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 !