Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 3rd December 2016

Division 1
With Casablanca's victory over Zetland and Wings defeat of E Street Band, Wings secured their 4th successive championship, a record only bettered by Zetland with 5. Casablanca's 43 - 41 defeat of Zetland was a tense affair decided by the final question. Bill Thomas 18 and Chris Sumner 11 led for the visitors and Harry Owen 13 and John Clarke 12 for the home side. Led by Dag Griffiths 21 and Keith Mulhearn and Tom Farley, both 17, Wings proved much too strong for their visitors with a 62 - 22 victory, Geoff Hedley 10 leading for E Street Band. Formby Sports scored heavily in the early rounds of their match with Southport FC leaving the visitors with too much to do despite their strong finish and ending 45 - 31 ahead. Gary Buxton 17, Sheila Tickle 13 and Keith Gowans 12 led for the Formby side and Geoff Wilde 15 for the football club. A fine 19 from Ian Jackson, well supported by Steve Wilson 13 and Brian Cummins 10 gave Devonshire Club a fairly comfortable 48 - 37 victory over Ainsdale Sands despite 15 from the ever - reliable Jack Gardner.

Division 2
With the top 4 clubs all gaining 2 points, the issues of promotion are still in the balance. Leaders Fishermen's Rest struggled to impose themselves on MPs, finishing 36 - 34 ahead led by Steve Murphy 14 and David Williams 12 with MPs' stalwart Ann Evans 14 leading the reply . Led by Richard Farbon 14, Quads proved too strong for Vikings with a 34 - 27 victory. All of Formby Pavilion's players were in double figures in their 47 - 26 defeat of ExPats with Frank Gracie and Leon Metford, both 13, Ged Gallagher 11 and Margaret Copplestone 10 all making good contributions and Phil Ward 10 leading for the visitors. Exams received a walkover from St Jeromes.


Week ending 26th November 2016

Division 1
Formby Sports had better luck with their "double - header" this week, winning one fairly comfortably 50 - 40 and just edging home 32 - 31 in the other by winning the last round 5 -3 against E Street Band. In the first of these, Sheila Tickle 15 and Keith Gowans 10 scored well for Sports with Alan Wright 16 leading the reply. In the other, Keith Gowans 17, Sheila Tickle 14 and Gary Buxton 11 all scored well and Dave Nickeas and Ann Page, both 13, and Alan Wright 11 for the E Street Band. Devonshire Club finished the stronger to edge out Southport FC 37 - 34 with Brian Cummins 17, John Richards 11 and Ian Jackson 10 all making useful contributions and Geoff Wilde 14 and Mick Taylor 11 led for the football club. Zetland kept up the pressure on Wings with a comfortable 50 - 32 victory over Ainsdale Sands with John Clarke 17, Derek Ainsworth 15 and Harry Owen 10 all scoring well and Jack Gardner 15 leading for Sands. All of the Wings players were in double figures in their 57 - 41 win at Casablanca, Dag Griffiths 18, Keith Mulhearn and Tom Farley, both 14, and Maurice Wright 11, with Dave Dutton 17 and Bill Thomas 11 leading for the Formby side.

Division 2
All of the contenders for promotion won this week and the remaining 3 matches will be crucial. Leaders Fishermen's Rest were level with ExPats after 7 rounds but finished well to win 45 - 42. Phil Lally and Steve Murphy, both 13, led for the visitors with all of ExPats players in double figures, Don Hobson and Phil Ward, both 11 and Leo Tobin and Kath Jackson, both 10. Led by Richard Farbon 17, Pat Duffey 12 and Adrian Cannell 11, Quads proved too strong for MPs in winning 49 - 27 with Ann Evans 13 leading for the home side. Heavy scoring from Dermot Williams 16, Jim Quigley 15 and Chris Woods 12 led Exams to a 50 - 38 victory at Vikings with Bob Ellis and Kate Woods, both 10, leading for Vikings. Formby Pavilion kept in touch with their 40 - 31 victory at St Jeromes led by Nick Aindow and Frank Gracie, both 12 with Sue Ford 16 leading for Pavilion,

Week ending 19th November 2016

Division 1
In their "double - header" with Formby Sports, leaders Wings had very different experiences in the two matches. In the regular match, they led from the start, won almost every round and were comfortable 58 - 39 winners. All of their players were in double figures with Dag Griffiths 23, including a "full - house", Tom Farley 13 and Maurice Wright and Keith Mulhearn, both 11, all scoring well and Sheila Tickle 16 and Bill Hodgson 11 leading the reply. In the re - arranged match, the Formby side led from the start and it took Wings until the end of the 7th round to edge ahead, eventually scraping home 45 - 44 ahead with Dag Griffiths 21 and Tom Farley 15 again scoring well and Sheila Tickle 15 and Gary Buxton and Bill Hodgson, both 11, leading for Sports. Led by Derek Ainsworth 15, John Clarke 13 and Harry Owen 12, Zetland proved too strong for Southport FC in winning 46 - 34 with Geoff Wilde 15 leading for the visitors. Casablanca were also comfortable victors 47 - 35 victors over Ainsdale Sands with Dave Duttton 16, Bill Thomas 12 and Chris Sumner 11 all making useful contributions and Jack Gardner 17 leading for Sands. Good scoring from Brian Cummins 13 and John Richards 12 brought Devonshire Club a crucial 38 - 30 victory over E Street Band.

Division 2
Leaders Fishermen's Rest returned to winning ways with a 41 - 25 victory over St Jeromes led by Steve Murphy 14 and Dave Tarr 12. Quads recovered their 2nd place after eventually overhauling inconsistent Exams to finish 34 - 29 ahead led by Richard Farbon 14 and Tony Duffey 10. Led by Margaret Copplestone 15, Formby Pavilion kept in touch with their 39 - 28 victory over Vikings. Led by good scoring from Ann Evans 22 and Rick Catton 10 achieved their 3rd win of the season with a 38 - 19 defeat of ExPats.

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