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Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 24th February 2018

Handicap League
By general consent, both of the quizzes this week were appalling and never should have been authorised for use. Only 2 teams managed to overcome giving their opponents a start and the highest individual score was 14 with several players failing to register a point, a disheartening experience. Led by Nick Philpott 12, Exams are the new sole leaders after beating Devonshire Club 39 - 26 without needing their 9 point start, Dave Leyland 11 leading for the visitors. Conceding 18, Casablanca overtook Dismounted in the last round to finish 39 - 37 ahead, led by good scoring from Ray Oakes 14 and Chris Sumner 11. Conceding 21, Wings, overtook MPs in the 6th round, lost the next to go behind but won the last 5 - 3 to finish 41 - 40 ahead. Receiving 3 and led by Kate Medland 11, Vikings proved much too strong for Fishermen's Rest in winning 35 - 18. Led by John Hoyle 14, St Jeromes made the most of their 5 point start at Southport FC to finish 33 - 30 ahead with Geoff Wilde 12 leading for the football club. Conceding 13 to Formby Pavilion, Zetland briefly led in the 7th round but the visitors rallied to finish 42 - 38 ahead led by Margaret Copplestone 10 with Harry Owen 12 and John Clarke 10 leading for the home side. Quads match with Mixed Blues was close throughout with the latter, conceding 1, just clinched it 27 - 26. Conceding 17 at ExPats, Formby Sports were never in contention and finished 37 - 29 down, with Andrew Daulby 11 leading for the home side. Conceding 8, E Street Band were a little closer to their opponents Ainsdale Sands but went down 32 - 26.


Week ending 17th February 2018

Handicap League
After 4 matches, only 2 teams have a 100% record. Southport FC made good use of their 1 point start to finish 37 - 36 ahead at Formby Pavilion led by Geoff Wilde 12 and Mick Hopkins 10 with Nick Aindow 12 and Leon Metford and Margaret Copplestone, both 10, leading for the Formby side. Conceding 9, Devonshire Club also finished stronger than their second division opponents Ainsdale Sands to win 46 - 39 with good scoring from John Richards 17 and Brian Cummins and Bob Rimmer, both 12 with Jack Gardner 18 leading for Sands. Conceding 13, Zetland lost their first match at Mixed Blues 57 - 48 with Claire Newbury 13, Robin McGrath 12 and Jim McGrath 10 all scoring well and Harry Owen 18, John Clarke 12 and Mark Halton 10 leading for the visitors. Conceding 22 at St Jeromes, Casablanca also lost for the first time despite good scoring from Bill Thomas 14, Ray Oakes 13 and Chris Sumner and Dave Dutton, both 12 with Sue Ford 14 leading the home side to a 59 - 51 victory. Vikings did not need their 6 point start in their emphatic 55 - 33 victory at E Street Band with all of their players in double figures; Alan Martin and K Medland, both 14, Chris Swallow 11 and Roy Shannon 10 all scoring well and Geoff Hedley 13 and Alan Wright 11 leading for the home side. Receiving 12 at Formby Sports, Exams were behind at half - time but rallied strongly to edge it 48 - 47 led by Nick Philpott 15 and Steve James 10 with Sheila Tickle 18 and Keith Gowans and Bill Hodgson, both 10, leading for the home side. Led by John Ashcroft 15 and Steve Murphy 14, Fishermen's Rest finished the stronger to beat ExPats 43 - 39 despite their 10 point concession. Starting off level, Quads led throughout at MPs to finish 40 - 27 ahead led by Steve McGinty 16 and Richard Farbon 12 with Ann Evans 16 leading for the home side. Conceding 22, Wings proved too strong for Dismounted with a 65 - 47 victory with good scoring from Dag Griffiths 21, Keith Mulhearn 17, Tom Farley 15 and Maurice Wright 12 with Steve Watson 10 leading for the home side.

MQL Plate
Led by Tom Farley (19) and Dag Griffiths !17) Wings were too strong for Abbey Sinners of the Ormskirk League and beat them 51-25 in the quarter-final. In the semi-final on March 14th they will be away to Aigburth People of the Liverpool league.

Week ending 10th February 2018

Handicap League
Closest match this week was Exams' 34 - 33 defeat of Fishermen's Rest. Receiving 5, Exams led throughout but just held on at the end led by Nick Philpott 11 with John Ashcroft 12 leading for the "Fish". Led by Jack Gardner 17 and receiving 12, Ainsdale Sands were caught by Formby Sports by round 5 but finished the stronger to finish 44 - 42 ahead with Bill Hodgson 14, Gary Buxton 13 and Sheila Tickle 10 leading for the visitors. Conceding 20, Wings took 7 rounds to catch Formby Pavilion but won the last round to finish 49 - 46 ahead with good scoring from Tom Farley 16, Keith Mulhearn 14 and Dag Griffiths 12 with Margaret Copplestone 12 leading for the Formby side. ExPats made good use of their 13 point start to defeat E Street Band 35 - 32 who were led by Dave Nickeas 15 and Alan Wright 13. Starting off level and led by Geoff Wilde 20, Southport FC proved too strong for MPs with a 40 - 29 victory. Conceding 15, Zetland took 7 rounds to draw level with Dismounted but won the last 10 - 0 to finish 54 - 44 ahead with Mark Halton 21, his highest score ever, Harry Owen 14 and Paul Edwards 10 leading for Zetland with Frank Hansen 14 and Mike Williams 10 leading for the visitors.Led by Richard Farbon and Steve MCGinty, both 12, Quads defeated St Jeromes 33 - 25 despite a 5 point concession. Casablanca were comfortable in their 62 - 40 defeat of Mixed Blues despite a 15 point concession with Ray Oakes 22 (including a 'full house'), Dave Dutton 16, Chris Sumner 13 and Bill Thomas 11 all scoring well.

MIMIR heats/Eddie Conway Cup (Individual Competition)
Congratulations to Dag Griffiths (Wings) on winning for a record 7th time. Harry Owen (Zetland) was runner-up followed by Bob Parry (Wings) and Richard Farbon (Quads). Alan Wright (E Street Band) as the next best placed semi-finalist also qualified for the MQL heats to be played on Wednesday 21st March at St Joseph's Parish Centre, Meeting Lane, Penketh, Warrington WA5 2BB

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