Ormskirk Quiz League

A member of the Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The Ormskirk Quiz League celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019-2020.

The 2024-2025 season will begin on Monday September 9 with all twelve teams playing each other in one division.

A Handicap League will also be based on these results.

Two divisions will be formed post Christmas.

The Don Liptrot Trophy, a handicap knockout, will run throughout the season.

A Pairs competition will be held in April as part of a Presentation Evening.

Season 2024-2025

All matches will be played on Monday nights.

Welcome back to Benchwarmers who will play at the Stanley Arms.

MQL Rendon Cup

Congratulations to Turks Head Saints who won the MQL Rendon Cup for first and second finishers in Division 2 across the MQL Leagues.

In the semi-final, despite losing Round 1 by 10 points to 1 against Aardvarks (Wirral) the scores were level at half time and a victory was achieved 49-44. Charles Johnson scored 20 points and Barbara Flaherty 14.

The Final against Exiles (Liverpool) was close throughout and the scores were tied at 40-40 after Round 8. The first extra round was won by a single point to produce a final score of 45-44. Charles Johnson again scored 20 points.

The Cup will be presented on May 15 at the MQL Presentation Night in Warrington.

MQL Feeny Cup

Two Ormskirk teams played in round-robin groups. Newburgh Lions beat Soapsuds (Wirral) 53-30 in which Darren Martin scored an incredible 31 points including a full house answering all his own questions. They lost 30-41 to Kluggers (Liverpool) who qualify for the semi-finals due to a narrow loss in their other match.

Turks Head Sinners lost both matches, 22-39 to Oxton Cons (Wirral) and 40-51 to Ringers (Warrington). Peter Duffy scored 16 in the first match and 17 in the second match.

Presentation Night and Pairs Competition

Thirty players and guests from eight teams gathered at Aughton Institute. Two handout quizzes were attempted as the draw for the twelve pairs was made.

After the answer sheets were marked the scores ranging from 27 to 38 out of 40 were announced. 

The six qualifying pairs for the semi-final were Darren Martin (Newburgh Lions) and Mike Critchley (Turks Head Saints), Andy McGowan (Colly Wobblers) and Rosemary Lyon (Newburgh Lions), Ian Barlow (Colly Wobblers) and Mike Flaherty (Helenians), Alan Thompson (Ormskirk Theatre Company) and Barbara Flaherty (Turks Head Saints), Charles Johnson (Turks Head Saints) and Peter Jones (Scarecrows), Eric Lupton (Rugby Hounds) and Magnus Brass (Scarecrows).

After spoken answers to 50 questions Charles and Peter, Ian and Mike, Eric and Magnus qualified for the final.

After 32 further questions congratulations to winners Eric Lupton (Rugby Hounds) and Magnus Brass (Scarecrows).

A raffle raised £51 for Age UK Lancashire. Players who have won many individual trophies allowed the League to donate the equivalent cost to charity.

Photos of Trophy winners are here.

Highlights Handicap Knockout Finals

Cup :- In the semi final Rugby Hounds overcame Colly Wobblers (who had a one point start) to win by two; Eric Lupton scoring 16 for the winners and Mike Unsworth 17 for the losers. In the final therefore Rugby Hounds faced Turks Head Saints who had a six point start. The Saints got away to great start, at one point leading by 17 but Rugby Hounds fought back in the last three rounds to only lose by 7 points; leading scorers were Charles Johnson and David Hodgson who both scored 20 for their respective sides.  Congratulations then Turks Head Saints on winning the Handicap Knockout and Division 2.

Plate:- In the Plate final Helenians had an eleven point start over Turks Head Sinners and managed to hold on to win by 4 points. Top scorers were Peter Duffy (18) for the Sinners and Alf  Westwell (16) for Helenians. Congratulations to Helenians on winning the Plate. 

Individual scores for the full season are available here.

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