Double success for Featherstone team

PLATE winners RAFA Vulcan Club (left to right) Martin Saul (captain), Brenda Clayforth (league chairman), Chris Cobb, Mick Edwards (back), Jean Kelly (front), and Russ Graham.
PLATE winners RAFA Vulcan Club (left to right) Martin Saul (captain), Brenda Clayforth (league chairman), Chris Cobb, Mick Edwards (back), Jean Kelly (front), and Russ Graham.

FEATHERSTONE’S Top House completed a league and cup double in the Five Towns Quiz League for the first time in their history by defeating Crofton WMC in the Knock-out Cup final on Monday evening.

Long-standing league team RAFA Vulcan Club, of Pontefract, lifted the Plate Trophy with a tiebreak win over Olde Church Taverners.

In the Knock-out Cup final, league champions Top House trailed by 10 points by the third round and were 37-29 behind at the halfway point of round five.

After the break, Top House had four excellent rounds, winning 9-4, 7-4, 10-8 and 8-6 to build a lead of 63-59 going into the last round.

Crofton rallied to win the tenth round 7-6 but it was not enough to stop Top House adding the Knockout Cup to their second consecutive league championship.

The Plate Knockout final between RAFA Vulcan and Olde Church was close throughout, with Olde Church leading 32-30 at halfway.

In all the rounds in the second half of the match, there was either one point in it or it finished all-square.

The match finished with a final score of 62-62 so the scores from the two written rounds came into effect to decide the outcome. As RAFA had won those two rounds by an aggregate of 15 points to 13, they were declared winners.

Presentations were made to Top House (Division One Champions and Knockout Cup winners), Railwaymen (Division Two Champions), RAFA Vulcan Club (Plate Knockout winners) and the two divisional individual competition winners - Andrew Lyman of Top House, who could not attend due to work, and Mick Gill of Railwaymen.

A new award the “Spirit of the Game Award” was introduced this season for an open vote of league members to go to the individual or team deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the league. It was awarded to Kippax Ex-Service Club in its inaugural year.