Wanderers survive scare to win cup final

Five Towns Quiz League Division One champions Flanagan's Masons (left to right) Jim Linacre, Dave Wheatley, Brenda Clayforth (league chairman, who presented the trophies), John Seeley and  Simon Curtis (captain).
Five Towns Quiz League Division One champions Flanagan's Masons (left to right) Jim Linacre, Dave Wheatley, Brenda Clayforth (league chairman, who presented the trophies), John Seeley and Simon Curtis (captain).

Wanderers, the Five Towns Quiz League’s most successful team, won the Knockout Cup final after surviving a major scare.

They came out on top 77-66 against mid-table team Railwaymen who led at half way in the final.

Featherstone Hotel Phoenix lifted the Plate Knockout Trophy to add to their Division Two Championship title by winning a competitive match against Golden Lion Dudes of Ferrybridge.

Wanderers played with only three players in the Knockout Cup because stalwart Diane Hallagan was struck down by illness on the day of the final.

They proved that they had the class to survive this setback with a winning trio that included Barry Simmons, television Egghead and major national quiz player.

Railwaymen won two and drew one of the first five rounds to take a 35-32 half-time lead.

However, Railwaymen slipped up in rounds seven and nine, losing both 10-4, and that proved to be the difference.

Featherstone Hotel Phoenix were never behind in the Plate Knockout Cup final which they won 72-60.

They won five and lost only three of the ten rounds.

Golden Lion Dudes could claim one moral victory though in that they won both the two individual rounds.

The two finals were followed by refreshments and then presentations for the season’s quizzing.

Flanagan’s Masons won the Division One Championship, ending a 10-year domination of the competition by Wanderers and Top House.

Featherstone Phoenix were presented with the Division Two shield and Plate Trophy, Wanderers the Knockout Cup and Ted Winter of Featherstone Phoenix the Division Two individual tray which he shared with Steve Clarke of G-Fivers, who was unable to be present on the night.

The Division One individual winner was Diane Hallagan .

The Spirit of the Game Award, now in its fifth year and which is voted for by all registered players of the league, was won by the RAFA Vulcan Club of Pontefract, on whose behalf it was collected by captain Jean Kelly and team member Peter Topham.

The evening also featured a 24-page full colour match programme produced by league secretary Simon Curtis, which always has a comedy air to it, especially the front cover.

The theme running through this year’s programme was ‘The Simpsons’, which featured everyone who would normally have the traditional photograph in the programme (players from the finalist teams etc), as a Simpsons character.

The cover can be viewed in the archive section of the FTQL website at www.ftql.com in the index to the 2014-15 section.

The members’ draw’, a free raffle for all present league players, was won by the Fallen Angels team (ticket held by Roy Wood) and the prize for that is a free season’s league fees for next season.