What a bocce devil of a time in Tassie!
Victorians win Silver - Attila Mezzalira and Fernanda DiPalma (Furlan Club Thornbury) and Bronze to Charles Di Petta ( Brunswick East Bocce Club).
With over 5,000 plus participants, over 1,000 volunteers, countless supporters and many sponsors the 16th Australian Masters Games was a success. There was a buzz across Tasmania's North West throughout the entire week and BOCCE was in the mix again with Beach Bocce and OZ Bocce at the Tassie Masters Games.
Bocce was literally at the forefront having prime spot on the foreshore of Devonport. With the marvellous backdrop of the Mersey Bluff Point beach, the inaugural Beach bocce and OZ bocce competitions attracted over 40 participants from all corners of Australia. Players from Toowoomba, Queensland, Port Lincoln, South Australia, ACT, Melbourne and Morwell Victoria, and local Tassie bocce enthusiasts from all over the ‘apple isle’ such as the brewery kings and Glenorchy RSL boys from Hobart , the rocket players from Launceston, the doctor from Devonport, and the councillors from Burnie, all participating in the fun of bocce by the beach.
Many spectators enjoyed the Beach and OZ bocce especially those on a leisurely stroll along the Mersey Bluff foreshore—all stopped to watch the bocce as well as those globally that watched the live broadcast being streamed using the Bocce Australia Facebook page—with over 100 hits at the peak afternoon.
The welcome dinner at Bistro Camille in Devonport was fabulous as you can see all that came along enjoyed the French feast provided by famous local French Chef Fabien Lefrancois. Camille's Restaurant menu is written and prepared by Chef Fabien Lefrancois. who, having cooked and trained across both Europe and Australia, now resides in Tasmania's North.
The Beach Bocce final was as exciting as any International bocce world title event with the winner being decided on the last target throw worth 5 points.
It was Brett Smith winning gold from Spencer Gibbs with a score 24 to 22 in a thrilling final end which saw the score leap closer and closer with every throw.
Beach Bocce medallists were from L-R : Gold - Brett Smith from Spreyton, Silver—Spencer Gibbs of Wynyard and Bronze—Kevin Bazley from Queensland.
Also in the photo are the Volunteers in the green Masters Tops. From L-R are: Andrea Ramondino, Jackie Ramondino, Carmel Venettacci and John Venettacci.
In the OZ Bocce event, the competition was fierce as every bowl rolled which ever way the undulating ground flowed. The masters of the grass court were the boys from Hobart—Ken Betlehem and David Wrightson. They had worked out the court and how to play to their advantage. Likewise the two ladies from Furlan Club—Attilia Mezzalira and Fernanda Di Palma. Gerri Evenden and Carmine (Charles) Di Petta were focused determined to be in the medals. While father-son favourites (Sam Thiele and Chris Thiele ) crashed out as they lost to the Glenorchy RSL boys of David Williams and Jack Allen.
2015 Australian Masters Doubles Title holders Anna Prezioso and Felice Prezioso lost to fellow team mates from Morwell (Felice & Maria Maselli), who were only to be knocked out in the next game by Ken Betlehem and David Wrightson who went on to win Gold.
The bronze medal game was a ‘cake walk’ for Gerri Evenden and Carmine (Charles) Di Petta who beat Felice & Maria Maselli 15 to 0. In the final the Brewery boys from Hobart were too good. Ken Betlehem and David Wrightson were dominate at every end and in blistering pace stormed home to beat the ladies from Melbourne, (Attilia Mezzalira and Fernanda Di Palma ) 12 to 2.
The OZ Bocce medallists were : Gold— Ken Betlehem and David Wrightson from Hobart, Silver—Attilia Mezzalira and Fernanda Di Palma , from Melbourne and Bronze—Gerri Evenden and Carmine (Charles) Di Petta, from Port Lincoln and Melbourne.
Thanks to the organisers Bocce Federation of Tasmania under the auspices of Bocce Australia along with all the volunteers that made this a memorable event for all those that participated and took part in the Bocce Masters. Special thanks to Andrea Ramondino the Event organiser and Tournament Director, the tournament Referee John Venettacci and tournament volunteers Carmel Venettacci and Jackie Ramondino—well done team!
The 17th Australian Masters Games will take place in Adelaide from 5 to 12 October 2019. Get ready now for 2019 !
Bocceroos set to conquer
in Casablanca at World Bocce Championships
17 to 24 September
Over 40 bocce sport playing nations set to converge onto Casablanca for the World Bocce Championships 2017.
Two athletes one from Victoria, Santo Pascuzzi and one from New South Wales, Daniel Samsa with International Australian Team Coach Jurica (George) Milic are set to represent Australia in Morocco.
Australia’s Santo Pascuzzi is a seasoned international competitor. Just returned from the World Games where he achieved PB world ranking of 5th in the Progressive Throw. Santo also holds the Progressive Throw Oceania record and is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the best in the world with renewed confidence!
