Yet again The Opsimaths (Nick,
Howell, Clare and Brian this time) lost to The Charabancs of
Last season the Opsis were
confidently in contention for the league title until Christmas came round, and then a
couple of defeats home and away to the Charabancs
either side of the festival brought all hope tumbling
to the ground. Surely it couldn't happen again
against a team shorn of its inspirational leader (apparently
off on a break in
Ireland)? Bloody hell! It
did. While Megson was away Roisin, Damian (in
particularly good form), John and new boy Graham
It was an epic struggle with the
visitors leading up to the break, and then the
Opsimaths creeping into pole position in the latter stages, until a swing of
fortune in Round 8 left the Charas ahead by two
points at the final whistle. After the match
was over and the excitement
in the room ratcheted down a few degrees, the winning
side requested that I send this message (via the
website) to their absent captain and coach, Father
"We'd like to thank Father Megson for his
contribution to our team over the years.
We wish him well in whatever challenge he
chooses to take on next. The pork
scratchings are in the post."
was a jolly gathering which I had the privilege to
QM. It got off to a spectacular start with the
Charas thinking that Andy Burnham had had the good
sense to appoint Councillor Andrew Simcock as his
deputy with special responsibility for business and
the economy of Greater Manchester (Round 1 Question 2). Even better in
Round 6 Chara Graham guessed that the answer to the
question paired with the one about Max Planck was
'Four by two'.
well done Barry Shanks but beware the Opsimaths will
be gunning for you in April in the return match at
Albert lost to The History Men.
The losing skipper, Mike O'B
we were a total Shiloh Pitt tonight. We
started off badly with me blathering about Wolfson
College and we never caught up. Since we had a
late QM crisis Eveline volunteered to officiate and
I am here to tell you she's ever so fierce. We
quivered with fear when she spoke our names.
To replace Eveline Jeremy called up his friend Mark
who was thankfully able to join us. Jeremy warned us that
there was to be none of the usual foolishness and we
did try hard for a couple of rounds but you can't
keep a good Paddle down and soon the bespectacled
rat was out on the table. Now Mark knows what
top level quizzing is all about."
....whilst gobsmacked winning captain
Ivor has this to say....
"An unexpected victory for us tonight at the
Fletcher Moss. We gained a lead in the first round
and pulled steadily ahead to record what is a rare
win these days against the Albert (and indeed a rare
win against anyone)."
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp kept
their 100% record - just - beating The
Electric Pigs at the Turnpike. Rachael
sends this report....
"In what was a very enjoyable evening
we just pulled ahead to beat our excellent opponents
by two points. After falling behind in the
first round we made up lost ground and were neck and
neck by half time. In the second half we
remained within a point or two of each other, with
the Shrimps just clinching victory on the last
question. Roddy did a fine job reading the
questions for us."
The Bards of Didsbury lost to The Prodigals
who have, at last, broken their duck.
Ecstatic, Anne-Marie sends these words....
Prodigals are back!! Lovely evening at the Cricket
Club and all finished by 10:30. Danny and I
were inspired by our visits to see David who is now
on the mend and back in Manchester at Trafford
....and QM Mike H adds these
"Prodigals got off to a good start (partly helped, I
regret, by a little QM generosity on the very first
question) and won every round except Round 6 which
was tied, and Round 7. It looked as if the
Bards might be making a late comeback, but then the
Prods won the last round, probably the most
difficult of the evening, 5-0.
Incidentally Round 5 was possibly the fastest I have
experienced. The Star Trek pair
produced no points, though Anne-Marie was certain
she knew the name of the new Spock, but it just
wouldn't come to her. But then the Bards
didn't know either.
Altogether 18 twos (split 10-8 to Prods) and six
unanswered questions four of which fell to the