The grand winks cuppers tournament 2024

Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club Cuppers 2024 is a tiddlywinks tournament for teams of four, consisting of an all-play-all stage, from which the top two teams will be placed into a final match for the title (TBC). This competition is open to anyone who is a current undergraduate or postgraduate at either the University of Cambridge or Anglia Ruskin University.

As usual, no prior experience is required; training will be available. The winner will receive the Cuppers Trophy and “an undefined but extremely prestigious and valuable reward” (please note, this year there is no entry fee, so please take that under advisement).

In other terms, CUTwC has played the Nick Ashley ladder tournament.

For the 2023 Cuppers competition, see the 2023 Cuppers tournament.

See also the 2022 Cuppers, 2020 Cuppers and 2018 Cuppers tournaments — the 2019 tournament, while theoretically happening, seems to have been hypothetical.

Qualifying

Team Matches
played
W/D/L Total
score
Points
per game
Carnovsky Cats 2/0/0545⅖
Newnham Irises 31/0/239⅙31972
Medwinks 32/0/135⅓21718
Team Inexperienced 30/0/333½21924
Splendiferous Winkers 22/0/0334⅛
Byron’s Bears 0/1/0142⅓

Byron’s Bears11-17Splendiferous Winkers
1-6
1-6
6-1
3-4
Newnham Irises19½-Team Inexperienced
6-1
6-1
3-4
-
Medwinks7-21Carnovsky Cats
1-6
1-6
1-6
4-3
Byron’s Bears3-11Carnovsky Cats
1-6
2-5
Medwinks14⅓-13⅔Newnham Irises
4-3
2-5
2⅓-4⅔
6-1
Splendiferous Winkers16-12Team Inexperienced
-
-
6-1
3-4
Newnham Irises6-22Carnovsky Cats
0*-7*
1-6
3-4
2-5
Medwinks14-13Team Inexperienced
6-1
3-4
1-6
4-3

Teams

The following teams have registered for Cuppers:

TeamCollege(s)Captain
Byron’s Bears
Carnovsky Cats
Medwinks
Newnham Irises
Splendiferous Winkers
Team Inexperienced

Team sign-up

Please note that the deadline for signing up has now passed.

In order to form a team, all members of the team must be part of some common group, traditionally Cambridge colleges or departments. This group can be linked by something other than college/department, however it must be a reasonable link and what is considered reasonable is at the discretion of the tournament organisers. Collaborations are permitted (e.g. St John’s and Trinity Colleges could form an unlikely partnership) but this should be acknowledged in the team’s name where possible.

Participants cannot change teams midway through the tournaments; however, substitutes for absent players are permitted at the Tournament Organiser’s discretion. The Tournament Organiser must be informed of the name and college/department of all team members prior to their first involvement in a Cuppers match.

Equipment

Each team member will be provided with a personalised squidger for participation, and mats and winks will be provided at Wednesday CUTwC meetings. If you need to rearrange matches then it is your responsibility to ensure that you a have a mat and a set of winks to use; these can be bought from the club or borrowed from other players.

If you have any specific requests for your team’s squidgers, please contact the Tournament Organiser as soon as possible — this relates to colour, team name, logo design if not a college crest, etc. The Club squidger smith may be able to accommodate requests where possible, but all squidgers made for the team must be identical.

The rules regarding the game and the tournament

Sam Dernie has been nominated as “the Tournament Organiser” for the purpose of the below rulings.

The games themselves will be played using the standard ETwA rule set. A link to the simplified version of the rules (covering most aspects of play and being vaguely understandable for beginners!) as well as a link to the full rules are included below.

http://www.etwa.org/rules/simplerules.pdf

http://www.etwa.org/rules/rules2016.pdf

The rules and format of the tournament are to be as follows:

Any rule disputes should be brought to the attention of the Tournament Organiser immediately. The Tournament Organiser’s decision regarding any rule dispute is final.

The Tournament Organiser reserves the right to alter or add rules to the tournament in order to prevent rule abuse.

For further information, please email the tournament organiser or see the CUTwC web site, https://cutwc.org.