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Morwell Classic 2015


 The Latrobe City Classic attracted teams from New South Wales metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria, including teams from the Latrobe Valley. A maximum number of teams competed for the prize money of the 14 th edition of this Mixed Triples Bocce event. The 14th Latrobe City Bocce Classic Mixed Triples Championship was contested from the Friday night ‘till the Sunday afternoon, 3rd to 5th of July 2015. The Championship was officially opened on the Friday night by the Latrobe City Deputy Mayor, Cr. Peter Gibbons as he bowled the first bocce ball of event accompanied by councillor Sandy Kam in the presence of the BFA President, Raymond Cher who along with Bocce Victoria’s President, Frank Funari and other dignitaries including Cr. Christine Sindt assisted with the presentation of prizes at the end of the tournament.


The highlights during the Championship games included the consistent and accurate pointing by the Best and Fairest medallist, NSW female player, Kayla Facaris - the youngest and first female player to win the Best and Fairest trophy in the history of the event!  The strength and superb pointing of the women in the Freccia Azzurra teams, in particular that of Antonietta Albanese and Linda Venditti were standout highlights.  Linda’s team made it into the finals and went on to take out the competition in a hard fought final. Also worth a mention was the shooting performance of the two brothers Santo and Michael Pascuzzi in their respective Calabria teams, but unfortunately faded towards the finals.


The final was one that players and spectators dream about! Freccia Azzurra team 2, played the Sunshine team for the Championship prize money. The scores were even up to the third end, 2 points all, then Nick Pepe, Freccia Azzurra, shot to clear away Sunshine’s three advantage bowls to claim 4 points for his team. Sunshine replied in the next end with 3 points, Nick repeated the message in the 6th end for another 4 points and Freccia Azzurra team 2, went on and claimed the prize and the Championship on the 7th end with a 11 to 5 points win.


Highlights of the event were televised by WIN TV and promoted by the LaTrobe Valley Express.


Congratulations to all the participating teams in contributing to a very successful event.


Our thanks go to the organising committee, led by the President of the Italian Australian Bocce Committee, Tony Paolini, Sally and Frank Fava, Nick Cooper and all the other Club volunteers who ensured the smooth conduct of yet another successful Championship event at the Italian/Australian Club of Gippsland.  Special thanks must also go to the City of LaTrobe for their support and promotion of the event, an event that attracts many visitors to the region!


Ray Cher


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