Australia 9th @ World Junior Titles 2016
Australia is out of the World Junior Bocce Titles for 2016 but finishes 9th overall.
In the Rapid Throw a good start for Australia in the first heat with a score of 35. France, Croatia and Italy top qualifiers., but the next qualifying heat was tuff and not as good with Australia narrowly missing out by 1 point.
“…We would have been happy with 38 and had the potential to achieve this target “. “ We were pipped at the post for a top 8 finish by 1point to finish 9th.
Although a good effort by Daniel & Ivan in the Double Rapid throw with a score of 36 hits from 52 throws Slovenia were better with a score of 37/56 which qualified.
Overall an excellent effort given the strength of the competition! A lot of thanks is owed to George who managed to iron out a few niggles in performance in the progressive throw!
Talking of medals - Croatia scored 52 from 59 in this second round to qualify in first place. Medals are far more expensive these days!
Likewise in the U23 Precision throw Australia was unsuccessful, needing 14 to qualify only managed a score of 10 and ending Australia’s run.
In the U18 Singles, Nicole competed in her second round of the singles coming back from 2-10 to finish with a score of 7 - 13 against an informed Turkish player . Her pointing in this round saw a positive
improvement as her confidence grew. The outstanding point of the match occurred after she twice failed to shoot the opponents ball which was touching the jack - giving her no option but to point- and what a point - right on the jack dislodging the opponents bowl – Great bowling!
With more experience and her continued commitment to training - Nicole has huge potential and is a player to watch - says both her coach as well as the Italian coach, who predicts that she could well make the Australian women's team in China in 2018!
Nicole's first appearance at a world Title under 18 championship will hopefully inspire other young women and teenage girls to take up the sport!
North East Bocce association Awards presentations was very well represented by all player
Attending the Tatura venue on Sunday . Special Guests, Mary Massena and Marcella Giacomin from Bocce Victoria Executive committee attended as did Past NEBA President Joe Tartaglia.
The Women's singles event was won by Josie Gattuso with Josie Caruso runner up
The Men’s singles was won by Tony Borrelli with Alex Minicozzi runner up.
Women's doubles winners were Josie Gattuso & Josie Caruso with Angiolina Borrelli and Madalenna Sgammotta runners up.
Men’s doubles winners were Pat D’Aulerio and Nardo DiPetta, with Mario Borrelli & Alex Minicozzi runners up.
The overall Bocce Champions for 2016 were:- Women Champion- Josie Gattuso with Josie Caruso receiving runner up. A great battle was held throughout the season between these two players.
In the Men’s section we saw Nardo DiPetta of Kyabram take out the 2016 Bocce Championship Title from another Kyabram player in Pat D’Aulerio receiving the runner up.
President Giuseppe Greco, thanked all for participating and the great work performed by the volunteers in the preparations throughout the season. Bocce Victoria representative Mary Messena explained the new Bocce format that will be introduced next year, called Bocce Smash, the game will commence in February and will be streamed live on My LIVE SPORTS on the internet. The game will be played using Coloured Bocce bowls supplied by the venue. Hopefully the new concept will bring new players into playing Bocce.
New players are most welcomed to join, by contacting their local bocce clubs.
Overall Champions:- J Caruso, J Gattuso, N DiPetta, P D’Aulerio
AGM 2016 - Thursday 18th August
The existing BFV committee was endorsed again for another term.
President Frank Funari
Vice President Vanessa Allegretto
Secretary Mary Massena
Treasurer Frank Palermo
Womens' Sec Marcella Giacomin & Sally Fava
Junior Sector Dina Tricarico
Referee Sector Franco Fava
Coaching Sector Gino Montuoro
Sponsorship Dir. David Marks
Spl O's Gianna Pellegrin
Committee Linda Zanutta
Over 50 members were in attendance to hear the reports from the board and to endorse the strategy for the next 3 years.
With funds dwindling and financial pressure mounting in 2015, the BFV committee set about ways to turn this around. The SRV’s 2016-2019 Supporting Victorian Sport and Recreation Program, was such an opportunity. Work had already started in 2014 on the BFV plan for Bocce. This was developed off the back of the whole of Bocce plan started with workshops supported by the Club Presidents, club affiliates and club delegates along with input from other sports such as Cricket, Tennis, Table Tennis and the Bocce Australia strategic vision of increasing participation. Using past experience, input from the affiliated clubs and club delegates the plan to introduce a hybrid form of the game was created and is the cornerstone to the strategic direction set by Bocce Victoria for the next 3 years. The program aims to ensure that our sport and its cultural significance in Victoria’s sporting landscape is maintained and supported by a road map to ensure growth. The cornerstone to the plan is the new form of the sport designed to increase participation – The ‘Fast Five Bocce Smash’. This would form the pathway from grass roots through to elite and would assist in the talent identification and development. The format would be built on bocce’s ability to provide a sporting experience for all abilities and for all ages and ethnic background to attract new participants to the sport
In summary and lending from the quote ‘A long journey starts by taking the first step’; Frank went on to say that he was rapped that the BFV have taken the first steps and created a vision that we all can work towards. 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.
Frank Funari - President Bocce Victoria
The AGM General Business was a passionate discussion as many members voiced their disapproval of the membership fee increase. Some questioned the lack of communication by the BFV with the clubs about increasing affiliation fees and the way the meal levy was introduced. Many excpressed the need for the BFV to contain the spending. In all the discussion no suggestion was raised on how to increase membership or how to increase funds. It was all about containing spend. After a lengthy the committee agreed that it would take these concerns & further discuss in the coming BFV board meetings. It was also agreed that more communication would be introduced with Players & Clubs.
