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Malvern Sports Club hosts barbecue competition
If you’re looking for a place to excite your taste buds this weekend, maybe you can drop by the National Hockey Center in Tacarigua on Saturday to experience a new Barbecue Cook-off Competition called Tongs on Fire.
This special fund-raising event is hosted by the Malvern Sports Club which is celebrating its 71st anniversary. According to the event’s coordinator Nicole Patrick, it is going to be the inaugural cook-off competition in support of the sport club’s outreach programmes and other sporting events.
She said those taking part in the competition will include members of the sport club and corporate sponsors.
“All competitors have to do is walk with their barbecue tongs, their culinary skills and see who is the best,” said Patrick.
Barbecue lovers can sharpen their chops for a treat of the finest variety of meats. Competitors will show off their skills in the categories of fish, chicken, beef, pork ribs and exotic.
The event will also be judged by some top local foodies including Chaud restaurant owner and chef Khalid Mohammed; food blogger Trini Chow; Conrad Parris, host of CNC3’s cooking programme Taste and celebrity mixologist Duane Sylvestre. The winners will walk away with cash prizes, vouchers, trophies and hampers.
President of Malvern Sports Club, Senator Elton Prescott who also spoke to the T&T Guardian, gave a brief history of the much highly regarded sports club. Prescott said the club was formed in 1942 in Woodbrook by a group of young men, mostly made up of public servants and past students of Queen’s Royal College.
“It was a community club that was at one time called the Glamour Boys Club, a home to football, cricket and later hockey,” recalled Prescott.
He said in the 50s and 60s, Malvern was regarded as one of the most outstanding football clubs of its time. This was so mainly because in the 60s, the national football team’s forwards and goalie came from the sports club. He said when football “fell off” in the 70s, the club became the home to hockey with several players part of the national squad.
He boasted the women’s national hockey team has won national competitions on three occasions, the last being in 2011. Prescott said the club has also had discussions to incorporate cricket once more but the sport is too expensive to manage.
“Cricket was played at the club many years ago, but after it became too expensive and also because of the lack of a home ground, we gave up the sport in 1974,” he said.
However, it is looking at opening up the club to chess players as the sport is a growing one.
Last year for its 70th anniversary, the club was recognised for its contribution over the years by having the junction at the corner of White and Roberts Streets in Woodbrook, renamed Malvern Junction.
Prescott said the club is focusing on strengthening its outreach programme, as it is through the programme that talent is spotted and the club continues to grow.
• For more information on the event visit the Facebook event page: Tongs on Fire or call 788-8641/775-4013
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