Hooked on tid­dly

Car­bon­ear to host third an­nual World Cup Aug. 1

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

Cheap game

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.

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