Germany wins the World Marbles Championships
A German team won this year’s World Marbles Championships on Friday (March 30), held in West Sussex in southern England.
The car park of The Greyhound pub was the venue for the tournament and the site has been used, according to local legend, since 1588.
It’s claimed marbles has been played at Tinsley Green in west Sussex for centuries but the current incarnation of the games hark back to the early 1930s. The ring is a concrete circle, six feet in diameter and covered in sand. Fortynine marbles are compressed into a circular “pack” at the middle of the ring.
Players are each armed with a “tolley” or “shooter” marble – this is their playing marble and is slightly bigger than the 49 other marbles in the game. A point is scored for each marble their “shooter” knocks out of the ring.
The first team to reach 25 points wins.
The World Championships is the biggest date in the marble game’s calendar and in attendance this year were teams from Germany and the United States, along with the 10 British teams.
In the end the final was played out between last year’s champions the Johnson Jets and three-time world champions from Germany the Saxonia Globe Snippers, who last won it back in 2004