Celtic Nations 2013

celtic-nations-logoThe inaugural Celtic Nations Quizzing Championship took place in the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, on the weekend of April 27th and 28th, 2013.

The event features quiz teams from Ireland, Scotland and Wales facing off against each other in the international four v four format.  Over the course of the weekend, the quizzers also take part in an individual quiz, with the top eight finishers from each country gaining points for their nation in the overall table.

Scoring system:

A teams:
For a win:  50 points.  Sliding scale of losing bonuses if within 10 (match) points of winner: 20 for 1 point defeat going down in increments of 2 to 2 for 10 point defeat.  In the event of a tie, 30 points to each team.

B teams:
For a win:  25 points.  Sliding scale of losing bonuses if within 10 (match) points of winner: 10 for 1 point defeat going down in increments of 1 to 1 for 10 point defeat.  In the event of a tie, 15 points to each team.

Individual:
Count the top 8 from each country, and arrange in rank order from 1st to 24th.  50 points for 1st, 47 points for 2nd, 44 points for 3rd, then down in increments of 2 (42, 40, 38, etc) down to 2 points for 24th.  In the event of a tie, average the scores the tied quizzers would have had if separated and round up or down to the nearest whole number.  (Averages ending in “.50” round up not down)

Team lineups and results:

Saturday
Scotland v Ireland
A Team – Rob Hannah, Andy Tucker, Anne Hegerty, Barry Simmons (60) v Lorcan Duff, Padraig Fanning, David Lea, John Nolan (46)
B Team – Iain Thoms, Brian Pendreigh, Roderick Cromar, Andrew Frazer (61) v Micheál Coyne, Paddy Duffy, John Groarke, Dave McBryan (26)
C Team – Neil Mackaskill, Mark Rae, Ewan McNaught, Ken Emond (34) v Michelle Coyne, Derek Cray, John O’Sullivan, Ger Slattery (29)

Wales v Ireland
A Team – Mark Grant, David Edwards, Sean O’Neill, Iwan Thomas (54) v Lorcan Duff, Padraig Fanning, David Lea, John Nolan (53)
B Team – Ian Welham, Phil Bennion, Ian Orriss, Roger Morgan (45) v Paddy Duffy, John Groarke, Dave McBryan, David Murphy (41)

Scotland v Wales
A Team – Andy Tucker, Anne Hegerty, Barry Simmons, Iain Thoms (42) v Mark Grant, David Edwards, Sean O’Neill, Iwan Thomas (34)
B Team – Rob Hannah, Andrew Frazer, Mark Rae, Neil Mackaskill (43) v Ian Welham, Phil Bennion, Ian Orriss, Roger Morgan (33)

Sunday
Ireland v Wales
A Team – Lorcan Duff, Padraig Fanning, David Lea, John Nolan (43) v Mark Grant, David Edwards, Sean O’Neill, Iwan Thomas (55)
B Team – Micheál Coyne, John Groarke, David Murphy, Colm O’Sullivan (30) v Ian Welham, Phil Bennion, Ian Orriss, Roger Morgan (50)

Ireland v Scotland
A Team – Lorcan Duff, Padraig Fanning, David Lea, John Nolan (31) v Rob Hannah, Iain Thoms, Andy Tucker, Barry Simmons (60)
B Team – Micheál Coyne, John Groarke, David Murphy, Dave McBryan (27) v Anne Hegerty, Andrew Frazer, Brian Pendreigh, Mark Rae (53)
C Team – Michelle Coyne, Derek Cray, John O’Sullivan, Ger Slattery (18) v Roderick Cromar, Neil Mackaskill, Ewan McNaught, Colin  Cruickshank (46)

Wales v Scotland
A Team – Mark Grant, David Edwards, Sean O’Neill, Iwan Thomas (51) v Rob Hannah, Anne Hegerty, Iain Thoms, Andrew Frazer (41)
B Team – Ian Welham, Phil Bennion, Ian Orriss, Roger Morgan (31) v Barry Simmons, Andy Tucker, Roderick Cromar, Brian Pendreigh (55)

The home nation emerged triumphant.  Their teams won all but one of their matches, sweeping both the B and C divisions.  Their sole defeat came against Wales in the final match of the A tournament, by which stage the title was already decided. Ireland failed to win a single team match.  The closest they came was against Wales on day 1, when the A team was defeated by a single point, 54-53.  Points gained by each nation in the team quizzes: Scotland 252, Wales 207, Ireland 27.

Individual top 10:

1: Mark Grant (Wales), 83
2: Iain Thoms (Scotland), 80
3: Rob Hannah (Scotland), 70
4: David Lea (Ireland), 69
5: Andy Tucker (Scotland), 68
6: Andrew Frazer (Scotland), 68
6: Anne Hegerty (Scotland), 68
8: Barry Simmons (Scotland), 67
9: David Edwards (Wales), 63
10: John Nolan (Ireland), 62

The top score in the individual quiz was a magnificient 83/100, scored by Mark Grant of Wales.  Iain Thoms was Scotland’s top scorer, on 80, whilst David Lea’s 69 was the best Irish score.  Points gained by each nation in the individual quiz: Scotland 269, Wales 179, Ireland 155.

Final ranking: Scotland 521, Wales 386, Ireland 182.

Click here to view the full set of results (in Excel format).  Thanks to David Edwards for compiling this.

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