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PeakCares Trivia with a Twist competition and all the behind-the-scenes intrigue is In the Spotlight

by PeakCare Qld on 9th December 2016

Home -> Articles -> 2016 -> December -> PeakCares Trivia with a Twist competition and all the behind-the-scenes intrigue is In the Spotlight

On 7th December 2016, PeakCare held its second annual trivia with a twist competition. We witnessed an epic battle of biblical ‘David and Goliath’ proportions!

All teams started on a reasonably equal standing but very quickly they spread as wheat separated from chaff, with reference again to biblical analogies.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services aggressively registered 3 teams, but amalgamated 2 teams into 1 to advance their chances. What was meant to be a Central Queensland regional team was soon supplemented by staff from other regions plus, the Department’s Director-General. This did not go unnoticed by the Department’s George Street team who suggested there was foul play and the strategies of the Department quickly ran aground. At least for the George Street team!

Act for Kids quickly picked up bonus points for being the first non-government team to register, as did the Bravehearts team for nominating a team name. However, Bravehearts quickly lost these additional points when it was discovered just how incredibly lame the suggested name was that they had picked.

Queensland Police Service again performed their role of being impartial enforcers of the rules, with distinction. Ridiculous claims were made by Mercy Community Services about conflicts of interest but these were quickly dispatched and Mercy were appropriately fined for ‘dobbing’. Given that these complaints were made by PeakCare’s President Shelley Wall and the Mercy team were fined irrespective of this vexatious complaint, PeakCare’s impartiality and objectivity were amply demonstrated.

Rule changes were made for this year with a very watchful eye placed on any suspicious behaviour by Kylie in the Department’s George Street team, which seemed to work in keeping her in check. Unfortunately, the same could not be said about Julieann from the Department’s regional team. It is hoped that if she fronts up next year, she will have learned some lessons from the previous two years.

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) team bravely fronted up with a team that was severely depleted by the absence of their CEO Natalie Lewis who is on leave, and A/CEO Nadia Currie who was stranded in Rockhampton. The team was able to recruit some additional players, namely: Christopher John, (United Synergies) and Anne Elliott (Encompass Family and Community).

QATSICPP played a clever game that saw them score consistently well and, in a stroke of genius, collect penalty points that had been imposed on other teams. At the very last round this proved to be the winning strategy in allowing them to knock the Department’s embellished super team from Central Queensland off the winning pedestal, just as David did to defeat Goliath.

Justice prevailed!

Life Without Barriers scraped in for a well-deserved 3rd position ahead of the rest of the pack.

Other shocking results included the dramatic fall in the fortunes of yourtown, last year’s winner. This year they trailed the field. It is understood that their CEO Tracy Adams, who is currently on leave, is now considering an urgent return to Brisbane to find out what went wrong … heads may roll.

Obviously, a lot more went on behind the scenes that we are not at liberty to report. It seems that the stakes will be high for the 3rd session to be held next year and regrettably, we expect many teams to be returning with vengeance on their minds.

PeakCare congratulates QATSICPP and Christopher John and Anne Elliott who were able to ride in on the coattails of their victory.

Finally, we once again thank the generous sponsors who provided some 25 raffle prizes for the evening with some people leaving with more than one!

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