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Nervy starter for 10 as QUB meets University Challenge

By Staff Reporter

Published 01/09/2015

The victorious Queen’s team on University Challenge of Alistair Mallon, Jethro Waldron, Jack Ruddy and Charlie Shimmins
The victorious Queen’s team on University Challenge of Alistair Mallon, Jethro Waldron, Jack Ruddy and Charlie Shimmins

A team from Queen's University Belfast has made an at times nervy first round appearance on the highbrow University Challenge quiz before triumphing.

The Queen's team were taking on a quartet from Sussex University under the stern eye and acid tongue of quizmaster Jermey Paxman.

The QUB team only had one local on board, with the other three members hailing from across the water.

Alistair Mallon lives in Belfast, while Jethro Waldron is originally from Derbyshire, team captain Jack Ruddy is from Dorset and Charlie Shimmins is from the Isle of Man.

The Queen's captain led his team out with the first starter for 10 with a correct answer about a book set in the First World War, but only got one of the three follow-up questions on Canada correct.

Queen's then began to dominate, streaking into a 100-point lead with Sussex struggling at just 40 points.

The QUB guys then took their foot off the pedal as Sussex began to rally and creep up on their opponents.

Sussex closed to within 15 points at 125 to 140 but that was their last charge as Queen's took control again and shut their opponents out for the rest of the contest.

Sussex didn't help themselves with a series of desperate guesses and incorrect interruptions which cost them dearly.

The contest ended with Queen's winning fairly comfortably in the end with a score of 195 versus 125.

The Queen's all-male quartet now go through to the second round where they will meet another of the first round qualifiers yet to be decided.

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