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Crawley team wins World Marbles Championship

By Crawley News  |  Posted: April 03, 2013

By Chris Ballinger

  • FIRST FLICK: The action gets under way at the World Marbles Championships

  • FOCUS: A member of the Charlwood Strikers team gives the game his full concentration

  • EYE ON THE MARBLE: A member of the Charlwood Strikers team in action

  • ROLL WITH IT: The World Marbles Championships have been held at The Greyhound pub for the last 81 years

  • READY TO ROLL: The Charlwood Strikers

  • MARBLES GALORE: A young lad reaches for a marble from a choice selection

  • CHECKING OUT THE OPPOSITION: Supporter June Crabtree and Barry Ray of the Handcross Rebels

  • TRYING NOT TO LOSE THEIR MARBLES: Spectators enjoy one of the games

  • LOOKING AND LEARNING: Two young fans watch the action

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MARBLE marvels from around the globe couldn't stop a Crawley team from coming out on top in the World Marbles Championships.

The quirky contest takes place at The Greyhound in Tinsley Green each year.

Good Friday's competition was the 81st occasion the competition has been held at the pub.

German teams have dominated in recent years but this year's team title was won by a British side very close to home.

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Black Dog Boozers, a team from The Black Dog pub in Northgate, came out on top beating the Johnson Jets, from the Dr Samuel Johnson pub in Langley Green, in this year's final.

Organiser Julia McCarthy-Fox said the team thoroughly deserved their victory and it could be put down to fate.

She said: "Black Dog are one of our well-established teams. This was the 13th time they had won the competition, 13 years since they last won and it all happened in 2013.

"They may say 13 is an unlucky number but it definitely wasn't the case for them. You could even say it was meant to be.

"Their star player was Neil White who has been playing for more than 30 years and annually makes the trip over from Colorado."

Despite losing in the team final, one of the Johnson Jets players, Paul Smith, was named the Golden Oldies winner for those over 50.

There were 15 teams taking part in this year's championship and Mrs McCarthy-Fox said it made for a fantastic atmosphere.

She added: "Although it was a bit cold out we had about 90 people competing with a large crowd watching.

"We had a team arrive in animal onesie outfits so for the first time we had a cow, tiger, dalmatian and crocodile taking part."

In the individual contest, Germany's Chris Pampel won for the third year in a row and reigning female champion Alison Reimer once again won the "best lady player" title.

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