Welcome to one of the fastest growing sports in the Sierra Sur region of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Since my arrival, Globe Ball (or Glober for short) has become a major passtime my
There is only one official Globe Ball court. It is located in the Universidad de la Sierra Sur Language Centre in the office of Guy Adams. The court is surrounded by a 90,000 all seater stadium seating complex which is regularly sold out for official games. This fact has and can never be verified.
Players must first decide the order of play by playing rock-paper-scissors. This results in the familiar cry of "1-2-GLOBE BALL" on the show.
|A successful shot|
Sets are gained by winning 6 games, with a championship going to the player who reaches three sets first.
Legal throws must be overarm, with both feet grounded behind the play line. Throwing techniques vary however, with some of the more popular methods documented below:
|An illegal throw|
Purist fans have been known to bring Thermos flasks and PG tips bags in the hope of a celebratory cup of tea for a Perfect Game (a PG). At present Guy Adams is the only player to have recorded the coveted perfect game which earned him Globe Baller of the year 2013.
Throwing style - the Wilkinson squat
Nickname: The Chipmunk
Quote: "When I win the inaugural championship, I'm going to take a trip to Guy's Island"
Pros: Sledging other players
Cons: Arrogant playing style
Total sets: 2
Interesting fact: His three middle names have the same initials as Her Majesty's Government.
Throwing style: The spitting cobra.
Nickname: The Crumbler
Quote: "I'm going to Graceland, Graceland, in Memphis Tenessee".
Pros: Game stamina
Cons: Weak bowels and stomach
Total sets: 1
Fact: As a big Arsenal fan he once wanted to change his name to "Pat Rice Gadstone-Graham"
Name: Phil Charter
Throwing style: At the ockey
Nickname: El cangrejo
Quote: "Justice for all"
Cons: Loss of concentration
Total sets: 2
Interesting fact: Phil has had five opportunities for a Perfect Game and has missed all of them.
I'll keep you all updated on who does indeed win the first Globe Ball championship, but if you want to keep up to date with the latest scores, you'll have to get yourself down to the CENID stadium to watch a live game.