Brilli is a game still played by adults in Gharb
Gozo. Part of this remote area is undisturbed by cars, where streets
have retained their fuction as a meeting place for the villagers.
To play you need these objects
Nine skittles (brilli) and a spherical wooden ball. The skittles
are arranged to form a square with three rows, each row containing
three skittles. A different term is used to describe the skittles
according to their position in the square. The four brilli at the
corners are called qriemec, while the central skittle is referred
to as is-sultan . The remaining four skittles are known as is-sekondi.
Each skittle is conical in shape, stability being provided by a
metallic ring placed around the base. Is-Sultan has a spherical
projection at its top to distinguish it from the other brilli.
To Play the game
At least five to six people are needed for the game to be played.
The place chosen for the first throw (messa) is marked by a stone.
The first throw (il-moll) gains points according
to the number and type of skittles dropped. Thus is-sultan gains
18 points, is-sekond 12 points while the qriemec 1 point. If however
more than one type of pin is dropped (example: sultan and qarmuc
) only 2 points for each dropped pin is gained.
A line (il-Hazz) is drawn at the place where the
ball stops after the first throw. The second attempt is thrown from
this line and gains two points for every skittle dropped.