Tlu-piich Games 2010 - A great success

Ha-Shilth-Sa, August 5, 2010

Thunder pitcher Lloyd Watts brings the heat in the final game of the fast pitch tournament held during the Tlu-piich Games held Aug. 5 to 8 in Port Alberni.

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Tlu-piich Games 2010 has come and gone, and left behind are the memories of a time well spent visiting with family and friends and taking part in friendly competition.

The games were held in a variety of venues Aug. 5 through 8 with Nuu-chah-nulth nations taking part in track and field events, basketball, baseball (both fast pitch and slo), volleyball, and floor hockey, as well as a number of cultural events, including traditional fun games of lahal.

Nuu-chah-nulth-aht who were not competing enjoyed the competition from the stands, and the finals fast pitch and slo-pitch proved a fan favourite. The Howler/Merchants took on Thunder in the final seesaw match in fast pitch, with all the intensity that comes from great pitching and sly base stealing.

In the slo-pitch final, the women power-housed with a couple of great hits that made the difference in an entertaining game, with Batstar besting Ahousaht in the Sunday afternoon match.

Games Coordinator Richard Samuel was pleased with how this year’s games played out. It was only the second time annually since resuming after a number of year’s break. Despite a rain delay on the Saturday morning, the games ran smoothly and the volunteer support was greatly appreciated, he said.

“I would like to thank everyone who came out to watch or participate in this year’s Tlu-piich Games. I would like to thank all the Volunteers who came out. You guys did a great job. With the volunteers, the games ran a lot smoother.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors. With your contributions our games were a great success. I look forward to our new partnership and to build on it for next year’s games. I will see everyone at the 2011 Tlu-piich Games,” said Samuel.

See Ha-Shilth-Sa results pages inside this issue starting on page 14, and our second section with photos from this year’s competition.

By Debora Steel