Yorkshire take outright lead at County Finals

first_img Yorkshire moved into the lead at Women’s County Finals after they were the only outright winners on a day of close matches and tense excitement at Waterlooville in Hampshire.The Northerners beat Surrey 5.5-3.5 while the day’s other two matches were halved, with Gloucestershire sharing the points with Norfolk, while Staffordshire grabbed a tied result against Buckinghamshire.It means that after two days’ matches Yorkshire have 4pt from their two wins, Gloucestershire have 3pt, Surrey have 2pt and the other three counties have a point apiece.Yorkshire set up their win with a clean sweep in the three foursomes, but Surrey battled back hard in the singles, winning 3½ of the six games. However, they couldn’t stop the 11-times champions as Curtis Cup player Rochelle Morris (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Megan Clarke delivered the necessary points and Hannah Holden squeezed a half out of the final game.Morris had been 5up after 12 before losing the next hole to a birdie, but a solid par saw her safely home by 5/4 and she remarked: “I’m happy with how I played.” Clarke holed a long putt to close out her game 3/2 and Holden fought her way back from three down to halve.“We made it!” said team captain Dawn Clegg. “It was a bit of a knee trembler this afternoon, but having looked at the other results we are pretty pleased.“Moving into the lead is good, but every team we play is good and so we have to keep our heads down and keep at it.”Buckinghamshire also pulled off a clean sweep in the foursomes and in the singles they came within touching distance of clinching a win – but Staffordshire definitely had other ideas.Alice Koslowski won the top singles for Buckinghamshire, but Staffordshire’s Gina Wilkie snatched a half in the next game when she holed a 25ft birdie putt on the last. Olivia Raybould and Morgan Thomas added their points to Staffordshire’s tally, leaving the outcome to two of the team’s more experienced members.First Jenny Rhodes, playing her third County Finals, produced a superb up and down with a pitch over trees to win one up. Then Debbie Warren, playing her sixth County Finals, parred the last to also win by one hole and confirm the overall halved result. “I’m absolutely chuffed to bits,” she said, while Jenny commented: “After a bad day yesterday and a bad start today this is very good.”Staffordshire captain Julia Gaunt added: “It’s a fantastic result after this morning when we were three-nil down. But I had every confidence in my girls, I knew they would go for it.”Buckinghamshire captain Phillipa Cook also found positives: “After yesterday’s loss, which was heavy and disappointing, I was very, very pleased with the way the girls came back this morning. We didn’t quite do it this afternoon but I’m very glad to have a half and Staffordshire fought very well, no doubt about it.”Gloucestershire, who had a big win on the opening day, took the early advantage over Norfolk with a 2-1 lead after the foursomes.But Norfolk came out battling in the singles. England girl international Amelia Williamson won the top match 4/3 and was soon followed by Ellie Brown who defeated another international, Bethan Popel, by 2/1, while Amy Taylor worked steadily to her 2/1 win. Meanwhile, Gloucestershire’s Alex Giles and Ebonie Lewis added points to their team’s account.The crunch match proved to be the middle-of-the-order encounter between Gloucestershire’s Claudia Ovens and Norfolk’s Shelly Pleasance. Ovens went three up early on but Pleasance fought back to reach the 18th tee one up, then put her first drive out of bounds. When both players reached the green Ovens had a one-shot advantage and holed a fine putt to win the hole and finish all square.“I’d lost 16 and 17 to go one down and I needed to win 18 for a half, which was quite crucial – but I didn’t really know how crucial it was!” said Ovens.Gloucestershire’s captain Andra Knight added: “It was a very close match and a well deserved half for both teams – and played in a great spirit. It was a very exciting finish and Claudia is very calm under pressure.”Norfolk captain Tracey Williamson was delighted with her team’s fightback. “It’s a superb result, a really good effort. Yesterday we were really close, now we’ve got a half and we’re gaining momentum. Perhaps tomorrow will bring a win.”Tomorrow Norfolk play Staffordshire, Buckinghamshire play Yorkshire, and Surrey play Gloucestershire.Click here for full scores 13 Sep 2016 Yorkshire take outright lead at County Finals last_img read more