Raymond Cher - President Bocce Australia was present & conducted the councillor relections. Before doing so Ray gave an outline of the BFA initiatives & the International & National events for the next 18 months.
School Bocce Clinics
BFV STATE AWARDS PRESENTATION 2016
The Bocce Victoria 2016 Gala Presentation luncheon was hosted this year at the Fogolar Furlan Club with MC for the afternoon Mary Massena who kept the presentation pacey and entertaining. The event organiser Marcella Giacomin did another fabulous job in the arrangement of the venue and in bringing together of the sponsors and people.
Although their was a smaller representation from the Metro Clubs theire was a strong turn out from Regional Victoria from NEBA, Tatura, Kyabram and Shepparton along with Morwell. The MC of the day Mary Massena opened the function and welcomed all the special guests, which included BFA President - Raymond & Lina Cher, the BFV Life members Fernando & Connie Cardinale, Serio DeRosa, Adelia Pase and Gino Montuoro & wife. Most of the Victorian State representative players from Morwell, NEBA, NAT U35 & Metro Vic were present along with the Vic juniors. With many family and friends present it made for a fun afternoon of many stories mainly bocce and of the games narrowly won and lost being retold many times.
Frank Funari, President Bocce Victoria in his speech welcomed everyone and went on to recount the fabulous performance of all Victorians at the recent Australian Bocce Championships in Sydney whereby Victoria were on 14 out of the 15 podium presentation stands, making this the best year ever for Victoria at any Nationals. This fantastic performance cemented Victoria as the home of good strong bocce competition and one that all Victorian bocce enthusiasts should be proud to support. The next season scheduled to start in September promises to be bigger and better than the recent with the introduction of the Bocce Smash and more prize pool Interclub competitions. The Bocce Smash will be a major strategic focus and one that is supported by the Victorian Government’s Department of Sport Victoria. Mr Funari mentioned that more information will come out in the coming months and to watch this space. Some of the milestone achievements this past year have been the Furlan Club School Holiday program run by Adelia Pase, the Junior Asia/Oceania Invitional Championships sponsored by Casa D’Abruzzo thanks to the support of Club President Fernando Cardinale, which again this year we experienced the largest spread of junior player participation including China, not seen for some years. In summary Mr Funari mentioned how excited he was that the BFV have taken the first steps and created a vision that we all can work towards. 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 where we hosted the BFV Bocce Open; introduced the inaugural Bass Strait Trophy with Tasmania, one that will be an exciting annual event; took Metro bocce back to the regions with the BFV State Championship; and set the pathway for the start of an exciting new format of the game with the ‘Bocce Smash’ set to start later in 2016.
Mr Funari also thanked the many sponsors that supported bocce throughout the year in particular today’s Presentation Sponsors Basilica Funerals and John Stonemart Memorials. The raffle was well supported with prizes from the many sponsors such as Bon Foods, Bunning’s from Mill Park, Good Guys Thomastown, Aumans Nursery South Morang, Office Works Bundoora, My Chemist Glenroy, Continental Imports, Enzo Costanzo, Pizza Italia and Yvette Giacomin from Emprint.
Also a big thanks to the BFV major sponsors during the year such as Casa D’Abruzzo Club, Dino Mikolic constructions, Bon Foods Divella Pasta, Henty Holdings, Australian Sports Commission, Sport & Rec Victoria, Bell City, Narkoojee Wines, and Biviano Fresh Fruit who help bocce again this year. But above all a big thanks to all the bocce volunteers that every week help run a bocce event somewhere in Victoria.
BFA President Raymond Cher in his speech made mention of the Raffa Masters in China and the juniors that are to represent Australia at the World titles in Monaco in December 2016
JUNIORS STAR’S LEAGUE COMPETITION ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD
VICTORIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Runner up - Angela. Borelli – NEBA
1st Place - Maria. Greco – NEBA
MEN’s SINGLE – “A” League
Runner up - Peter. Manca – Casa D’Abruzzo Club
1st Place - Antonio. Manzo – Freccia Azzurra Club
MEN’S SINGLE – State League
Runner Up - Rocco. Paladino – Casa D’Abruzzo Club
1st Place - Dino. Mikolic – Lazio – Marche Club
Runner Up – Rosa. Russo & Pina. Caruso – NEBA
1st Place – Maria. Greco & Angela. Borrelli – NEBA
MEN’S DOUBLE’S – “A” League
Runner Up – Daniele. Vellucci & Mario. Coviello – Lazio-Marche
1st Place - Antonio. Manzo & Santo. Cotroneo – Freccia Azzura
MEN’s DOUBLES – State League
Runner Up – Giuseppe. Ferlauto & Tony. Borrelli – NEBA
1st Place - Angelo. Parisi &Tony. Palermo – Sunshine Club
BFV FEDERATION GAMES – WOMEN LEAGUE
WOMEN LEAGUE – Top Player is: -
Josie. Costanzo – Vento Club
BFV FEDERATION GAMES – MENS DIVISION
Top Player for Men in the “A” Grade LEAGUE - North/West is: -
Antonio Spataro – Casa D’Abruzzo Club
Top Player for Men in the “A” Grade LEAGUE - South/East is: -
Pio. Caron – Knox Club
Top Player for State League is: -
Dino. Mikolic - Lazio Marche Club
FEMALE volunteer of the year aawarded to Attilia mezzalira
For her strong support, contribution and commitment to the sport of bocce in Victoria and for her services to Bocce Victoria over many years.
MALE volunteer of the year awarded to MICHAEL MIGLIACCIO
For his initiative and commitment to building up and promoting the Special Olympics Bocce sector of the Eastern Region and the marketing of bocce generally at the Knox Club.