Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 28th March 2015

Don Standing Cup First Round
Top result this week was the defeat of E Street Band by second division Formby Pavilion, Frank Gracie 14 and Margaret Copplestone 10 leading for the Formby side and Alan Wright 14 and Dave Nickeas 11 for the visitors. Wings gained revenge for their first round defeat by Formby Sports last season with a comfortable 52 - 36 victory with Tom Farley 19 and Dag Griffiths 17 scoring well for Wings and Sheila Tickle 12 leading the reply. Led by John Ashcroft 15 and Bill Welsh 11, Fishermen's Rest were never behind against Exams and finished 37 - 29 ahead, Steve James 12 leading for Exams. A fine 20 from Ann Evans led MPs to a convincing 42 - 26 victory at St Jeromes, Mike Beckingham 10 top scoring for the home side. Casablanca proved too strong for second division champions Quads with Bill Thomas 20 and Chris Sumner 11 scoring well and Richard Farbon 12 and Tony Duffey 10 leading the reply. Ainsdale Sands proved no match for Devonshire Club, going down 42 - 20 at home with Ian Jackson 13, Brian Cummins 12 and John Richards 11 scoring well for the visitors. The other teams Southport FC and Zetland had byes.

Week ending 21st March 2015

Handicap League - Final Week (Week 9)
Conceding 3, E Street Band clinched the top spot with a comfortable 40 - 24 defeat of Ainsdale Sands led by Alan Wright 18 and Ann Page 11. Receiving 15, St Jeromes eventually achieved their first win, drawing the last round 6 - all to squeeze home 44 - 43 against Formby Sports despite good scoring from Sheila Tickle and Gary Buxton, both 12, and Molly West 10 for the visitors. A fine 21 from John Ashcroft led Fishermen?s Rest, conceding 12, to a 42 - 34 at Sacred Heart. Making the most of their 2 point start, Quads won the last round 6 - 2 to beat Devonshire Club 38 - 36 led by Richard Farbon 10 with Ian Jackson 15 top scoring for Devonshire. Despite their recent good form, Formby Pavilion, receiving 2, could only draw 24 - all at Vikings, Nick Aindow 12 leading for the Formby side. Southport FC?s good run also came to an end with a 46 - 41 at Casablanca despite their 9 point start, Chris Sumner 19, Arthur Jones 11 and Bill Thomas 10 leading for the home side and Geoff Wilde 15 for the football club. Conceding 18, Wings eventually overtook Exams after 7 rounds and went on to win 53 - 48 with all the home player in double figures, Dag Griffiths 19, Tom Farley 13, Keith Mulhearn 11 and Maurice Wright 10, with Nick Philpott 10 leading for the visitors.

Merseyside Individual Championship
Tom Farley(Wings ) progressed furthest of the home contingent this year, getting knocked out in a semi - final play - off. Harry Owen (Zetland) and Bill Thomas (Casablanca) reached the quarter - finals. The final will be played in 2 months time.

Week ending 14th March 2015

Handicap League - Week 8
Leaders E Street Band, conceding 3, proved too strong for Exams in winning 40 - 32 led by good scoring from Alan Wright 13 and Dave Twigge 11. Receiving 1, their only challengers Southport FC continued their good run with a comfortable 48 - 30 defeat of Vikings with Geoff Wilde 15, John Hill 12 and Mike Taylor 10 all making good contributions. Receiving 17, a fine team performance from Formby Pavilion brought them a comfortable 57 - 43 victory over Wings with Nick Aindow 12, Leon Metford 11 and Margaret Copplestone 10 all scoring well with Tom Farley 14, Dag Griffiths 12 and Maurice Wright 10 leading for the away side. Receiving 10, St Jeromes looked like achieving their first victory in this competition after leading for 7 rounds but lost the last 7- 0 to go down 38 - 33 at Fishermen?s Rest, Phil Lally and Dave Tarr, both 11, leading for the home side. Receiving 18 and well led by Jack Gardner 20, Ainsdale Sands held off Zetland to win 53 - 43 with Harry Owen 16, Derek Ainsworth 11 and John Clarke 10 leading for the visitors. Conceding 12, Casablanca were never able to make up the deficit against MPs in going down 43 - 38 with Ann Evans 16 leading for the visitors and Dave Dutton 15 and Chris Sumner 13 for the Formby side. Receiving 12, Sacred Heart achieved a fine 46 - 37 victory over Devonshire Club led by Alastair Sim 11 with John Richards 14 and Ian Jackson 12 leading for the visitors.

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