For the first time ever, I think, since I started playing in the League, I wasn’t actually present on Tuesday night.
I spent the evening some 25 miles north of the Weaver at the above location where the Champions League semi-final first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid took place. It’s a good job I’m not a betting man as I’d have lost a fortune this season, including on Tuesday where the only score I wouldn’t have predicted for the game was 0-0!
As a fourth-generation City supporter (my children are now fifth…) I had to go on Tuesday, having never been to such an occasion before – it may never happen again! My Grandparents would never have believed it…
My thanks to John, Graham and Marshall for sorting out the evening in my absence and special thanks to Haydn Thompson and Alice Walker, not only for helping me assemble the Cup Final questions but for asking the questions as well.
It has been a difficult few weeks for the League during which we have lost two of our most long-standing and successful players, Rick Davis and Alan Levitt.
Rick has played for many years and Alan has been involved since pretty much the start of the League back in the early 1980s. Some details of Rick and Alan’s achievements from just the last 15 years of data that I have to hand was pulled together by Matt Rogers as part of his excellent work which was handed out on the night too – many thanks to Matt for all his efforts and the below details…
- 217 league games (only 11 players have played in more)
- Scored 7137 points at an average 32.89
- 55% of all questions answered "for 3", 11th best of any player who has played 25+ games in the period
- Top individual score of 51 with 20 scores of 45 or above
- Most prolific season - 576 points in 2013-4
- 500 points on 6 occasions, 400-499 on a further 7
- Has won B, C and D League Individual titles on several occasions
- 3 top 10 finishes in A League individuals - highest of 6th in 2005
- 165 games
- Scored 5739 points at an average of 34.78
- 58% of questions answered for "3" - a rate bettered by only 6 players in that period
- 19 scores of 45 or above (most recently in the game against the Ox-fford at the tail end of 2015)
- Top Individual score of 54 in 2008-9
- Most prolific season of 582 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13
- A League Individual champion 1999-2000 and runner-up in 2001
- 9 other top 10 finishes (every season when playing regularly)
Given how long the League has been going, it is of course inevitable that we have lost many good friends over the years, all remembered fondly by those of us who knew them, but the loss of Rick and Alan has hit us all hard due to the suddenness of their passing and their comparatively young ages.
I know that words were said and a toast was made to both of them on Tuesday, and rightly so. Wherever they are now, they will always be remembered and none of us can ask for much more than that.
The Cup Final was a closely fought contest with the Dolphin triumphing against the Church House Bollington by 108 – 98. Well done to all concerned.
An excellent season saw the Pack Horse Bowling Club win the C League with the Park Taverners also promoted in finishing second. This is the first League win of any sort for the Pack Horse Bowling Club, so many congratulations.
The C League Individual title went to Graham Wallace of the Park Taverners, the first Individual win in any League for Graham.
In the B League the Church House Bollington emerged triumphant at the top of the tree, indeed they’d more or less won not long after Christmas! A suitable tribute to Rick indeed. The Wharfies finished second, thus both teams will play in the A League next time around.
Dave Partington bagged the B League Individual title, his first Individual win in any League and very well deserved.
The Ox-fford ‘C’ were crowned A League Champions for the fourth time in an incredibly competitive League this year – well done to them.
The Royal Oak won the Cars and Vans 4U Ltd Question Setters Trophy for their General Knowledge questions from Week 8, giving them their first win of this trophy. Thanks as ever to Allan Sherratt for his support.
Thanks also to Olympus Trophies and Sam Baker for all his efforts in providing the trophies – very much appreciated as always.
The final trophy of this year will be settled at the start of next season as usual.
The Plate Final will be: -
Wharfies v Dolphin Dragons
This game will be played at the AGM before the start of next season, sometime in September-ish, date and place to be confirmed ASAP.
The Pack Horse Bowling Club and the Sutton Mutton will assemble questions for this game from those not used for the Cup Final.
And there it is. I’ll try and get the date sorted for the AGM / Plate Final and some dates fixed for next season as soon as possible, so I’ll be in touch. See you all soon…