The picture shows the first winner of the ‘Nina Cohen’ cup Jackie Hodge of the South Norwood Sortes. Since this time many ladies have played in teams of their own or as part of mixed teams.
In 1987 Bert Cohen, an American marble collector form Boston, presented the ‘Nina Cohen’ cup for the best lady player in memory of his late wife. He and Nina visited The Greyhound some years before and had had their own guided tour of the ‘Home of Marbles’.
Although it was probably not politically it was specifically to be presented to the “best lady player” to be decided at the discretion of the organiser.
As more and more ladies took part in the tournament it was decided to try out a different system of awarding it in 2004. Therefore the highest scoring lady player in each team in its first match played qualified to play for the title.
Jackie Hodge became Jackie Staples, Jen LeBon became Jen McGowan and Alison Ray became Alison Reimer.