10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil Heights“We really like entertaining so the triple stacker doors are perfect for opening the kitchen area up to the Alfresco.“The kitchen itself is one of our favourite places in the house because we can keep an eye on the girls playing, the house is very open-plan.” 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsMr Kane said while location was at the top of his list, he has added a few of his own touches on the home. “We added a pool in for the kids and we did the garden up ourselves,” he said.The swimming pool also features a contemporary water feature and LED lights.“Mel and I like to get our hands dirty so we did what we could ourselves. 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsFIRST time homebuyers Jase and Mel Kane wanted their first home to be modern, functional and close to the beach.The couple bought the block in 2011 to build a Metricon Home that had an indoor-outdoor style and enough space to raise their two young daughters Milla, four, and Tessa, one. 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsThe four-bedroom, two-bathroom home is spread out on a 728sq m block and includes easterly views over the Tweed Broadwater. “It is only a seven minute drive to the beach,” Mr Kane said.“Mel and I really liked the neighbourhood and how it is positioned; there is one way in and one way out.“It shaped like a loop which makes it feel very residential, our neighbours are people who are have built here to live and raise young families like us.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit Bilambil HeightsThe house includes a children’s retreat, gallery style kitchen with modern pendant lighting and Caesar stone benchtops.Located at 10 Mount Bilinga Circuit, the property is 10 minutes to the Gold Coast.
“I didn’t expect to play a long one with someone with a serve like Milos,” said Murray. “I’m tired. I’ve played so much tennis over the last few months. I’ll give it my best effort – the best of what I have.”Murray was yelling at himself and 17,000 spectators were screaming with every twist and turn before he finally prevailed in an extraordinary contest. He twice failed to serve out the match as the clock ticked past three hours in the final set, and three match points then slipped by in the tie-break.“It was an amazing atmosphere,” added Murray. “The longer the match went on, the louder the crowd got. This is what we play for. Matches like this and arenas like this. This is one of hardest matches I’ve played indoors.”Murray and Djokovic’s unprecedented clash for pole position will end with one of the old rivals finishing the year on top of the world after the Scot shattered his rival’s 122-week reign at number one earlier this month.Fittingly, they will bring the curtain down on the ATP season with both the prestigious Tour Finals title and the top spot up for grabs in today’s final at London’s O2 Arena.Murray is just one win away from capping a dream year in perfect fashion. But Djokovic can say exactly the same after the defending champion thrashed Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1 in the other semi.Djokovic, who has a 24-10 lead in his head to head with Murray, said: “This is one of the biggest matches we will ever play against each other. The match everybody anticipated. This has never happened in the history of tennis. I’m privileged to be part of history.“My level had been going in the right direction. Now it’s coming up to the last match of the year. I hope we get a great final.”Crucially, Murray might be on his last legs after having to survive a three-hour 39-minute epic against Raonic that ranked as the longest match in Tour Finals history — eclipsing the record mark set when Murray beat Nishikori in three hours and 20 minutes on Wednesday.While Murray’s body has been pushed to its limits this week, Djokovic has enjoyed smooth progress to the final and, unlike his opponent, the world number two will be well rested following his 67-minute demolition of Nishikori.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic will fight to finish as year-end world number one in today’s final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The Briton, 29, beat Milos Raonic in a gripping semi-final 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (11-9) in three hours and 38 minutes to reach his first season-ending final. Djokovic swept past Kei Nishikori 6-1 6-1 in his last four encounter.The winner will end the year top of the world rankings, the first time the battle for the top spot has been fought in the final match of the season.Murray’s earlier victory over Canadian fourth seed Raonic extended the Scot’s winning streak to a career-best 23 matches, stretching back to September. It was Murray’s second lengthy encounter in four days.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Comments The walk is still ingrained in Rob Long’s memory.Stepping off the bus at the College Place bus stop, Long and his Syracuse teammates were immediately greeted by dozens of fans wishing them well. Every step they took was documented by ESPN cameras while a reporter asked them questions along the way to the Carrier Dome. As they approached the stadium, they saw the orange lights of the roof illuminating the night sky.For that one night, Syracuse was the center of the college football world. This was prime time.‘I just remember that because we got off the bus, and we were immediately swarmed by people cheering,’ Long said. ‘I just remember the amount of commotion going on back then.’That was back on Aug. 31, 2007, when the Orange took on Washington in front of 40,329 inside the Dome on a Friday night to open up its season and help kick off the college football schedule. While it’s only a difference of one day, playing on a Friday night as opposed to a Saturday amplifies the intensity of the game and adds an electricity to the atmosphere.