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The most important shot in golf is the next one. ~ Ben Hogan
Ten teams battled it out in the Final of Fun Quiz 2014 on Friday night, 28th February, and Tomás Cunningham captained his “Troupe” to an indisputably well-deserved victory. The winning squad also included Tomás’s better half, Sarah, his uncle Tom (fresh from an afternoon training session with Archbishop Neary) and super-signing Anthony Jacob. Grabbing the initiative in Round Three (the most DIABOLICAL Picture Round of the Tournament, Dominica!!), “Tomás’s Troupe” led all the way to the finish – the only glimmer of hope for the chasers coming with the “Dingbats” when the gap narrowed to a mere two points ahead of the leading challengers, the combined Captains’ outfit “Berlingo”. The “Troupe” reasserted their authority and at the finish Tomás didn’t need to complete the second Putting round – but he rolled in three anyway (scouts from several inter-Club teams were present, so the “closing-out” of this Final did his selection prospects for the coming season no harm at all). Warm congratulations to Tomás, Sarah, Tom and Anthony the Fun Quiz 2014 Champions!!!
In the chasing pack is where the tension really could be felt! Martie’s 2014 innovation, the “Super Question”, caused the first stir – a gamble on “The Real Taoiseach” Jack Lynch was a setback for two fancied outfits, President Noel T Higgins 2013 runners-up “Abbey Hawks” and 2012 champs John Gilmore’s “Moylough Four”…those who hedged their bets secured an advantage with “The Wizard of Cloyne”. At the half-way mark, Gerry T’s four putts had the “Four Corners” on 62, one ahead of “Berlingo” with Ger Coyne’s “Coordinates” just one point further back. Four shared the 59 mark – Basil King’s “By the Door”, Jim Grogan’s “Outsiders”, Bernie Rattigan’s “Lucky Seven” and Eamonn Connolly’s “Fore Seas”. The neighbours from Abbey and Moylough were still regretting that Christy Ring never made it to Leinster House…
We had “High Noon”, the Clancy Brothers, Mr Bean, The Spice Girls, “Going My Way”, Lionel Richie, “Argo”, Father Ted…the Lego movie… “Where Did All the Folk and Ballad Singers Go?”….Buddy Holly…Mike Denver…Still mulling on that Adam Scott picture – sure, the only time he takes off his cap is going to bed…
The “Troupe” may have been ahead but when it came to final Putting, four teams were in contention for honours…The “Outsiders” and “Coordinates” putted to 108…Diarmuid was not to be outdone and followed his Dad with another four putts…Joe Clarke could only manage two and started wrapping up the carpet…but it was too soon…“Four Corners” and “Fore Seas” were on 109 – it’s a play-off…roll out the carpet again…pressure cooker…Diarmuid slots three…Joe gets the four…Runners-up spot for Eamonn & Rosaleen Connolly, Joe, Evelyn and mascot Amy…NOW, it’s time for the sandwiches!!!!
Sincere thanks to Martie and Dominica…to Lady Vice-Captain Marguerite who kept the house and punters in order…those who made food and goodies…EVERYONE who made a team, came to the Clubhouse, helped to organise the event and took part…for a night’s entertainment, fun, banter and craic it’s unbeatable…Congratulations to one and all!!!
Looking at his watch and noting that the time had flown so quickly, one wag remarked at the end of proceedings (after the sandwiches, goodies and post mortem were all taken care of) “We started in February and finished in March!”.
Round One, on 31 January, got the Fun Quiz off to a blistering start! First out of the traps were THE ABBEY HAWKS, headed by President Noel T Higgins…and how sweet was revenge as the runners-up in 2013 left the defending titleholders floundering! Former champions, MOYLOUGH FOUR, under the baton of Management Sec John Gilmore, secured the second spot in the Final.
In Round Two, 7 February, HOT HOT PUTTING was the order of the night! Men’s Captain John Gannon steered BY THE DOOR through – helped in no small measure by an exhibition of faultless clutch putting from 2013 frontman Basil!!! FOUR CORNERS, coached by Quiz Revivalist Gerry T Flaherty, deservedly earned Final qualification.
QUALIFIER ROUNDS REMAINING:
ROUND THREE: Friday 14 February
ROUND FOUR: Friday 21 February
FINAL: Friday 28 February