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Billy is a member of the Green Ducks. Alongside the rest of the team, they hail from the Brace Isles. Billy is the sibling of fellow teammate Mallard. Their coach, Bombay, is one of their parents.

Billy is often regarded as a solid athlete in Marble League as Billy often delivers good results in individual events.

However, his Marbula One results are hot-and-cold. His first season in the competition produced a win at the O'raceway Grand Prix (S1), a result some say he is best known for, but only two points in the other three races he competed in. In the second season, Billy scored 48 points in the first half, as well as another victory at the Arctic Circuit Grand Prix, but again only three in the second half.

History

Pre-Marble League

Billy and the rest of the Green Ducks are a team from the Brace Isles who have have been fans of marble sports since a young age. Billy is originally from Bermenghank and is the sibling of teammate Mallard. One day one of Billy's parents was taken to the infirmarblery and unfortunately did not make it.

Billy's other parent, Bombay, wasn't working at the time and used most of the family's money to pay for the funeral. Bombay continued to struggle finding work, and Billy found themselves working on a farm, looking after ducks with Mallard. During this time, the siblings made friends with fellow farmhands Quacky, Ducky and Goose, who were also working there while finishing off their primary education. The five became close friends over the years working on the farm, and especially bonded over their love for marble sports.

The Green Ducks in the Jungle Jumpers fan area

In 2017, Mallard secretly entered a bid to get tickets to Marble League 2017, and won. They surprised their friends with a trip to see the games in Knikkegen and watched from the Jungle Jumpers fan area, the team they supported as their colors reminded them of the grass on the farm. After they returned home, the group decided to start training to become marble sports athletes. They spoke to Bombay, who quit their job in tourism to become their coach. They decided to name their team the Green Ducks.

The Green Ducks started competing in minor leagues across the Brace Isles, a place not well known for marble sports at the time. They emerged as the most dominant team in the region. This way, the team earned themselves a great deal of sponsorships, allowing the team to become financially stable. They moved to Draklin in 2018 and started to use Joshdon Stadium as their home stadium.

In late 2018, rumors started to spread that Team Plasma were retiring from the Marble League due to lack of training, leaving an opening in the qualifiers for Marble League 2019. The Green Ducks promptly applied for participation in the Marble League, hoping to take their place. In early 2019, the team were accepted to take part in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers.[1][2]

2019

The Green Ducks win Block Pushing by a significant margin

Despite being so new, the Green Ducks attracted a lot of attention from fans as they participated in the Qualifiers. Mallard opened the Qualifiers for the team by coming fifth in the first event, the Funnel Race. In the next event, Block Pushing, the Green Ducks got an unprecedented 117.0 cm, coming first and moving to the top of the standings. They came fifth again in the Relay Race, securing their spot in Marble League 2019. The Green Ducks dropped to fourth at the end of the Qualifiers, but given their exceptional performance early on, they qualified anyway. The team continued to gain fans, many of whom were fans of the Limers who had failed to qualify.

Billy in the final of the 5 Meter Sprint

The Green Ducks had a strong start to Marble League 2019, with a silver medal in Event 1, the Underwater Race. This was followed by a seventh-place finish in Event 2, the Funnel Race. The team then came 4th in the next three events including Billy's performance in the 5 Meter Sprint. The momentum built up to Event 6, the Relay Run. In the final leg, Billy lurched forward ahead of Tangerin of the O'rangers to win the team's first gold medal, putting them at the top of the standings.

Over the next four events, the Green Ducks averaged seven points per event, keeping them in the top three, but they lost first place to the Raspberry Racers, who took the lead after Event 8, the Summer Biathlon. The team refocused before Event 11, the Dirt Race in which they finished in second. The Green Ducks followed this up with a record-breaking gold medal in Event 12, Rafting, reclaiming first place. Event 13, the Elimination Race, saw the Green Ducks face off against the Raspberry Racers once more. Quacky got stuck just before the finish line, allowing the Raspberry Racers to claim their first ever gold medal.

