Top House win Knockout Cup

Knockout Cup winners Top House (left to right)  David Woodward, Helen Topps, Stuart Topps, Brenda Clayforth (league chairman), Andrew Lyman (captain), Peter Askins.
Knockout Cup winners Top House (left to right) David Woodward, Helen Topps, Stuart Topps, Brenda Clayforth (league chairman), Andrew Lyman (captain), Peter Askins.

Top House triumphed in the Five Towns Quiz League Knockout Cup final at the Featherstone Hotel to ruin the Division One champions Wanderers’ bid to complete a league and cup double.

Division Two champions Rockin’ Gladiators defeated Division One side Olde Taverners to lift the Plate Trophy.

Rockin’ Gladiators were ahead for most of the game, not giving an inch to their Division One opponents and never really looked in danger of being overhauled. They won the final 67-59.

Wanderers, featuring their star television Egghead Barry Simmons, shot into a 23-13 lead by the end of round three in the Knockout Cup final.

At the half way stage at the end of round five they were 32-30 ahead.

However, after that point Top House began to assert their authority and by the end of round seven they were only 47-46 behind.

Top House then won the next two rounds by one point and five points and drew the final round to win 71-65.

The evening concluded with a raffle and the season’s presentations with Wanderers taking the Division One shield, Rockin’ Gladiators the Division Two shield and Plate Knockout tray and Top House the Knockout Cup.

The presentations concluded with the fourth annual awarding of the FTQL’s Spirit of the Game Award which is decided by a vote of all registered players.

This year the very popular winners were new FTQL side the Little ‘Un of South Elmsall, who have made themselves many friends with their friendly welcome and their inexperienced yet enthusiastic quizzing.

The FTQL free season draw for all members present in the room at the finals night was won by Top House, who will receive a free season’s league fees as their prize. All the prizes were all presented by league chairman Brenda Clayforth.