Fairway to food selling like hot cakes

Cook book team (back row from left): Freda Robertson, Karen Telfer, Sue James. Front, Gill Cartwright, Marilyn Adams, Judith Welch.

Cook book team (back row from left): Freda Robertson, Karen Telfer, Sue James. Front, Gill Cartwright, Marilyn Adams, Judith Welch.

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A cookbook produced by a team of Minto Golf Club ladies is selling fast.

In only three weeks, two thirds of the Fairway to Food print-run have been sold and the team is delighted with the response.

All proceeds from the book will go to club funds, as all printing costs were covered by donations and sponsorship, for which the team expressed their gratitude.

Tribute was also paid to club members, staff and visitors who contributed favourite tried and tested recipes to the book, the appearance of which was enhanced by Judith Welch’s delightful illustrations. The team also acknowledged the help they received from their proof readers, Ian Mayo of Footeprint in Jedburgh and a Minto member who helped to produce a book of which they are proud. Further details are available from the club on 01450 870220.

Cookbook team (back row from left): Freda Robertson, Karen Telfer and Sue James. Front, Gill Cartwright, Marilyn Adams and Judith Welch.

Sporting digest

Curling

Borders Ice Rink

In the latest round of the Agrii Border League, Ayton Castle went down to Yester and Coldstream were beaten by holders Glendale, who have a hard row to hoe if they want to retain the trophy.

These games were in A section where Duns is in control with St Boswells in close pursuit. This week’s games are all in A section, namely Jedburgh v Greenlaw, Ayton Castle v Teviotdale, Glendale v Foulden, and the big one, Duns against St Boswells.

The B section games saw Earlston’s defeat of Selkirk putting the Rhymers on top of the table, while Swinton’s win over Lees eases them up to joint third spot.

Thursday afternoon was the time for a visit by three rinks from Murrayfield in the annual inter-city get-together, which resulted in a 2-1 victory for the visitors, with scores that don’t bear repeating.

The irrepressible Peter Bowyer put out his wide running dog to gather up rinks from all around the country with a smattering of Welsh, Irish and English curlers involved for the Mixed Invitation competition, with many Scottish participants, mainly from the west with a wheen o’ Borderers thrown in. All played one game on Friday afternoon, two on Saturday and one on Sunday, deciding high and low roads.

Michael Sutherland’s local rink came out on top in the high road with Cullen’s Rhymers in second. Luigi Massari’s virgin rink (the first time they had curled as a team) took the low road title. Both evenings saw Joe Wright and his team feeding the multitude with copious quantities of the best of fare and on Saturday evening Tommy Grieve had the crowd dancing the night away.

There were some runaway wins throughout the weekend’s games. One notable occasion was the opening two ends of one game yielding a 7 and a 6. No names, no pack drill, though.

Golf

Galashiels

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Winter League: Winner, I. Casson net 37.

Lauder

Warm sunshine and cloudless skies were the order of the day for the field of hardy Winter League competitors on Sunday.

They were joined by a new member, ex Natal Sharks and current coach of Lasswade Rugby Club, Bernard Hennesy. He wore a long-sleeved shirt and jumper, but ex-Earlston RFC player George Cessford was in short sleeves. Earlston are tougher than the Sharks?

Scoring continued to impress with Micky Dunne pushing Billy Hunter’s net 65 into second place by way of a better inward half; Tom Hogarth claimed the last place on the podium with a credible net 66.

Result: 1, Micky Dunne 74 (9) 65 BIH; 2, Billy Hunter 76 (11) 65; 3, Tom Hogarth 81 (15) 66.

Sandy Thompson and Ronnie Malcolm shared the twos sweep; Ronnie’s came at the quarry hole first time round with Sandy holing out at the 15th. Winner of the best score in November was Keith Hutchison with his net 62 from two weeks ago.

This week’s Soup-a-thon was a very fancy affair with a favourite from last year, Janice Whiteford’s ‘Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato’, but this year accompanied by homemade ‘Wholemeal Seeded’ and ‘Tomato and Garlic’ bread. Accompanied by a ‘Donaldson’s Pie’ it was a 100 per cent Earlston affair. Our new South African recruit looked totally confused ... surely this would be his first scotch pie.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League (Week 5): 1, K. Haldane; 2, I. Ramsey; 3, D. Page.

Minto

Minto Golf Club members held a successful AGM in a packed clubhouse.

With increased membership and generally fine weather, the members discussed what has been a bumper year of stroke play, match play, Stableford, Texas scrambles, knock-outs and fun competitions.

The successes of the flourishing junior section was highlighted, as was the ladies’ and gents’ achievements.

The club captain, vice-captain, ladies’ captain and juniors’ captain were elected for the coming year.