The Ducks on the final Marble League 2019 podium

The Green Ducks remained in first, but would not medal again. They lost the lead in the standings to the Raspberry Racers after coming 12th in Event 14, Surfing. The team ultimately finished in 2nd, behind the Raspberry Racers, with 204 points and five medals. The Green Ducks automatically qualified for Marble League 2020 and became the most successful rookie team in the Marble League. Their fanbase only continued to grow afterwards.[2]

2020

Marbula One Season 1

Billy on the podium at the O'raceway

While the Green Ducks were training for Marble League 2020, Bombay received a letter from the JMRC, saying the team had been invited to take part in Marbula One Season 1. They accepted and sent Mallard and Billy to represent them.[2] Continuing their rookie success, the Green Ducks had a promising start in the first half of Marbula One Season 1, with a race win and fastest lap for Billy in the O'raceway Grand Prix, followed by a fourth-place finish for Mallard in the Momotorway Grand Prix, making up for their 8th place finish in the opening Savage Speedway Grand Prix. However, multiple finishes outside of the top ten would be the Green Ducks' undoing. The fifth Grand Prix would be hosted by the Ducks at Greenstone, a race in which Mallard placed seventh. The following two races would be run by Billy, in which they placed thirteenth and seventh respectively. However, Mallard went on to achieve a second-place finish in the final Grand Prix at the Midnight Bay Circuit. This lead the Green Ducks to a respectable sixth-place finish overall with Billy finishing in the top fifteen for individual racers.

Marble League 2020

The Green Ducks returned in the Marble League 2020 Friendly Round but did not perform as well as expected. They started with a third-place finish in Block Pushing followed by a last place finish in Funnel Endurance. Then in Balancing they had one finisher but only managed to come third. They finished second in the final event, the 5 Meter Sprint but it was futile, and they finished the Friendly Round in last place.

Billy competing in the 5 Meter Sprint for the second year in a row

The Ducks continued to fail to live up to the previous year's successes with two bottom half finishes in the first two events of Marble League 2020, Balancing and the Halfpipe. Hope returned after a fourth place finish in Funnel Endurance. However this was followed by a six event spree of bottom half finishes, four of them in the bottom five, culminating in a last place finish by Goose in the Sand Mogul Race. This string of poor performances left them in last place overall, the opposite end of the table to where they had been the year before.

The team started to improve for the second part of the season. A sixth place finish by Billy in Event 10, the 5 Meter Sprint, lifted the team out of last into 14th overall. Billy and Quacky then just missed the podium with a fourth place finish in the Black Hole Funnel. A string of mid-table finishes took the Ducks to the end of Marble League 2020 where they finished in 12th overall, a completely different season to the previous year. Fans began to question whether the previous year had been beginner's luck or whether this performance was a sophomore slump.

Marbula One Season 2

Billy winning the Arctic Circuit GP

Mallard and Billy returned for Marbula One Season 2 and had a strong start with a bronze medal for Mallard at the Minty Mania Grand Prix and a fifth place finish for Billy at the O'raceway, keeping the team in third overall. Mallard qualified well at the Honeydome Grand Prix in third but fell down the ranks and only managed 14th place finish. Billy returned the team to form with a sixth place finish at the Aquamaring Grand Prix and a fourth place finish for Mallard at the Tumult Turnpike. The first half of the season ended on a high note with Billy getting the double by both qualifying and finishing in first at the Arctic Circuit Grand Prix, taking the team into second behind the dominant Crazy Cat's Eyes. The Ducks had set a record by making it into Q3 of the qualifiers in every Grand Prix of the season so far.

2021

The Green Ducks competing in the Bobsled

Marble League Winter Special

During the mid-season break of Marbula One Season 2, the Green Ducks were invited to compete in the Marble League Winter Special, featuring sports the team had not competed in due to having formed after the last winter edition of the Marble League in 2018. The competition began with two seventh place finishes for Quacky and Mallard in the Ice Dash and Snowboard Cross respectively. Hopes of a medal in a Marble League style event were crushed after two fourth place finishes in the next two events, Speed Skating and the Bobsled. The Ducks had a disappointing thirteenth place finish in the final event, Ice Hockey, losing to the Savage Speeders in the first round. The team finished in 8th overall.

Marbula One Season 2

Billy in th starting gate of Savage Speedway GP

The Green Ducks got off to a slow start after the mid-season break of Marbula One Season 2 as they only managed to get four points in the next two Grands Prix, but bad showings from other teams somehow kept the team in 2nd place, 71 points behind the dominant Crazy Cat's Eyes, making it almost impossible for the Ducks to clinch the championship. Things got even worse as Billy shockingly placed 17th in the qualifiers of the Palette Park Grand Prix despite qualifying in the top five for the first four Grands Prix. This Grand Prix cost the advantage the team had had as the team dropped to 3rd, with Thunderbolts again two point ahead and Team Momo close behind. Mallard's silver in Misty Mountain Grand Prix enabled the team to jump to 2nd, being the only team mathematically possible to win the championship with 52 points behind Crazy Cat's Eyes. Billy wasn't able to live up to expectations and only finished 10th in Savage Speedway Grand Prix, dropping to 3rd once again. They were able to keep the position until the end of the season, with both racers in top ten of the individual standings.

