Hooked on tiddly
Carbonear hosts fourth World Cup
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.