Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 7th February 2016

Handicap League - Week 2
In the second week of the Handicap League matches, a late surge by Casablanca (Dave Dutton 17, Bill Thomas 11) overcame a halftime deficit of eight points in their 40-33 victory over E Street Band. Having caught up Formby Pavilion (Margaret Copplestone 15) by halftime, Wings (Ray Oakes 19, Maurice Wright 15 and Keith Mulhearn 12) only just managed a single point win - final score 53-52. Close matches should be the norm in the Handicap League and Vikings (Bob Ellis 10) and Fisherman's Rest (John Ashcroft 11, Dave Tarr 10) duly obliged with a 36-36 draw. A strong performance in round 5 by Southport FC (Geoff Wilde 16, Mike Taylor 12) was the turning point in their 37-30 win at MPs. Ainsdale Sands (Jack Gardner 16) were the only second division side to win a match, beating Devonshire Club (Dave Leyland 16) by 42-36. ExPats could not repeat their performance of last week when they beat champions Wings - first division runners-up Zetland (Harry Owen 19, John Clarke 16 and Paul Edwards 11) ran out comfortable winners 53-36. Quads (Richard Farbon 19) had two decisive rounds (scoring 13 points without reply) in beating Sacred Heart 39-28. Formby Sports had a walkover versus St Jerome's.

Week ending 30th January 2016

Handicap League - Week 1
Formby Pavilion (Leon Metford 16 and Frank Gracie 14) were the only second division team to beat first division opposition, namely Southport FC (John Hill 14, Geoff Wilde 13) Pavilion did not need their handicap in running out winners 42-33, Despite good scoring from Bob Parry and Dag Griffiths (both 14) and Keith Muhearn 13, champions Wings could not overcome the 23 start given to ExPats and lost 50-55. Phil Ward 11 led for the visitors. The biggest margin of victory was 15 achieved by Casablanca (Bill Thomas and Dave Dutton both 18) in beating second division joint leaders Ainsdale Sands (Derek Roberts 13) by 50 to 35. Closest match of the week was between Fisherman’s Rest (Steve Murphy 18) and St Jerome’s (John Hoyle 10) – the Fisherman won 41-38. First division strugglers Quads (Richard Farbon 14, Pat and Tony Duffey 11 each) recorded a rare victory (38-33) in beating MPs for whom the ever dependable Ann Evans led with 14. Division One runners-up Zetland (Harry Owen and Derek Ainsworth both 15, John Clarke 14) had too much firepower for Exams and won every round in their 52-38 victory – Jim Quigley 13 top scored for Exams. Top aggregate score of the week was Devonshire Club’s (John Richards 17, Dave Leyland 14 and Ian Jackson 14) 50-45 defeat of Vikings (Christine Vasey 13, Alan Martin 11 and Roy Shannon 10), Second division Sacred Heart (Ray Mitcham 11) couldn’t make their handicap start count, losing 37-47 to Formby Sports (Gary Buxton15, Sheila Tickle 13, Molly West12).

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