Merseyside Quiz Leagues

The World's Largest Independent Quiz Leagues

The Merseyside Quiz Leagues, the home of team quizzing here on Merseyside were founded in 1959 and are the largest independent quiz leagues in the world.

In the 2017/18 season there were over 100 teams competing in one of five Leagues. Teams will usually take part in their own local league, so that travelling distances are kept to a minimum. There are, however, opportunities to enter Merseyside-wide competitions at either team or league representative levels - our equivalents of UEFA club competitions and International matches!

If you are interested in finding out a little more about team quizzing on Merseyside, why not drop into a venue and watch a game taking place.  During the September to March season most games are played on Monday or Tuesday nights starting at 8.45pm.  The tab 'Leagues' will allow you to select your local area from where you can find a team playing near you.  You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and if you wish, a chance to take part in a friendly game after the main match.  If you need any advice please contact us.

Jubilee Buzzer Tournament 2018

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 (jonstitcher@hotmail.com) of your wish to take part

MQL Success

As part of the recent London Open Quiz Festival, 8 teams including the MQL took part in the annual tournament for the Don Bissett Trophy. As usual the strong opposition contained some of the best players in the country, but after wins over Teeside and Yorkshire, MQL defeated Wessex in the final to win the competition for the first time since 2009. With “masterful” squad rotation all 5 areas of the MQL were represented!

 

MQL Council Meeting

The next MQL Council meeting will take place at Old Swan Conservative Club, Derby Lane, Liverpool L13 6QE at 8pm on Sunday 24 June 2018.  The Agenda can be found under About MQL/Administration or here.

GDPR

The MQL General Data Protection Regulations policy is posted here under About MQL / MQL Administration.  You may have received email communications about this.  Thank you for your patience as officers and administrators of the Leagues acquire the appropriate permissions.

MIMIR Final 2018

In the 2018 MIMIR Final, Karl Whelan of Wirral retained the title he won last year, Beating John Hall (Warrington), Mark Kerr (Liverpool) and Jim Eccleson (Wirral).  You can watch the match below:

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