MIMIR

The Wirral heats of the MIMIR competition will take place on THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY AT 8PM AT NEW BRIGHTON CRICKET CLUB. All Wirral quiz league players are encouraged to attend. It is a really fun night and the top 7 players on the evening will qualify for the MQL MIMIR event to be held in March. 

If anyone wants to attend but would prefer to officiate than play then please let us know as we always need officials.

Please let Wirral chairman, Jon Stitcher know how many people from your team will be attending, his email address is under contacts. If you have any questions then just get in touch.

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.

Mastermind - Contestants Wanted

FULL HOUSE!

Congratulations to Martin Kay of Gladly Stoned who chalked up the first full house of the season!

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.

Presentation and pairs evening

Our annual presentation and pairs evening takes place on Sunday 29th September at Oxton Conservative Club. 8pm start.There will be a qualifying quiz and then the top pairs will progress to a 15-1 style final. All Wirral and Liverpool players are welcome to attend. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

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.

Merseyside Jubilee Pairs Competition

All players are invited to take part in a Pairs Competition to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the MQL. This will take place on Wednesday 11 September 2019 at Hoylake Social Club, 11 Trinity Road, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2BR starting at 8pm.

Players who wish to take part will be ranked and then pairs will be created on the night by drawing a player from the top half of the rankings with one from the other half. The first stage of the competition is usually a 40 or 50 question quiz in which each pair write their answers to spoken questions.

The top 6 pairs progress to a “15 to 1” style Semi-Final in which each pair starts with 3 “lives” and questions are asked to each pair in turn. When three pairs have been eliminated then the remainder go through to the Final played on the same lines.

If time permits, we also hope to have a Plate Competition so that as many as possible remain involved as the evening progresses.

There is no entry fee and light refreshments will be served. If you would like to take part then please register with Brian Thompson (briathom59@gmail.com) by midday on Wednesday 4 September (1 week before the competition).

Andrea Jones

As you will remember, Andrea Jones sadly passed away last summer. Shortly before her death she recorded episodes of Fifteen to One which will begin airing on Channel 4 on Friday 14th June. You get up to 3 chances to make the final three and so she could be appearing on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th as well.

Andrea was a huge character in Wirral division 2 and I'm sure seeing her on TV will bring back some happy memories for us all.

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