Rafter Country: How property fulfilled a champion family

first_imgJim Rafter led the family through the development of 140-plus hectares of land over four decades. Picture: Sharyn Rosewarne.IN the rolling green hills of Eumundi, two hours north of Brisbane, the Rafter family began a 140Ha property dream that would fuel an Aussie world tennis champion.Fresh from a stint with MIM in Mount Isa, Jim and Jocelyn Rafter had returned to their old stomping ground, buying a homestead set on over 140 hectares where they would raise their nine children.It was the late 70s and Geoff Rafter — older brother of Pat who went on to rule the tennis world — was about nine at the time.“All up it was 350 acres originally,” he told The Sunday Mail. “At that time it was infested with groundsel that the council had brought in. That was a nightmare.“It was a lot of hard work to get it up to scratch. We cleaned a bit, then a bit more, then put some cattle on to keep it down, but years and years went by before it was ready (for development).”The Rafter clan in a clipping from Jim and Jocelyn’s 25th wedding anniversary in 1986. Standing from L: Louise, Theresa, Geoffrey, Peter, Maree, Stephen. Front: Patrick (Pat), Jocelyn, Michael, Jim and David.RELATED: Pat Rafter’s $15.2m paydayBig enough for dozens of tennis courtsGet The Courier-Mail’s real estate newsletter freeThe area was always considered home by the Rafters — their parents had first laid eyes on each other in Gympie many moons before.“That’s where they (Jim and Jocelyn) grew up. Dad’s father spent a lot of time there. Dad himself spent time in Beerwah and Eumundi, Yandina, Nambour up to Gympie that’s where he met Mum.“Dads’ father had retired to Peregian Beach, he’d had the Yandina pub. That was why mum and dad came back and forth to the area. Mt Isa was home (for a while) and eventually they finished up there and moved back to the Eumundi area.”As the roads got better, more people wanted to move to the area, and the logical step was subdividing the land.One of the houses built in Rafter Country to promote the subdivision in 2001. Picture: Sharyn Rosewarne.“It was a lot of money to start it off, and there wasn’t a lot of support,” Geoff Rafter said. “It was 22 per cent interest rates, and you just had to stay afloat. Then things changed in a very short time — people couldn’t get land and that made things viable straight away … They’ve been breaking up bits of land for a long time developing the area.”He said with half the kids in school and Pat needing better coaching opportunities in Brisbane, a home was built in Brisbane.“Mum moved to Brisbane to look after Pat and the other kids schooling and universities. When school had finished, they sold there and mum moved back, they had a home in Eumundi and this.”The Rafter kids including Pat (third from left) in their Brisbane home in 1998. Picture: Sandra Priestley.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“This” ended up going from a massive 140 hectare farm site to over 80 titles spread across multiple streets — two of which bear names linked to the family.“How it works is you put names in to the council and they say no, so then you put in another three. Jocelyn Drive was great because it’s Mum, and Dad wanted to call the others my sister’s names but the council knocked those back. So we went to nature, based on what was there, so Whispering Gum Avenue, Blueberry Lane, Babbling Brook Place.”The one that made the family uncomfortable was the council decision to name a street “Rafter View”.“That wasn’t what we wanted. I suppose it seemed too much like self promotion. We wanted Lemon Myrtle Lane, they said no. Brushbox Court, they said no, and eventually we said we give up, and they said Rafter View (Crest) was what it was going to be.”Mr Rafter said there had been a lot of movement in property prices in the area over the period.Plots that the Rafters sold ranged around the $290,000 mark for blocks around 5,000 sqm — with one homeowner last month selling the designer home they built in Lilly Pilly Rise for $1.15m.Jocelyn and Jim Rafter, parents of tennis player Patrick (Pat) Rafter.“The price has gone up and it’s been frustrating for people trying to buy who think they should have come in 10 years ago. That’s always the way isn’t it? In ten year’s time it will seem like this was worth it but at the time you think I can’t afford that.”One of the most stunning blocks, 108 Panorama Drive, is on the market right now for $1.35m. An offer of a million dollars was turned down last year.“I would imagine it would be turned down again if it came up. The market’s good and it’s a very unique high spot, You’d have to be the right person with the stage of life that can afford it. An architectural home would look really good I would have thought. It has 300 degree views over Noosa, North Shore, the mountains, you get a view of Glasshouse (mountain) through the garden on a nice day. It’s a beautiful block. If it was 3.24 acres of flat land it would be more expensive, but it’s sloping so it’s $1.35m.”108 Panorama Drive, Doonan, QLD.The Rafters themselves still have the original house on 2.91Ha at the top of what was once their 140Ha territory.“Everyone’s moved on. A couple of sisters live on the estate. I’m on the estate, we have some in Brisbane, northern New South Wales. It’s just getting to that time of life, we change and move on.”Geoff Rafter finds the swings and roundabouts in the property market “very interesting”.“It is the end of an era but that’s the way it is. Dad’s in a nursing home and Mum’s getting on to an age. At the time (they started) I don’t know that’s what they thought we’d do in future. But look at it now, Noosa’s gotten bigger and bigger and it helps the hinterland area. It’s added up to be quite a good subdivision in the end but it’s been a long time and a lot of hard work.”FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Lady Wildcats Blank Lady Knights

