The Bumblebees are a team that debuted at the start of Hubelino Tournament 2018, and later appeared in Marble League Showdown 2019 and the Marble League 2020. Their color is yellow with brown stripes.

Team Members

Bumble, Bea, Swax, Honey, and Bomble are the original and current members of the team. Upon entering the Marble League Showdown 2019, Bumble became team captain, while Bomble re-joined the team as reserve member after one year of absence. In the Marble League Showdown 2019 and the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers, the team used the pseudonyms Brumble, Bramble, Brimble, Bromble and Bremble. Their true names were later revealed in the Marble League 2020 Opening Ceremony.

2018 H. Team 2019 Team 2020 Team
Bumble Bumble Captain.png Bumble Captain.png
Bea Bea Bea
Swax Swax Swax
Honey Honey Honey
Bomble Bomble
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Members timeline

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Queen Exact date unknown present 20 0 2 0 0

History

Pre-2018

The Bumblebees come from the city of Buzzpig on the eastern border of Buzznya, a region in Eastern Europe that borders Herbotamia to the south and Galakonur to the east. The city is located on the opposite side of the region to the city of Buzzkill, the hometown of the Hornets, with whom they have had a long-running rivalry since the beginning.

Bumble founded the Bumblebees in 2010 to compete with the Hornets, whose popularity in Buzzpig was steadily increasing. The city hadn't had an official team yet, and Bumble had a desire to change that. She invited Bea, Swax, Honey, and Bomble, all of whom she had known from her days playing bugby, to a reunion. The five agreed to form a new team of their own, confident that their athletics skills could transfer to marble racing. Queen, who later became their coach, is an active member of the Royal Family of Buzznya, and played a key role in making the five the official sports team of Buzzpig. Queen is a former cricket player and uses her sports knowledge to help the team with their training.

The final podium of the 2011 Bug Circuit

Shortly after the Bumblebees were founded, the Royal Family of Buzznya founded the Bug Circuit, a marble racing tournament to determine the best team in the land. The Bumblebees were selected as hosts for the first season in 2011. They hosted in their newly constructed stadium, the Buzzbowl. Unfortunately, by the end of the season, the Bumblebees were in second, ahead of the Ladybugs in third, but behind their rivals, the Hornets.

The Bumblebees spent the next two years finishing the Bug Circuit in the top five, but always behind the Hornets. The team finally won their first tournament in 2014 at the Slowlane, the stadium of the Snails. They dominated the competition, winning all of the snow races and finishing in the top half of the other events. The Hornets struggled that year, missing the podium but still finishing in the top half.

The Hornets had their revenge in 2015, when they were selected to host the Bug Circuit at the Hivedrive. The events they had chosen for the tournament played to the weaknesses of the Bumblebees, and so the team failed to make it into the top five for the first time ever. Before this, the Bumblebees saw their rivalry with the Hornets as symbolic, but this changed everything.

The 2016 Bug Circuit was hosted by the Water Striders at their stadium, the Stridosphere. The Bumblebees returned to the podium, coming third right ahead of the Hornets. By 2017, the Bumblebees started to lose interest in the Bug Circuit. They finished in the top five that year, but grew weary of the competition and needed a change. After the 2017 tournament ended, the team decided to retire from the Bug Circuit.[1]

2018

The Hubelino Tournament 2018 was about to start, but had an opening due to the retirement of Team Phoenix. The Bumblebees took interest in the tournament, and so they applied for participation, hoping to take the spot left over by Team Phoenix. The team were accepted due to their past successes and their home region's close proximity to Herbotamia, so they could be considered a regional competitor.

The Bumblebees were sorted into Group A for the first event, the Swing Wave, and immediately made a strong first impression, winning the gold medal in the event. However, in the next event, the Catwalk, the team came 7th, allowing the Minty Maniacs to take the lead in the tournament. A sixth-place finish in Event 3, the Funnel Race, saw the Bumblebees drop to 4th overall.

