It's A Knockout 1969
British Domestic Series

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GB

It's A Knockout 1969

NI Qualifying Heat 1

Event Staged: Saturday 31st May 1969
Venue: Rugby Playing Fields, Mullaghmeen, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Transmission:
Not recorded or transmitted

Teams: Armagh v. Cookstown v. Dungannon v.
Enniskillen v. Omagh v. Rathfriland

Team Members included:
Dungannon -
Ralph Brown (Team Manager), Miss A Foster, Miss B Garry, Miss A Gilpin, Miss C Johnson, Mr L Kee, Mr V Kerr, Vincient Lavery (Ladies’ Team Coach), Father P J McCrory (Men’s Team Coach), Miss H McLean, Miss K O’Neill, Mr M Peat, Miss J Pinkerton, Miss K Quinn, Mr T Uncles, Miss M Whitelaw;
Enniskillen - Billy Simpson (Team Captain), Rosalind Avery, Gabriel Brock, Barry Flanagan, Jeanette Forbes, Richard Heap, Carol Kennedy, John Latimer, Dermot Lunney, Heather Lyons, Wendy McChesney, Shirley McLeer, John Maxwell, Elizabeth Montgomery, John Nevin, Jean Paget, Mary-Rose Riddell, Maura Ryan, Gordon Thompson, Pat Timmons, Helen Woodhouse.

Games: The Revealing Doors, The Fire Hoses, Swing-Along, Water Goal, Your Life in Their Hands and Roll Out the Barrels.

Game Results and Standings

Games

  1 2 3 4 5 6
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
A

4

1 6 6 1 5

C

1

8

2

2

2

3

D

2

3

1

1

6

1

E

6

5

5

5

12

6

O

6

12

6

5

5

4
R 3 4 4 3 4 2
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
A 4 5 11 17 18 23

C

1

9

11

13

15

18

D

2

5

6

7

13

14

E

6

11

16

21

33

39

O

6

18

24

29

34

38

R 3 7 11 14 18 20

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

 E • Enniskillen
 O Omagh
 A Armagh
 R Rathfriland
 C Cookstown
 D Dungannon

39
38
23
20
18
14

Enniskillen (County Fermanagh) qualified for It's A Knockout at Bangor:
staged on Saturday 7th June 1969

The Venue

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

The venue for this heat was the playing fields at Enniskillen Rugby Club at Mullaghmeen, located about three miles north of the town’s centre.

Additional Information

These two Northern Ireland qualifying heats, which were held simultaneously, were not recorded or transmitted and were referred to in the local press as '6-County Semi-Final 1' and '6-County Semi-Final 2' respectively. We at JSFnetGB have elected to refer to them as NI Qualifying Heats 1 and 2 to retain consistency across the Series Guide.

This heat featured six of the eleven competing teams for the coveted two places in the actual BBC recording of It’s A Knockout. Three teams came from County Tyrone (Dungannon, Cookstown and Omagh), one from County Down (Rathfriland), one from County Fermanagh (Enniskillen) and the other from the county town of Armagh.

This heat was played over six games with all teams participating in every game. Jokers were permitted to be played on any of the six games, doubling the points scored. From the outset this competition was basically a two-horse race between Enniskillen and Omagh with both teams finishing in the top three places in every game. Before the final game, Omagh were leading Enniskillen by just one point (34pts to 33pts) with the nearest rivals sitting with just 18pts. Enniskillen stormed the final game to finish in first place, and with a late burst by Armagh in the closing stages of the game overtaking Omagh to clinch second place on the game, resulted in Omagh finishing in third place and losing the contest by a solitary point!

The two semi-finals were part of a six-county competition and although the team of Enniskillen won this heat, they were the only team from the county of Fermanagh. It was therefore decided that the team would represent the whole county in the BBC TV show and as a coincidence, were renamed County Fermanagh for that event.

 

NI

It's A Knockout 1969

NI Qualifying Heat 2

Event Staged: Saturday 31st May 1969
Venue: The Showgrounds, Coleraine, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Transmission:
Not recorded or transmitted

Teams: Ballynahinch v. Bangor v. Carrickfergus v. Coleraine v. Newtownabbey

Team Members included:
Coleraine -
Ray Rankin (Team Manager), Betty McWhirter (Ladies’ Team Captain), Ronnie Cameron, Rosemary Lagan, Richard Lyons, Philip McGarvey.

Games included: Ball Bearing Baskets and Barrel Balance.

Game Results and Standings

Games

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Points Scored
(Joker games shown in red)
BG

2

2 10 1 2 1 2

BL

3

3

3

2

10

3 1

CA

4

10

1

3

4

4 4

CO

5

4

4

10

3

5 5

N

1

1

2

8

1

2 3
Running Totals
(Leading teams shown in red)
BG 2 4 14 15 17 18 20

BL

3

6

9

11

21

24

25

CA

4

14

15

18

22

26

30

CO

5

9

13

23

26

31

36

N

1

2

4

12

13

15

18

Result

 Team

Points

1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th

 CO • Coleraine
 CA Carrickfergus
 BL Ballynahinch
 BG Bangor
 N Newtownabbey

36
30
25
20
18

Coleraine qualified for It's A Knockout at Bangor:
staged on Saturday 7th June 1969

The Venue

Coleraine, County Antrim

The venue for this heat was The Showgrounds, the home ground of Coleraine Football Club.

Additional Information

This heat featured the remaining five teams fighting for the coveted two places in the inaugural BBC Northern Ireland It’s A Knockout. Two teams came from County Down (Ballynahinch and Bangor), two from County Antrim (Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey) and the other from County Londonderry (Coleraine).

Unlike the first Qualifying Heat, this competition was played over seven games with all teams participating in every game. Jokers were permitted to be played on any of the seven games, doubling the points scored. Coleraine had achieved victory before the last game, having acquired enough points to be 5pts clear of their nearest rivals.

The first of the six-county semi-finals was won by Enniskillen, the only team from the county of Fermanagh. Whilst it was accepted that they should represent the whole county in the actual BBC TV show, the winners of this second heat, Coleraine, were actually one of two teams from the county of Antrim. It was therefore decided that they would compete under their home town’s name in the following week’s recording.

Bangor, the host town of the actual televised heat, were one of the competing teams in this Qualifying Heat but failed to make it through to the It's A Knockout event.

 

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