The District Quiz Final took place at the Plough near Cirencester on Wednesday evening. Our team of Peter, Ray and Graham were up against teams from Portishead and Colwall (Malvern).
The early rounds did not go well for our boys. If they had played me we might have got one in round two instead of the zero that the team managed although to be fair to the lads Wiltshire’s lack of notable historic buildings did not help. If we had only known they were going to ask questions naff questions about Archbishops who have snuffed it we could have played Bill.
Round Five saw Peter’s knowledge of Rotary past and present pull us back a bit and we went into the interval five points adrift.
A stunning performance by Ray in the round on Authors saw us come back level and a round on New Zealand say “Kiwi” Graham kept our hopes alive. Colwell did well on a Round of Legal Odds and Ends although I thought the Portishead answer to the official term for a person who gave evidence against a co-accused of “a grass” was more apposite than the answer accepted certainly in the Swindon vernacular. We went in to the last round, a mixed bag with an outside chance and had to settle for second place five points behind the winners Colwall.
District Governor Joan had come up from darkest Somerset to present the prizes and although we did not win the trophy Treasurer Jerry will be pleased with the £200 cheque that was presented to Ray.
There was just time for us to enjoy a tasty basket meal and for veteran Quiz Master Peter Hayman to quash rumours that Darcy Bussell has only resigned from Strictly to replace him and we all headed home after an excellent night of Rotary fellowship. If there were one or two gloomy faces in the immediate aftermath of defeat it merely showed the perfectionist nature of our lads. Ray, Peter and Graham are to be congratulated on bringing home a substantial slab of bacon.
A Dick Mattick review