Tiddly event a success
Bogtrotters capture World Cup
Third annual World Cup of Tiddly in Carbonear draws another fine crowd, with champions being declared in the mens’ and womens’ divisions.
“More and more children and young people are playing,” said Cameron, something that greatly pleases her. “ That’s the only way to keep tiddly going. We old folks are getting a little arthritic.”
Tiddly, which is also known as piddly, has a lengthy and honoured history in the province.
“It’s been in Newfoundland for 200 years or longer,” Cameron commented. “It died out in the 1960s, probably because of television and because people had a bit more money for balls, bats, gloves and so on. But it’s been in Carbonear for quite a while.”
Cameron, who grew up in Carbonear in the 1950s and 60s, returned to her hometown from the mainland in 2005. In 2008, she convinced the Carbonear special events committee to include the game as part of the town’s annual Carbonear Days.
This year’s trophies were given out by 90- year-old Peter Griffin of Carbonear. He, like his father before him, played the game all his life.
Tiddly is a rough sport, played with a simple — and cheap — set of tools. The tiddly stick is about a foot long, while a second stick is about three feet long. The shorter stick is placed on two bricks.
“ There are people out there with scars from tiddly from years ago,” said Cameron. “Last year, one fellow broke his finger.” Official rules govern the games. “However, everybody has their own rules,” Cameron joked. “ We’ve had about five arguments about the rules so far.”
The Kiwanis Club helped with the World Cup by serving refreshments. The Town of Carbonear erected a sign on Veterans Memorial Highway. This was the first year shirts, with the slogan “Hooked on Tiddly” were made available for purchase.
Cameron is pleased with the number of requests she has received from elsewhere in the province asking for the rules of tiddly. It is an indication that the game is making a comeback.