Last Saturday, the Christmas Fair, organised by the Minto Golf Club Ladies’ Committee, got the festive season off to a great start.

The event was very well supported by members and non-members alike, with all of the stalls and competitions doing very good business. The home baking and preserves stall sold out in an hour and a half!

Visitors to the fair enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies while they took a break from competitions and buying the fare on offer.

Sue James, the lady captain, paid tribute to all who worked tirelessly during the morning at the fair and thanked all who had made donations to and supported the stalls and competitions. She said the fair had been very enjoyable and a great success. The event raised £924.05, which will go towards the club’s development.

Torwoodlee

Stableford (9 holes): 1, S. Stenhouse 19 points; 2, J. Dunbar 18.

Par/Bogey competition: 1, A. Sinton 4 up; 2, K. Rankin 2 up; 3, A. Lawrie 2 up.

This weekend there will be a two-person Texas scramble taking place on Saturday & Sunday. Pick your own partners, six drives per player. Please read noticeboard before commencing play.

Pool

Belhaven League

League Cup, Section A: Fleece A 8 Waverley B 4; Niki’s 7 Fleece B 5.

Section B: Waverley A 12 Ship A 0; High Level 4 Reivers A 8.

Challenge Cup Section A: Ship B 6 Dryburgh 6; Reivers B 8 Red Lion B 4.

Section B: Red Lion A P Bridge P Golden Lion 5 Eildon Centre 7.

Rugby

Gala

The AM PM event catering Kings of the Sevens will kick off the circuit at the 5 Star Taxis Gala 7’s next year.

With the premiership play-offs being played on Saturday, April 4, the date Gala RFC had pencilled in for their sevens, the club decided at its recent meeting to stage the tournament for the coming year on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

The club has also decided to bring the time of the first tie forward to 1pm. It is Easter weekend and a lot of people will be off on the Monday, however, by bringing the start forward it will also allow supporters to enjoy themselves even if they don’t have Easter Monday off.

The club is delighted to announce that 5 Star taxis is continuing its much-valued sponsorship. The Galashiels-based company loves rugby and have been supporting the tournament for a good number of years.

As usual, the draw will be made in the days leading up to the event.

Snooker

Borders

JJ Xpress Border Snooker League results: Selkirk A 3 Hawick Burns Club A 3; Hawick Conservative Club B 2 St Boswells 4; Hawick Burns Club B 4 Selkirk B 2; Jedburgh Legion 2 Hawick Conservative Club A 4.

League standings after 12 weeks: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 49; 2, Hawick Burns Club B 38; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 37; 4, Jedburgh Legion 35; 5, Selkirk B 34; 6, Selkirk A 34; 7, St Boswells 32; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 29.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 1; A. Gill 1 R. Kohler 1; D. Sharratt 2 A. Gill 1; R. Kohler 2 R. McAleese 0.

Fixture: East Of Scotland Squash Conference, Gala v Grange v Collinton – Thursday, December 4, 7pm at Collinton; Gala v Grange v Collinton – Saturday, December 6 at Gala.

Swimming

Galashiels ASC

The second round of the 2014 East District Age Group Championships took place at Glenrothes over the weekend and the representatives from Gala ASC continued where they left off from the first round earlier in the month with some fantastic swimming.

Five Gala members travelled to Fife as part of the BEST Squad for two days of 200m events and at the end of a long weekend can be extremely proud of their efforts.

Bethany Hamilton, Maili Brown, Lindsay Jack and Sarah Frizzel all competed in the breast, back, free and fly 200m events, getting the all-important PBs and reaching some finals.

Lindsay came eighth in the 13s fly final and fourth in the 13s back final.

Sarah was fourth in the 13s breast final, Bethany came eighth in the 15s breast and Maili finished fourth in the 12s back final. Again, not to be outshone by the girls, Andrew Watt also swam the same events in the boys’ section, securing three PBs and sixth place in the 13s fly final. Well done to them all.

Gala ASC would also like to congratulate all the other members of the BEST squad who also competed at Glenrothes, securing PBs, finals and medals, and say a big thank you to performance coach Lauren Jocelyn for looking after the Gala ASC members in a truly memorable weekend for the club.

On November 22 & 23 ,club members Beth Johnston and Finlay Lindores represented Scotland at the British Gas Short Course Championships in Manchester and certainly made their mark.

Beth swam in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 200 medley, where she gained PBs in three and earned bronze medals for all four.

She also swam in the last leg of the 400 medley relay, where she took away bronze. Finlay swam in the 100 free, where he PBd and won silver, and the 100 back, where he also PBd and gained a bronze medal. Both helped Scotland win overall for the first time in 10 years. A massive well done to both from the club.