Anna Torpey

Some very sad news, Anna Torpey of Scumbag College has passed away. Her teammates have written the following obituary and it has been proposed that the new Handicap Competition trophy be named in her memory. Wirral Quiz League offer our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and teammates.

Anna Torpey was a rare member of the Wirral quiz community.

First, she was female. Secondly, she delighted in specialising in such low-brow topics as 'Big Brother' and 'X-Factor' and, finally, she was significantly below the average age of fellow quizzers.

Blessed with talent, intelligence, social skills, a fabulous family and a musical gift, she also had a very sharp wit accompanied by a dry sense of humour. Sadly, her gifts could not help her with her battle with cancer which she lost on Friday, 20th December, 2019.

Anna played for Wallasey Cricket Club quiz team from 2012 and its later incarnation, Scumbag College, in Wirral division 1, However, her poor health prevented her from making any appearances this season.

She had effectively concealed her illness for several years, so much so that opposition players were genuinely surprised when told of the reason for her absence this season. She was always gratified by the good wishes that so many teams passed to her via her team members.

A former pupil of St Mary's College, Wallasey and a graduate of St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University, she had myriad interests. Her musical contributions to her church and local community, as well as local primary schools, were legion. In addition, Anna was a question-setter for a wide variety of subjects on BBC's ‘Mastermind’, a programme she appeared in the final in 2008.

A singular and idiosyncratic thinker, she had trenchant opinions, but was always willing to discuss and debate rather than hector or harangue. Her humanity, decency and sincerity were obvious to all, and she will be sorely missed.

Our condolences go out to her husband, Chris, and their three children, Jude, Ted and Jean.

There is a generous proposal to dedicate the new Handicap Quiz Trophy to her honour and memory and this gesture is regarded warmly and graciously by her fellow team members.

MQL Buzzer Tournament 2019

Two Wirral Teams, and several other Wirral players took part in the second annual MQL Buzzer Tournament, which took place in Liverpool on 12th October.  Twenty teams from around the country took part and you can watch the final, between the Lancaster and Ormskirk Quiz League side below.

Handicap Competitions

Division 1
Team Handicap
Bebington Hockey 14
Brewer's Arms Neston 14
Clarence 13
Extras 4
Gladly Stoned 0
Hoylake LTC 12
Legionnaires 9
Oxton Conservatives 1
Plasterers Arms 10
Scumbag College 7
The Gasworks Gang 11
Thingwall 11
Toulouse Le Plot 3
Wallaseyans 10

 

Division 2
Team Handicap
Aardvarks 5
Browns 13
Cheshire Cheese 6
Early Doors 12
Irby Nomads 3
Lever Club 13
Magpies 8
Nelson's Fifth Column 4
Our Lady's 7
Roundheads 2
Shipwrecked 8
Soapsuds 0
Taxes 1

 

September Fixtures Now Available

The early season fixtures have been uploaded to the Fixture Calendar - the season's complete fixtures will be available in the handbooks, to be passed out at Presentation Night on 29th September.

Liverpool Pairs Finals 2019

The annual Liverpool pairs competition took place at APH on Presentation Night - 13th May 2019. Both Pam Baker (Soapsuds) and Jon Stitcher (Plasterer's Arms) made and appearance in the final stages.

Last year's winners, Mark Kerr and Jim Toal, set both the written qualifying quiz and the knockout final rounds.  

Ted Riley Cup Final 2019

Peter Burbidge - Sad News

Former Wirral Quiz League player Peter Burbidge died on the 5th April and his funeral is at Landican Cemetary onTuesday 23.4.2019 at 3.30pm

He was a founder member of the team Oxton Dynamo in the late eighties - along with Jim Robinson and his brother Bob. The team achieved promotions from Division 3 through Division 2 into Division 1 by 2000 and was then wound up - he later played for Oxton Conservatives. In the last couple of years he had retired from competitive quizzing but continued to enjoy quiz nights.