Daniel Samsa is bound for Casablanca, full of confidence, having recently smashing performances in the U23 Asia/Oceania International and the Australian Senior titles. Daniel has an impressive international experience winning the Precision Throw in 2016 at the International renowned Denis Ravera Bocce Challenge in Monaco. His youth, enthusiasm, stamina and past Junior World experience will be up to the challenge!
Coach George Milic has put the team members through gruelling practice over the past three months. Milic says that the boys are fit, have trained well and so the plan is to contest all six championships on offer - Singles, Doubles, Bowl Throw, Precision, Progressive and the Doubles Relay Progressive. Milic is confident that the team will perform at their best and make the finals.
The top nations to beat are France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Argentina.
The World Bocce Volo Congress will be convened during these Championships. The Australian President Frank Funari will participate as the Australian delegate.
Follow the Championships on www.fiboules.org
Photograph: Australian contingent: Players - Daniel Samsa, Santo Pascuzzi, And Coach - George Milic.
Photographs by Raymond Cher.
BFV AGM 2017
A good turn out of members to this year's AGM for Bocce Victoria.
The meeting was opened by Frank Funari & after a moments silence for members that had died in the past 12 months Frank proceeded with tabling the activities of Bocce Victoria for 2016/2017. Frank Reported that Victorian Bocce had a stromng culture and overall had good year although faced with some major challenges.
Frank went on to report that following on from a successful Team Victoria campaign at the National Senior Men & Women Championships hosted in Sydney in 2016, the Victorian bocce was buoyed and started the new season with plenty of momentum which continued throughout 2016 year and into 2017.
The BFV committee was endorsed at August 2016 BFV AGM for another term & quickly set about to roll out the ‘Bocce Smash’ program. With the support of Department of Sport Victoria and funding over a 3 year life cycle the time was set for a the next phase of the Bocce Victoria strategy to revitalise the sport.
After careful planning and many training workshops, the ‘Bocce Smash’ program launched in February 2017 and was an immediate success. The 5 week series which was webcast worldwide had peak viewers of over 3000 from a number of local, Interstate and overseas countries – Internationally, interested viewers were from Portugal, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, China, USA and Brazil. Four new teams were formed and 22 players participated in the 5 week series. Sonia Fava and Linda Zanutta set the scene with their informed bocce commentary and were assisted by Frank Funari. With the success of this new format other clubs are already showing interest and have indicated are keen to register a team in the next series which will roll out in February 2018.
In addition to this major program, in the past 12 months Bocce Victoria have worked the BFV plan and focused on putting in place:
ü Strong GOVERNANCE - This was supplemented by running a training session with trainers from Victoria University and the restructuring of the roles within the committee.
ü Sustained GROWTH – Continued to maintain a junior regular season. This was achieved but did not materialize with additional new players. Apart from this the decline in membership was reversed and a modest increase of 4 members was realized in the past 12 months.
ü BRANDING – a workshop headed by Sonia Fava put in place the seeds of how to go about changing the image of the sport to meet today’s generation. This is in progress with the next step to expand the Bocce Smash format, web page redesign and more webcasting.
Moving forward the new pillars of the plan are now in place to maintain progress in Growing Participation, Developing Clubs and Associations and Organisational Sustainability. These strategic themes are strongly linked to the focus of Bocce in Victoria for the next three years which is focused on having membership uplift and growth in all sectors. Our commitment from last year to build an understanding of what is happening at club level and a push to have our clubs and associations to open doors for new players has not advanced as we would have liked. This will be reviewed in the coming months with the guidance of Dept. of Sport Vic.
To further bolster the finances the current financial model is being revised as in its current mode of operation it does not reflect the value of the sport in the community. Actions are already underway to modelling options which will best suit the current environment. Some initiatives have meet resistance from the clubs and these have been overhauled. On a more positive note this year we launched the BFV Raffle which was drawn in July 2017 and is a new revenue stream which we hope will grow to become an annual major revenue stream.
In summary and lending from the quote ‘A long journey starts by taking the first step’; I’m rapped that the BFV have taken the first steps towards our vision of growing the sport. We ask our members to continue to be part of a positive solution in their input into our activities in order for our sport to thrive. Together we can make this a success and sustain the sport into the future as our bocce forefathers had the vision when they introduced the sport into Victoria and Australia.
With this philosophy, the BFV took some brave steps as we stretched the traditional boundaries and ventured out to new clubs such as the Brunswick East Bocce club; continued with the Bass Strait Trophy with Tasmania, one that continues to be an exciting annual event; took Metro bocce back to the regions with the BFV State Championship this year in Morwell; and set the pathway for the start of an exciting new format of the game with the ‘Bocce Smash’ that was launched in February 2017. Next we have the Super League which will be an elite competition set to lift the competition to higher levels.
We would like to thank all of those people who have put their hands up to support these initiatives through participation in the committees and making them happen. Developing new ideas to suit a complex sporting market is not easy however we have some fantastic people who are equal to the challenge and looking to lead the way. Our high achievers this year are recognized throughout our review of the year and our State Elite players who topped the BFV classifications rankings for the year, our volunteer referees and coaches, as well as congratulations to our Victorian award recipients of the Bocce Australia Volunteer awards - Michael Migliaccio and Sally Fava - All great testament of the valued volunteers to our sport. Also congratulations to Emilio Colla for his induction to the BFV Life Membership, and to Angela Allegretto for her BFV Appreciation award – both honored in recognition of their tireless work, dedication and service to the sport of bocce in Victoria.
