THE NATIONAL MARBLE MUSEUM
TINSLEY GREEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2001
It was Friday 13th April the day of the championships; I set off bright and early for the Greyhound, Tinsley Green. At 7.30 am it was cold, too early for the sun. I arrived at 8 am and began putting the 100 white plastic chairs around the main ring to keep the playing area free of cars.
Some of the sand to be used was still a little damp, to dry it, it was sprinkled over the three rings to be used of the days play-So far so good.
In the office, the draw, score sheets and the other paper work was sorted out. Red target marbles were counted out - 49 plus some extras for each of the three rings. Red marbles are traditional in England whereas blue are used at the National Marbles Tournament at Wildwood.
Julia my wife arrived to register the team ready for play. This year 13 teams pre-registered: nine British teams and four from Germany. Six other teams registered on the day making 19 teams in all.
In the Individuals, four marbles for each of the 19 players plus one extra are placed in the ring, 77 marbles this year. Each of the contenders dropped the tolley from nose level to decide the order of play.
After five rounds 68 of the marbles were knocked out of the ring, Mark with 13 was in the lead and only Swampo with eight could beat him. In the sixth round the first five players knocked out five of the remaining marbles and Mark was declared the winner. (The biggest surprise of the day was Dave of the Wunch of Bankers break of 9 which took him 10 minutes to achieve.)
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