Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 22nd November 2014

Division One
Casablanca’s outcome at Vikings went down to the last question with the visitors just squeezing out a 37 - 35 victory to remain in touch at the top. Bill Thomas 14 and Arthur Jones 11 led for the Formby side and Bob Ellis 14 and Roy Shannon 10 for Vikings. E Street Band’s fortunes are reviving and they achieved a fine 43 - 33 success at Devonshire Club with a good team effort led by Alan Wright 16 and Dave Twigge 12 with Brian Cummins 10 leading for the home side. All of Zetland’s players were in double figures in their comfortable 52 - 37 defeat of Fishermen’s Rest. Dave Sinclair 15, Derek Ainsworth 13 and John Clarke and Harry Owen, both 12, all scored well with Phil Lally 12 and Steve Murphy 11 led for the visitors.

Division Two
With Quads without a match this week, Southport FC were able to draw 2 points clear at the top but only after a desperately close 33 - 32 victory at Sacred Heart. Geoff Wilde 21 dominated the scoring for the football club with Ray Mitcham 12 leading for the home side. Led by Margaret Copplestone 14, Frank Gracie 11 and Ged Gallagher 10, Formby Pavilion continued their good run with a 38 - 29 victory over ExPats with Phil Ward 15 scoring well for the visitors. MPs and Ainsdale Sands remain in touch after useful victories. MPs achieved a narrow 30 - 27 win over Exams led by Ann Evans 15 with Dermot Williams 13 leading for the opposition. Led by Jack Gardner 15 and Neil Cunningham 12, Ainsdale Sands comfortably won the first of a double header against St Jerome’s. However, after leading 32 - 26 after 7 rounds in the second match, they lost the last 9 - 0 to lose 35 - 32 despite a fine 18 from Jack Gardner. John Hoyle 15 led for the Formby side.

Merseyside Challenge Cup. Group Stage Match 2.
Zetland and Wings both had comfortable victories over teams from the Liverpool league but plucky E Street Band lost against Unison (Ormskirk) one of the MQL heavyweights.


Week ending 15th November 2014

Division One
Wings welcomed back Dag Griffiths after his prolonged absence with a handsome 57 - 32 victory at Fishermen’s Rest. All of the players were in double figures with Tom Farley 19, Maurice Wright 14 and Keith Mulhearn and Dag Griffiths, both 12, making good contributions and Phil Lally 12 and Steve Murphy 11 leading for the home side. Formby Sports at last showed their real strength with a comfortable 51 - 19 victory over Vikings with Keith Gowans 19, Sheila Tickle 14 and Molly West all scoring well. Led by solid scoring from Bill Thomas 17, Chris Sumner 16 and Dave Dutton 10, Casablanca proved too strong for E Street Band, coming out 50 - 33 winners with Simon Jaggard 13 and Dave Nickeas 11 leading for the home side.

Division Two
In the top of the table clash, Quads beat Southport FC 42 - 28 to draw level with their opponents with a game in hand. Richard Farbon 14 and Pat Duffey 12 led for Quads and John Hill 11 for the home side. Led by Ann Metford 11, Formby Pavilion consolidated their third place with a useful 37 - 30 victory at MPs with Ann Evans 14 leading for the home side. Fine scoring from Dave Cunningham 17 and Jack Gardner 14 led Ainsdale Sands to a comfortable 41 - 25 victory over ExPats. The Tuesday questions certainly did not suit Sacred Heart, going down to a heavy 47 - 15 defeat at Exams with Steve James 15, Brian Waggett 14 and Jim Quigley 11 all scoring well.

Week ending 8th November 2014

Division One
Congratulations to Vikings who gained their first points of the season finishing strongly to squeeze past E Street Band 27 - 26 on the tough Tuesday set led by Christine Vasey 11, with Geoff Hedley 12 scoring well for the visitors. Formby Sports’ dreadful season continues, their latest setback being a 46 - 39 defeat at Zetland despite being in contention until the last round. Harry Owen 21 and Dave Sinclair 16 dominated the Zetland scoring with Bill Hodgson and Molly West, both 11, leading for the Formby side. A good team effort saw Fishermen’s Rest pick up 2 useful points with a 35 - 28 victory at Devonshire Club led by Dave Tarr and Phil Lally, both 11, while John Richards achieved his season’s best with 20.

Division Two
Southport FC took 2 big strides towards regaining their First Division status with fine wins over St Jeromes and ExPats. In the former, a fine 23 from Geoff Wilde led the team to a 31 - 22 victory at St Jeromes with Paddy Kirk 11 leading for the home side. In the latter, Geoff celebrated his 700th league match with another fine 23, supported by Mick Hopkins 10 in their 42 - 28 victory, with Phil Ward leading for Expats. Quads lie in second place after their 36 - 27 victory over Exams led by Richard Farbon and Adrian Cannell, both 14. MPs lost ground with their surprise 26 - 18 loss at Sacred Heart, David Burke 10 leading for the home side. A fine 16 from Nick Aindow led Formby Pavilion to a narrow 27 - 23 victory over Ainsdale Sands, Jack Gardner 13 leading for the visitors.

Week ending 1st November 2014

Division One
Wings bounced back from last week’s defeat, winning the first round 9 - 3 and going on to a comfortable 52 - 40 victory over Formby Sports. Tom Farley 20 and Keith Mulhearn and Maurice Wright, both 12, led for the home side and Sheila Tickle 12 and Bill Hodgson 11 for Sports. Zetland proved too strong for Vikings in winning 56 - 40 with heavy scoring from Dave Sinclair 19, Harry Owen 17 and John Clarke 15 and Alan Martin 16 and Bob Ellis 13 leading for the

Division Two
Fine scoring from Ann Evans 22 and son Dan 10 led MPs to a crucial 38 - 35 victory at Quads with Richard Farbon 16 and Steve McGinty 11 led for their title rivals. Led by Dermot Williams 13, Exams secured a comfortable 32 - 21 victory at St Jeromes with Sue Ford 10 leading for the Formby side. Formby Pavilion proved too strong for Sacred Heart in defeating Sacred Heart 36 - 19 led by Ged Gallagher 13.

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