Enjoy Your Peppers

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Do you have a runny nose, a stuffy head, or a digestive tract that doesn’t move? I suggest you try some spice!When I traveled through India several years ago, I got a huge dose of spice with every meal that our cook prepared for us. It was quite intense at first, and as my taste buds began to adapt, I opened up to the world of spicy food. I made a lot of other health mistakes in India, like living off of Cadbury chocolate and pizza (this was long before I put some important habits in place), but the spicy food remained a steady ally on my trip.Spice assists the body in many ways. When your face turns a little red, and you sweat, you cleanse toxins through the skin. When your nose runs, you are clearing out your sinuses. Spicy food may also urge you to the bathroom. Do be sure to go slowly as you bring more spice into meals. Some body types don’t tolerate a lot of hot, so it’s important that you pay attention to the reactions that you have and go slow.If you’re interested in bringing even more spiciness into your meals, I suggest spending some time in a local spice shop. Mingle through the aisles, peak into the containers, taste the salt from around the world, and notice the subtle differences in dried chili.Spicy Rice Noodle SoupIngredients for a single serving:1 and a 1/2 cups of water½ cup of thin rice noodles1 teaspoon miso paste or a 1/2 cube of vegetable bouillon1 teaspoon of red chili sauce (I like the Sambal variety)Chopped green onion4-5 Mushrooms, can be slicedTamari or soy sauceBring the water to a boil on the stovetop. Add rice noodles to the water and cook until limp. Toss in the mushrooms at the same time as the noodles. After the noodles have cooked, turn down the heat and add the vegetable bouillon or miso paste. A dash of soy sauce can also be great for the flavor. Turn off the heat, pour the soup into a bowl, and top with chopped green onion.You can make this soup in a large batch at home and bring some of it to work. If you’d like to make it on the spot, it takes about 10 minutes when you use quick-cooking rice noodles. If you are without a stove top or burner to boil water, you can still dissolve the bouillon in hot or warm water, exclude the noodles, and then add the vegetables in their raw form. Veggies like celery, kale, or sliced fennel bulb will still wilt and cook in the hot water.Ava Waits is a Nutrition Mentor and Global Nutrition Concierge™ at www.ParisianPicnics.com. She supports busy people who are often away from their kitchens, especially for long workdays and for travel. If you’d like to sample her gentle and enjoyable approach to nutrition, please visit her website for more tips, recipes and videos.last_img read more

Harlequin’s Sixties Chicks Too Held Over Thru July 25

first_imgFacebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Harlequin Productions Sixties Chicks Too, Harlequin Productions’ highly successful summer musical, has been extended for an additional week and will now close on July 25. Harlequin’s original musical celebration of the 1960’s greatest female singers and songwriters has attracted thousands of patrons to the State Theater in downtown Olympia.“We extend our summer musicals for additional weeks if the demand is there,” said Harlequin Artistic Director and Director of the show, Linda Whitney. “In this case the demand has been overwhelming, and that’s a great problem to have!”The show, which was originally scheduled to finish its performance run on July 19, features songs by such artists as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, The Supremes, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and more.WHO:             Harlequin ProductionsWHAT:           Sixties Chicks Too, a Harlequin original musical celebrationWHEN:           June 18-July 25, 2015; Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sunday matinees at 2:00pmWHERE:         The Historic State Theater – 202 4th Avenue East, Downtown Olympia 98501PRICE:            General: $39, Senior/Military: $35, Student/Youth: $2DEALS:           Rush tickets available at Box Office ½ hour before curtainTICKETS:       Tickets and info available at harlequinproductions.org, or by calling 360/786-0151RATING:        Bring the family!Harlequin Productions is a professional not-for-profit theater company in Olympia, WA, dedicated to the creation of stimulating and enriching theatrical experiences by producing an eclectic season of new works, “buried treasures,” and unconventional treatments of classics. Through a dynamic selection of extraordinary material, we explore the human adventure in search of theatrical magic that stretches the mind, nourishes the soul, and inspires human empathy.last_img read more