Riley Cup Round 2

  Second Round hcap score   score hcap 8th April 2019
8 Aigburth CC 25 52 v 55 18 St Patricks
9 Bebington Hockey 20 47 v 59 20 Soapsuds
10 Monstrous Regiment 19 58 v 50 18 Taxes
11 Bookworms 14 49 v 56 22 St Francis of Assisi
12 Outside Edge 23 45 v 55 14 Wallaseyans
13 Shipwrecked 24 59 v 55 15 Old Bangers
14 Wandering Star 23 59 v 63 25 Duncans Doughnuts
15 Magpies 24 0 v w/o 16 Plasterers Arms
16 Standard Bearers 31 51 v 60 19 Residents
17 Earles 10 59 v 51 21 Exiles
18 J.C.and the Jets 24 53 v 57 20 Aardvarks
19 Black Horse 22 57 v 60 14 Judges
20 Aigburth Swans 12 48 v 55 13 Bishop Eton
21 Top Shelf 17 52 v 58 20 Tramway
22 CTK Wanderers 19 0 v w/o 0 Victorian Cricketers
23 Aigburth People 16 59 v 43 18 CTK Cavaliers

 

  Third Round Draw hcap   hcap 15th April 2019
24 Victorian Cricketers 0 v 13 Bishop Eton
25 St Francis of Assisi 22 v 14 Judges
26 Duncan's Doughnuts 25 v 19 Monstrous Regiment
27 Earles 10 v 16 Plasterers Arms
28 Aardvarks 20 v 20 Soapsuds
29 Wallaseyans 14 v 24 Shipwrecked
30 Residents 19 v 20 Tramway
31 Aigburth People 16 v 18 St Patricks

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Another Wirral player goes for a million!

Helen Belcham

For the second time this year, a Wirral player has made it into contestants' row on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire!.  Following up Jon Stitcher's appearance earlier in the year, Helen Belcham of Soapsuds will be appearing on Thursday March 7th.

Does she have a fast finger?  Will she ask the audience?  Has her friend paid his phone bill?  Tune in on Thursday to find out.

I'm sure you'll join us in wishing her the best of luck. 

Mimir results

A great night at the Wirral Mimir occurred on Thursday 7th February. An incredibly close final saw Jim Eccleson (Oxton Cons) answer his final three questions correctly to pip Karl Whelan (Hoylake LTC) by 1 just 1 point. Sam Roberts (Plasterer's Arms) and Kevin Mather (Extras) weren't far behind.

Full results from every match played now follow

 

Preliminary round
Name Team Score
Karl Whelan Hoylake LTC 19
Jim Eccleson Oxton Cons 15
Ian Jack Plasterer's Arms 8
Margaret Howe Bebington Hockey 6

 

Round 1

Name

Team Score

Karl Whelan

Hoylake LTC 26
Ian McKie Magpies 11
Mike Greatbatch Bebington Hockey 6
Neil Karisa Magpies 5

 

 

Jim Eccleson Oxton Cons 18
Rodney Watkins Extras 11
Pam Baker Soapsuds 7
Peter Ferrett Clarence 5

 

Kevin Mather Extras 18
Chris Weston Hoylake LTC 8*
Peter Maddocks Bebington Hockey 8*
Tony Bibby Magpies 7

Chris Weston won the  tiebreaker 1-0 to qualify

 

Sam Roberts Plasterer's Arms 14
Steve Lomas Aardvarks 13
Jon Stitcher Plasterer's Arms 8
Helen Belcham Soapsuds 8

 

Semi Finals
Karl Whelan Hoylake LTC 15
Jim Eccleson Oxton Cons 11
Chris Weston Hoylake LTC 9
Steve Lomas Aardvarks 7

 

Kevin Mather Extras 1st
Sam Roberts Plasterer's Arms 2nd
Rodney Watkins Extras 3rd
Ian McKie Magpies 4th

* Scoresheet is missing for this match

 

FINAL
Jim Eccleson Oxton Cons 14
Karl Whelan Hoylake LTC 13
Sam Roberts Plasterer's Arms 11
Kevin Mather Extras 9

 

As Rodney Watkins is unable to attend the finals night the seven qualifiers from Wirral are the other 7 semi finalists. Peter Maddocks and Jon Stitcher are first reserves

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