The Hornets are a team that first competed in the Marble League Showdown 2019. The team was the winner of the first Fan Team Contest during that same year.
Team Members Edit
|2019 Team||2020 Team|
|Swarm||6 March 2019||present||12||0||2||1||3||ML Showdown 2019 - Runners Up|
The Hornets are a marble sports team from Eastern Europe. Stinger and Wasp have known each other since childhood. They met their future teammates at the Hornets, Vespa, Hive and Yellowjacket, at individual marble races. Their coach, Swarm, is the father of Vespa and a former athlete. Each member of the team is seen as vitally important to the others.
Vespa, the only female member of the Hornets, is known for her marble racing experience, and that earns her the nickname "Speed Queen", which she finds fitting. Wasp is very loyal to the team, and especially to his best friend Stinger, having competed together for many years. He can also be aggressive, but it stems from a passion for marble sports and a drive to avoid losing. Hive is outgoing, funny and friendly with other teams. He doesn't let poor performance get to him, and he guides the team forward towards better results.
Yellowjacket, the reserve and youngest member of the Hornets, has never shown his age through his energy and competing with other marbles. Stinger, the team captain, is the one who holds the team together, setting an example for fellow team members to follow. He is one of the most decorated marble athletes, and his self-control in times of pressure inspire his teammates to remain hopeful and follow in his footsteps.
The Hornets were one of the first teams in the Bug Circuit, a regional marble racing tournament in Eastern Europe that started in 2011. The inaugural competition was hosted by the Bumblebees. The Hornets emerged victorious and claimed their first championship, beating the host team by a narrow margin. This marked the start of the Hornets' friendly rivalry with the Bumblebees.
Over the next two years, the Hornets proceeded to keep up with their performance in the Bug Circuit. The team came in third in the 2012 competition, hosted by the Centipedes and won by the Ladybugs, who finished third last year. The Scorpions stood ahead of the Hornets in the final standings. In the 2013 competition, hosted by the Moths, who eventually came third, the Hornets scored another top three overall finish, finishing second behind the Dragonflies.
The Bumblebees had failed to challenge the Hornets for the past few years, but that changed in 2014. The year's competition was hosted by the Snails and had a snow theme. The Bumblebees managed to win their first Bug Circuit after years of inconsistent performances beforehand, and were joined by the Cockroaches and the Grasshoppers for the top three. The Hornets were sure disappointed that they did not make it into the top three. But they were not daunted and decided to put this behind them.
The Hornets were selected to host the 2015 Bug Circuit, which boosted their morale greatly. In fact, the team went on to dominate the competition, but things didn't always go the way they were hoping. During one of the races, Stinger was doing poorly. The Hornets fans started crying "Bzzzzzzzz" at Stinger, which eventually became their signature cheering chant as it helped him win the race. This, in turn, helped the Hornets win their second Bug Circuit championship, ahead of the Ants and the Tarantulas. They had become the first team to win a Bug Circuit season as the hosts, the feat they had prevented their rivals from achieving four years earlier.
Unfortunately, the Hornets faltered in the 2016 Bug Circuit, and missed out on the top three, while the rival Bumblebees came in third right ahead of them. Ever since then, the Hornets became even more determined to give their best. In fact, the team succeeded in redeeming their disappointing 2016 performances by winning the 2017 Bug Circuit, earning their third championship.
In 2018, the Bumblebees announced they would be leaving the Bug Circuit to compete in the Hubelino Tournament 2018, replacing the now-retired Team Phoenix. That year, the Grasshoppers also left to train Grasshopper for Sand Marble Rally 2018, and the Tarantulas returned after spending two years helping Tarantula in the Sand Marble Rally. The Hornets remained in the 2018 Bug Circuit, finishing second, but felt something was missing following the departure of their rivals.
When the fan vote for the Marble League Showdown 2019 was announced, the Hornets decided to apply. They used their experience in the Bug Circuit and their rivalry with the Bumblebees to rally support from the marblebase. This, coupled with dominant social media presence, led to the Hornets winning both rounds of fan voting. In the latter round, they won by a whopping two-thousand votes. The team, along with the Turtle Sliders, were admitted to Marble League Showdown 2019. However, they decided not to go watch Marble League 2019 so they could focus on training for the Showdown.
Thanks to Hive's networking and continued friendship between the Hornets and the Bumblebees, both teams eventually met each other for the first time in two years. During their joint training session, the Bumblebees revealed that they had also qualified for the Showdown due to their victory in the Hubelino Tournament 2018. The Hornets also trained with some other Showdown teams as the competition got nearer. They arrived at the Seven Seas Stadium six weeks before the Showdown started and trained all the way up to the night before the first event, the Sand Rally.
The Hornets had a great start to the Showdown. Vespa stayed in the top four throughout the entire Sand Rally event and finished second. The team earned a second silver medal in Event 2, Collision, rising to the top of the standings. This was followed by Funnel Race, the only event the team failed to medal in, coming in 6th. It was also the only event where the Bumblebees had beaten them. However, by this point, the Hornets already had enough points to secure their place at the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. They concluded the Showdown by finishing in second overall, following their bronze medal in Event 4, Balancing. The Bumblebees also qualified in seventh.
As the Hornets prepared for the Qualifiers, they received an official invite from the JMRC to take part in Marbula One 2020. Since the team have yet to participate in a Marble League championship tournament, they saw the invitation as an honor, so they accepted it and chose Vespa and Hive to represent them. In fact, Marbula One would be a great place for the Hornets to learn of some of the other teams they have yet to go up against. They were also selected to host the fourth Grand Prix at their track, the Hivedrive.
Marble League Showdown 2019 Edit
The Hornets qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.
|Event||Participant||Final Result||Placing||Points||Overall Standing|
Marbula One Season 1Edit
The Hornets took part in Marbula One Season 1.
|S1||Vespa||13th||11th||14th||15th||31st (0)||16th (8)|
Marble League ResultsEdit
Marble League Showdown ResultsEdit
Marbula One ResultsEdit
- The team shares a rivalry with the Bumblebees.
- Their fans' "BZZZZZZZ" chant is similar to the O'rangers' signature "OOOOOOOO" fan chant.
- The Hornets won both rounds of the fan team contest vote, and won the second round by nearly 2,000 votes.
- ↑ Spark11A (6th March 2019). Entering the Hornets! (Marble Showdown). Reddit.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Stynth (6th March 2020). RetRollSpective – Hornets. Marble Sports.
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