Wexford's Mountaineers reached peak of success for fifth time
THE MOUNTAINEERS team based at The Mountain Bar, Newline Road, Wexford, scored a remarkable fifth successive outright victory in the annual Wexford match-play general knowledge quiz championship, organised by the St. Mary's of Maudlintown GAA Club.
The Mountaineers are Brian Nolan, Margaret and Kieran Daly and Phil Murphy
Eight qualifiers emerged from the table-quiz round to contest the knock-out closing stages in the golfing match-play format, with the event being staged, appropriately enough, at Wexford Golf Club.
It was probably the most exciting final night in the seven-year history of the event, with a whole series of exciting finishes and three matches going to sudden death.
In the quarter finals, Hoof Hearted (John French, Philip Doran, John and Michael Furlong) just edged out Brownes of Bishopswater (Bobby Bent, Christoper and Tony Mahoney and Peter Byrne), both previous champions.
Two teams based at The Pike Pub, Kevin Barry Street, met and victory went to Chill the Beans (Andy and Ray Lehane, Adrian Power and Barry Sinnott) over Steak Through The Heart (Denis Lehane, Brendan Egan, Liam Sinnott and Cathal O'Gara).
The Lehanes are a dad and two sons and they ended up in direct opposition.
The Porter House, Castlebridge (Trudy Parker, Pax Shortall, Angela Griffith and Terry McLoughlin) had reached the final for the past two years but were beaten at the third extra tie hole this time by El Scorchio, regular participants from Coolkenno in Wicklow (Alan O'Callaghan, Maureen, Ann and Colm O'Rourke).
The Mountaineers nearly fell at the first hurdle, going to the 20th hole to see off the challenge of first time qualifiers, Wexford Bohs (David Dodd, Paul Roche, Emmet Doyle and Paul Murphy), a great effort.
There were two epic semi-finals, going the full distance and the lead changing hands several times before Chill the Beans saw off Hoof Hearted, and The Mountaineers again had to go to extra time to beat El Scorchio in a really tough match.
The holders had things a little easier in the final and The Mountaineers completed a five timer with victory over surprise packets of the night, Chill the Beans.
Remarkably, the team has remained unchanged for the entire run.
The trophy was handed over by the quiz organisers Martin O'Connor (question setter) and Trevor Doocey (quiz master), and credit was paid to them for their great work over the past seven years. Proceeds this year go towards the provision of extra juvenile facilities at the St. Mary's Club.
Hayes' Mountain Bar can certainly claim to be quiz champions as another team from the pub has won the DMP Athletic Club organised Guinness Wexford Festival rural pub quiz champions for the past two years. On that team were proprietor Mary Hayes and her daughter Anna, John Healy and Brian Nolan, the only person to be on both teams.