Jennifer Hawkins and husband Jake Wall have revealed plans for their new home. Picture: Dylan Robinson
Just 10 weeks after buying their latest building project, Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall have lodged the architectural plans for their new northern beaches oceanfront home.
They intend spending $3.03 million on the home on the 3300sqm Whale Beach block they bought for $6.95 million through David Edwards, of LJ Hooker Palm Beach. Rocca Bella, the former time-warp 1950s oceanfront estate of the late Dame Joan Sutherland, appears set to be demolished.
It last traded in 2015 when investment banker Lorraine Tarabay, wife of Rare Infrastructure fund manager Nick Langley, paid $6.9 million for the clifftop estate, five years after the death of the soprano. Tarabay had approved $3.6 million Campbell Architecture plans, but opted not to proceed so the estate remains as the opera world’s La Stupenda left it. It appears the couple have opted for their own plans which don’t reinstate the overgrown tennis court but propose a half-sized basketball court.
Jennifer Hawkins and Jake Wall on their babymoon on Hamilton Island. Source: Instagram jenhawkins_
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The plans will surely take advantage of the view.
Rayner Rd’s latest sale sees the ANZ chairman David Gonski and his wife Orli Wargon sell their weekender for $5.9 million.
The Andrew Coomer-designed home was last sold in 2009 for $5.1 million by the lawyer Tony Bancroft and his wife Cassandra. On the beach, jewellery designer Sybella Morris splashed out in July to secure the Alex Popov-designed residence The Hutt at Whale Beach for $10.3 million
Geelong star Gary Rohan’s marriage with wife Amie is reportedly over after the couple separated this year.
Rohan and Instagram influencer partner Amie are reported to have gone their separate ways when the Cats star left Victoria with his teammates in July when the NSW border was about to shut.
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The Herald Sun first reported the break-up on Friday night, revealing the split occurred just a few months after the couple celebrated the birth of their third child Sadie Rose in March.
It comes as Amie Rohan this week posted a cryptic, inspirational message to her 35,000 Instagram followers — prompting a flow of support messages from high-profile figures in the Australian sports industry, including Channel 9 star Erin Molan and Abby Gilmore.
“Please be strong in who you are and please don’t let the actions of another convince you that you are not good enough as you are,” the message read.
The sad news has confirmed rumblings that have surrounded the couple since Amie was a notable absentee when many of the club’s partners and children joined the players inside their Gold Coast isolation hub in August.
The report claims Amie stayed behind on the Bellarine Coast near Geelong with daughters Bella and seven-month-old Sadie Rose.
It comes after unfounded rumours clAmied senior Cats star Tom Hawkins confronted Rohan about his behaviour during the Cats’ isolation on the Gold Coast.
Despite the turbulence off the field, Rohan emerged as a key player in the Cats’ charge through to the AFL Grand Final this year where the club was beaten by Richmond at the Gabba last month.
Amie last year revealed the pair were expecting again after sharing the heartbreaking journey of their first pregnancy with twins — Bella and Willow — including the shattering discovery just 11 weeks in that Willow would not survive childbirth.
The twins were born on April 12, 2018, but Willow — who suffered from a fatal neural tube defect with no cure known as anencephaly — passed away after five hours.
Amie spoke to Harper’s Bazaar magazine last year about the decision to carry Willow to term.
“We sat down and said, ‘This journey has been written for us. Let’s continue on it’,” she said.
“We had about five hours with Willow before she passed. In those five hours, I learnt so much about life and how precious it is. Even though her time here was so fleeting, she was a very amazing girl.”
At the Cats, Hawkins is everyone’s favourite big brother, an avuncular figure who is simply regarded inside the football club as the nicest guy going around.
That doesn’t mean he is perfect. The misplaced aggression that sidelined him for last year’s preliminary final became just one of a number of badly timed brain fades that have led to reports for relatively minor incidents in recent years.
But this competitor without a selfish streak has improved with age, maturing and feeling comfortable within the game and outside it on his 62-hectare farm in the Barrabool Hills near Geelong.
Whether this season has been his best is up to others to decide, says Hawkins, in his unhurried, R.M. Williams drawl, but he admits he has found himself in a sweet spot after years of hard work and in a grand final again, 3312 days after he announced himself in the 2011 decider.
“I do feel really confident in my body and just the way I am able to prepare,” Hawkins said.
“My attitude and professionalism towards the game has changed as well. I am really confident in all facets of my life, and in particular football, so I think that is helping me play well.”
