are anxious to get started on their home ownership journey immediately. “We think that the Federal Government’s super-saver scheme may be significantly less popular than the grant, largely because wages growth has been flat and young first-home buyers don’t have much in their superannuation account yet. It’s a slow-burn approach to getting the deposit together for a home. “However, the super-saver scheme will be more beneficial to those in the regions than their big-city counterparts where first-home buyers need a 20 per cent deposit of more than $140,000 to get into the market and buy a property worth $700,000.“The $30,000 from their superannuation won’t go very far in those markets.”Mr Keyes said one of the most disappointing aspects of the Federal Budget was Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement to limit investor activity. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In particular, we’re disappointed that the Government has limited the allowable deductions for investors, especially around travel benefits,” My Keyes said. “We’re concerned that this may discourage investors from considering regional Queensland as an investment opportunity. “Townsville welcomes all investors and all property buyers, regardless of where they come from and to have our Federal Government actively dampening the potential opportunities is frustrating. “However, our market is resilient and we’re already starting to see some positive signs.” But despite limited support offered to Queensland’s regional housing market, Townsville continued to power ahead on the road to recover, Mr Keyes said.“The vacancy rate data that the REIQ released this week revealed Townsville is still improving,” he said. “Townsville bumped down slightly by 0.2 percentage points from 6.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent and while this is small, in the bigger picture, it’s still moving downward from the recent high of 7.1 per cent last year. “All in all, 2017 and 2018 are shaping up to be good years for Townsville and it does mean that now might be a good time to buy a property.”last_img read more