Hooked on tid­dly

Car­bon­ear hosts fourth World Cup

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN THE COM­PASS

Mem­bers of 12 tid­dly teams, in­clud­ing four women’s and eight men’s hooked off, bat­ted off and tried their hand at the tid­dly dur­ing the fourth World Cup of Tid­dly held at the Car­bon­ear Re­cre­ation Com­plex Sun­day, Aug. 5.

The D’Iberville Raiders took home the cov­eted cup af­ter sev­eral rounds of play in the men’s division, while the Lonely Tree Tribe were named run­ners-up to the 2012 cham­pi­ons.

In the women’s class, a team with an un­flat­ter­ing name, the Val­ley Road Rock Slingers took the fe­male ti­tle, while the Knox’s Nuggets were named run­ners-up. The sec­ond place fin­ish­ers take their name from a pop­u­lar lo­cal swim­ming hole a short dis­tance from where the tour­na­ment was played.

The other teams reg­is­tered for the event also had colourful monikers, bor­rowed from lo­cal land­marks, like, Bogtrot­ters, Val­ley Pikes, Bat­tery Rock­ers, Ir­ish­town, The Gulls and Cherry Or­chard in the men’s cat­e­gory. Fling’s (Pond) and Car­bon­ear Gen­er­als rounded out the women’s ros­ter.

For the first time, this year all matches had to be played on the soft­ball pitches, while a new rub­ber­ized track was be­ing laid around the larger soc­cer field in prepa­ra­tion for the New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games, which opens in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace later this week.

The town’s spe­cial events com­mit­tee or­ga­nized the World Cup of Tid­dly as part of the an­nual Car­bon­ear Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Judy Cameron told The Com­pass, the new site worked out well for the or­ga­niz­ers this year.

Cameron spear­headed the move to re­vive the an­cient game of tid­dly about four years ago, af­ter the tra­di­tional sport had not been played in the town for close to half a cen­tury.

Pleased with the num­bers of play­ers and teams who reg­is­tered this year, she said they were es­pe­cially en­cour­aged to see a larger num­ber of spec­ta­tors at this year’s event — fans who will hope­fully get “hooked on tid­dly” and sign up to try their hand at the old sport next year.

With sticks fly­ing and peo­ple scram­bling to catch them, tid­dly is a game not with­out risk of in­jury. But ex­cept for a few mi­nor scrapes and bruises, none were any the worse for wear — all hands went away talk­ing about the bar­rels of fun they had that day, and vow­ing to take those cov­eted cups from the vic­to­ri­ous Val­ley Road Rock Slingers and D’Iberville Raiders at the fifth an­nual World Cup of Tid­dly in 2013.

bbow­man@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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