It’s Easter Monday and you know what that means? Yup, I’m feeling a bit chubby.
Anyway, aside from the fact I’ve been stuffing chocolate orange into my cakehole all day, we’ve got the semi-finals of the Stacey West Lockdown Quiz this evening. Up first, Dave Rooke takes on Kev Barwise at 7.30 pm, before Chris Wray looks to get past Jon Leonard in the second semi-final straight after.
I’ve spent the last hour assembling the questions, making sure we’ve got a fair fight on our hands. For the semi-finals, there’s no home and away, plus in the individual rounds, a wrong answer will see the point thrown across for the other player. There’s got to be a shakeup each time the ante gets upped, hasn’t there?
Plus, there’s a double Pointless round too, giving both players a chance to go first. It all kicks off at 7.30 pm on The Stacey West Facebook page, so make sure you’re there. To help those of you new to the quiz, here are our semi-finalists and how they got to this stage.
Dave Rooke – Dave came through the live event qualifier to skip the initial heats, finding himself against Sam Wray, another qualifier. Having edged past Sam in a tight game, Dave has emerged as a possible favourite for the title, although he faces pre-tournament favourite Kev Barwise this evening. Dave has appeared on Pointless with his daughter Emily, who was eliminated in the heats by Gav Hughes.
Kev Barwise – Kev has fought through two rounds thus far, defeating a spirited Kyle Kennealey in the last 8, before a tough challenge from Dan Rawson in the last four. Kev’s knowledge of the eighties is excellent, but will he be tested on those seasons in which there might be a gap? His last round outing did make a few wonder whether this evening could be the end of the road for the former DF editor.
Chris Wray – Known as CJW, the Imptoons creator, Chris survived being beaten in the quarter-finals after forgetting Liam Hearn, which some would say isn’t a bad thing. His opponent, Steve Freestone, dropped out of the running and handed Chris a reprieve. That perhaps marks him as an outsider, but he’s scored well in both his games and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Chris is the only semi-finalist without live quiz experience outside of the SW.
Jon Leonard – Calmness personified, Jon has represented the club in a televised quiz before as a teammate of Kev Barwise. He’s handled the pressure well and despite being run close in the quarter-finals by Gav Hughes, he’s still fancied as an overall winner. Jon’s specialist subject was 1987/88, but with those now being dropped for the last four, will he find things a little tougher?