INTERESTING RATES: Australian Property Monitors data indicates growth in home and unit prices is slowing down. “We’ll have more balanced conditions in some suburbs,” PRDNationwide’s Mark Kentwell said.
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Newcastle’s property prices appear to be back on the climb, butagents have been cautious in their predictions forthehousing market’sfortunes in 2018.

The median house price in Newcastle dipped to $580,000 by the end of the September quarter, following18 months of spectacular price growth.The median unit price across the local government area fell to $466,000.

The latest Australian Property Monitors data shows Newcastle’s medianhouse pricerebounded to$620,000 by the end ofOctober, while the median unit price surgedbackto $511,000.

Principal of PRDnationwide Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Mark Kentwell expected continued growth next year, butat a slower pace than the last four years, which have seen prices skyrocket 40 per cent.

“It’s not sustainable for the market to have double-digit growth in the suburbs year after year,” he said.

“Some suburbs may ease on their growth because buyers have a flight to value.They look for a suburb that has similar offerings but is cheaper.

“For example, people could pay $1 million for a cottage in Maryville which needs work or go across the road to Hamilton and buy a similar property for $850,000.”

Mr Kentwellsingled out Hamilton and The Hill as the two most under-valued city suburbs, arguingboth were poised for a growth spurt.

“We’ll have more balanced conditions in some suburbs and they’re likely to be the ones that have had the crazy growth,” he said.“[Vendors] might be in a period where prices go sideways for a little bit, which is healthy.”

Maitland residentLaura Turner is looking to take the plunge into home ownershipin 2018 with her partner, Harry.

The 26-year-oldwas“hopeful”predictions about a cooling market would turnout to be accurate. However the couple have already abandoned hopes of buying in Newcastle.

“We’re looking at Maitland, East Maitland, Tenambit, those sort of suburbs,” Ms Turner said. “We’ll hopefully buy a house up here and then down the track upsize or move closer into Newcastle.”

Ms Turner, who works in pathology, has been saving for about five years. Her partner, a sales representative, has been putting money away for about seven years.

The couple havetried to take a balanced approach to saving.

“We don’t go out for smashed avocado every weekend but occasionally if we want to go out for breakfast we’ll find a cheap place,” Ms Turner said. “Ihave been able to have a couple of small overseas trips since leaving high school. If Ihadn’t I’d have got the house a little sooner but it was worth having those experiences.”

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LINE HONOURS: Wild Oats XI was the first boat into Constitution Dock in one of the most dramatic finishes in Sydney to Hobart history. Picture: AAPWild Oats XIcrossed the finish line first in the 73rd Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record ninth time, but a potential protest could ruin their celebrations.
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LDV Comanche and Wild Oats XI were neck-and-neck in the battle for line honours on Wednesday evening, with Wild Oats taking the lead in the dramatic final stages, arriving at constitution dock in record race time of1 day, 8 hours, 48 minutes and 50 seconds

It was the Mark Richards-skippered boat’s first success since 2014 and came after their past two races ended early due to damage to the supermaxi.

Comanche crossed the line 16 minutes later in second place.

The Jim Cooney skippered race favourite was first to pass Tasman Island -about 40 nautical miles from the finish line -on Wednesday evening at 6pm.

However, Wild Oats went to the lead around 8pm as Comanche became becalmed in the windless conditions.

Progress slowed to a crawl as the wind eased up on their approach up the Derwent River, with only a few hundred metres separating the rival supermaxis.

Comanche indicated it plans to lodge a formal protest against Wild Oats after the boats came perilously close to colliding about 15 minutes into the race on Boxing Day.

The crew raised a protest flag shortly afterwards and will have six hours after finishing to lodge the paperwork with the international jury in Hobart.

“It will likely be a time penalty if there’s a ruling against them but we’ll have to see if there’s a request for a jury yet,” Cruising Yacht Club of Australia commodore John Markos said.

Wild Oats XI chipped away LDV Comanche’s overnight advantage of 20 nautical miles throughout the day as the two frontrunners flew down Tasmania’s east coast powered by a strong north-easterly.

