Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 14th January 2017

Handicap League
The closest match this week was Fishermen's Rest's 40 - 37 victory at Devonshire Club, receiving 2 and maintaining their lead throughout the match. Alan Ascott 11 and Dave Tarr 10 led for the Fish and Dave Leyland and Brian Cummins, both 12, for Devonshire. Receiving 10 and led by Ann and Dan Evans, both 10, MPs won the last round 6 - 2 to finish 43 - 39 ahead of E Street Band with Alan Wright 13 and Dave Nickeas 11 leading for the visitors. Receiving 12, Exams started well at Zetland and finished 6 ahead at 48 - 42 with Brian Waggett 12 and Nick Philpott and Chris Wood, both 10, scoring well and Derek Ainsworth 14 and Dick Davies 10 leading the reply. St Jeromes didn't need their 8 point start against Southport FC in winning 41 - 28 led by Sue Ford 13 with Mick Hopkins 12 and John Hill 11 leading for the football club. Receiving only 7 from Formby Sports, Quads made a disastrous start and ended 55 - 44 behind with heavy scoring from Sheila Tickle 24, Gary Buxton 12 and Keith Gowans 11 with Pat Duffey 11 and Tony Duffey 10 leading for Quads. Playing off scratch, Ainsdale Sands proved too strong for Formby Pavilion in winning 43 - 29 led by Jack Gardner 19 and Keith Wilkinson and Derek Roberts, both 11, with Frank Gracie 11 leading the reply. Despite receiving 21, Ex Pats were soon under heavy pressure from high - scoring Casablanca in losing 66 - 38 led by Dave Dutton 22, Ray Oakes 17, the ageless Arthur Jones 14 and Bill Thomas 13. Conceding 24 and with Vikings starting well, Wings took until halfway through the last round to get ahead to finish at 63 - 59 led by Tom Farley 20 ( including a "full - house" ), Keith Mulhearn 19 and Dag Griffiths 17 with Christine Vasey 14 and Alan Martin 13 leading for the home side.


Week ending 17th December 2016

Division 1
The remaining matter to be settled was which team was to go down with Ainsdale Sands. Winning last week and this, E Street Band managed to edge past Southport FC to remain in the top division. E Street Band put in a strong performance to comfortably defeat Ainsdale Sands 45 - 24 with Ann Page and Geoff Hedley, both 13, and Alan Wright 10 all scoring well and Jack Gardner 18 leading for the visitors. Southport FC kept within sight of champions Wings for 6 rounds but the home side put in their usual strong finish to win 46 - 30. Tom Farley 21 and Bob Parry and Keith Mulhearn, both 12, led for Wings and Geoff Wilde 12 and Mick Hopkins 10 for the football club. The Formby derby was always close with Casablanca finishing 42 - 37 ahead led by Dave Dutton 13 and Ray Oakes and Bill Thomas, both 11, with Sheila Tickle 13 leading for Formby Sports. Zetland finished third behind Casablanca after their 48 - 31 win at Devonshire Club with a fine 21 from Derek Ainsworth and Harry Owen 15 with Dave Leyland and Ian Jackson, both 11, leading for the home side.

Division 2
Quads won both matches of their double - header against St Jeromes to clinch the second promotion spot behind Fishermen's Rest. The regular match was won comfortably 42 - 23 with good scoring from Richard Farbon 14 and Steve McGinty and Adrian Cannell, both 11, with Terry wafer 13 leading for the Formby side. Quads won the re - arranged match by a similar score 40 - 19. Fishermen's Rest had mixed fortunes in their double - header with Formby Pavilion, winning the first 40 - 38 and losing the second 35 - 32. For the Formby side, Margaret Copplestone led in both matches, 15 in the first and 17 in the second. For the champions, Steve Murphy 18 led in the first match and Dave Williams 13 in the second. Led by Dan Evans 13 and Ann Evans 12, MPs continued their recent fine run with a 33 - 30 win at Exams with Steve James 13 and Dermot Williams 11 leading for the home side. Vikings match with ExPats was close throughout and finished with a 34 - all draw. Christine Vasey 13, Bob Ellis 11 and Kate Woods 10 led for Vikings and Phil Ward 11 and Don Hobson and Keith Jackson, both 10, for the visitors.


Week ending 10th December 2016

Division 1
The most crucial match this week was E Street Band's 47 - 22 defeat of Southport which gives them a good chance of avoiding relegation, being now equal on points with their hosts. Alan Wright and Dave Nickeas, both 13, and Dave Twigge 12 led for the visitors. Wings proved too strong for Zetland on this occasion with all of their players in double figures in their 54 - 37 victory led by Tom Farley 18, Maurice Wright 16 and Keith Mulhearn and Dag Griffiths, both10, with John Clarke 15 and Mark Halton 11 leading for the home side. With Zetland's defeat, they were overtaken in second place by Casablanca. They finished strongly to defeat Devonshire Club 41 - 33 led by Dave Dutton 17 and Bill Thomas 15 with Ian Jackson 12 and Dave Leyland 11 leading for the visitors. Formby Sports consolidated their 4th position with a 35 - 30 victory at Ainsdale Sands led by Sheila Tickle 14 with Neil Cunningham and Jack Gardner heading the scorers for Sands.

Division 2
Fishermen's Rest were confirmed as champions with their narrow 31 - 30 defeat of nearest rivals Quads, though they had to win the last round 7 - 2 to scrape home. Steve Murphy 11 lead for the home side and Richard Farbon 13 and Adrian Cannell 11 for Quads. Exams overtook Quads into second place with their equally narrow 27 - 26 victory at ExPats with Brian Waggett 11 leading for Exams and Leo Tobin 10 for the home side. Formby Pavilion dropped out of contention after their 38 - 25 defeat at improving MPs with Ann Evans 12 and Dan Evans 11 leading for the home side and Margaret Copplestone 10 for the visitors. Vikings achieved one of their occasional wins with their 36 - 25 defeat of St Jeromes led by Joe Devaney 12 and Bob Ellis 10 with Sue Ford 12 leading for the home side

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