Appearances

Year Competition Event Event Type Place Result Points
2019 Marble League 2019 Qualifiers Block Pushing Team 1st 117.0 cm 25
Relay Race Team 5th 10.05 sec. 14
Marble League 2019 Balancing Team 4th 304 cm 12
Gravitrax Slalom Team 4th 9.25 sec. 12
5 Meter Sprint Individual 4th 6.274 sec. 12
Relay Run Team 1st 9.779 sec. 25
Block Pushing Team 8th 60.9 cm 8
Hubelino Maze Team 8th 24 pts 8
Rafting Team 1st 33.74 sec. (MR) 25
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
2020 Marbula One Season 1 O'raceway Grand Prix Individual 1st 5:17.73 26*
Hivedrive Grand Prix Individual 13th 5:43.47 0
Short Circuit Grand Prix Individual 9th 5:33.57 2
Razzway Grand Prix Individual 11th 5:37.87 0
Marble League 2020 Friendly Round Block Pushing Team 3rd 57.9 cm 2
Balancing Team 3rd 339 cm 2
Marble League 2020 Balancing Team 9th 268 cm 7
Halfpipe Team 12th 54.00 sec. 4
Long Jump Individual 13th 80.60 cm 3
Block Pushing Team 9th 76.00 cm 7
5 Meter Sprint Individual 6th 6.046 sec. 10
Black Hole Funnel Duo 4th 90.47 sec. 12
Relay Run Team 10th 8.476 sec. 6
Team Aquathlon Team 7th 19.48 sec. 9
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
Marbula One Season 2 O'raceway Grand Prix Individual 5th 8:39.53 12
Aquamaring Grand Prix Individual 6th 8:13.65 10
Arctic Circuit Grand Prix Individual 1st 8:04.42 26**
2021 Marble League Winter Special Bobsled Team 4th 6.925 sec. 12
Ice Hockey Team 13th Round of 16 Loss 3
Marbula One Season 2 Raceforest Grand Prix Individual 13th 8:39.29 0
Palette Park Grand Prix Individual 17th DNQ 0
Savage Speedway Grand Prix Individual 10th 7:00.59 3
Marble League 2021 Qualifiers Wave Team 5th 30 pts 7
5 Meter Relay Team 11th 9.240 sec. 1
Marble League 2021 Wave Team 16th 19 pts 0
Balancing Team 1st 405 cm 25
5 Meter Sprint Individual 7th 6.016 sec. 9
5 Meter Relay Team 9th 8.618 sec. 7
Jousting Duo 16th Round of 16 Loss 0
Block Pushing Team 2nd 176.55 cm 20
Steeplechase Team 2nd 25.75 sec. 20
Diving Team 9th 7.80 pts 7
Football Team 10th Round of 16 Loss 8
Marblocross Individual 8th 7:37.07 8

*Billy set the fastest lap, thus earning them a bonus point
**Billy won pole position thus earning them a bonus point.

Career Events

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Podiums
2019 10 3 0 0 3
2020 18 2 0 2 4
2021 17 1 2 0 3
Total 45 6 2 2 10

Note: Events include any kind of individual & team events (friendly events, other tournaments etc.)

Individual Career Points

Summary

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Points
2019 1 0 0 0 12
2020 10 2 0 0 101
2021 6 0 0 0 20
Total 17 2 0 0 133

Marble League

# Events Gold Silver Bronze Points
2019 1 0 0 0 12
2020 3 0 0 0 25
2021 3 0 0 0 17
Total 7 0 0 0 54

Marbula One

# GPs Gold Silver Bronze Points
S1 4 1 0 0 28
S2 6 1 0 0 51
Total 10 2 0 0 79

Trivia

  • Billy's nickname, "The Kid", is a reference to Western outlaw Henry McCarty, who earned the nickname "Billy the Kid".

References

  1. Stynth (20th August 2019). RollBack: Green Ducks. The Rollout Issue Number 1 pp. 10-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stynth, Roilan (24th August 2021). RetRollSpective – Green Ducks. Project Marblearth.
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