The pair went head-to-headfor long stretches and traded the lead several times.

The existing yacht race record of one day, 13 hours, 31 minutes and 20 seconds–set by Perpetual LOYAL last year -wasbettered by several hours.

Five boats were on pace to better the record, which was improved by almost five hours by Perpetual LOYAL in 2016.

Cooney said on Wednesday morning he thought the wind in the River Derwent would be enough to carry his boat home.

Black Jack was in third place, with InfoTrack-the 2016 record setter when named Perpetual LOYAL–fourth and narrowly ahead of Hong Kong entry Beau Geste.

Jazz Player, Wots Next and Rockall were forced to retire, while Opt2go Scamp was repairing rotor damage.

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Alastair Cook bottomed out in the first five minutes of his MCG innings on Wednesday. A dinky leading edge off his second ball, beaten for pace on his fourth and, sixth ball, an attempted pull shot that dragged the ball down between his pads and somehow past the stumps. Already on this morning, the slow pitch had produced three drag-ons. One more would have taken the Test match past Game of Thrones.
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Such a nervous start portended more of the same misery for Cook, but instead it was a darkest-hour-before-the-dawn moment. Moments after surviving what would have been the mother of all drag-ons, he struck two pure drives each side of the bowler, Jackson Bird. Neither produced a run, but they transformed the confidence of a batsman who had not stepped forward and driven an Australian bowler with authority since 2011.

And so he was off on his journey of rediscovery. A flick off the hip was so perfectly timed it sped past the deep fielder, before a vintage pull shot revived the Cook of old. Even this early in his innings, it was as if he knew something.

His recent bogey man, Nathan Lyon, was brought into the attack as early as the seventh over, but Cook was fearless. Things were shifting in his favour. The pace of the wicket was more akin to a dry English summer strip, Mitchell Starc was cooling his heel, and Pat Cummins had the runs. When Cummins overpitched, Cook drove majestically, a significant moment in itself because for seven years bowlers had been able to serve up half-volleys with impunity. A batsman steered by the desire to avoid risk, Cook had for a long time treated the drive as a potential nick. Now, with edges unlikely to carry and the ball not deviating, he saw a full ball as other batsmen see it: a Christmas gift.

Cook’s birthday is on Christmas, and he began seizing upon the Australian bowlers’ errors as if he would get the chance to celebrate only once a year. He waited on the shorter ball and cut it off his stumps. Soon he was so bold as to play that shot off good-length balls. He watched Mark Stoneman and James Vince lose their wickets, so lost in his own cocoon of concentration, perhaps, that he did not hear the inside edge that would have spared the latter. This was very much the old Cook, standing firm as his partners ticked over like pages on his Rolodex. Somewhere the tide of inevitability turned. Cook has looked like a walking wicket for quite a while against Australia.

Through the afternoon, it seemed more and more inevitable that he was not going anywhere. His encampment on the MCG turned from a visit into a tent embassy into something more and more solid. In the first over after tea, he put Cummins away to the square boundaries on both sides of the wicket. A clip off the pads brought up the half-century, humbly acknowledged. Cook was Cook again, just as, hours earlier, Stuart Broad had returned to Stuart Broad.

For an hour-and-a-half after tea, Steve Smith kept Lyon out of the attack, which also favoured Cook. Only when Mitchell Marsh took the ball did Cook’s focus waver, or perhaps heat and fatigue were setting in. He survived an lbw appeal first ball, then back-cut a four. Fifth ball, Tim Paine moved up to the stumps and donned the helmet. Steve Smith sat Paine’s cap on top of his own. Marsh pitched up, Cook drove and nicked. Smith fumbled the catch low to his right and the chance, cleverly plotted, was missed.

It can’t be said that Cook didn’t deserve his luck. As he moved towards his first century against Australia in seven years and 24 Test matches, Cook brought all of the patience and method that he kept asserting he still had in him. Here was the familiar routine between deliveries: scratching out his guard with the outside of his right foot, walking away, adjusting his helmet by gripping the left side of his grill, a tweak of the left pad flap, into the tall man’s ungainly stance, the double-pumped backlift.

