MORE NEWS: Gold Coast ‘party house’ changes hands 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. Dave and Lea Taverner with their six children Courtney, Nikolas, Lochlan, Kieran, Jasmine and Amber are affectionately known as the Brady Bunch. They have sold their Gold Coast home, which was designed specifically for them, because half of the children have grown up and moved out.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago He said a new family keen to live closer to the beach snapped it up.“It sold to a family from Pacific Pines,” Mr Palmer said.“They bought it for the location.“It was a good Christmas present for them.”The six-bedroom Birigun St property was due to go under the hammer in November but was withdrawn the day before.“We had quite a bit of interest but it was conditional (interest), not everyone was able to meet auction terms,” Mr Palmer said.“I think we sold it in about eight weeks.“We knew it would sell before Christmas.” 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. The Taverner family have a lot in common with the blended American family at the centre of the popular television sitcom, The Brady Bunch, which became a household name in the late 1960s and early 1970s.“We’ve got the whole Brady Bunch thing going on,” Mr Taverner told the Bulletin when their home hit the market in October.Mr and Mrs Taverner bought the original house in 2009, not long after they started dating. But as Mrs Taverner’s three daughters and Mr Taverner’s three sons grew older, they realised they desperately needed more space. For years the boys lived in a makeshift bedroom to ensure everyone had enough space. MORE NEWS: Inside titans Captain’s new Gold Coast house The Gold Coast’s very own “Brady Bunch” have sold the home that united them. Lea and Dave Taverner had their six children at the forefront of their minds when designing their Mermaid Waters house.THE new year will herald new beginnings for the Gold Coast’s very own Brady Bunch family.Lea and Dave Taverner will get the chance to downsize after selling the Mermaid Waters home that united the couple and their six children almost a decade ago.Ray White Mermaid Waters principal Mitch Palmer, who marketed the property, said the $1.125 million sale went unconditional last week. 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. 7 Birigun St, Mermaid Waters. “We took what used to be the garage … and we turned it into a little bunk house at one end and a rumpus room at the other,” Mr Taverner said.“It worked for five years until they started getting a bit older and a bit bigger.”So they replaced the old home with a new two-storey building.“The brief with the building design was ‘give us as many rooms we can change the function of if required’,” Mr Taverner said.The home has multiple living spaces, an outdoor entertainment area as well as a Bali hut and pool.Mr Taverner said it gave them plenty of space to spend time together as a family and spread out when they needed time to themselves.“The back deck and the kitchen looking out onto the pool — they would be the two favourite areas,” he said.As most of the children have moved out, the couple have decided it is time to say goodbye to the family home.“The Brady Bunch are all going their separate ways so it’s time for us to downsize,” Mr Taverner said.
Soccer and King Sisyphus have a lot more in common than you think.Much like the mythological Greek king who was forced to roll a heavy boulder up a mountain over and over for eternity, soccer faces a similar uphill battle in becoming the new predominant pastime in the United States and at USC. In the past 30 years, it seems that every time non-American football starts to dribble the rock up the mountain, sports traditionalists push it right back down. Fortunately, for well-rounded sports fans, the world’s most popular game is slowly but surely making its way into the hearts of millions.Major League Soccer franchises in Atlanta, Minnesota and Seattle have been setting their respective cities on fire with record-breaking attendance. This year’s World Cup — a faux Olympics for footy head’s alike — reignited America’s passion for the great game as powerhouse teams like France and underdog teams like Croatia roared their way past some of the world’s best. I believe that those similar World Cup sentiments should translate from the fields of Moscow to the fields of McAlister.As one of six schools in the Pac-12 without a men’s soccer team, the USC women’s team is constantly overlooked despite its rampant success, including winning the 2016 NCAA Championship. Much like they sleep on mass-produced dorm mattresses in Pardee Tower, USC students are sleeping on this talented group of gals.Although the women’s soccer program was founded years after prestigious programs like UCLA, Stanford and UC Berkeley, USC ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and is tied for 23rd in the nation with 16 NCAA Tournament appearances. Of those, four of them have come in the past four years under the tutelage of head coach Keidane McAlpine. Going to the NCAA playoffs that many times in a row is impressive enough, but to win a second national title in a sport that many USC students don’t pay attention to? That is flat out awesome, and somehow discouraging at the same time.There is a theory known as the little fish, big pond theory: In a big pond, big numbers of little fish will have the opportunity to grow because of the sheer size of the pond. The Women of Troy are little fish in the huge pond that is NCAA Division I soccer. Despite other programs recruiting talent from all over the country and scoring crowds of thousands — not hundreds — of people to each of their games, the USC women’s soccer team is excelling and few people on campus know about it. Everybody and their mother remembers each of USC’s football titles, yet very few know about USC’s most recent soccer ring. Perhaps it’s soccer’s lack of popularity in the United States. Perhaps it’s USC Athletics’ poor marketing campaigns. Perhaps it’s the unfortunate but prevailing notion that sports like soccer -— or even USC’s highly-successful water polo — just aren’t that exciting. Perhaps it’s the noncoverage from mainstream media and student media’s inability to cover each and every game. Or perhaps it’s just a continuing campus-wide apathy for any sport that doesn’t include tailgating hours beforehand that is preventing USC’s non-revenue sports from achieving community-wide acclaim. Despite the lack of fan interaction, the squad has many returning stars to fill the gaps left by the seniors who graduated last year.Although the Women of Troy lost top scorer forward Alex Anthony (8 goals, two assists) and over 50 percent of their offensive production from the 2017 season, they bring back flashy forward senior Leah Pruitt (6 goals, four assists), sneaky sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo (4 goals, five assists) and one of the best-kept secrets in sophomore goalkeeper Kaylie Collins (0.87 goals against average). And along with a plethora of first-year talent, the Women of Troy welcome in solid transfers graduate student midfielder Megan McCashland (Notre Dame), graduate student defender Jessie Holmes (Florida), redshirt junior forward/defender Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame) and sophomore midfielder Alea Hyatt (North Carolina) from top-flight programs. Regardless of USC’s ability to get goals on the board, its defense will surely lead them into the NCAA playoffs for the fifth-straight season. If Collins can replicate her outstanding 2017 season, the Trojans will be in a fantastic position to ensure they have a shot at glory come December. If the new faces can rise to the challenge of their new starting roles, I believe that this 2018 squad has as good a chance as any to win yet another national title. With a 1-0 victory last week over UC Irvine, the Women of Troy are already on their way toward the program’s first undefeated season in history. That may sound far-fetched, but their schedule features a multitude of should-be wins that will give them the resume they need for a solid run in the playoffs. While games on the road against Florida, Florida State, Cal and Stanford are likely to be tough, home field advantage against Pac-12 foes UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington State will give USC the edge it needs to finally get people to care about USC’s more successful “football” team. Keith Demolder is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. His column, “Keith’s Keys,” runs every other Tuesday.