Michael Winter of the Salvation Army

Michael Winter of the Salvation Army

Matilpi pegs crib win

Salvation Army hosted its annual crib tournament late last month.

PORT HARDY—When the Salvation Army hosted a cribbage tournament a year ago, it was simply a fun way to promote a healthy lifestyle and reward some of its regular Port Hardy clients.

Last month, though, it became an annual tradition.

The second crib tournament drew more than a dozen competitors for two days of competition and fun, culminating in the Aug. 22 “finals” featuring the last eight qualifiers.

Alfred Matilpi came out with top honours and the prize of a $30 gift card donated by Overwaitea Foods, but each of the finalist earned prizes ranging from gift cards to A&W food to homemade bannock, bread and syrup donated by Cathy Swain.

“We’re going to try to do it annually,” said Michael Winter, Port Hardy’s Salvation Army community coordinator. “They all laugh and smile and have a good time.”

After the final games, the finalists gathered for a group photo and congratulated each other on their prize presentations.

“Thanks, everybody,” Matilpi said after claiming the final prize. “It was a good gathering.”