first_imgHannah Hornsby and Kamryn McCool both hit home runs, and McCool threw a shut out in the circle as the Wildcats powered past the Knights by a final score of 3-0. This game was a battle of the two second place teams in the EIAC who looked to try to stay within shouting distance of East Central who remains undefeated in conference play. With the win Franklin County runs their record to 18-3 on the year and 10-2 in EIAC play. The Wildcats also have now won eleven straight games. South Dearborn falls to 13-8 on the year and 9-3 in EIAC play.The Wildcats got the scoring started early as they struck in the bottom of the first inning. After two ground outs to begin the inning, Kamryn McCool worked a seven-pitch walk to give Franklin County their first base runner of the game. The next at-bat, Hannah Hornsby would drive the 2-2 pitch to straight away center to give the Wildcats the early 2-0 lead.This would prove to be all the offense the Wildcats would need as Kamryn McCool was fantastic for the team inside the circle. McCool threw a complete game shutout going seven innings allowing four hits and striking out fifteen.McCool would then add a run herself in the bottom of the third. McCool would take the 1-2 pitch to right-center field and drive a home run over the fence. This would run the Wildcats lead to 3-1. With that home run McCool passed Brooke Otto to become Franklin County’s career leader in RBIs with 105.Olivia Nagel took the loss for South Dearborn. She surrendered three runs on four hits over four innings, striking out three.Hornsby, Kloe Bolos, Maggie Wendel, and McCool had the four hits for the Wildcats.Franklin County will be back in action on Saturday as the Wildcats head to Greenfield for the Greenfield-Central Invitational. The team’s first two games will be held at the Greenfield-Central Junior High School. The Wildcats first game will be at approximately 11 am against Seymour High School. Immediately following that contest, the Wildcats will take on Mt. Vernon High School. Depending on how pool play goes, Franklin County will either play in a consultation game at 3:30 pm or the championship game at 5:30.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.last_img read more

Zanzibar expect tough duel against Stars

first_imgIn a repeat of last year’s final, Hemedi has warned his charges that Kenya will be a tough nut to crack but maintains they will go in and give a fight to try qualify for the semis.“We want to try and win our last game of the group. I know Kenya is a very good team, they are organized with talented players and that is why you see they have won both their games. They play in a disciplined structure and it’s a tough team to beat,” Hemedi told Capital Sport.Zanzibar players celebrate their goal against Sudan during their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We faced each other last time in the final and some players who played that final are still here so they know what to expect. Ours is to go all out and try to get victory,” he added.Zanzibar picked up a point in a 1-1 draw against Sudan but went down by a solitary goal to Tanzania in their Tanganyika Derby. The tactician blamed the loss on poor concentration and also admits they have a striking problem.“We played really well (against Tanzania) but lost concentration and we were punished. We will try work on our striking because we have a problem in that we create chances but we have just scored once in two games,” the coach further insinuated.A victory for Zanzibar against Kenya by more than two goals will see them qualify for the semis if Sudan and Tanzania draw in the other group match. Victory for Tanzania will see them qualify while victory for Sudan by a margin of more than three goals might also see them through.0Shares0000(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zanzibar players during their 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup opening match against Sudan on December 8, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 12 – Zanzibar head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemedi expects a tough duel against Kenya’s Harambee Stars when they meet in a crucial 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup Group B final match at the Lugogo Complex on Saturday afternoon.Zanzibar are on one point in the competition and their hopes of qualifying to the last four will hinge on them beating Stars, while the Kenyans are looking to win the tie to assure themselves of a top spot finish and avoid hosts Uganda in the semis.last_img read more

