North vs South wars: Brisbane

first_imgWhat’s behind the territorial wars in Australia’s capital cities? In the next installment of our North vs South series we take a look at Brisbane.There couldn’t possibly be a suburban battle for supremacy in the sunny capital city of the Sunshine State … could there?While arguably not as acute as the north-south divides of its southern rivals, Brisbane natives do enjoy a good-natured ribbing of each other’s postcode, reports long-time property market observer Roger Clark.Indooroopilly is considered more west than north.Clark happily lives in Indooroopilly, a riverside suburb 7km west of the city’s centre. While the suburb is on the northern side of the Brisbane River – which runs from the west to the east – it doesn’t run in a straight line.This means suburbs that fall on the north of the river but west of Brisbane’s CBD, don’t see themselves as ‘northerners’ but as westerners, Clark explains.And then there are the eastern bay dwellers.Oh, and throw in a few suburban rings.Check out the rivalries in other capitals…North vs South wars: SydneyNorth vs South wars: MelbourneNorth vs South wars: AdelaideBrisbanites show loyaltyMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoWith all these local territorial factors, Clark says Brisbane’s simple north-south rivalry is probably less pronounced than it is in Melbourne or Sydney.“As far as I am concerned, as a real estate agent of about 40 years, there is nothing much in it at all (this north-south divide idea),” Clark says.“But as a resident on the west side slightly north of the river, I can say Brisbane people do feel quite a bit of loyalty to their area.“Many think of something in the north as alien, like if you have to take your kids to sport on the weekend at an oval in the north, it is like going to Mars in their minds.”Many think of the north as alien.Sunnybank attracts a lot of Asian buyers.Before Clark left real estate sales to work as a Seller’s Advocate he worked for Ray White Kenmore, which is a suburb immediately west of Indooroopilly.He says Brisbane’s southern suburbs including Nathan and Sunnybank, 15km from the CBD, have strong communities of migrants from Asian countries and its eastern suburbs, beside Moreton Bay, “are always giving their western counterparts a ribbing like ‘oh, it’s so hot out there’.“Then there are the new suburbs in the southwest growth corridor like Springfield Lakes and Forest Lake and the people going to live there are not mums and dads but more first-home buyers and investors and I don’t think established locals really see them as north/south suburbs just yet.”Clark says a similar story is emerging in the north of Brisbane, which has also seen new suburb development on its edges in recent years.There’s a feeling among residents that their ‘side’ is the best.And, finally, Brisbane’s “rings” are another factor homeowners talk about and one applicable to all Australian capital cities.If you own a home inside the 10km ring your dirt is worth more than your mate’s in the middle or outer rings, and that can start some friendly suburban banter, Clark agrees.“Yes, I’d say there is quite a distinction of sides in Brisbane and a feeling among residents that their side is the best.“But while there is a north/south divide, I’d say equally apparent is the west/east split in Brisbane and that our west side has always been far more upmarket than Sydney’s west side…”(Don’t know about you, but did that sound like a cross-border challenge?!)last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Ireland grinds down Scotland to win at Murrayfield

first_img Six Nations 2019: Iain Balshaw expects more misery for ‘complacent’ France Ireland hit back following its defeat to England with a 22-13 victory over Scotland in a pulsating Six Nations showdown at Murrayfield on Saturday.The defending champions were bullied by Eddie Jones’ side in Dublin last time out but responded impressively to deny Scotland a record-equaling eighth consecutive home victory in the tournament, despite losing Johnny Sexton to an injury in the first half. – Ireland has now won its last three away games in the Six Nations, last achieving the same feat in 2010-2011.- Scotland has failed to score a second-half try in nine of its last 11 Six Nations games against Ireland, including each of the last seven Six Nations encounters at Murrayfield.- Stockdale has eight tries in just seven Six Nations matches for Ireland — only six Irish players have more in the Championships since 2000.- Ireland’s Rob Kearney has become the third player to reach 100 defenders beaten in the history of the Six Nations (Brian O’Driscoll 163, George North 105).WHAT’S NEXT?Scotland opens the third round of fixtures when it faces France in Paris following a week of rest for all the teams, while Ireland rounds out the weekend by taking on Italy in Rome. Joe Schmidt’s men were not to be denied a fifth win in Six Nations matches against Scotland, though, with Joey Carbery — standing in for the talismanic Sexton at fly-half — laying on a try for Keith Earls and also scoring five points with the boot.Laidlaw added another penalty midway through the second half, but that was all Scotland was able to muster after the break as it failed to build on an opening win over Italy.#GuinnessSixNationsFULL TIME: Scotland 13-22 IRELAND#TeamOfUs #SCOvIRE #ShoulderToShoulder pic.twitter.com/xJiKQTeyNk— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) February 9, 2019INCONSISTENCY HAUNTS SCOTLAND AGAINScotland had been challenged to prove it is the real deal and the men showed their quality going forward in the first half, but lacked momentum following the interval. Too many handling errors crept in as Ireland used its experiences to put the squeeze on.CARBERY SHOWS STRENGTH IN DEPTHIreland was already without a host of key men before Sexton became their latest casualty. Carbery proved to be a more than able replacement, though, showing his class to glide through before putting a try on a plate for Earls. He was also reliable with his kicking game too, making sure his side remained out of reach.OPTA FACTScenter_img Six Nations 2019: Devin Toner to miss rest of tournament after ankle surgery Conor Murray capitalized on a mix-up between Tommy Seymour and Sean Maitland to score the opening try after Greig Laidlaw put Gregor Townsend’s side in front, while Jacob Stockdale added a second for the visitors.Stuart Hogg went off with a shoulder injury in an open first half, yet a first international score from Sam Johnson — converted by Laidlaw — reduced the deficit to 12-10 at the break. Related Newslast_img read more

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