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 THE GREAT BUS TRIP to Australian Masters Games – Adelaide 3rd & 4th October 2015 book now !


$650pp -  Includes 5 nights’ accommodation Twin Share, 5 Dinners, Wineries, Hahndorf plus bocce competitions. Make this a fun family holiday J



Wednesday30th September


Thursday 1st October


Friday 2nd October


Saturday 3rd October


Sunday 4th October


Monday 5th October


Leave Melbourne


Dinner Mt Gambier Club


Mt Gambier Bocce Competition & Zema Wines


Dinner Mt Gambier Club


Depart for Adelaide via Wineries & Hahndorf.


Dinner Furlan Club


Aust Masters Games


Mixed Doubles Vic Square & Opening Night


Aust Masters Games


Mixed Doubles Furlan Club


Dinner Furlan Club


Depart Adelaide for Melbourne.


Arrive Melb 6pm



Trip includes a visit one of the Adelaide Hills' most famous towns, Hahndorf is Australia's oldest surviving German settlement, wineries galore  plus Bocce competitions.


Contact BFV if your interested before 13 September 2015.


If you want to play in the Masters you will need to register to be eligible to compete.


The  BFV committee  will help you register.


Registrations are now open for the 15th Australian Masters Games to be held in Adelaide this October.

 The Games are a great excuse for a week away with friends, whilst enjoying the sport you love and a busy Games social program. Apart from meeting the minimum age requirement there is no qualifying standard, so players of all levels and abilities are welcome.

 New in 2015, the Airbnb Games Village will be hosted indoors in the heart of Adelaide’s CBD at the world-class Adelaide Convention Centre. The village will feature great food, drinks and nightly entertainment.

 Stay tuned for further announcements, including the release of the exciting social program.

 You can enter now by visiting

          A special edition Games label pin

  •          Distinct gold accreditation
  •          Priority access at the Airbnb Games Village for accreditation collection.

   You can help to recruit your teammates by printing and posting at your club or venue one of our eye-catching promotional posters. You can download a copy by clicking here


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


U/14 Encouragement Award

leaderOur U/14 player Max Tricarico is awarded comunity sport encouragement award. Leader Article for the full article

BFV Committee endorsed

 The BFV committee endorsed for another 2 years.

   It was a good turnout at this year’s AGM with members from most of  the  affiliated Bocce clubs in attendance.

 The President Frank Funari and his committee were endorsed for another 2 years, with the addition of Vice President Vanessa Allegretto.

 The meeting was well received, with all tabled reports being endorsed. General business was lively as the promotion and relegation new systems generated a lot of discussion.  In the end it was agreed to trial of the new system of players not wanting to be promoted to be handicapped 2 points per game for the Singles games only. ( It was agreed at the BFV Committee meeting on 24/8/15 to trial this for the singles games only  and not to be applied to the doubles).

  Overall the   past 12 months was yet another of change and challenges for Bocce Victoria. In 2015 some  small steps towards changing the image of the Sport of Bocce were made, with the  launch of   Beach Bocce in January 2015,  the  implementation of a regular  Junior League along with the inauguration of a  weekly Radio segment on 3MDR Mountain District Radio 97.1fm.  On the Bocce courts Victoria held a most successful National Raffa Open at Morwell Club. A great  National Championship at the Veneto – a Club that we hope to re-energise the sport. The Australian Junior and Under 23 Open grew in numbers this year and was held in Victoria at the Casa D’Abruzzo.  Also 3 of our members participated in the World Raffa Singles championship in April, 2015 and 2 went to the World Women’s Raffa in China last year.  In Volo, one of our representatives went to Macon to compete in the World Women’s and juniors participated in the Denis Ravera Invitational. This coming year, Victoria is once again represented at Denis Ravera International  by Max Tricarico & Felix Janosa. And also 2 of our State League  top players, Dino Mikolic and Santo Pascuzzi, will compete in the World Bocce Championships in Rijeka.

  In addition Frank Fava conducted a Referee Workshop and we even held a workshop for interested women players in Victoria in addition to the Coaching Workshop conducted with the participation of NSW and Queensland.

   To streamline the work and better utilise the resources, for the next 12 to 18 months,  Bocce Victoria has set a target to achieve 3 key initiatives & to have them successfully implemented -  

they are:


To streamline the work and better utilise the resources, for the next 12 to 18 months,  Bocce Victoria has set a target to achieve 3 key initiatives & to have them successfully implemented - they are:


  1. Strong GOVERNANCE  - Supplement the BFV committee with additional volunteers & implement a new structure

  2. Sustained GROWTH - Expand the Junior Bocce League &

  3. BRANDING – change the image of the sport to meet today’s lifestyle by   implementing  the Bocce Smash & Novice leagues.

 Although  it was  a tuff year for Bocce in Victoria it was agreed that it was heading in the right direction with some small steps taken towards the vision for a  prosperous  growth in the sport of Bocce.  As that famous saying goes  ‘A long journey starts by taking the first step’, and Bocce Victoria has started the journey.


Frank Funari thanked to the many volunteers that help run Bocce Victoria every week - all the competitions including the Interclub & social tournaments. Thanks to the  Clubs, Club Delegates, Regionals (especially NEBA & MORWELL), Frank Fava & his Referees, and the Coaches lead by Gino Monturo & Marcella Giacomin, the Juniors  especially Tony Biancacci who has volunteered his time to run the weekly junior training/competition.  Thanks  to Adeliai Pase & Angela Allegretto for running the Technical draw and Frank Palermo & Santo Pascuzzi for their hard work mostly unseen as they deal with the finances & the Depart of Sport obligations.  Welcome to the new committee members of Vanessa Allegretto, Dina Tricarico, Linda Janosa & Rosa Rossi who are new members  of the  committee & are a welcome addition to the committee.  Also recently appointed as Sponsorship Director - David Marks, who will lead the BFV Sponsorship drive for the coming year. To Pasqualina Casuaria who is in remission & we wish her a healthy recovery.  


In closing thanks to all those  dedicated hard working bocce enthusiast Committees in Victoria  -  job well done & looking forward to a successful achievement of our  target deliverables for 2016.




Jamie at Worlds

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jamie sodani franceVictorian women's athlete Jamie Soldani represented Australia with coach Santo Pascuzzi in the 2014 World Women Sport-Boules Championships. Jamie showed her athletic ability in regular Victorian training camps by scoring top beep test results, she also improved rapidly in the fast paced Progressive Throw event with high results in the Victorian Throwing Championships.

This was Jamie's debut at the World Championships which were held in Macon, France. It was a good experience for Jamie to observe and compete against the world's best Women athletes. She had close encounters with China and Serbia in the traditional singles event, however did not manage to qualify for the finals. In the Precision Throw event, Jamie was close in every throw by hitting a target, however did not score at least 10 points to make the final. In the Progressive Throw event, Jamie ran as fast as the top athletes in the world but wasn't as accurate.

Jamie was happy with her performance and is keen to continue to improve her throwing technique to better suit her high level of fitness.

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