Championship round-up: Watford close gap on summit as promotion rivals falter

first_img1 Watford striker Matej Vydra scored twice as the Hornets moved to within three points of the Championship summit with a stunning 3-2 comeback victory against Leeds United at Elland Road.The Hornets fell behind early when Billy Sharp pounced after a mix up between Ikechi Anya and Heurelho Gomes to add his fourth goal of the season.Leeds then went further ahead with barely 20 minutes played after Rodolph Austin impeccably executed a half-volley over the hapless Gomes from 30 yards.The Hornets, however, crucially responded just before half time when captain Troy Deeney latched onto Matej Vydra’s through ball to notch his second goal in a week.Deeney then returned the favour for strike partner Vydra who struck at the back post to level proceedings just before the hour mark.Vydra, in the absence of in-form striker Odion Ighalo, had the final say with a powerful finish in the final ten minutes to propel the visitors up to third and ensure their fifth victory in six league games.In fact, Watford were the only team in the Championship top seven to win as leaders Derby County fell to a surprise 2-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage.Steve McClaren’s side remain two points clear at the top of the table, but were lacklustre against a side they had already scored ten goals against in two games previously this season, with goals from Bulgarian centre back Nikolay Bodurov and Cauley Woodrow sealing the upset.Second placed Middlesbrough also suffered a surprise defeat as Sheffield Wednesday struck twice – through Will Keane and Atdhe Nuhiu from the penalty spot – in two second-half minutes to grab a 2-0 victory at Hillsborough.Former Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson came back to haunt the club he scored 46 times for as Birmingham City dented the Bees play-off hopes with a 1-0 win at St Andrews.Donaldson forced Brenford defender James Tarkowski into an own goal just before half time and, despite Stephen Gleeson’s late sending off, Birmingham held on for their first win in nine games.Bakary Sako’s third goal in a week was enough for Wolves as their 1-0 win at Cardiff City closed the gap on the play-offs to just two points.Nottingham Forest remain unbeaten under new manager Dougie Freedman after an impressive 3-0 victory over Reading at the Madejski.Stunning second half goals from Ben Osborn, Matty Fryatt and Gary Gardner ensured a league double over the Royals and kept Forest’s slim play-off hopes alive.At the other end of the table, Kari Arnason struck late on as Rotherham came from a goal down to beat relegation rivals Millwall 2-1 and move six points clear of their opponents.And in the other big relegation encounter, Wigan Athletic increased their survival chances as they comfortably beat basement side Blackpool 3-1 at Bloomfield Road.Goals from Kim Bo-Kjung, on-loan defender Harry Maguire and James McClean ensured an easy win for the Latics and, despite a late Gary Madine consolation, the three points kept Malky Mckay’s side within touching distance of their rivals.Former Celtic striker Tony Watt scored twice to ruin Chris Powell’s return to his former side as Charlton beat Huddersfield 3-0 at the Valley.Meanwhile, highly-rated youngster Zach Clough scored his fifth goal in five league starts as Bolton beat relegation rivals Brighton 1-0 at the Macron Stadium.Elsewhere, in a game that was delayed by half an hour after a serious car crash, Bournemouth remain fourth after they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers, extending the Cherries’ winless run to five games.Championship results in full:Birmingham 1 – 0 BrentfordBlackpool 1 – 3 WiganBolton 1 – 0 BrightonBournemouth 0 – 0 BlackburnCardiff City 0 – 1 WolvesCharlton 3 – 0 HuddersfieldFulham 2 – 0 DerbyLeeds 2 – 3 WatfordReading 0 – 3 Nottingham ForestRotherham 2 – 1 MillwallSheffield Wednesday 2 – 0 Middlesbrough Matej Vydra last_img read more