High stakes marbles
FIVE years running, the Australian Marbles Championship has been won by a man from Cawongla. This was the fifth year and again the junior title was won by his son.
During the competition yesterday in Banner Park, Brunswick Heads, Andrew Hanlon ousted opponents to be crowned Australian Marbles Champion for the fifth straight year.
As the competition has only been going for five years, he is the only person who has ever claimed the title.
"Like most kids, I used to play marbles when I was at school. I was reasonably good at it," he said.
"I had a double-jointed thumb and could stretch it a long way, which helped. But it's like any sport; you have to practise, think about what you're doing and try different things."
Mr Hanlon's son, also Andrew, took out the juniors.
Australian Marbles Championship co-ordinator Mary Ashton explained the rules of the game.
"The aim of the game is to knock as many marbles out of the circle as they can," she said.
"They hit the marbles out and hold onto them and the person with the most marbles at the end of the game wins."
Yesterday, participants used marbles with a maximum diameter of 2cm to oust opponents.
The contest is usually part of the Old and Gold Festival but was postponed because of rain this time.
The competition was previously played at ground level but participants used a custom table yesterday.
"We got this new table made so we can move it around and play in all conditions," Ms Ashton said.
"It also makes it easier for the older players who can kneel down to play on the ground but can't get back up."
People come from Sydney and Brisbane to compete.
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