Gitanjali Khot (Captain – Remove), Emma Williams (Shell), Marina Pearson (Shell) and Ella Bacon (Shell) worked together to answer a host of questions over the 30 minutes with the final score 460 to 360.
Each round began with an open question to both teams; the first person to buzz in could answer without conferring. If the answer was correct then a further three bonus questions went to that team, allowing for quick fire scoring.
It was the girls who took the opening round before the Chevron boys of Douglas Brion (Captain - Remove), Horatio Gould (Remove), Maxim Taite-Ellis (Shell) and Alex Norden (Shell) levelled at 50 points.
As both teams broke into triple figures it was the boys who edged in front with correct answers about the history of the monarchy. However, just as Chevron might have hoped to stretch their lead the girls stole points in the very next round with correct mathematical responses.
At the half way point the teams were still close with Fleur ahead by just 50 points. Despite both teams racing to the buzzer it was the girls who were able to consolidate their progress, taking 180 points in the next five rounds.
By this stage the boys were showing resilience but seemed unable to capitalise on their bonus question opportunities. Meanwhile, as the timer seemed to free fall, Fleur continued to top up their tally and secure the win.
Reflecting on the victory Fleur’s team Captain, Gitanjali Khot, said, “It felt great to win. Initially we didn't think we were going to because we knew Chevron had done very well so far. I think we worked very well together as a team and I'm proud of them.”
Quiz Master and Physic teacher, Dr Trevor Baxter, awarded the trophy which will make amends for their Senior team’s defeat by Red Cross in the final of the Senior competition in the Michaelmas Term. He said, “The fact that Fleur won with one Remove and three Shell students rather than the usual two and two, is much to their credit. The questions certainly are challenging for the Juniors but every year I am impressed by how good some of their general knowledge is.”
20 May 2013