Handgames played until early Monday morning

12th annual Handgames Tournament in Behchoko - Photo Credit Melinda Trochu

Competition didn’t finish at the 12th Annual Ediwa Weyallon Men’s Handgames tournament until 6:30 Monday morning.

Entering the fourth day of competition, Brendan Bekale’s team from Gameti, narrowly beat Gordie Liske’s team from Dettah for first place. Bekale’s team was down to just two sticks before making a comeback for the win.

12th annual Handgames Tournament in Behchoko – Photo Credit Melinda Trochu

Alfred Chalifoux’s team won third with a mixture of players from across Denendeh and Northern Alberta. They didn’t have their roster finalized until Thursday night and were seen as underdogs going into the tournament.

The games were non-stop from Sunday afternoon, with games from pool a, and pool b alternating. Behchoko’s Gordon Chocolate was one of the younger players in this year’s tournament. He explains how he fell in love with the games when he was 14.

“It’s the hype of the moment, once I seen my uncle’s, my friends and family play it, I wanted to experience it myself.”

Chocolate says win or lose, he’s already looking for team mates to compete in Gameti’s John Quitte Memorial handgames tournament this weekend.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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