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd as they did in high school, players take the field under Friday night lights. It’s something Syracuse (4-2, 0-1 Big East) will experience twice this season, the first coming Friday when it plays No. 11 West Virginia (5-1, 1-0) in the Carrier Dome (ESPN, 8 p.m.). The Orange also hosts South Florida on Friday, Nov. 11.In 2007, Syracuse was embarrassed 42-12 by the Huskies and a young Jake Locker making his first career start. With the game being nationally televised, it didn’t go how the Orange had hoped.Until the start of the game, though, the energy of the fans and the feeling on campus was palpable.Long was a freshman punter on that 2007 SU team, playing in his first collegiate game against the Huskies. With the deafening noise of the crowd swallowing up the field, Long immediately understood what playing in prime time meant.‘It’s just such a production,’ Long said. ‘It seemed like such a big deal. I know the Dome was packed, or near-packed, at the start of the game. It was definitely a different feeling to play at a 7 or 8 (p.m.) time slot, as opposed to noon or 3 o’clock on Saturday.’There were no lagging fans. At the start of the weekend, the energy in the Dome was at its peak.Somehow, Long was able to quell his nerves.His first career punt went 50 yards into the end zone for a touchback. Back on the sidelines, punter Niko Rechul anxiously watched Long and the Orange.When Long came back to the sidelines, Rechul asked him how nervous he was. Long told him he had no nerves at all. Rechul said his own palms were sweaty just watching.Rechul was a junior. There was no reason for him to be nervous standing on the sidelines watching Long punt. But even he succumbed to the hype of Friday night.Then-senior cornerback Dowayne Davis felt the same emotions. Davis said the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to playing on a Friday night.Students don’t have to get out of bed and saunter to the Dome like they do for a noon game, increasing attendance and the level of raucousness.‘They can go right from the stadium to wherever they want to go after,’ Davis said. ‘It definitely adds a little more excitement. And there’s nothing like the Dome when it’s lit up at night. It’s kind of like an attraction.’When Da’Mon Merkerson took the field for warm-ups, most of the student section was already filled. It stood in stark contrast to the Dome on a Saturday just before a noon game, when the stands are mostly empty and fans are sometimes still trickling in during the first quarter.‘A lot of the students were already there,’ Merkerson said. ‘The music was loud. It felt exciting. We came out of the tunnel together, it was just electrifying.’The preparation time is also different in a short week. Whereas normally Thursday is an intense practice, it essentially becomes a walk-through, Davis said.Coming off a bye week, Syracuse didn’t have to make that adjustment for this Friday. But Syracuse will have to manage differently in November against the Bulls.Beginning from the first practice on Monday, every player will have to hit the ground running right away.‘Going into that USF week, you have to be focused that first day of practice,’ offensive tackle Justin Pugh said. ‘That first day of practice isn’t like a feeler practice. You’ve got to get into it, you’ve got to get ready.’Still, it’s a small price to pay for the opportunity to play on Friday on national television, along with a free day on Saturday.Back in 2007, Davis couldn’t help but feel a bit out of place on Saturday. Instead of heading to the Carrier Dome for the game, he sat in his Small Road apartment watching college football.It also gave him a chance to watch SU’s next opponent, Iowa, in live game action before any of the game film had been broken down.‘It’s a time to catch up on what other teams are doing. I know I’d love to watch the games of the teams we were going to play next,’ Davis said. ‘You can actually see these players on TV that you’re going to face the next week, which is always a good thing from a preparation standpoint.’Merkerson sat in his apartment going over the Washington game with his father, Amod, trying to put the emotions of his first college football experience into perspective. For Merkerson, it was also a chance to spend time with his family for the first time in weeks.‘That first weekend, it felt like they were there the whole time,’ Merkerson said. ‘They didn’t leave until Sunday. I felt like I got time to go around the school with them. The Friday night definitely improves that time with your family.’Four years after that memorable Friday night experience, the current Orange team will have the opportunity to write its own prime-time script.Twice.SU head coach Doug Marrone said that on Friday night, the eyes of the college football world will be on the Carrier Dome.‘With it being a Friday night game on ESPN, which is probably our equivalent of Monday Night Football because most other teams are in hotels, and if they’re done with their meetings, they’ll probably put the game on and watch it,’ Marrone said on Monday in his press conference. ‘So it’s probably the most-watched game among our peers than any other game.’When Long looks back at his career at Syracuse, that Friday night game is one of his most vivid memories. Whether it was the walk to the Carrier Dome, the stands nearly filled to capacity or the ESPN audience, it stood out against all the other typical Saturday games.Long said he knows that when this season is over, it’ll be the same way for the members of the 2011 roster.‘I’m glad that they get to experience that during their time in college,’ Long said. ‘It was definitely one of the more memorable games, just from an atmosphere-wise and excitement factor.’[email protected]