Report 2010


The Worshipful the Mayor of Crawley
Councillor Brenda Burgess

The week leading up to the championship, it seemed to rain most days, the ground was saturated and sodden. The Thursday before was fine and sunny and I was hoping Good Friday would be the same. Zachary and I arrived at about 7.30am to set up for the day, a gazebo was erected and chairs arranged around the main ring, which was sanded to get rid of any dampness.

19 teams took part, which was more than last year. It’s always good to have new teams and this year saw eight registering to take part for the first time. The day started off fine but play was affected by the rain in the early stages, we played a couple of games under the gazebo and some players got extremely wet. Later it brightened up and we played in the open until the final, which was played under floodlights.

On the international side we had the 1st MC Erzgebirge team plus Andreas and Gabi Mühlisch from Germany. Neil White who plays for the Black Dog made his usual trip from Colorado, USA. Also from America were the Girls National Marbles champions from 1973 and 2009, mother and Daughter Debra and Whitney Lapic from Reading, Pennsylvania. Finally Akil Tata was visiting from Algeria to play with the Yorkshire Meds.

The Mayor of Crawley Councillor Brenda Burgess and her husband Councillor Bob Burgess joined the ‘One Off Wonders’ team and stayed all day. The Mayor presented the prizes at the end of the Championship, my thanks to them both for supporting ‘The Marbles’.

The Golden Oldies had 25 contestants and I would like to take this opportunity to thank David and Mike of the 49ers for both organising and refereeing the Golden Oldies. Most of the matches were played on the side rings, but as they became wetter and wetter the last few games were moved to the main ring. The final was the best of 3 matches between Paul Smith and Debra Stanley Lapic, Paul won the first match with Debra winning the second knocking 7 marbles out in one break (in The States this is known as a ‘Stick’). All was even in the third match at 6 marbles each, with only one left, it was Paul who knocked it out to win the contest and the trophy.


The side rings soon became saturated and we moved from
one to another as the day went on.

Team Championship 2010

First Round
Moonshiners 8 v Handcross Rebels 16
Tom’s Thumbs 8 v The Virgins 7
Rolling Drunk 9 v Virgins 7 One Off Wonders 20
Barrel Scrapers 3 v Turners Hill Lions 1
Black Dog 25 v Team Wainison Daviwrights 4
Just Here for the Beer 5 v El Gin and Tonic 0
Second Round
Johnson Jets 14 v Van Gerkins 9
Just Here for the Beer 4 v Handcross 49ers 29
Turners Hill Tolleymen 10 v One Off Wonders 16
Tom’s Thumbs 3 v Barrel Scrapers 25
Black Dog 27 v Handcross Rebels 9
Quarter Finals
Yorkshire Meds 31 v Charlwood Strikers 1
Barrel Scrapers 7 v 1st MC Erzgebirge 33
Johnson Jets 8 v Black Dog 25
One Off Wonders 3 v Handcross 49ers 28
Semi Finals
Yorkshire Meds 9 v 1st MC Erzgebirge 26
Black Dog 12 v Handcross 49ers 26
1st MC Erzgebirge 25 v Handcross 49ers 15

The Final was played in the dark, with the aid of floodlights

Individual Championship

The Individuals were quite late on and some players had given up and gone home before they were played leaving only seven players to contest the title.

Debra One Off Wonders 0 K
Ian Black Dog 11
Darren Handcross 49ers 8
Chris 1st MC Erzgebirge 5
Akil Yorkshire Meds 4
Halim Reigning Champion 1
Glass Balls Van Gerkins 0


• 19 teams or 114 players
• 36 Tolleys were nose dropped
• 882 target marbles were used - 474 or 54% were knocked out
• 28 players were killed
• 36 players had no score and 12 players made double figures
• Chris Pampel made the highest Break of the day with 23 marbles

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