Dunkin' Dönitz beat Compulsory Mantis Shrimp
in a thrilling match at the Griffin - which although
an all-WithQuiz match is nicely poised just over the
boundary into Stockport. The margin was a mere
one point and there were so many moments during the
evening when a slightly different course of events
would have led to a different outcome as Kieran
"Look this is starting to get cruel. We're not
getting too old for this; we already are
way too old to withstand this kind of
heart-stopping game with the result in doubt right
till the last. For the sixth time in fourteen
outings this season the final margin was three
points or fewer. Last season it was six times
in 24 games. Are we getting worse or more
clinical at closing games out? Whatever it is
putting years on all of us and may well see off one
or more of us off if it goes on like this.
being WIST there was musical accompaniment. Well
there was a guy with a guitar and a microphone in
the main bar. But he couldn't hold a candle to
the brilliant trombonist from the Travellers Call in
the previous round. He couldn't hold a note
either for that matter. The Griffin is in one of
its periodic existential crisis modes. No hand
pumps in the main bar, debris outside and yet
another raft of new staff. We understand that
new beer lines are being installed which may be a
long overdue reaction to the alarmingly
deteriorating quality of the ale over the last
couple of years. I believe that CAMRA have
more or less blackballed the place these days.
I get the feeling that this refurbishment is the
final chance, make or break, and if improved
reliability of the beer quality and other attempts
at upgrading don't bring the punters back then one
of the league's iconic venues will soon be no more.
play what may well be our last game there next week
against the History Men and if we're forced to
relocate to the Parrswood due to hordes of United
fans watching the Sevilla game then we already may
have left our home of twenty five years.
Wherever it's played we have a WIST final to look
forward to; our seventh in the eleven seasons of
So far our record is three wins (two v Chunky and
one v the Alexandra) and three defeats (two by the
Bards and one by Chunky). And we've played the
Alexandra (just down the road from Martin and me as
it happens) five times over the last decade, winning
four. I confidently expect City to have claimed two
trophies by the time the WIST final comes around and
to still be in the frame for the other two. On
which note the currently scheduled date for the
final is 25th April, one of the possible dates for
the first leg of the Champions League semi finals.
Getting ahead of myself yes but I know Mike
Wagstaffe bleeds sky blue so I'm sure - should it
come to it - that an accommodation can be made.
Whatever, Barry will be furious. They're going
to have to score at least four in Andalusia next
Wednesday just to not be rated the worst of the
English teams. Then again there's always Chelsea."
Italics lost to Alexandra.
Mike Wagstaffe gives an account of the
we meet the Dunkers again in Europe. Our
record against them is less than impressive, with a
solitary win in five attempts and that was against a
two-man team! Having been runners-up twice we
will be hoping for third time lucky in the final.
shaded the first two (Stockport format) rounds to
establish a 6-point half-time lead. We stretched
this to 10 points by halfway in the WithQuiz rounds,
but our cluelessness on the tribes of Israel meant
we had a (slightly) nerve-jangling 5-point advantage
going into the last round, which was drawn.
Smart Italics scored eight two-pointers to our four
but (as someone else may have said) we won it on the
Interviewed on his way home down Cheadle High Street
The Alexandra's new Catalan manager gave his
are so, so happy to arrive in this moment. I am
only here for short time but I know already the
history of this competition and we look forward to
play the final at famous quiz venue like Club of
Alberto or maybe Murky Stadium (OK, I know is now
called the Social Club of Ladyboys but it is what it
is). I say to all the guys they must always improve
to beat this fabulous team, Duncan and the Donuts,
and we try to win and perhaps get presented the
trophy by quiz legend like the Lord of Bath or
Lowly Grail Cup
Prodigals enjoyed their evening at the Albert Club
but nevertheless lost to The Bards of Didsbury.
Anne-Marie sums up....
fun tonight but alas we lost. The Bards took
the lead in the first half and held on despite a
good run by us in the WithQuiz formatted second
half. In the end we were beaten on the night
by the better team."
....and QM Danny adds....
was in the chair for the Prodigals v Bards encounter
at the club presiding over a comfortable win for the
visitors. The Bards got off to a good start
(36-24 after Round 2) which the Prodigals could not
claw back despite outscoring the Bards in the
WithQuiz section. The key was an excellent
team performance from the Bards with contributions
from all corners. The line-up of Paul,
Bernard, Jim and Tony will surely win more than they
lose. The Prodigals played well as a team but
were just beaten by the better team on the night."
HMRUFC lost to The Printers