NATIONAL MARBLE MUSEUM
TINSLEY GREEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2002
For the fourth year running the weather was fine and sunny - as many of you will know we British have a fixation with the weather. With just cause I think, as those of you that have played marbles at Tinsley Green in the cold with rain running down your nose and freezing fingers will know. The Championship was early this year 29th March; in 1975 the championships was played on the 28th March and it was so cold that before we could play the snow had to swept from the ring.
I arrived at 7.30 am and set about organizing the playing area. The BBC (local radio) arrived soon afterwards and at 8.10 I gave the second live broadcast of the day. My wife Julia gave the first at 6.50 from home before getting five year old Zachary up ready for the day ahead.
Chairs were set out; the rings cordoned off, both sand and the red target marbles made ready. I then went to the local train station to collect our friend Hal Sissons and his wife, who had traveled from Canada to attend the event. Just before I left one of the German teams arrived and began to put in some practice on the side ring (no wonder they won).
This year saw the fifty years not only of our dear Queen Elizabeth II, but also of two members of the Handcross Rebels Barry Ray and Tom Chamberlain. To mark both events we saw the inaugural "Golden Oldies" tournament. The Golden Cross is a simple game devised by The British Marbles Board of Control in celebration of the Queen's Golden Jubilee. It is a combination of the traditional English game of Ring Taw and the children's game of Ringer as played at The National Marbles Tournament in New Jersey, USA. It is a new tournament for players over the age of 50. See rules here.
In the Individuals a preliminary round was held to bring the number of players down to 12, Mark Parsons the current champion was added making 13 in total. 4 marbles for each player plus one were placed on the center ring, a nose drop was held and the order of play was determined. After two rounds 33 of the target marbles were knocked out. In the third round Granny scored one, Colin six. At this point Benni made a break of nine and with a score of 11 marbles was unbeatable and was declared champion.
MARBLE FACTOIDS 2002
Golden Cross Factoids
This year I am delighted that we have been included by Charles Wells Brewery as part of the Bombardier English Premium Bitter Eternal England Series celebrating the eccentricity of English pastimes. It is a great honour to be part of this elite group of events alongside such illustrious happenings as rolling pin throwing, Stilton rolling and nettle eating.
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The British Marbles Board of Control would like to thank:
Rules of The Golden Cross can be found here.
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