Flashback: It’s October 2007, and three-quarters of my regular team are doing quite well in the Galway qualifier for the Rehab All-Ireland Pub Quiz. In fact, we’re two points ahead going into the final round. Alas, that final round was on food and drink and, while we rarely need a ‘Phone a friend’ lifeline, we could have done with some help that night. A score of 4/8 saw us plummet from first to third and out of the competition.
Last night saw our full team line out in the Clayton Hotel for this year’s event. Unlike three years ago, we did have the relative comfort of knowing that the top two teams were now going through. Yes, I know, that would’t have helped in 2007 but it did take away a bit of the pressure. Given the level of the questions we received, it turned out to be a night of very light pressure. Pressure so lacking as to almost be a vacuum, in fact.
The night featured 10 rounds of six questions. We finished up on 56/60, one behind the winners. Unfortunately, we were tied in second place with another team. As they only wanted two qualifiers, a tie-break was announced – we were both to face another round of six questions. This didn’t separate us though, both teams got all six right. Neither did another round of six. Or a third round after that! So, after 18 extra questions, the organisers made the fair decision that we should both go through. Huzzah! See you in Athlone!
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