Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 18th February 2017

Handicap League - Week 6
Formby Sports remain the only unbeaten team after Casablanca's loss at MPs. Conceding 8 to Formby Pavilion, Formby Sports led by the 5th round and held on to finish 47 - 40 ahead, with Sheila Tickle 19 and Gary Buxton 11 scoring well and Margaret Copplestone and Nick Aindow, both 10, leading for the visitors. Receiving 15, MPs played well throughout to finish 50 - 49 ahead of Casablanca with Ann Evans following up her excellent 24 last week with a fine 19 and Ray Oakes 20, Chris Sumner 13 and Dave Dutton 11 leading for the Formby side. Conceding 11 and being level after 7 rounds, Devonshire Club finished strongly to win 52 - 47 at St Jeromes led by Ian Jackson 18, Dave Leyland 14 and Brian Cummins 11 with Sue Ford dominating the reply with a fine 22. Conceding 15 and led by John Clarke 19 and Paul Edwards 16, Zetland squeezed out a 50 - 49 win at Vikings with veteran Bob Ellis 12 leading for the home side. Receiving 21 and with all of their team playing well, Exams were never threatened at Wings and finished comfortable winners at 65 - 51 led by Jim Quigley 16 and Nick Philpott and Dermot Williams, both 10, despite all of the Wings' players being in double figures. Receiving 1, Southport FC led throughout but finished just in front at 48 - 46 against Fishermen's Rest led by Geoff Wilde 15, Mike Taylor 12 and John Hill 11 with Dave Tarr 16, John Ashcroft 14 and Phil Lally 13 all making useful contributions for the visitors. Led by Don Hobson and Phil Ward, both 11, and receiving 12, ExPats were never headed and finished 48 - 37 ahead at E Street Band with Geoff Hedley 13 and Ann Page 11 leading for the home side.

Eddie Conway Individual Competition
Congratulations to Ray Oakes ( Casablanca ) who came from behind to pip Dag Griffiths ( Wings ) at the death to win our individual championship, with Harry Owen ( Zetland ) and Alan Wright ( E Street Band ) also contesting the final. These 4 plus the 2 top - scoring losing semi - finalists Keith Mulhearn and Tom Farley, both Wings, will represent the league at the Merseyside individual heats in March.

Week ending 11th February 2017

Handicap League - Week 5
The variability of quizzes and sometimes the two halves of a quiz was well illustrated in the clash between the champions of the first and second divisions, Wings and Fishermen's Rest. Conceding 19, Wings easily won the first half to go 2 ahead but a very different second half suited the home side much better and they won it by 3 to finish 56 - 55 in front. Tom Farley 16, Dag Griffiths 15, Maurice Wright 14 and Keith Mulhearn 10 scored well for Wings and Dave Tarr 14, Dave Williams 12 and Phil Lally 11 for the Fish. Vikings made the most of their 7 point start to finish 50 - 48 of Devonshire Club despite a strong finish by the home side with Roy Shannon 14 and Kate Woods 12 leading for the visitors and Ian Jackson 15, Dave Leyland 14 and Brian Cummins 13 for Devonshire. A fine 14 from Ann Evans added to an 18 point start led MPs to a comfortable 60 - 41 victory at Zetland with Paul Edwards 14, Dick Davies 11 and Harry Owen 10 leading for Zetland. Receiving 4, Exams led for 7 rounds against E Street Band but the visitors won the last round by 4 to come home 37 - 35 winners with Alan Wright 11 and Geoff Hedley 10 leading for the visitors and Steve James 12 and Nick Philpott 10 for Exams. Conceding 9, Casablanca were fairly comfortable in their 47 - 36 victory over Quads led by Ray Oakes 16, Bill Thomas 13 and Chris Sumner 10 and Richard Farbon 14 leading the reply. Conceding 15 and led by Sheila Tickle 26 and Keith Gowans 13, Formby Sports were much too strong for ExPats in winning 51 - 36. St Jerome's, unable to raise ateam, conceded their match with Ainsdale Sands.


Week ending 4th February 2017

Handicap League - Week 4
Conceding 10, Zetland looked likely winners when leading Fishermen's Rest by 3 after 7 rounds but all of the home players answered their question to win the final round 8 - 3 and finish 44 - 42 ahead with Steve Murphy and John Ashcroft, both 10, leading for the Fish and Derek Ainsworth 14 and Paul Edwards and John Clarke, both 12, for the visitors. Conceding 5 at Formby Pavilion, Devonshire Club cleared the deficit in the first round but, led by a fine 19 from Leon Metford, the home side picked up their game to finish 43 - 37 ahead with Ian Jackson 12 and Dave Leyland 11 leading for the visitors. Conceding 9, Casablanca were 1 ahead at half way and finished strongly for a 44 - 34 victory led by Dave Dutton 15, Arthur Jones 13 and Bill Thomas 10 with Steve James 10 leading for the home side. ExPats' match with Ainsdale Sands see - sawed throughout but Sands, conceding 7, held out to finish 34 - 31 ahead led by Dave Cunningham and Jack Gardner, both 12. Receiving 4, Quads were 2 ahead after round 6 but E Street Band finished the stronger to win 41 - 35 led by Dave Nickeas and Alan Wright, both 16, and Richard Farbon, also 16, for Quads. Led by Alan Martin 16 and Roy Shannon 10 and receiving 4, Vikings won the first round 11 - 3 at Southport FC and never looked back to win 44 - 35, with John Hill 12, Geoff Wilde 11 and Mick Hopkins 10 replying for the football club. After 3 rounds, Wings had knocked 20 off their 27 point concession to MPs but the away side's fortunes picked up and Wings only got in front in the last round to finish 53 - 50 ahead. Tom Farley 17, Keith Mulhearn 16 and Bob Parry 12 all scored heavily for Wings and the redoubtable Ann Evans 12 for the visitors. St Jeromes had to concede their match to Formby Sports.

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