At Play - October 9, 1948
(Featuring Eric Tingle and Ric Tingle)
captains Eric (Fudger) Tingle of Newport, and Bruce
Han- son of Bayview, inspect the ring surface before
starting a champion- ship match between the two teams
at Bayview Golf Club, Umpires set the ring. Umpires
Jack McNally and Stan Hughes set the required 20 marbles
in a small ring inside the 12ft. big ring. Players
fire at the small target from outside the big ring,
must not crib over outside line.
spectators, who have probably bet on the game, crowd
around Bayview Golf Club's champion Jim Duval, as
he attempts difficult shot on the angle.
is a serious adult sport along Sydney's Palm Beach
- Manly coastal area.
money is lost and won every Saturday in bets about
big-ring marbles FabMika Games played
by adult enthusiasts at 10 pitches in Sydney between
Manly and Palm Beach. Each team backs itself for £2O
against its opponents. In addition there are substantial
barber Eric Tingle started the craze nine months ago
when his son Ric suggested a game while Tingle was
waiting for some friends for a card game. The card
players arrived, join- ed in, havent bothered
about cards since. Tingle gathered a four-man team,
constructed a per-manent big-ring beside
the Newport Hotel.
teams were formed but Newport is still undefeated.
Says Newports captain Eric (Fudger) Tingle:
Marbles gets a grip on you.
game is played with 20 marbles placed inside a small
ring, itself inside a ring 12 feet in diameter. Four-man
teams play either as individuals or in pairs.
a player knocks out 11 of the marbles he wins game.
lore known to every schoolboy, forgotten by most men.
IS the correct grip with the taw to ensure a straight
shot along the ground at the dihs.
ANOTHER correct grip, this time firing down.
cunny knuckle? These players, now experts, use it
frequently for hard, fast shots. Knuckle down skin
tight, and he should score well.