Auctioneer Haesley Cush thought he had auctioned every before — until now. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.I have auctioned some amazing stuff over the years. Some great homes, some amazing experiences for charities, beautiful pieces of art and artefacts from around a the world.Regularly people ask, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve been asked to auction?”.But yesterday I received a call from my dear friend, Diane O’Reilly, who asked if I could do an auction at the ‘Mother of Boys Lunch’ next Friday 11th May.She is emceeing the event with Kylie Lang and they’re are raising money for the Red Rose Foundation.As I was checking my diary, I casually asked her “What are we selling?”.There was a pause.“Well Haesley you’ve probably not done one of these before” she said“Try me,” I jeered condescendingly.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“We are auctioning off a vaginal rejuvenation treatment”. Long pause.“You’re right” I replied after what seemed like an inappropriate amount of time.“What is that?”.Diane went on to explain the amazing work conducted by Brisbane gynaecologist, Rod Allen. She went to great lengths to explain that the procedure was ideal for many woman, that it was not cosmetic and it was a highly in demand procedure that could be life changing for may women.After her pep talk and knowing I would have a room full of captive women. I flicked through the diary to ensure I could recite my new insights in modern magical medicine.Unfortunately I will be overseas!!But in true Mothers of Boys spirit Diane jumped straight on the phone and my good mate Peter Bergin, from Place Estate Agents will be wielding his gavel over what I can honestly say is the most surprising prize I have ever seen on an auction catalogue.
Hamilton: Hanuma Vihari, who scored a gritty hundred in the ongoing three-day practice game against New Zealand XI, on Friday said he is ready to bat anywhere for India in the upcoming two-match Test series starting February 21.Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who are expected to fight it out for the opener’s slot in the first Test against the Black Caps, came out with disappointing performances as they were out for a duck each on the opening day of the warm-up game.With Rohit Sharma out injured, Mayank Agarwal, who also failed with the bat, will have a new partner against the Black Caps.Coming in at No. 6, Vihari scored a hundred and alongwith Cheteshwar Pujara, shared a 195-run stand for the sixth wicket and took India out of troubled waters, who at one stage were struggling at 38/4.“As a player, I am prepared to bat anywhere. As of now, I have not been informed anything. As I said before as well, if the team requires me to bat wherever, I am ready to bat,” said Vihari, who retired after scoring 101.“Initially, I thought the extra bounce surprised us. (In) the couple of matches I played against New Zealand A, the pitch didn’t do as much as what it did in the morning today,” said Vihari on the challenging wicket on offer.“Once we adjusted, me and Puji (Pujara’s nickname), we got our eye in, then we knew we had to bat long and that’s exactly what we did,” Vihari said.“Maybe we will get pitches like these because New Zealand’s strength is their fast bowling. They have a very experienced bowling attack but it’s good that we got some time in the middle and we experienced these conditions.“They were tough and it’s good to experience tough conditions before the series and we’re happy with the way the day went,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Hanuma Vihari Joins Tendulkar in The Elite List After 2nd Innings FiftyAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahati
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoWisconsin (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) received a scare of its own Halloween weekend, needing a defensive stand on Illinois’ (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) last drive to fend off the Illini for a 30-24 victory.The No. 17 Badgers started the game out flat, trailing at halftime for the first time all season and playing catch-up for the first three quarters.”We expected to play a lot better, especially coming out of the gate,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We knew we were a better team but we didn’t play that way in the first half.”Illinois jumped out to the lead off a 41-yard interception return by freshman safety Travon Bellamy toward the end of the first quarter and kept pouring it on, leading by as many as 18 points in the first half.Wisconsin wasn’t able to establish a sustaining drive early on and with running back P.J Hill going down with a nerve injury in the second quarter, head coach Bret Bielema looked to senior quarterback John Stocco and the passing game to turn the game around.”It was very interesting to see the game unfold and see how [Stocco] handled it,” Bielema said. “You can’t faze him no matter what happens. It’s not only the plays that he makes, but our offense entirely. We need someone to control the game.”Stocco completed 11-of-15 passes in the second half, connecting with Luke Swan for a 17-yard touchdown pass on Wisconsin’s first offensive possession in the third quarter to pull within 7 points.But it was linebacker Mark Zalewski’s interception on the previous series that Bielema felt was the spark UW needed.”‘Zew’ doesn’t have the best hands in the world, so I was just happy to see him catch it,” Bielema said. “But that converted into our first touchdown offensively.”Hill returned in the second half, but only carried the ball three times and sat out the rest of the game following another injury with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.Hill’s backup, true freshman Lance Smith, didn’t have the best day on the ground, rushing 21 times for 46 yards, but managed to punch in a 1-yard touchdown.Illinois’ true freshman, on the other hand, caused problems for Wisconsin’s defense all day long.The Michael Vick-esque quarterback Juice Williams threw for 171 yards and touchdown and also ran for 53 yards, juking and jiving past Badger defenders.”We knew this game was going to come down to one-on-one tackling,” Bielema said. “[Williams] was able to win some of those.””He can do some things with his feet,” Zalewski added. “He can make guys miss, and he’s got some speed. He’s pretty tough.”Wisconsin was able to contain Williams in the second half, however, holding him to only 2 rushing yards after halftime.With the Badger defense stepping up and pulling Illinois’ offense to a screeching halt in the second half, Wisconsin’s offense was able to go to work, scoring 20 unanswered points.Following Swan’s 17-yard touchdown catch, Illinois had a chance to respond and keep its momentum going.With a third-and-one on its own 42-yard line, Illinois completely fooled Wisconsin’s defense as running back E.B. Halsey streaked downfield on a route every Badger assumed was a running play, after the Illini hustled to the line of scrimmage for a quick snap after breaking the huddle expeditiously.But Williams overthrew Halsey by 5 yards, forcing Illinois to punt and putting the fight out of the Illini.Wisconsin captured its first lead in the start of the fourth quarter when Stocco hit tight end Andy Crooks on a screen pass in which Crooks stormed downfield for 21 yards, fumbled at the 1-yard line and recovered his own fumble for a touchdown.Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff later hit a 33-yard field goal — his longest of three on the day — to give Wisconsin a 30-24 lead.After Mehlhaff’s kick, Illinois failed to gain a first down and after a Wisconsin three-and out, the Illini got the ball back at their own 18-yard line and 1:28 remaining on the clock.Down by only 6 points, Illinois had the opportunity to tie or win the game, but Wisconsin’s defense simply wasn’t having it.”You got to man up that drive,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “If they convert, they’re coming back and got a shot now, but if we get them off the field, the game’s over.”While the game wasn’t the most convincing victory for Wisconsin, many team members felt as though it will help them in the long run.”I’m happy it happened now than later down the road,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “We just have to learn from it.”