He even puts his ability to control boundary throw-ins – where he looks more and more threatening every week – down to work that started 10 years ago when he was trying to find a spot in the team and played in the ruck.
“I have always said that the body work I learned on the ruck helped me as a key-position forward,” Hawkins said.
“Our midfield and stoppage coach Matty Knights has been awesome and they have given me a licence to have a go in there. I have certainly had games this year where it hasn’t gone my way but it is nice to work with players on the ground as well.”
He’s grateful, too, for the family support, not only from his wife in Queensland, but from his brother Charlie and sister Jane, who have looked after the farm while they have been away.
Hawkins describes himself as a hobby farmer, well aware that whenever he is described as a farmer it gives his cousins back in Finley, where he grew up, a good laugh.
“I have been very fortunate. Being three months away, there are some tasks [on the farm] that need to be done,” Hawkins said. “It has made my task a lot easier.”
That’s a relief because on Saturday night he faces a difficult task against Richmond, who have beaten the Cats in five of their past six encounters with Hawkins kicking 10 goals in the five games he has played against the Tigers in that period.
Noah Balta, who emerged like a shark tooth to replace Alex Rance on the last line of defence, is likely to have the big job on Hawkins, who is as focused on winning the flag as he was when the team packed their bags for Sydney in July.
“We went away still thinking it was an opportunity for there to be a 2020 premier and that was firmly in our sights right back then,” Hawkins said.
“There is a large task in front of us to topple Richmond. We can’t wait for the challenge.”
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.
Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins admits the thought of what would have happened if the minor sore throat he contracted early in the week was the forerunner of a COVID-19 diagnosis on the eve of the 2020 grand final briefly ran through his mind.
But after easing the anxiety of AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan by testing negative to the coronavirus, the 32-year-old joined teammates at Southport for their main training session on Wednesday afternoon and is certain to play against Richmond on Saturday.
“I did think briefly [about COVID-19] but the symptoms of just a sore throat were pretty isolated,” Hawkins said on Wednesday. Queensland had one case of COVID-19 diagnosed in the past 24 hours and has five active cases in the state.
“There was a never a chance I had contracted COVID-19 unless I had got it off a staff member somehow, but it was a little bit laughable. I am fine now and looking forward to getting into the week.
Geelong captain Joel Selwood has played down concerns over star forward Tom Hawkins, saying he’ll be “absolutely fine” to take part in what could be his third premiership-winning side.
Hawkins has been forced to isolate from his teammates just four days out from the grand final, after the Coleman Medallist reported experiencing a sore throat.
Speaking on AFL 360, Selwood said there was no cause for alarm, regardless of how little training he may do this week.
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Selwood not worried about Tom
“This happens regularly – if a player is under the weather at all, especially this year, they stay away from the group,” he said.
“This is nothing new to us, it’s just that it’s such a big week. Tom will have to stay away for a little while but we’ll be seeing him tomorrow.”
Asked if it was a certainty Hawkins would train with the group on Wednesday, the club’s main session, the 32-year-old admitted even if he didn’t, he would be fine for Saturday’s heavyweight battle with Richmond.
“We hope so (he’ll train). If he’s not he’s not, we’re still four days away from the game,” he said.
“We’ll get Tommy in the nick he needs to be for the game and he’ll be absolutely fine.”
Although having three flags as a player by the age of 23, Selwood is yet to captain a premiership side, which he could achieve with victory on Saturday.
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Speaking on the possibility, Selwood said he never took for granted the chance to lead his side out onto the ground, regardless of the occasion.
“It means everything to me to lead out (the team) every single weekend,” he said.
“It‘s been a special week so far, even hearing from a lot of great teammates from an era that probably dragged me on a little bit.
“(It’s been good) just to remind myself what the taste was like when we got it.”
The Cats said Hawkins had been required to isolate in what was just a routine measure under AFL protocols.
“I’m not too concerned. I think it might have been a bit overblown,” Dangerfield said.
Dangerfield was speaking ahead of his first grand final just hours after the AFL confirmed the allocation of grand final tickets made available to the public had been snapped up in just 20 minutes with 30,000 spectators able to attend the Gabba on Saturday.
Hawkins is a key to Geelong’s premiership chances and has family with him on the Gold Coast after they joined him in August. having spent two weeks at the AFL’s quarantine hub in Palm Meadows.
He attended Sunday night’s Brownlow Medal at Metricon Stadium with his wife Emma and teammates and their partners where they were isolated from other attendees.
