The Tinsley Green Championships of 2018

All set up and ready to go by 9 o’clock
Good Friday came early this year 21st March (*see note) The earliest it has been before was in
1951when the championships were on 23rd March. The record shows that, that year it was ‘very
cold’. The local newspaper the Crawley Observer said “ it was among the coldest on record and
that the players called it the ‘Hand Blowing Year”.
Zachary and I got to the Greyhound at about 7.15am and began setting out the office, we would
normally have been arranging the chairs around the ring but they had not yet arrived. They were
coming with the guy who sets up the bouncy castle (he later told me that it was so windy the day
before that he would not set up as he had planned). So it goes to show just how windy the weather
was. The forecast was windy with showers and sleet at times.
Julia arrived and at 7.40 had a live interview with BBC 6 Music breakfast show and the day had
just started. All the players were asked to arrive by 10 o’clock. This was so that we had a good
crowd around at 10.30 when the Mayor of Crawley Councillor Sally Blake, unveiled a blue
heritage plaque from Crawley Arts Council, marking the Greyhound and the Marbles continuing
importance to local history.
Mayor of Crawley Councillor
Sally Blake, unveiled a blue heritage plaque
There was a spot or two of early rain and our old ring cover was brought into play, but was
removed to the sidelines for most of the day. Two rings were used and the day went very well. As
we came to the later part of the day the rain that had threatened arrived, the ring was covered and
the match continued unabated.
The ring was uncovered for the final games of the day. The Individuals was first, followed by the
Team Final. By this time it was getting a bit dark, but was soon over with last years champions
scoring only two marbles.
Team Championship
First Round
Charlwood Elite 3 v Barrel Scrapers 18
Black Horse 4 v Possee 6
Black Dog 17 v Murmlers19
Team Marbleous 0 v Yorkshire Meds 27
Sportsround Superstars 1 v The Beavers 6

Second Round
Johnson Jets 16 v Tinsley Tigers 0
Turners Hill Tolleymen 8 v Handcross 49ers 25
Charlwood Strikers 18 v Caterham Cowboys 10
Yorkshire Meds 25 v Rolling Drunks 5
The Beavers 2 v 1st MC Erzgebirge I 26
Possee 11 v Handcross Rebels 18
st MC Erzgebirge II 19 v Murmlers 6
Barrel Scrapers 26 v Turners Hill Lions 4

Quarter Finals
Charlwood Strikers 8 v Johnson Jets 31
Barrel Scrapers 4 v 1st MC Erzgebirge I 25
st MC Erzgebirge II 14 v Yorkshire Meds 25
Handcross Rebels 10 v Handcross 49ers 31

Semi Finals
Johnson Jets 15 v 1st MC Erzgebirge I 25
Yorkshire Meds 25 v Handcross 49ers 22

st MC Erzgebirge I 2 v Yorkshire Meds 29
Individual Championship
There was a play off for one of the lowest scoring 7 players to go through to the main match, which
was an Australian marble player, Ben from the Beavers.
The ten players then ‘Nosed Dropped’ for position and the match was underway. A new rule was
added this year, that ‘at the end of each round we will be eliminating any players whose score
leaves them unable to win, i.e. anyone whose current score added to the number of marbles
remaining in the ring totals less than the current highest score’.
At the end of the contest, two players, Colin of the Black Dog and Halim of the Yorkshire Meds
had a score of 13 marbles each. This meant that Rule 11 (d) was brought in to play, ‘If two players
achieve the same score, a tiebreak game will be played. This game will have 13 marbles in a close
packed group in the centre of the ring. The order of play being determined as in Rule 9(f). The first
player to score 7 marbles shall be declared the winner.

Halim Tata in action
Best Lady Player
In the Best Lady competition Alison from the Handcross 49ers was in the lead with 10 marbles,
when she was killed. Two of the other players were also killed, which meant that any of three
players could beat her. Leila went on to make her score 10 and it went down to the last marble to
give her the win.
Individuals Play offs
Andy Caterham Coyboys 1
Callum Black Horse 2
Ben The Beavers 6
Richie Possee 5
Tim Charlwood Elite 1
Lydia Sportsround Superstars 4
Charlie Turners Hill Lions 2
Alison Handcross 49ers 0
Paul Johnson Jets 0
Halim Yorkshire Meds 13
Tim 1
st MC Erzgebirge II K
Barry Handcross Rebels 4
Ben The Beavers 1
Jon Barrel Scrapers 1
Colin Black Dog 13
Mauuli 1
st MC Erzgebirge I 7
Darren Reining Champion 2
Halim Yorkshire Meds 7
Colin Black Dog 6

Top photo Team Winners the Yorkshire Meds
Brother and sister Individual winner Halim Tata, Best Lady Leila Kara
Best Lady Player
Justine Murmlers 1
Jen Barrel Scrapers 3
Anna Rolling Drunks K
Lydia Sportsround Superstars K
Alison Handcross 49ers 10 K
Leila Yorkshire Meds 11
* Note on the date for Easter (Sunday).
The date of Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21st (Spring Solstice). So the
earliest day possible for a Good Friday is March 20th and the latest is April 23rd.
• 21 teams or 126 players
• 40 Tolleys were nose dropped
• 908 target marbles were used – 596 or 66% were knocked out
• 35 players were killed one of them twice
• 41 players had no score and 14 players made double figures
• Chris Pampel and Halim Tata made the joint highest Break of the day with 20 marbles
The British Marbles Board of Control would like to thank:
Dennis, Landlord of the Greyhound & all his staff
Jean and Ron Fox
John Burnet
Mol the main tournament Referee
David and Mike of the 49ers for refereeing the Golden Oldies
Worthing & Littlehampton MIND
Miss Ellen Arnold – drawmistress and Master Matthew Arnold – drawmaster
and the Marble Museum for all their support.
All photos Robin
Contacts: – Sam or Julia McCarthy-Fox
Tel: 01403 730602
“I am immensely proud of this tournament and all that it represents in this age of advanced technology. What other
sport could boast of a tournament incorporating a team who have played for over 50 years playing alongside new
teams entered for the first time on Good Friday, and players including men, women and children, aged from 8 to 80 –
all on a level playing field?”
Sam McCarthy-Fox
British Marbles Board of Control

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