Is this the best pub quiz team in Britain? Southampton lacrosse boys win £1000 in pub quiz over six weeks
‘I don’t even like quizzes. I just like winning’
A group of Southampton lacrosse boys have taken over £1000 in pub quiz winnings in just six weeks.
Team “We Cum Tit Village” has won at the Bridge Quiz and Curry night five times since February, and never come lower than fourth place since the start of the year.
While the team varies from week to week, Leigh Moody, Ollie Burdett, Andy McKeown, Matt McKinnell, Ed Rainford and Alex Bees are dedicated members who have been there for every win.
With an average jackpot of £200, their five victories have now seen each team member pocket around £100.
Even though they’ve been frequent participants since the start of the year and not once come below fourth place, the boys have recently been on a winning streak.
Matt McKinnell, Modern Languages fourth year, told us how they’ve mastered it. He said: “We have a broad range of knowledge between us, godlike wisdom. Our tactic is winning, second place is losing to us.
“We’ve improved by playing properly and drinking more. We dropped the dunces and brought in specialty players when needed for the wild card round.”
Inevitably, some have suspected them of cheating. One participant on another team voiced their suspicions, saying “I guess they’re either really good, or really good at Googling since they always sit in the far corner.”
But fortunately, Oli Coles, who runs and conducts the Quiz and Curry, reassures us their victories are genuine. He said: “I’ve watched them the last couple of weeks as they take part, and it seems each member of the team is responsible for a different area of trivia.
“I know a couple of them outside of the quiz and they’re always telling me how they revise the news each week, and test each other on quiz apps during away trips to matches. I suppose the dedication is paying off.”
Oli also told us how each week is a close call, with only around three of four points between the top three teams, meaning “We Cum Tit Village” aren’t simply running away with it every time.
Ben Franklin, newly-elected Union President for next year and keen participant in the Quiz and Curry nights, thinks it’s a sign everyone needs to up their game. He said: “I guess the rest of us will have to step up our game, swot up and go for the crown next term.”
Fraser Bowen, a Modern Languages fourth year and avid quiz-goer, has no bitter feelings. He said: “Hats off to them. I love how there’s drama in the quiz and curry world.”
“We Cum Tit Village” assure us they do their best to win with grace and respect the other participants. Matt added: “We make a big effort to make all teams feel welcome. We actively encourage them to try and beat us, and we always ensure we congratulate everyone on their way out.”
Indeed, in spite of their ongoing success, the boys don’t take themselves too seriously, using catchphrases such as: “for us it’s just banter” and “we’re a quiz team with a lacrosse problem”.
Team member Leigh Moody even admitted he’s far from a quiz enthusiast, saying: “I don’t even like quizzes, I just like winning.”