The Bumblebees earned their second medal, another gold, in the next event, the Halfpipes, taking them back to second overall. However, another two less impressive finishes in the next two events returned them to fourth, making a tournament win for the Minty Maniacs seem inevitable. The Bumblebees decided that something had to change so they could win the tournament.

Then came Event 7, the Maze. The Bumblebees decided to have Swax participate in the event. The strategy paid off as she managed to survive elimination in the first two rounds, and again in the penultimate round. She went on to win her team their third gold medal of the tournament, bringing them once again to second place overall. The Bumblebees were six points behind the Minty Maniacs as the tournament went into the final event, the Big Tower, where Bumble was chosen to represent the team. She performed exceptionally in her heat, leading much of the race up to the final stretch, finishing second behind the Bluefastics.

With the Minty Maniacs eliminated in the heats, chances to win the Hubelino Tournament 2018 were wide open for the Bumblebees. Unfortunately, the final started off poorly for Bumble, but she was not done yet. She was able to roll through the catwalk behind the Ruby Rollers, and later overtook them while skipping the funnel. She eventually won the race, beating the Ruby Rollers and the Valiant Violets by one second. This allowed the Bumblebees to snatch the title from the grasp of the Minty Maniacs in an underdog upset. The team returned to Buzzpig, where a citywide victory parade was held.[1]

2019

Fans of the Marble League came to notice the Bumblebees following their success in the Hubelino Tournament 2018, calling for them to take part in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers. The team were flattered, but declined as they thought it would be too fast for them. They wanted another year of competing while trying to consider applying for the Marble League.

However, the announcement of the Marble League Showdown changed their plans as the Bumblebees were admitted to the Marble League Showdown 2019 due to their victory in the Hubelino Tournament 2018. Meanwhile, Bomble also rejoined the team as reserve member. During this time, the team started adopting the pseudonyms of Brumble, Bramble, Brimble, Bromble, and Bremble, to protect their identity, much like what the O'rangers did in the first event of Marble League 2016.

The Bumblebees never expected their longtime rivals, the Hornets, to join them in the Showdown. In reality, the Hornets, who finished second in the 2018 Bug Circuit, did make the cut for the Showdown thanks to their successful fan team vote campaign. During this time, the Bumblebees were able to reconcile with the Hornets during their joint training session for the Showdown.[1]

The Bumblebees had a decent start to the Showdown. In the first event, Sand Rally, Vespa of the Hornets kept blocking Bea for the first half of the race. Bea managed to pass Vespa, but could not get past Candy of the Jawbreakers. Unfortunately, Bea got caught on the course and finished in sixth, while Vespa finished in second. The team realized they could not compete with their rivals yet, and decided to focus on qualifying.

The Bumblebees did very poorly in Event 2, Collision, finishing last in their group. The team dropped to ninth in the standings, but were undaunted and kept pushing. They eventually had their best finish in the next event, Funnel Race, with Bomble coming in fourth, but that's not all. She also managed to beat Stinger of the Hornets in said event. The team rose to seventh overall, and remained there after a seventh-place finish in the final event, Balancing. As a result, the Bumblebees qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[1]

2020

The Bumblebees started training hard for the upcoming Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. When the Qualifiers finally came, the Bumblebees felt ready, and ended up having an impressive start to the Qualifiers, getting a score of 406 points in Event 1, Balancing, good enough for a second-place finish. Unfortunately, they couldn't keep that momentum going, as in Event 2, Funnel Spinning, Bea came in 15th. Despite this, the Bumblebees still held on to the top 10 in 7th place.

It was only downhill from there for the Bumblebees. A bad fifteenth-place finish in Block Pushing dropped the team to 10th. With Bomble coming sixteenth overall in the final event, 5 Meter Sprint, things were looking very grim. Fortunately, the Bumblebees, tied in points with three other teams, were able to claim the last spot for Marble League 2020 thanks to their second-place finish from the aforementioned Balancing event.