On the courts, we had great success starting from the last year’s Nationals 2016 which followed into the BFV Federation competition, which continues to be supported strongly along with Regional, Interclub and social bocce. The ASIA/OCEANIA JUNIOR and UNDER 23 BOCCE (volo) INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2017, was again a great showpiece run by Bocce Victoria in collaboration with Bocce Australia. Such events are only possible with the great support of loyal sponsors such as Casa D’Abruzzo and our other dedicated supporters such as Henty Holdings, Australian Sports Commission, Sport & Rec Victoria, Mantra Bell City, Biviano Fresh Fruit and BonFoods – Thanks again for your support. Our congratulations also go to our dedicated band of Team Victoria juniors, who were very competitive and showed great potential for future development. At the senior level, Victorians had another fantastic result at the Senior Nationals in Perth, with again Victorian teams dominating the championship. On the World Stage Victorian’s were again at the forefront and with Santo Pascuzzi’s at the World Games in Poland finishing with a 5th world ranking in the Progressive Throw event.
We must continue to maintain Victoria’s stronghold in bocce and these things are only possible with a bunch of dedicated visionaries and my thanks go to the BFV committee who every day, are prioritizing their own workload to best service our members and help to achieve our strategic goals. This is not an easy task with many people wanting their time or just wanting to criticize. Special thanks to the executive board of Vanessa Allegretto, Mary Massena and Frank Palermo for his hard work mostly unseen as he deals with the finances along with our honorary auditor Frank Gazzola. We thank the lifeblood of our sport – the many volunteers that help run Bocce Victoria every week.
A big thanks to all that helped run the BFV competitions including the Interclub & social tournaments. Thanks to the Clubs, Club Delegates, Regionals (especially NEBA & MORWELL), Frank Fava & his Referees, and the Coaches led by Coaching Directors Gino Montuoro & Marcella Giacomin. In the junior sector, great work by Junior Director Dina Tricarico, and coaching by Angelo Parisi, who was assisted at times by Gino Montuoro, Nicholas Cooper and Vanessa Allegretto who have volunteered their time to run the weekly junior training & competition. Thanks to Adelia Pase & Angela Allegretto for running the Federation Technical draw. Likewise to Rosa Rossi for her hard work in getting the raffle started. Thanks also to committee members Linda Janosa and Giana Pellegrin and all other volunteers, including the parents of our juniors for their continued energy and drive to achieve an improved life for our members through our sport of Bocce.
The Treasurers financial statement along with the sector reports were tabled and accepted.
Three motions were put forward with only one approved regarding retaining prizes instead of vouchers for Federation Games. The By-Laws to be updated to reflect the Interclub Invitational and also the draw formats.General business did not draw many questions with the majority surrounding members want more information on the new Super League.
Frank went on to say that as many may have already been aware that he will be taking up the role of Bocce Australia President and as such this was his last official role as BFV President. Frank has left in place an administration in a good position as the stage is set for Bocce Victoria to grow as it launches into an exciting new era with more Bocce Smash, an exciting Supper League, an increased Junior focus, a revised campaign designed to encourage girls and women to play Bocce Sport being the strategic focus for the coming years – Bocce Victoria is in a good position to succeed. Frank Thanked the BFV committee and all members for their support and wished the new committee all the success.
The meeting was handed over to Tony Biancacci to overse the elections. As there were only one nomination for each vacated role, no elections were needed and as such the nominated were duly confirmed. The new & incoming President of Bocce Victoria was duly confirmed as David Marks. Also re-elected /confirmed were Frank Palermo as Treasurer and Dina Tricarico as Junior Director. As David was overseas, Tony Biancacci, closed the meeting & thanked all members present wishing the new committee lead by David Marks success for 2017/18.
- Onward and upward to next season.
Santo Pascuzzi 5th in World
It was a massive result for Bocce Australia and Victoria with Santo Pascuzzi junior achieveing a personal best result at the World Games, Poland July 2017.
Santo was unlucky not to qualify to the precision throw Semi finals.
Nevertheless Santo ends his World Games campaign on a high with a ranking of 5th in World for Progressive Throw and 6th in the Precision Throw event. It was a great effort by Santo and one of his personal best in achieving these top results.
Progressive Throw Results
Rank Name NOC
Code Round1 Round2 Result Remark
1 ABELFO Guillaume FRA 40 44 84 Q
1 PETRIC Anze SLO 41 43 84 Q
3 LI Panpan CHN 38 41 79 Q
4 ROGGERO Mauro ITA 38 37 75 Q
5 PASCUZZI Santo Junior AUS 25 31 56
6 BARBANO ARENAS Franco CHI 21 32 53
7 TRICHARD Alexandre MON 27 24 51