beat The History Men at the Griffin. Kieran
sends this report....
"So tonight we secured the two points
which confirmed our first league title success in
four seasons regardless of results in any of the
other matches (particularly of course last week's
'non-game' between the Opsimaths and TMTCH).
We're very happy to have won our eighteenth title in
a season in which there were six realistic
contenders well into the second half. It should
have been seven but the Bards' curious homage to
'Chelsea 2015/16' and 'Leicester 2016/17' rather
left them stranded at the starting gate and they
could never really get going - except on the
occasion when they managed to put their first team
on the pitch, bind and gag Antonio Hammond Ranieri,
and soundly thrash us a few weeks' back. Who's
Jamie Vardy? We need answers.
David was at Macclesfield Crematorium
this afternoon along with many other WithQuizzers to
pay respects to the irreplaceable Dave and he
brought the order of service with him to the quiz.
Great photo of the man and a great suggestion from
Mike Wagstaffe to name the pre-season inter-league
trophy after Dave as a permanent memorial.
I paid my own tribute today by
walking in Dave's beloved Derbyshire hills - I hope
he would have approved. It was a mate's birthday -
the sort of thing you can't rearrange even when the
Peak District decides that incessant rain, knee-deep
mud, dangerously fallen trees and swollen, very
fast-flowing rivers shall be the order of the day.
For anyone who loves that part of the world I can
heartily recommend The George
in Alstonefield as a lunch
stop with splendid food and and a remarkable variety
of drinks. Sadly I was driving but the choice of
gins and many other drinks looked extraordinary.
Tonight the three-handed Historymen,
Anne, Tim and Ivor, were their usual funny,
agreeable and still competitive company despite the
paper playing rather more to our strengths than
Our final game of the season next
week is against The Albert in the - no doubt -
furnace-like front room at The Griffin and we want
to end with a win so we'll see if we can still
perform when only pride is at stake."
....and from the opposite corner of
the same match Ivor gives the History Men's
"Not a good night for us in our last game of the
season. We won the toss - and Round 7 - but
apart from that the only success was foiling the
Dunker’s bid for a 50+ points score. We can't blame
uneven pairing either as there were only six
unanswered questions breaking 3-3. The Dunkers got
9 steals to our one and 12 twos to our 6.
Strength in depth and a good defence! That is
why they are league champions.
It was just not our kind of quiz tonight. Next
week’s quiz will be - because we are setting it! We
shall watch from the sidelines to see whether we end
up a good solid 7th in the league, or a good solid
8th, which is still a little better than our all
time low of 9th last season."
The Opsimaths beat The Bards of Didsbury at
the Albert Club to assure themselves of a top four
finish. Howell QMed magisterially with Jitka
and Chara John looking on. There was some sporting
give and take between the teams over a couple of
disputed answers (the name of the Scottish National
Park and the Lew Grade quote) on a day that was
dominated in our minds by the funeral at
Macclesfield which four of those present had
the match we spoke about the various proposals to
commemorate our good friend Dave and his immense
contribution to our league. To date these seem
introducing a 'Question of the Season'
trophy and naming it the 'Dave Barras Cup' (most
of us agree Dave is the best question setter
WithQuiz has ever had)
renaming the 'A-Trophy' in his honour (I know
Mike Wagstaffe from the Stockport league is
happy with this)
renaming the pre-season WIST Cup in his honour
(remembering Dave's contributions both to this
annual competition as well as his memorable WIST
Perhaps we can mull this over and decide amongst
ourselves at the End of Season evening (which we
dearly hope Gilly is able to get to).
Turning to other matters....late in the evening we
completed the draw for
this year's Val Draper Cup competition. Howell
had left his velvet bag at home so the 'balls' had
to be pulled from my own cloth cap. You can
see the outcome on the Fixtures page. This
evening's Albert Club match will be repeated as the
first game of Round 2 with the Opsimaths taking on
the question setting role for Round One.
Howell suggested that the other 4 teams with a bye
in Round One should be invited to play each other in
Friendlies using the Opsimaths' paper. We'll
leave this for the four teams to arrange if they
wish, but we'll facilitate it by leaving two extra
papers at the Red for the teams concerned (i.e. The
Bards, Albert, Compulsory Mantis Shrimp and Ethel
Dave's funeral had been held during the afternoon
out at Macclesfield with the wake at the Shady Oak
pub on the Long Hill road just outside Whaley Bridge
(perhaps still in progress as tonight's matches
kicked off). Naturally, therefore, the Electric Pigs v
The Men They Couldn't Hang match was called
off (as happened last week for the Opsimaths v The
Men They Couldn't Hang game). Andrew
who had spent the afternoon at the Macclesfield
Crematorium with quite a few other WithQuizzers
Electric Pigs v TMTCH match was a dead rubber and we
decided to treat the result in the same way as the
Opsimaths match last week - that is as an abandoned
game with no points awarded. However, we took
the quiz as a good opportunity for the team to split
into two and go head-to-head as a two-strong
'Electrics' against a two-strong 'Pigs'. The
final score of this friendly was 34-38.
I would like my funeral to be something like Dave's
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp dropped to fourth place in
the table by losing on home turf to The Prodigals.
Ethel Rodin lost a tight encounter at the Ladybarn
palace to close rivals Albert.