For someone who has played so much cricket, Cook always plays with a slight jump, as if surprised by the ball. But all of this is, to English eyes, a kind of comfort food, their highest accumulator back doing this thing, as if he’s been batting forever. When Joe Root joined him, the new captain drew strength from the old, and English bats took advantage of the momentum swing in this match that had been initiated by their bowlers.

In the end, Smith brought himself on to bowl the day’s final over. Cook needed seven runs for his hundred. From Smith it was two gifts in one day, like a birthday on Christmas. As Cook always plays the ball, the century arrived late. Too late to save the Ashes but never too late to save a career.

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FLYING: Gema Simon stretches out at training on Wednesday. The former skipper has recovered from a knee injury. Picture: Jonathan CarrollCRAIG Deans is not sure exactly where Gema Simon will play for the Newcastle Jets but the coach has no doubts that the Matilda will play akey role in the push towards the W-League finals.
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Simon,a foundation W-League Jet and former skipper, will make her first appearance since returning from a stint at Avaldnes in Norway, where she injured her knee at training in November.

The 27-year-old will start on the bench against Melbourne Victory in Melbourne on Friday but Deans is yet to decide if she will play at left back, the position she occupies for the Matildas, or further forward.

“Depending on the game, she has that bit of flexibility,” Deans said. “She can play left back, she can push forward and she played in midfield a couple of time last season as well.Hannah Brewer has been playing left back for the thepast three weeks. It may not be her strongest position but she has been doing a good job.At the end of the day, it is good to have another player who expects to play every week. Having said that we have been doing reasonablywell. Gem knows she has to work hard and show at training that she is going to add more to the team than someone already in there.”

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Apart from versatility, Deans said Simon would add experience and quality to his third-placed outfit.

“She has lots of experience to start with,” he said. “She was an inaugural squad member of the Jets. Then she went down to Melbourne Victory and they won the W-League the year she spent there. She played in Norway this year, Korea the year before that and has gotten herself back in the Matildas squad over the last 18 months. She is athletic, quick and technically good. All left footers generally have quality about them. It is like getting a new player really.”

Victory sit in seventh place six points behind the Jets

“Itis very much like the A-League, there is not really an easy game,” Deans said. “We have done reasonably well against them in the past and can be confident that we can go down there and win. And we need to win because we want to make sure we don’t drop out of the four.If we win this it takes us to 16 points which is not bad after eight games.”

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Finally, the Melbourne Stars’ women are on the board.
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After four losses to open the season, including Tuesday’s defeat to the Perth Scorchers in which they conceded the highest successful run chase in Women’s Big Bash League history, the Stars turned the tables on the Scorchers on Wednesday to prevail by 12 runs at the WACA Ground.

It was the first win for the Stars’ men’s or women’s teams this season.

The Stars won the toss and elected to bat, posting a total of 6-149 from their 20 overs. Their South African opener Lizelle Lee, who top-scored with 76 on Tuesday, could only muster nine before being removed by Katherine Brunt, who also claimed the wicket of Anna Lanning (19) en route to figures of 2-13 from three overs. The Stars clawed their way to the competitive total through a series of handy contributions, with Georgia Elwiss (25), Alana King (23), Mignon du Preez (23), Katie Mack (20) and Erin Osborne (17 not out) all chipping in.

The Stars have leaked way too many runs this season, but on Wednesday they kept things much tighter. Scorchers openers Elyse Villani and Nicole Bolton had taken the game away from the Stars on Tuesday, but the visitors frustrated Bolton on Wednesday before Emma Kearney struck, with Bolton gone for nine from 28 balls. Still Villani threatened to win the game off her bat, before spinner Alana King, who had been very expensive the day before, had Villani caught in the deep by Gemma Triscari for 72 from 44, leaving Perth 3-107 from 16 overs.

The Stars were able to do enough from there, with the Scorchers finishing at 4-137. The Stars, who have moved off the bottom of the ladder, next play the Adelaide Strikers at Casey Fields on January 5.

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