It was only during the opening ceremony for Marble League 2020 did the Bumblebees reveal their true names.

Hubelino Tournament 2018

Main article: Hubelino Tournament 2018

The Bumblebees won the 2018 Hubelino Tournament, earning them qualification for the Marble League Showdown 2019.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Swing Wave All Winners 1st 15 1st
Catwalk All Heat Loss 7th 2 2nd
Funnel Race * 2:32.14 6th 3 4th
Halfpipes * 16.18 sec. 1st 15 2nd
Block Bumping All 19 pts 6th 3 4th
Relay Race All 16.05 sec. 4th 5 4th
Maze Swax

[1]

Winners 1st 15 2nd
Big Tower Bumble

[1]

1:30.58 1st 15 1st

* Exact participant is unknown

Marble League Showdown 2019

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019

The Bumblebees qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Bea 2:14.83 6th 6 6th
Collision All Heat Loss 9th 3 9th
Funnel Race Bomble 1:38.56 4th 9 7th
Balancing All 245 cm 7th 5 7th

Marble League 2020

Main article: Marble League 2020

Qualifiers

The Bumblebees qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 406 cm 2nd 21 2nd
Funnel Endurance Bea 1:54.89 15th 5 7th
Block Pushing All 57.0 cm 15th 5 10th
5 Meter Sprint Bomble 5.369 sec. 16th 4 12th

Main Tournament

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 270 cm 8th 8 8th
Halfpipe All 56.10 sec. 10th 6 9th
Funnel Endurance Honey 1:58.07 7th 9 8th
Newton's Cradle Bumble & Swax 100.20 cm 8th 8 8th
Long Jump Bea 79.85 cm 14th 2 11th
5 Meter Hurdles Swax 8.766 sec. 10th 6 10th
Block Pushing All 67.20 cm 15th 1 11th
Triathlon Bumble 33.36 sec. 14th 2 13th
Sand Mogul Race Honey 9.520 sec. 8th 8 13th
5 Meter Sprint Bomble 6.123 sec. 9th 7 12th
Black Hole Funnel Bea & Swax 67.87 sec. 12th 4 14th
Relay Run All 8.802 sec. 13th 3 14th
High Jump Honey 39.5 cm 2nd 20 11th
Team Aquathlon All 19.60 sec. 8th 8 11th
Collision All Heat Loss 13th 3 13th
Marble Marathon Bumble 10:41.88 5th 11 11th

Results

Marble League

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 Did not participate
2020 16 0 1 0 1 11th 106

Marble League Showdown

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 0 0 0 0 7th 23
2020 Did not participate

Hubelino Tournament

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2018 8 4 0 0 4 1st 73

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble League

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Bea Marble League 2020 Long Jump (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
4 pts
Bomble Marble League 2020 5 Meter Sprint (2020) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
7 pts
Bumble Marble League 2020 Newton's Cradle (2020)
Triathlon (2020)
Marble Marathon (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
21 pts
Honey Marble League 2020 Funnel Endurance (2020)
Sand Mogul Race (2020)
High Jump (2020)
0 gold medals
1 silver medals
0 bronze medals
37 pts
Swax Marble League 2020 Newton's Cradle (2020)
5 Meter Hurdles (2020)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
16 pts

Marble League Showdown

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Bea Marble League Showdown 2019 Sand Rally (2019) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
6 pts
Bomble Marble League Showdown 2019 Funnel Race (2019) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
9 pts
Bumble Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Honey Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Swax Marble League Showdown 2019 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Gallery

Trivia

  • The Bumblebees share a rivalry with the Hornets.
  • The Bumblebees are the only JMR-created team that competed in the Marble League Showdown that made its ML debut in the tournament.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Stynth (12th June 2020). RetRollSpective – Bumblebees. Marble Sports.
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