Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 28th November 2015

Division 1
The crucial clash of Wings and Zetland was very close for 6 rounds but Wings took the 7th 10 - 4 and finished 10 ahead at 51 - 41 after a stronger team performance, with Keith Mulhearn 18, Dag Griffiths 12, Maurice Wright 11 and Tom Farley 10 all making useful contributions. Harry Owen 20 and John Clarke 10 led for the home side. Led by Dave Tarr and Dave Williams, both 10, Fishermen’s Rest led Casablanca for much of the match but the Formby side finished the stronger to win 39 - 34 with Bill Thomas and Dave Dutton, both 15, leading for the hosts. Good scoring from Sheila Tickle 17 and Keith Gowans 15 led Formby Sports to a 41 - 31 victory at Quads with Adrian Cannell 13 leading for the home side. A fine 22 from evergreen Geoff Wilde enabled Southport FC to complete the double over Devonshire Club, winning the last 3 rounds after being 9 down after 5. Steve Wilson 13 and John Richards 12 led for the visitors.

Division 2
Ainsdale Sands joined E. Street Band at the top after beating them 40 - 37 led by good scoring from Jack Gardner 16 and Derek Roberts 12 with Alan Wright and Dave Twigge, both 11, leading for the visitors. MPs finished the stronger in their match with Exams to win 39 - 32 led by Ann Evans 17 and Dan Evans 13. Sacred Heart looked like gaining their first win of the season when they led 19 - 11 at half - time at St Jeromes but the home side rallied to finish 32 - 27 ahead led by Mike Beckingham 15 and Terry Wafer 12 with Gerry Horton 10 leading for the visitors. Led by Ged Gallagher 16, Formby Pavilion proved too strong for Ex - Pats winning 34 - 28 with Don Hobson 10 leading for the away side. Formby Pavilion also won a rearranged match between the sides 38 -33 led by Margaret Copplestone 14 with Phil Ward 17 top scoring for Ex - Pats. St Jeromes also won their rearranged match with Sacred Heart 37 - 23 with John Hoyle 17 and Mike Beckingham 10 leading the scoring.


Week ending 21st November 2015

Division 1

Two teams on the fringe of the top fought out a tense battle with Formby Sports just having the edge over Devonshire Club to win 44 - 43 led by fine scoring from Sheila Tickle 20 and Gary Buxton 15 with Brian Cummins 14 and Ian Jackson 11 leading a more even team effort by the home side. Led by Bill Thomas 22 and the ageless Arthur Jones 12, Casablanca proved too strong for Quads in winning 45 - 27 with Adrian Cannell 10 leading for the visitors. Joint leaders Zetland warmed up for their coming clash with Wings with a 45 - 34 victory at Fishermen’s Rest with good scoring from Harry Owen 13, Derek Ainsworth 12 and John Clarke 11 with Dave Tarr 11 and John Ashcroft 10 leading for the resting fishermen.

Division 2
Leaders E. Street Band look set for promotion after defeating third - placed Vikings 38 - 29 with a good team effort led by Geoff Hedley 11, and Ann Page and Alan Wright, both 10, with Christine Vasey 13 and Alan Martin 11 scoring well for the visitors. The key to the match was the 6th round which the leaders took 9 -1. The 2nd round was the key to second - placed Ainsdale Sands’ match at Exams, winning it 7 - 0 and going on to win 34 - 29 with Jack Gardner 18 scoring well and Steve James 10 leading for Exams. Led by Ann Evans 13 and Dan Evans 10, MPs returned to winning ways with a hard - fought 35 - 32 victory over Formby Pavilion with Margaret Copplestone 13 leading for the visitors. ExPats and Sacred Heart played a double header with the former winning both matches by a similar score, 31 - 24 and 31 - 21, with Phil Ward and Don Hobson, both 10, leading for ExPats in the rearranged match.


Week ending 14th November 2015

Division 1
Wings joined Zetland at the top after a hard - fought battle at Devonshire Club, avenging their defeat earlier in the season. Devonshire are nowadays a difficult team to beat and, on their day, can match the best. Tom Farley 17, and Maurice Wright and Dag Griffiths, both 12, led for Wings and Ian Jackson 14 for the home side in the 48 - 38 scoreline. Good scoring by Bill Thomas 17, Arthur Jones 13 and Chris Sumner 12 kept Casablanca in touch with a comfortable 46 - 31 victory at Southport FC, Geoff Wilde 16 leading for the football club. Fishermen’s Rest stayed close to Formby Sports for 6 rounds but then the home side eased away to win 43 - 35 led by Keith Gowans 15, Sheila Tickle 13 and Molly West 10 with Alan Ascott 11 and Dave Tarr 10 leading the reply.

Division 2
A double win for E. Street Band and another loss for Vikings have put the former 4 points ahead at the top of the table. E. Street Band’s 54 - 27 victory at St Jeromes was their best of the season with Alan Wright and Dave Nickeas, both 17, and Dave Twigge 15 all making fine scores. The Formby side fared better in the other match but went down 43 - 32 led by John Hoyle 12 and Terry Wafer 10 with Dave Nickeas 15, Alan Wright 13 and Dave Twigge 11 again scoring well. Good scoring from Brian Waggett and Jim Quigley, both 13, gave Exams a 38 - 28 victory at Vikings keeping them in touch for the second promotion place. Ainsdale Sands moved level with Vikings after their 39 - 27 victory over MPs, again led by Jack Gardner 13 with Rick Catton 12 leading for MPs. Formby Pavilion remain in mid - table after their 43 - 26 defeat of Sacred Heart with Margaret Copplestone and Frank Gracie, both 13, and Nick Aindow 10 making useful contributions.

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