Yorkshire Meds limbering up
Losing their marbles? Not likely!...
Local marbles team Yorkshire Meds have just defended their World Marbles Championship title.
On Friday 10 April 2009, Yorkshire Meds went to the World Marbles Championship in Crawley as reigning champions. They successfully defended their title, once again bringing the trophy back to the team's Leeds base.
The team were formed in 2003 by marbles enthusiast Mourad Kara with friends and neighbours after he discovered that a World Marbles Championship had been held in Tinsley Green, Crawley since 1932, giving the team ambition and a competitive edge.
2008 saw an unexpected triumph for the Meds (the name comes from the mix of Yorkshire folk and those of Mediterranean extraction in the team) after years of domination by teams from Germany.
Yorkshire Meds with their trophies
Indeed, the 2009 tournament witnessed some thrilling games, leading to an all-British final for the first time in years. In addition to the main trophy, Halim Tata, one of the Meds star players retained his title as the individual champion.
No longer an unknown quantity, Yorkshire Meds were obviously the team to beat in 2009 and enjoyed some tough encounters before progressing to the semi-finals alongside HandCross 49ers, 1st MC Erzgebirge I and the Black Dogs.
However all the practice and preparation paid off for the Yorkshire team as they won their semi-final to set up a tense final against HandCross 49ers. Heavy rain had been expected but the minds of the spectators was on the action and keeping an eye out for fudging and cabbaging (types of foul play).
But yet again the Yorkshire Meds had proved valiant foes and retained their world title, and Halim's individual victory proved to be the icing on the cake, after he defeated Darren from the HandCross 49ers and Chris from 1st MC Erzgebirge I in the individual final.
last updated: 15/04/2009 at 18:47
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