Southport and Formby Quiz League : Quiz Notes
By Tom Farley

Week ending 28th February 2015

Handicap League - Week 6
E Street Band are now sole leaders after their comfortable 43 - 29 defeat of Southport FC centred around an excellent 20 from Alan Wright and Dave Nickeas 10. Wings moved up into joint second place with Vikings after their comfortable 58 - 35 defeat of MPs, despite conceding 20. Dag Griffiths 21, Tom Farley 16 and Keith Mulhearn 15 all scored well. Led by Bob Ellis 16 and Roy Shannon 12, Vikings slightly improved on their 1 point start against Quads to win 31 - 29, with Richard Farbon 15 leading for the visitors. Devonshire Club were not quite able to pull back their 10 point concession at ExPats, going down 35 - 32, Leo Tobin 11 leading for ExPats and Ian Jackson, also 11, for the visitors. Receiving 10, Exams continued their improving fortunes with 44 - 35 victory over Formby Sports led by Brian Waggett 13 and Steve James 11, with Keith Gowans 11 leading for the visitors. An understrength Zetland continue to struggle with their concesssions and went down 52 - 39 at Formby Pavilion who made good use of their 20 start. Margaret Copplestone 14 led for the Formby side and Harry Owen 14 and Derek Ainsworth 12 for the visitors. With a 17 point start and winning the first round 8 -2, Sacred Heart never looked back at Casablanca and beat the home side 39 - 37 with Bill Thomas 15 and Chris Sumner 12 leading for their opponents. Led by John Ashcroft 12 and conceding 5, Fishermen?s Rest proved too strong for Ainsdale Sands in winning 36 - 29, with Jack Gardner 12 leading for the home side.


Week ending 21st February 2015

Handicap League - Week 5
With Wings becoming the last team to lose their unbeaten record, they were overtaken at the top by Devonshire Club and E Street Band. Conceding 5, Devonshire started and finished well, winning the first and last rounds by a combined 18 - 5 to secure a comfortable 48 - 36 victory over Ainsdale Sands led by good scoring from John Richards 17, Ian Jackson 14 and Brian Cummins 12, with Jack Gardner 18 leading for Sands. Led by Alan Wright 15 and Ann Page 11 and conceding 5, E Street Band managed to hold off MPs to win 43 - 40 with Chris Hodgen and Ann Page, both 11, leading for the visitors. Conceding 15 and losing the first round 9 - 4, Wings could never quite catch Quads who played very well to come out 55 - 51 winners with Richard Farbon 12 and Pat Duffey 11 leading a good team effort and Dag Griffiths 16, Tom Farley 15 and Bob Parry 13 leading for the home side. Exams used their 5 start well to win 39 - 37 at Fishermen?s Rest led by Nick Philpott and Dermot Williams, both 12, and Jim Quigley 10 with Dave Williams and Steve Murphy, both 11 leading for the home side. All of the team members and the question - master of Fishermen?s Rest had met at Liverpool Collegiate School in 1968 and the answer to one off the questions ?Ted Ray? was an old boy of the school. Conceding 10, a fine team performance from Formby Sports gave them a 51 - 39 victory over neighbours Formby Pavilion. Sheila Tickle 16, Molly West 13 and Bill Hodgson and Keith Gowans, both 11, all scored well for Sports and Nick Aindow 10 for the visitors. Receiving 17 and led by Geoff Wilde 21 and Mick Hopkins 10, Southport FC proved too strong for Zetland in winning 59 - 48 with Dave Sinclair 20, Dave Wright 11 and Harry Owen 10 leading for the visitors. Conceding 9, Vikings continue to thrive with a 40 - 36 victory at Sacred Heart led by Roy Shannon 15 and Alan Martin 11. Led by Bill Thomas 18 and Dave Dutton, Casablanca made light of their 15 point concession to St Jeromes in winning 49 - 43 with John Hoyle 10 leading for the home side.

MIMIR Heats/Eddie Conway Trophy
After a gap of 8 years, evergreen Dag Griffiths achieved his 6th victory in the competition. Runner-up was Bill Thomas of Casablanca with Bob Parry and Tom Farley the other finalists, the first time that 3 players from Wings had made the final. These 4 plus Richard Farbon (Quads) will contest the Merseyside Finals on March 18th.

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Tony Cushing husband of Frances, QM for MPs. Tony was usually scorer and had been with MP's from their inception in the Northern league as Punch Bowl through to Hightown and then MP's.


Week ending 14th February 2015

Handicap League - Week 4
Closest match this week was Casablanca’s 38 - 37 victory at ExPats, despite conceding 15. Dave Dutton 15 and Bill Thomas 10 led for the away side. In the match that started off level, E Street Band proved too strong for promoted Quads in winning 40 - 29 led by Dave Twigge and Geoff Hedley, both 13, with Steve McGinty 11 leading for Quads. Conceding 5, Devonshire Club continued their best season for years with a 38 - 30 victory at Exams. Ian Jackson, a fine 17, and John Richards 12 led for the visitors and Jim Quigley 10 for Exams. Led by Nick Aindow 13, Formby Pavilion just exceeded their 5 start in beating Fishermen’s Rest 36 - 30 with Steve Murphy 10 leading for the visitors. Conceding 9, a fine team performance from Formby Sports led by Sheila Tickle 13 and Gary Buxton and Bill Hodgson, both 12, gave them a 45 - 35 victory over Southport FC with Geoff Wilde 11 and Mick Hopkins 10 leading for the visitors. With a start of 20 and led by Ann Evans 15, MPs proved an insurmountable hurdle for Zetland in winning 48 - 42 with John Clarke and Harry Owen, both 14, leading for the first division side. Sometimes handicaps go haywire as in Wings’ match with Sacred Heart. Conceding 25, Wings won 68 - 34 with heavy scoring from Dag Griffiths 23, Bob Parry an excellent 20 and Tom Farley 16.

Merseyside Challenge Cup and Plate
Wings scored a fine 47 - 32 victory over Yarboroughs of the Warrington League to reach the semi-final of the Cup. Our two local sides Zetland and E Street Band met in the MQL Plate with Zetland progressing to the semi-final.

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