First game of the day
For many years now Good Friday and a considerable time leading up to it has been dominated by marbles in one form or another for my whole family, with numerous phone enquiries etc answered by all of them and I greatly appreciate all the support they give me and the hours they spend here for each championship. It has not put off Zachary, who not only plays now but has already declared that he will be taking over the organising when I die!
Zachary and I arrived at the Greyhound around 7.45 to start work putting out the chairs and preparing the rings for play. Well what a surprise we had, already it was a hive of activity, a bar had been set up in the garage and bacon rolls were being prepared on the barbeque round the back of the pub. Dennis the new landlord had been busy indeed.
The other factor for a good day was also in evidence, the sun was out and the day was warm. Teams began to arrive. A coach from London arrived with two teams, The Black Horse and The Possee on board. Old established teams including the Handcross Rebels, the Black Dog, Barrel Scrapers and The Tollymen, some newer teams like the Yorkshire Meds, Saxonia and the 1st Mc Erzgebirge, plus other 1st time teams like Miss Marble Investigates were also there.
The 1st MC Erzgebirge came with eleven players, six in the team with five reserves. After some negotiations my son Zachary was invited to make up the numbers and two teams were entered.
The first round was underway just after 11 am and the first game was between a first time team Captain Ringer and His Merry Men and the Handcross Rebels. We used two rings, the main ring and the side ring nearest the pub. Another of the new teams was ‘Miss Marble Investigates’ from London; you can see the report of their two games and the tournament on www.literally.tv.
Neil White of the Black Dog Boozers was the player who had come the furthest to play as he now lives in Denver, Colorado and came over specially to take part.