SCQ : Manning's School moves on to third round

February 24, 2017
The Manning's School team.
The Queen's School quiz team
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After winning the 10th match of round two in TVJ's Schools' Challenge Quiz 25-20 against The Queen's School, Manning's School team captain Brandon Larmond made fun of an egregious error they made in the first round, answering that Whatsapp was invented in 1947.

"We have been going at this (Schools' Challenge Quiz) from 1947," Larmond jokingly said.

He seriously told THE WEEKEND STAR, though, that he expects the school, that is regarded as the oldest secondary institution on the island, to win the championship trophy on March 30.

"We expect to go far, and win," Larmond declared.

The Westmoreland-based school got off to a moderate start in the opening challenge, leading their opponents by five points to two.

Manning's increased its slender lead in the speed challenge, ending that period ahead with 19 points to the Queen's School's 14, before comfortably securing victory in the buzzer challenge.

The Queen's School writhed in discomfort after the match as they came to terms with being knocked out of the competition at the second round, after being the top all-girls' school performer last year.

"Well, the girls didn't start well. In the buzzer section, they picked up well, but it's just God's will and it happens," head coach Gary McDonald said.

He said: "I guess it was just nerves, but we are all humans and the girls did their best ... the girls are quite young, so by next season they should be able to do better."

Manning's School will play defending champions Titchfield High School in round three of the competition.

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