Pictured left is David Dutton (Casablanca) with his wife Denise, a Sefton Councillor, at a garden party held at Buckingham Palace in June 2014

Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 24th May 2014

Handicap Cup Semi-finals and Final
Conceding 6, Wings managed to overcome their perennial rivals Zetland 54 - 45 led by good scoring from Dag Griffiths 20, Tom Farley 16 and Bob Parry 10 with Dave Sinclair 16 and John Clarke 12 scoring well for their opponents. Despite conceding 7 to Formby Pavilion, cup holders E Street Band had little difficulty in achieving a comfortable 43 - 33 victory with good scoring from Dave Nickeas 16, and Ann Page and Alan Wright, both 12, with Leon Metford 10 leading for the Formby side. In the final, Wings became the first team to win the cup off scratch. Conceding 13, they overcame the handicap in 2 rounds but thereafter were made to fight to win by only 5 points at 48 - 43. All of Wings’ quartet of Tom Farley, Bob Parry, Maurice Wright and Dag Griffiths made good contributions, rounding off the most successful season in the team’s history.

Pairs Competition

Keith Mulhearn became the 4th Wings player to win the trophy, partnered with Dan Evans of MPs, who joined his mother Ann and uncle Bill Thomas as winners of the competition. Tom Farley (Wings) and Ged Gallagher (Formby Pavilion) were runners

Week ending 17th May 2014

Handicap Cup Quarter-Finals
The closest match was E Street Band’s 50 - 47 defeat of Quads despite conceding 5. All of the home side’s players were in double figures, Dave Nickeas 16, Geoff Hedley 13, Simon Jaggard 11 and David Twigge 10 with Richard Farbon 12, Adrian Cannell 11 and Tony Duffey 10 scoring well for Quads. Conceding 2 and led by Dave Sinclair 21, John Clarke 15 and Harry Owen 14, Zetland proved too strong for Casablanca in winning 59 - 38 with Dave Dutton 14, Chris Sumner 12 and Arthur Jones 10 replying for the Formby side. Despite receiving 32, newcomers Southport Old Links’ season came to a sad end with a heavy 71 - 50 defeat at Wings. Dag Griffiths 27, Tom Farley 19 and Maurice Wright 17 all scored well for the home side. Conceding 1 and led by Ged Gallagher 15 and Nick Aindow 12, Formby Pavilion achieved a fine 43 - 36 victory at Exams, Brian Waggett 13 leading for the first division side.

Merseyside Challenge Cup
Congratulations to Wings on finally winning the top competition for Merseyside teams after 3 defeats in the final over the years. All of their quartet of Tom Farley, Keith Mulhearn, Maurice Wright and Dag Griffiths played well in their 38 - 22 defeat of the top Wirral League side Oxton Conservatives.

Mimir Trophy - Merseyside Individual Competition
Commiserations to Dag Griffiths (Wings) on narrowly failing to win the competition for the second time, finishing 2 points behind Pat Gibson, the world quiz champion and of the Ormskirk League, with 2 other players of the Ormskirk League being in 3rd and 4th positions.

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