Seaford A v Seaford B quiz match

IT seems a while ago even now, but the memory will probably always linger ... Seaford A versus Seaford B in the area final of the District Quiz tournament. Some thought it would all end in tears with losing being bigger than winning. Yet for me it will remain one of the warmest, most pleasant Seaford Rotary social occasions I have attended.
The result, in the end, didn’t really matter but the way it panned out was bizarre, hilarious, uplifting. First, our scorer Graham P, announced that one team had won by 74 and a half points to 72 and a half. But then ... an inquiry, an objection, further consultation and then Graham conceded it should have been the other way around. Right. So be it. All seemed to accept this and were standing up after what was a longish contest, ready to depart. And yet, wait, another inquiry, some shuffling of papers, and finally as you were!
That was it. Finished, and amazingly, no arguments. Yet it had been reminiscent of that televised infamous occasion when they opened the wrong envelope announcing the Best Actress Oscar winner in Hollywood, or that time when a distracted Chairman of Judges crowned the wrong Beauty Queen. All very embarrassing, but not for these calm, collected men of Seaford Rotary. The final verdict was received and absorbed without a murmur of discontent, but with a ton of dignity and good manners. Fantastic sportsmanship.
We now wait to see who Seaford B meet in either a four-team District Final or a straight semi-final with, hopefully, a one-on-one final to follow.
It will never match the quality of this Thursday night (March 29) at The White Lion. Seaford B gave up the home advantage of the opulent Denton island Indoor Bowls and Social Club to get the match on ahead of deadline and Captain Bill wrestled with a team selection headache – whether to keep his place in the team after an almost incredible run of being asked just the right questions in the previous rounds, or to give Tony Henley his much-deserved debut on the basis TH would know more about proper subjects which were finally, surely inevitable at this stage. Meanwhile A team captain Keith had to cope with illness at home and drop out. President Mike dutifully stepped in. So, it was a nervous start.
Bill’s decision to drop himself looked a bad one when some of his favourite cerebral topics like (a)Films, TV and radio, (b) Sport and Games, (c) Music, Reading and Arts and (d) would you believe, Pop Karaoke all came up again after all. Sitting there as merely a cheerleading reserve, he looked inconsolable for a while. Yet team-mates Phil M, Tony Humph and even Tony Hen rose magnificently to the challenge of knowing a great deal about, well, not very much. It was neck and neck all the way through because the A team of Paul V, Frank T – who also revelled in questions about Liverpool FC and the Mersey Tunnel – and Mike A had already proved their sharpness in earlier rounds.
Both teams, of course, were already proven high scorers and had blown away the likes of Redhill Redstone and East Grinstead Meridian in previous rounds, and so it proved again. In the end who won out of Seaford B and Seaford A didn’t really matter. Seaford won, and we will have representation at the very apex of this wide-ranging Rotary challenge.

posted: Thursday, 29 March 2018

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