Val Draper Cup Semi Finals:
Val Draper Cup specialists, The Charabancs of Fire, tumbled out
of the competition by losing their home fixture to The Prodigals. I
say 'home' but.....well let Damian explain....
"First, the bad news: the doors of
the Turnpike remained firmly unresponsive no matter how hard we banged on them
and pleaded for entry. According to the latest rumours, the landlady has
done a moonlight flit - apparently unconcerned about the upcoming semi-finals of
the Val Draper Cup. We can't think of a single thing we might have said to
offend her even if we'd had the opportunity given that we seldom ever saw her.
Who knows, maybe she'd just had enough of poncey quiz types invading her
premises every other Wednesday night?
Secondly, the good news: we managed to find a welcoming host in
the nearby Albert Pub which, despite the rather cramped conditions and the
presence of a regular who kept up a noisy running commentary in a language
completely unknown to linguists anywhere, seemed keen for us to return and ply
our trade there on a more regular basis.
Now more good news: Yours Truly is back in the team for next week
after scoring his one and only two of the evening.
Now more bad news: there won't be a quiz for us next week, or at
any other time this side of September. Yes, you've guessed it, the spirit
of Val, after teasing us for the best part of 6 rounds, finally refused to
descend upon us tonight and instead decided to smile on the Prodigals.
What a fickle mistress she is! This is the second time in recent weeks we've
had our collective hides tanned by the Prodigals. Rears of the year?
Not this year, mate!"
With 'A Pint of Science' dominating the Albert Club the
Opsimaths decamped to the Fletcher Moss for their home fixture against Albert
and little harm it did them as they powered to 50 points with a 16 point margin
of victory (19 points but
for the handicap). After a sticky start with neither side understanding
the first two questions let alone their answers things settled down and played
to the Opsimaths' strengths subject-wise. Hilary got 5 twos with the other
Opsimaths enjoying 4 twos apiece. So a good solid performance to whisk
them to the Val Draper final next week (a trophy they've never won in their 30+
Mike had brought his Paddle of Rebuke in the customary plastic
bag but left it unsummoned. Perhaps (as they frequently say about
Premiership footballers at this time of year) the Albert team had their
collective eyes on the sunny beaches of some Spanish 'Costa'.
Plate Semi Finals:
The History Men lost to The Electric Pigs in the front snug in the Red
Lion. Generally results for the Pigs have been pretty dismal this season -
but as ever when the cup competitions come round so do they. This time the
Pigs hoisted an 11 point margin (5 without the handicap advantage).
Andrew was on hand to report....
"The Electric Pigs storm into the final of the Plate with this emphatic victory
over one of their oldest and dearest rivals, The History Men. After a
thoroughly convivial evening in The Red Lion with QM Alison at her mordant, yet
patient, best, the Pigs won through without needing the six point handicap
As Pig Tom put it, this was the Electric Pigs 'B'
team with captain-for the-night Andrew dragged out
of his safe QM berth. What followed were
considered discussions for one point rather than
flashy drives for two that ended up in the
wicketkeeper's gloves. Despite managing an
impressive 'no twos' on the night he came through
with Bananarama and, er, that's it…..
Ivor's 'Most Valued Player' calculations revealed that
Barry was the winner of this coveted award. What a
fitting follow up to a chance conversation at Gerry
Hennessy's funeral that saw Barry back in the
competitive quizzing arena!"
Meanwhile Ivor posts these comments....
"It was a great victory - for the Electric Pigs.
They might have been the whipping boys in the league
this season but they always perk up in the knockout
cup and plate games and tonight they would have won
34-29 even without the handicap. Last week they
came to grief when Lady Luck deserted them in the Bingo round, but tonight they moved to such a
commanding advantage that the game was won with a
round to spare. And this was accomplished with
their so called 'B' team as Guy and Dave were
elsewhere. As I said last week a week is a long
time in quizzing and tonight the two Toms had a more
successful and blurt-free evening - as did Andrew.
However the star of the evening was our league’s
Father of the House Barry W with 4 twos
demonstrating knowledge of subjects as diverse as
Canadian desserts, Pulitzer prize-winning musicians
characters before being stopped in his tracks by
obscure female Polish physicists."
Ethel Rodin lost to Dunkin' Dönitz.