Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 24th January 2015

Handicap League - Week 1
Closest match this week was Sacred Heart’s 43 - 42 defeat of Formby Sports, the Ainsdale side making full use of their 17 point start, with Keith Gowans and Sheila Tickle, both 12, leading for the visitors. Led by Nick Aindow 10 and receiving 10, Formby Pavilion were almost caught by Casablanca after 6 rounds but managed to draw the last two to win 39 - 37, Bill Thomas 15 and Arthur Jones 10 leading for the home side. Conceding 23, Zetland proved a little too strong for St Jeromes to win 49 - 47 with good scoring from Dave Sinclair 19, John Clarke 14 and Harry Owen 13 with Mike Beckingham 12 leading for the Formby side. Conceding 2, Fishermen’s Rest were level with Quads going into the last round but finished the stronger to come out 35 - 32 winners. Phil Lally 15 led for the home side and Adrian Cannell 12 for Quads. Conceding 18, Wings took 7 rounds to edge past Ainsdale Sands but won the last 10 - 3 to win 54 - 45 with good scoring from Tom Farley 18, Dag Griffiths 14 and Maurice Wright 13. Led by Jim Quigley 14 and Steve James 11, Exams did not need their 2 point advantage to comfortably beat Vikings 39 - 30, Christine Vasey 11 leading for the visitors. Conceding 7, Devonshire Club were always comfortable against MPs and finished 38 - 28 ahead, with Ian Jackson 14 and Brian Cummins 10 leading for the home side. Led by Sheila Tobin 12 and receiving 8, ExPats proved too strong for 2 - man E Street Band in winning 40 - 28 with Alan Wright 18 and Dave Twigge 12 scoring the points for the visitors.

Week ending 17th January 2015

Division One
Despite their strongest player having to miss several key matches, Wings retained the First Division title beating Formby Sports 50 - 30 in the final match to remain 2 points clear of perennial rivals Zetland. Tom Farley 22 and Dag Griffiths 16 led for Wings and Molly West 13 for the home side. Zetland also had a comfortable victory in defeating Vikings 47 - 29 with good scoring from Derek Ainsworth and Dave Sinclair, both 15 and Harry Owen 10 with Christine Vasey 12 leading for the visitors. A double-header between Fishermen’s Rest and Casablanca saw a narrow win for each side. In the first match, led by John Ashcroft 15 and Phil Lally 11, Fishermen’s Rest won 41 - 37 with Bill Thomas 14, Arthur Jones 11 and Dave Dutton 10 replying for the away side. Casablanca won the return fixture 35 - 34 with good scoring from the ageless Arthur Jones 14 and Bill Thomas 12 with Dave Tarr 12 leading the reply. The win by Fishermen's Rest ensured they preserved their first division status pushing E Street Band into the relegation zone.where they joined Vikings.

Division Two
Continuing their fine season, Quads clinched the title with a 38 - 28 victory at MPs led by good scoring from Adrian Cannell 11 and Steve McGinty and and Richard Farbon, both 10, with Ann Evans a fine 18 for MPs. Also promoted, Southport FC continued their fine run with a 34 - 24 defeat of ExPats with Geoff Wilde 18 leading for the football club and Phil Ward 10 for the visitors. Exams and Formby Pavillion both won to finish joint third. Led by Jim Quigley 12, Exams defeated St Jeromes 28 - 23 and, led by Margaret Copplestone 13, Pavillion won 26 - 22 at Sacred Heart.

Week ending 10th January 2015

Division One
The crucial match between Wings and Zetland resulted in a very tough battle with Wings scraping home 40 - 38. Wings had a slight early lead but with the visitors winning Round 6 9 - 1, it looked all over. Aided by a stroke of luck, Wings rallied to just get over the line ahead. Dag Griffiths 17 and Tom Farley 13 led for Wings and John Clarke 13 and Dave Sinclair 12 for the visitors. On the same questions, E Street Band narrowly defeated Fishermen’s Rest 29 - 26 with a good team effort, with Steve Murphy 11 leading for the away side. On the Monday questions, Formby Sports proved much too strong for Devonshire Club in winning 42 - 22 with Molly West and Sheila Tickle, both 12, and Keith Gowans 11 scoring well for the visitors.

Division Two
Quads and Southport FC continue to challenge for the title. Led by Pat Duffey 11, Quads finished the stronger to beat Sacred Heart 28 - 24 with Gerry Horton 11 leading for the visitors. Despite an excellent 21 from Jack Gardner, Ainsdale Sands went down 35 - 29 to Southport FC with both Mick Hopkins and John Hill, both 11, scoring well for the visitors. Led by Mike Beckingham 10, St Jeromes just edged out MPs 24 - 22 with Ann Evans 14 leading for MPs. Exams managed a welcome 31 - 18 victory at ExPats with 10 apiece from Dermot Williams and Brian Waggett.

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