The MQL are pleased to announce that a Buzzer Quiz Tournament will be held on Saturday 15 September 2018 between 1030 and 1830 at the Bradbury Centre, Liverpool. This is the inaugural staging of what we hope will become an annual competition and is also the first of a number of special events to mark the Sixtieth Anniversary of the founding of the MQL.
The Tournament is based upon the format used in TV’s University Challenge and we have spaces for 20 teams. If all spaces are filled then each team will be guaranteed at least 8 matches of about 30 minutes duration in the Trophy or Plate competitions.
11 spaces in the Tournament are being offered to the 5 constituent Leagues of the MQL. The event is being run with the cooperation of the Quiz League of London from whom we have purchased the questions and which are being used in their own event in London on the same day. Our Tournament is being advertised to Quiz organisations beyond Merseyside, but they will only be allowed to register after places have been allocated to the MQL teams.
The cost for entry to the Tournament is £60 per team. This has been set by the QLL as a condition of using their questions. Each team should be made up of 4 or (no more than) 5 players.
Some details about the Tournament
We begin with four pools of five teams playing on a round robin basis. An attempt will be made to seed these Pools based upon the players who are taking part. Every match will have a designated QP and need a scorer. A person from every team will therefore be expected to do some scoring when not playing.
After a short break for lunch the Pools are reorganised. The top 10 teams go into pools A and B and play for the Trophy. The remaining teams go into pools C and D and play for the Plate.
At the end of this second set of matches the top 2 teams in Pools A and B compete in the semis and final for the Trophy and the top 2 teams in Pools C and D compete for the Plate.
Some details about the Venue
Bradbury Fields, Youens Way, Liverpool L14 2EP (although Sat Nav should set to L14 2EW). The Bradbury Centre is a facility for Blind and Partially Sighted People. During the week it provides advice, training and support services for those dealing with sight loss. The building has easy access for wheelchairs.
Car Parking. Space for 40 vehicles on site plus on street parking a few minutes’ walk away.
Bus. Numbers 9, 10, 10A or 10B take 30 minutes from City Centre. It is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop (Aldi East Prescot Rd) to Bradbury Fields.
Train. Nearest station is Broadgreen. Then a 40 minute walk to Bradbury Fields.
A small Bistro café will be open 1000 until 1600 for the purchase of Crisps, Chocolate Bars and Hot and Cold Drinks. The Bar is open during the Lunch break (approximately 1300-1400). Both Bar and Bistro provide space to eat packed lunches (recommended). However an Aldi supermarket is a 5 minute walk and a Sainsbury’s supermarket a 5 minute drive from the Centre.
Entry and Registration
MQL Teams. If you would like to play then you should contact your local League Secretary who will oversee the formation and the registration of the team. These teams can be made up from any players in the League. Registration of each team should be completed by Sunday 5 August 2018 and must include at least 3 players’ names and the arrangements for the payment of the entry fee.
Teams from other Quiz Leagues. Your application to take part in the Tournament should be made through or on behalf of your Quiz League. You may not register until after Sunday 5 August, but you may notify Jon Stitcher (email@example.com) of your wish to take part