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Goose is the reserve member of the Green Ducks. They were part of the team that finished second in their first Marble League, Marble League 2019, the best finish for a rookie team in the Marble League.

History

Pre-Marble League

Goose 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. They were a farmhand on a duck farm along with Ducky and Quacky, who were working while completing their primary education. In 2014 they were joined by Mallard and Billy who started working on the farm to support their family after the death of one of their parents. The group bonded over their love for the Marble League.

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

Despite being so new, the Green Ducks attracted a lot of attention from fans as they participated in the Qualifiers. As the reserve Goose did not compete in the Qualifiers. The Green Ducks performed well, securing their spot in Marble League 2019 after Event 3, the Relay Race, and finished in fourth overall. The team continued to gain fans, many of whom were fans of the Limers who had failed to qualify.

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. 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.

Goose during Collision

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. This included Goose's first appearance for the team in Event 10, the Hubelino Maze, where the team finished in eighth. 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 in the final. 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. This was followed by Goose's second appearance in Collision, where the team finished in sixth. The Green Ducks 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.

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]

2020

The Green Ducks returned to the Marble League in the Marble League 2020 Friendly Round but did not perform as well as expected. Just like in the previous year, Goose as the reserve did not compete. The team could only manage bottom half finishes except in the last event, the 5 Meter Sprint, but it was futile, and they finished the Friendly Round in last place.

Goose competing in the Sand Mogul Race

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, their first appearance in the competition and their first ever individual event. 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, including Goose's second appearance in Collision where the team finished in sixth, 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.

2021

Goose as the goalie in Ice Hockey

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, Goose's only appearance, losing to the Savage Speeders in the first round. The team finished in 8th overall.

Appearances

Year Competition Event Event Type Place Result Points
2019 Marble League 2019 Hubelino Maze Team 8th 24 pts 8
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
2020 Marble League 2020 Sand Mogul Race Individual 16th 9.204 sec. 0
Collision Team 6th Quarterfinal Loss 10
2021 Marble League Winter Special Ice Hockey Team 13th Round of 16 Loss 3
Marble League 2021 5 Meter Hurdles Individual 12th 9.403 sec. 4
Football Team 10th Round of 16 Loss 8

Career Events

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Podiums
2019 2 0 0 0 0
2020 2 0 0 0 0
2021 3 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 0 0 0

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

Individual Career Points

Summary

# Events 1st 2nd 3rd Points
2019 0 0 0 0 0
2020 1 0 0 0 0
2021 1 0 0 0 4
Total 2 0 0 0 4

Marble League

# Events Gold Silver Bronze Points
2019 0 0 0 0 0
2020 1 0 0 0 0
2021 1 0 0 0 4
Total 2 0 0 0 4

References

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