All people staying in the hub with Richmond and Geelong are subject to regular COVID-19 tests and must adhere to AFL protocols with Hawkins staying with his family at Royal Pines.
The 32-year-old missed last year’s preliminary final against Richmond due to suspension but rebounded with one of the best year’s in his outstanding career to lead the AFL’s goalkicking with 48 goals.
If he kicks two goals in the grand final he will kick 50 goals in a season for the seventh year in a row, having had his breakout game nine years ago in the 2011 grand final when he booted three goals to help the Cats defeat Collingwood.
Richmond have no injury concerns ahead of the match with their only potential decision being whether to play two rucks. But with the Cats using Rhys Stanley and Mark Blicavs in the ruck they are more likely to stick with the model they used in the semi and preliminary final.
Toby Nankervis was outstanding in the ruck for Richmond in the last quarter against Port Adelaide as he took several telling marks deep in defence.
Key forward Tom Lynch, who missed the opening final as he recovered from a hamstring injury, said on Monday his body was fine and he was in good shape heading into his second grand final.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.
Jake Niall is a Walkley award-winning sports journalist and chief AFL writer for The Age.
In a year like no other, it seems fitting that we’ll have a Brownlow Medal count to match.
But just because the setting will be different doesn’t necessarily mean the end result will be.
If there is to be a shock winner to upstage Lachie Neale and take out ‘Charlie’, who is leading the pack? We’ve picked out the notable smokeys for the prestigious award.
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TAYLOR ADAMS (COLLINGWOOD)
Probably the leader of the sleeper pack. He has had a career-best season, capped with his first best and fairest award at the Pies along with All-Australian selection. He has averaged 22.6 disposals (ranked above average), 5.4 tackles (elite) and 5.2 clearances (elite) per game as he quickly became Collingwood’s most important midfielder as Adam Treloar and Scott Pendlebury had stints out with injury. He was one of Collingwood’s shining lights in many of their wins and with a below-par season from Brodie Grundy and aforementioned injury stints for Treloar and Pendlebury, the votes are his to collect.
NIC NAITANUI (WEST COAST EAGLES)
It’s said often, but Nic Naitanui at full flight is one of the best sights in footy. He is a gamebreaker at his best and he was often just that in 2020. Averaged the most clearances of any ruckman (5.65 per game) and the fourth-most in the competition, behind only Clayton Oliver, Elliot Yeo and Patrick Cripps. His hitouts to advantage average (8.5 per game) is ranked elite and he has exerted his influence on many a game this season. Ruckman typically don’t get as much love as they deserve at the Brownlow, but Nic Nat isn’t like most other ruckman given the explosive way he plays his footy. He’s been out of the game for too long and has come back with an almighty bang. Should poll very well and is a sneaky top five chance.
TOM MITCHELL (HAWTHORN)
His return season went under the radar for the most part, but he built his way back into some of his best form and didn’t miss a game. Just the five wins won’t help, but the amount of footy he racked up is impossible to overlook. He’s already won the award once, so getting votes has never been the problem for him.
LUKE PARKER (SYDNEY SWANS)
Like Taylor Adams at Collingwood, many of Parker’s most high-profile teammates were absent from the side in 2020 due to injury. In their absence, he stepped up big-time, finishing second in the best and fairest behind Jake Lloyd and ranking above average in virtually every major category. Playing in just the five wins hurts his cause, but in Sydney’s games there aren’t many players who could take votes off him. Averaged 22.2 disposals per game and just under five clearances and five tackles.
TOM HAWKINS (GEELONG CATS)
It’s a strange old year, so perhaps we have a left of centre Brownlow Medal winner to boot. The Coleman Medallist obviously kicked the 46 goals, but he also ranked elite for disposals as a forward and was a pseudo-ruckman when the ball was in the forward line. A marking machine who stands out because of his sheer size and strength in the contest. Played in 11 wins as well which helps. Being in the same team as Patrick Dangerfield and a host of player who have had breakout years won’t exactly benefit his polling chances, but he is impossible to miss and should be the highest polling key forward given the all-encompassing nature of his role.
ZACH MERRETT* (ESSENDON)
So he can’t actually win it due to his suspension during the year, but Merrett may well be right among the top echelon of vote-getters on Sunday night. Ranked elite for average disposals (26.3 per game) and was huge in most of their six wins. Again, the lack of on-field success could hurt him as well as how he polls post-suspension, but he is one to watch closely.