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RAFFA OPEN 2016 RESULTS

 

AUSTRALIAN RAFFA BOWLS OPEN – MORWELL 2016

 

This two day Bocce Raffa extravaganza supported by lead sponsor Latrobe City, played over the weekend, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January brought the best of the best Bocce-Raffa players to Morwell for the 9th Australian Bocce Raffa Open, with 16 teams participating in the mixed triples event.  Teams were from NSW and from Regional Victoria ( Morwell Club and Kyabram Club) and Melbourne Metro. The game is similar to Bocce Bowls, but the bowls are of plastic material and the player can bowl or throw to knock the opponent’s bowls away and make a point close to the jack, or with a low toss bounce the bowl to displace the opponents bowl.

 

The Triples teams, each of two men and a woman player competed for the $3000 prize pool and the opportunity to represent Australia at the World Championships in Brazil!

 

The popularity of the event necessitated the host club, the Italian Australian Club in Morwell, Victoria, to prepare all 6 courts to ensure that the RAFFA OPEN was completed within the programmed two days.

 

Raymond Cher the President of the Bocce Federation of Australia congratulated the players and officials on participating in the weekend’s Bocce Raffa Open alongwith Latrobe City Mayor Cr Michael Rossiter who was joined by councilors -Cr Peter Gibbons , Cr Christine Sindt, and Cr Sandy Kam. Mr Tony Paolini on behalf of Frank D’Urbano, President of the Italo-Australian Club Morwell, welcomed the players and officials to the club.

 

The Morwell Bocce Club, situated in the heart of the power producing region of Victoria, put its bocce courts at the disposal of the Bocce Federation of Australia for this event. Frank Fava and his bocce club volunteers did a fantastic construction of the Raffa Bowls courts which were in pristine condition for the championship.

 

The Championship was a great success for the players and the many Bocce spectators, especially those that enjoyed a holiday as well as watching or playing bocce. The success of this Championship was due to the vision of Bocce Australia in expanding the Raffa Bowl game, the sponsorship from LaTrobe City Council, the Morwell Italo-Australian Club and there dedicated Bocce subcommittee volunteers, especially Sally Fava.

 

Overall, the tournament turned out to be a battle between the Victorian teams and the teams from NSW. All games were good with the highlight games this year being the quarter finals where the competitive intensity took a step higher and had the spectators on their toes as the teams from Morwell and Melbourne competed against the NSW teams.

 

Of the 16 teams the following teams qualified to the quarter finals, Rocco Mancini, Silvio Bruzzese & Santa Bruzzese (NSW), Giuseppe Rozzo, Nella Chiandotto & Giuseppe Marraffa ( Marconi Club); Gino Montuoro, Marcella Giacomin & Antonia Coviello (Lazio Marche Club), Jim Fava, Maria Fava & Pino Tortora(Morwell), Vince Luddini, Margaret Paolini & Nick Albanese(Morwell) ; Franco Fava, Diane Penney & Nick Penney(Morwell); Toni Diaz, Maureen Chenoweth & Jean Price(Liverpool); Giuseppe Morganti, Leo De Leo & Caterina Morganti(Marconi Club). The surprise team this year was the NSW team of Toni Diaz with keen second year players Maureen Chenoweth and Jean Price. They played superbly to qualify to the quarter finals only to be narrowly beating by 2points by the finalist team of Marconi Club Joe Rozzo.

 

Hot favorites and 2015 champions from the NSW representative team Rocco Mancini, Silvio Bruzzese and Santa Bruzzese were on fire in the qualification rounds easily winning all games and smashing through to the final with wins over Morwell team of Benny Alesi, Mirella Alesi & Tony Paolini winning 12pts to 4pts and then the NSW team of Giuseppe Morganti, Leo De Leo & Caterina Morganti winning 7 to 4pts.

  

Local hot favorite team of Franco Fava, Diane Penney & Nick Penney(Morwell) topped their pool only to be beaten in the quarter final by another Morwell team that of Frank’s brother, Jim Fava, Maria Fava & Pino Tortora (Morwell) with a score of 10pts to 7pts.

 

The Semi-finals had one team from Morwell, Jim Fava, Maria Fava, Pino Tortora and three teams from NSW – one team from the NSW representative team - Silvio.Bruzzese, Ms Sandra Bruzzese & Rocco Mancini and two from the Sydney,Marconi club - Giuseppe Rozzo, Nella Chiandotto & Giuseppe Marraffa; and Giuseppe Morganti, Leo De Leo & Caterina Morganti.

 

This year the local hot favorites from Morwell were knocked out in the   semi finals, resulting in an all NSW Final.   The power teams from NSW resulted in an all NSW final with the NSW representative team Club of Silvio.Bruzzese, Ms Sandra Bruzzese & Rocco Mancini beating the Sydney, Marconi Club team of Giuseppe Rozzo, Nella Chiandotto & Giuseppe Marraffa with a score 8 to 6 pts. The NSW representative team of Silvio.Bruzzese, Ms Sandra Bruzzese & Rocco Mancini won the title for a second year - winning the final, the trophy and the major prize monies.

 

Final Top 8 Placings:

                                         

 

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Rocco Mancini, Silvio Bruzzese & Santa Bruzzese

 
 
 

2

 
 

Giuseppe Rozzo, Nella Chiandotto & Giuseppe Marraffa

 
 
 

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Giuseppe Morganti, Leo De Leo & Caterina Morganti

 
 
 

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Jim Fava, Maria   Fava & Pino Tortora

 
 
 

Eq 5th

 
 

Gino Montuoro, Marcella Giacomin & Antonia Coviello

 
 
 

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Franco Fava, Diane   Penney & Nick Penney

 
 
 

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Toni Diaz, Maureen Chenoweth & Jean Price

 
 
 

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Benny Alesi, Mirella Alesi & Tony Paolini

 
 

  

Thanks to the LaTrobe city, Italian Australian Club Morwell, Tony Poalini and his Morwell Bocce sub-committee for their hospitality and friendship shown in helping to make this a great success. Also thanks to Tournament Director Frank Funari, assistant Tournament Director Mary Massena, Chief Referee Frank Fava, Photography Raymond Cher, Logistic & Catering Operations Sally Fava. Also a special mention to the volunteers who have contributed to the preparation & organization of the Raffa Bowl Championship, especially for all those wonderful cakes provided by the many Morwell Bocce committee volunteers– thank you from all the players & Bocce Australia.

 

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