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Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 14th April 2018

Don Standing Cup - Quarter-Finals
The only upset this week was Fishermen's Rest's defeat of Devonshire Club. They were never behind and finished 39 - 35 ahead led by good scoring from Dave Tarr 15 and John Ashcroft 13 with Bob Rimmer 11 and Dave Leyland 10 leading for the home side. In the semi - final, they will meet the holders Casablanca. They were only 2 points ahead of E Street Band after 6 rounds but finished the stronger to come out 45 - 39 winners with good scoring from Ray Oakes and Bill Thomas, both 14. and Dave Dutton 10 with Alan Wright 14 and Dave Twigge 10 leading for the Band. Exams gave a good account of themselves against Formby Sports but eventually went down 46 - 37 with good scoring from Sheila Tickle 16, Keith Gowans 14 and Gary Buxton 10 with Steve James 12 and Dermot Williams 10 leading for the home side. In the semi - final, Formby Sports will meet Wings who eventually got the better of a much - improved Southport FC, finishing 50 - 37 ahead led by Dag Griffiths 19, Keith Mulhearn 15 and Maurice Wright 10 with the redoubtable Geoff Wilde 14 leading for the football club.

Maurice Jefferies Plate Quarter-Finals
Good scoring from Ann Evans 16 and Chris Hodgen 16 underpinned MPs 38 - 32 victory at Formby Pavilion with Margaret Copplestone 13 and Frank Gracie 10 leading for the home side. Newcomers Dismounted advanced to the semi - finals with a hard - fought 42 - 40 victory at Ainsdale Sands. Steve Watson 17 and Frank Hansen 15 scored well for the visitors and Jack Gardner 27 dominated for Sands. Led by Richard Farbon 17 and Pat Duffey 12, Quads proved too strong for St Jeromes in winning 42 - 31 with Sue Ford 10 leading for the Formby side.


Week ending 31st March 2018

Don Standing Cup - Round One

There were no upsets this week with Quads coming nearest in losing by only 3 points 45 - 42 at Formby Sports with Keith Gowans 17, Sheila Tickle 13 and Gary Buxton 11 leading for the home side and Tony Duffey 14, Adrian Cannell 13 and Steve McGinty 10 for Quads. Mixed Blues led E Street Band by 7 points after 5 rounds but the first division side bucked up and came out 34 - 29 winners with Alan Wright 13 and Ann Page 11 leading for the visitors and Ed Davies and Paul Tandy, both 11, for the Blues. The clash of the first and second division champions was dominated by Wings with Tom Farley and Dag Griffiths, both 17, Maurice Wright 12 and Bob Parry 11 scoring well in their 57 - 31 victory and Frank Hansen and Steve Watson, both 10, leading for Dismounted. MPs led at half way in their match with Fishermen's Rest but the first division side finished the stronger to finish 36 - 32 ahead led by Steve Murphy 11 and Dave Tarr and Dave Williams, both 10, with Ann Evans 16 and Chris Hodgen 10 scoring well for MPs. Led by Brian Cummins 17, Devonshire Club proved too strong for Formby Pavilion with Leon Metford 10 leading for the visitors. Good scoring from Chris Wood 17 and Nick Philpott 11 led Exams to a comfortable 39 - 25 victory at St Jeromes with Paul Otterson 10 leading for the Formby side. Southport FC's late season improvement continued with a 41 - 34 victory at Ainsdale Sands led by Geoff Wilde 15 and Mick Hopkins 13 with the redoubtable Jack Gardner 16 leading for Sands.


Week ending 24th March 2018

Handicap League - Week 9
Despite winning all of their first eight matches, Exams fell at the last hurdle to their last remaining challenger Southport FC whose better points difference gave them the number one spot. From a level start, the football club started strongly and withstood a late rally from the visitors to finish 39 - 36 ahead led by Geoff Wilde 14 and Mick Hopkins 12 with Dermot Williams and Brian Waggett, both 13, leading for the visitors. Wings finished in third place, a point ahead of Casablanca. Conceding 26, they proved too strong for St Jeromes in winning 60 - 46 with good scoring from Dag Griffiths 22, Bob Parry 15 and Tom Farley 14. Conceding 22 to ExPats, Casablanca were 28 behind after 2 rounds but won all the remaining rounds to finish at 53 - all led by Dave Dutton 22 and Bill Thomas 18. From a level start, Ainsdale Sands finished the stronger at Quads to win 39 - 35 with good scoring from Jack Gardner 15 and Derek Roberts 10 with Richard Farbon 20 leading the home side. Of the 2 new teams, Mixed Blues fared the better in this format though this week they went down 41 - 37 to Devonshire Club, after receiving 8, with Devonshire finishing a creditable 5th in the league. Dave Leyland 13, Brian Cummins 12 and John Richards 10 contributed well for the visitors and Bill Morris 13 and Claire Newbery 11 for the Blues. Receiving 13, Dismounted finished the season with a 47 - 44 victory over E Street Band led by Steve Watson 13 and Frank Hansen 12 with Dave Nickeas 17, Alan Wright 15 and Dave Twigge 12 leading for the visitors. Receiving 11, Formby Pavilion were 5 points ahead going into the last round in their local derby with Formby Sports but lost it 8 - 3 to finish level at 40 - all with Leon Metford 10 leading for Pavilion and Sheila Tickle 15 and Gary Buxton 10 for the visitors. Led by Ann Evans 18 and receiving 5, MPs dominated their match at Fishermen's Rest and finished 42 - 29 ahead with John Ashcroft 11 leading for the home side. Zetland finished their season with a comfortable 51 - 38 victory over Vikings with good scoring from Derek Ainsworth 16, Harry Owen 14 and John Clarke 12 and Roy Shannon 11 leading for the visitors.

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