The title of smartest club has been claimed

20 November 2019

On Saturday the finals of the Inaugural Clubs New Zealand Quiz Championship went down at the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club.  This was a highly anticipated event to crown New Zealand's smartest club. 

Hosted by Shaun Wallace aka The Dark Destroyer the Quiz Championship ended in dramatic fashion.  With scores tied at the end of eight rounds, a ten question tie break was added which still couldn't break the impass.  The tie was finally broken when Shaun asked the team captains the last tie break question - the year of Muhammah Ali's Birth.

A massive congratulations to the Southern Troopers from South Otago Town & Country Club who won the $5,000 first prize and a year's worth of bragging rights.  The other two prizes for a combined $2,000 went to Upper Hutt Cossie Club teams Same as Last Week and Cupid Stunts.

A great evening was had by all.  A huge thank you to Shaun Wallace for hosting, sponsors Lion, host club Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, Believe it or Not Quiz Nights and of course the participants and their home clubs for making it all happen.

Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club manager Dean Candy acknowledged the effort of Believe It Or Not Sales & Marketing Manager Brendan Lockhead and Clubs New Zealand South Island representative Keith Ballentine who spent many hours promoting the quiz. “However, we were very disappointed with the response with only nine clubs being represented in the final despite Lion Breweries generous sponsorship and the drawing power of Shaun Wallace.”

The following morning the Upper Hutt Cossie Club hosted a fundraising quiz with 40 teams participating. “Shaun was available for autographs and photos and participated in a Q&A and over $3000 was raised for the Te Omanga Hospice.”

Dean added that he hopes the national quiz can become a permanent event on the Club’s New Zealand's calendar but clubs must get behind and support it.

Quiz Champ 1st Place Team

Quiz Championship Winners - Southern Troopers

Quiz Champ 3rd Place team

Quiz Championship Runners Up

Quiz Champs 3rd Place team

Quiz Championship Third Place

Quiz Champ Winners

Quiz Championship Winners with host Shaun Wallace 

Quiz Sponsors 

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