Hooked on tiddly
Carbonear to host third annual World Cup Aug. 1
You’ve heard about the World Cup of Soccer played recently in South Africa.
But have you heard of the World Cup of Tiddly?
Carbonear is hosting the third annual event Aug. 1.
Spain, the World and European soccer champs, does not have a team entered in this year’s tiddly event. But Irishtown does. There’s also the Battery Rockers and the Crocker’s Cove Crackies.
These are some of the teams entered in this year’s event.
Others include the Pondside Potholes, Granny’s Humps, Battery Rockers, Across the Doors, Union Hall Longshoremen, Irishtown
Champs, The Flings, Aunt Julia’s Brew, McGuire’s Garden, Carbonear General, Bogtrotters (Men’s & Ladies’) and defending champs The Gulls.
For the uninformed, tiddly may be the cheapest game ever played. All one needs are two sticks, one longer than the other, and fatter than broom handles. A sawed-off rake handle would do nicely. Two bricks are also needed. It seems the traditional game, which faded out in the early 1960s, is back.
Three years ago, Judy Cameron convinced the town’s special events committee to include tiddly as part of the town’s annual Carbonear Days celebrations.
The town hosted the first World Cup of Tiddly in 2008, and it’s been growing in popularity ever since. There were six teams in the inaugural event, and 14 last year.
In the 1950s, girls who played tiddly were considered “ tomboys,” but times have changed, and a ladies’ division was introduced last year.
The event will be staged at the recreation complex on Valley Road.
Hundreds of fans and spectators turned out last year, and organizers are expecting as much interest this year.
Organizers’ biggest concern this year is being able to accommodate all the teams that may come forward, but that’s a good complaint, they say.
HOOK-OFF - Ned Slade skilfully demonstrates the first move in tiddly, the hook-off.
BAT-OFF - Cyril Griffin shows style and grace as he demonstrates the bat-off, the second move in tiddly.
TIDDLY - The most challenging move in the game, the tiddly itself is left in the skilful hands of seasoned tiddly pro, Gerard Griffin.