The Inaugural Interclub Bocce Competition (NEBA Open), held in Shepparton to strengthen ties between Metro and Regional Bocce clubs proves to be a great success. A newventure organised between the Bocce Federation Victoria (BFV) and the North East Bocce Association (NEBA) held on Sunday the 16th of October at the Shepparton Italian Social Club (SISC) - Princess Park, will add a new dimension to the playing of bocce not only in regional Victoria, but also in the metropolitan area of Melbourne. Mr Michael Pascuzzi president of the BFV, excepted the Invitation extended to them by Mr Giuseppe Greco, for players to participate in a friendly interclub tournament, with the hope of renewing old and making new friendships.
The representation from metropolitan clubs included; Freccia Azzurro, Casa D’Abruzzo, Veneto, Sunshine and Lazio Marche clubs. NEBA’s representation came from Shepparton, Kyabram, Tatura and Cobram Clubs.
More than 90 people attended the competition that saw 35 teams compete for a variety of trophies sponsored by the Shepparton Italian Social Club.
President of the NEBA, Mr Giuseppe Greco, went on to say that the day was a most enjoyable social and sporting event, encouraging organizers to plan future competitions each year at various locations across Victoria. Organisers hope that this event will further develop ties with each club and extend both social and sporting opportunities for participating clubs.
First Place: Angelina Borrelli and son Tony Borrelli (Tatura Club)
Second place: Giovanni D’Alessandro & Gina Giocomelli (Veneto Club)
Third place: Agnese Giacomin & Gino Colla (Veneto Club)
Fourth place: Giacomino & Lucia Portia (Kyabram Club)
Congratulations to the Australian Men's Bocce Team who achieved top 8 rankings at the 2011 World Championships Held in Feltre, Italy from 4 - 11 September.
The Championships attracted 38 participating nations and thousands of spectators. From left to right in photo, the Australian Team comprised of Fitness specialist Fernando Solis (VIC), player Stefano Chiandotto (NSW), Coach Tony Biancacci, player Santo Pascuzzi (VIC) and Tony Borrelli (VIC).
The highlight of the championships for the Australian team was qualifying first in their pool for the traditional Singles & Doubles events respectively. In the fast paced Progressive Throw event Victorian SantoPascuzzi equalled with Croatian Leo Brnic and was ranked 5th overall in the quarterfinals with a score of 36 hits from 47 throws in the 5 minute contest, Santo'squarter-finals run didn't allow him a place in the semi-finals.
In the singles event, Australian Stefano Chiandotto played a couple of solid games in the qualifying rounds to top the group, however he was beaten byTunisian Zaidi 13 - 4 in the knockout stage and didn't progress.Stefano Chiandotto also paired with Victorian Tony Borrelli in the Doubles event and were denied a place in the semi-finals by the Algerian team.In the combined event (Bowl/Throw), Pascuzzi narrowly lost to Slovenian Tonejc in the knockout stage 26 - 24.
Overall, it was a good preformance by all members of the team lead by Tony Biancacci and fitness trainer Fernando Solis.
20 May 1931 – 13 December 2008
Bocce Champion of the century!
The Bocce Federation of Australia executive and members is saddened by the passing of the most famous champion of our sport.
History will record his achievements - he represented Italy 103 times, won 13 World titles, 12 European titles and 46 Italian titles. Umberto Granaglia holds a special place in the memories of Australian players. He visited Australia at the height of his career, firstly in 1976 on a promotional/demonstration tour, then in 1976 representing Italy at the World Doubles Championships in Melbourne.
In February 1976 at the invitation of the Bocce Federation of Australia, Umberto Granaglia and his playing partner Giancarlo Selva toured Australia. They covered over 60,000Km, visiting the cities of Melbourne, Dandynong, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and Fremantle. During their journey, they competed against Australian Bocce teams in 120 encounters, while also demonstrating the finer points of the sport.
The First World Bocce Championship held in Australia, was in Melbourne in November 1979. This World Doubles Championship, contested by eleven nations, was won by the Italian team of Umberto Granaglia together with team mates Franco Benevene and Giancarlo Selva. They defeated the world class French team in the final, 15 points to 6 points. In this final game Granaglia acting as the shooter, scored an astounding 28 hits from 29 throws, with eight of these bowls remaining on court. A remarkable performance!
Again, in this visit, Umberto strengthened the Australian friendships he had made during his first visit in 1976.
Despite his status in the world of bocce, Granaglia was humble in his demeanor, a little timid but always willing to meet and mix with players.
In 2005, during the World Senior Men’s Championships in Torino, Granaglia welcomed a new generation of Australian players in Anthony Parlato and Santo Pascuzzi. And regardless of his failing health due to a stroke, he recalled his visits to Australia and the goodwill that had been built up during those visits.
His roots were from Friuli and the Veneto. His father was from Monselice prov. di Padova and his mother from Pocenia, Friuli. Umberto was born in Venaria Reale, the area of Piemonte where his parents had first met and settled. He passed away in Buttigliera Alta, Torino.
Umberto Granaglia is a bocce legend of our time!
Vale Umberto Granaglia
Bocce Federation of Australia 15-12-2008
Santo Pascuzzi (Victorian player) sets a New Australian & Oceanic Progressive Throw Record with 41 hits from 47 throws at the 2011 Australian Championships - Marconi Club, Sydney - 10 June.
Santo has been working closely with fitness specialist Fernando Solis as part of the National training squad.The Progressive Throw event is a test of athletic ability and a high level of precision. Santo is part of our elite training squad.
First ever Australian english language news article
The Herald, Melbourne journalist: Rod Nicholson
Australian champion John Pase deliberated, raced in and with a mighty 'OOMPH' let loose. A 5 pound circular, hollow brass ball hurtled through the air and with a striking clang, skittled other balls from the kitty.It was a spectacular sight in an exciting, action-packed game.
The game Bocce - similar to bowls but with a few obvious variations. Pase, 48, won the Australian singles title in Adelaide recently with a perfect days work winning all 10 of the matches. It was the first time a player had been undefeated to win the championship. And if you think throwing a ball through the air to hit a target is easy, you're wrong.The alleys are 80ft long and it takes a strong and accurate toss to hit a five inch wide ball at the other end. It is normal to roll the bocce along the sandy alley and draw to the kitty. But if the opponent is so well placed in a game, tossing to 'spreadeagle' the bocces is the method used.
Victoria has dominated the Australian championships since they began in Melbourne in 1970. Victoria has won the singles and the doubles each year, except for this time when they lost the doubles. Pase was practising at the Fogolar Furlan Club in Thornbury, a club that cost $120,000 to build. Licensed, it caters for many of Victoria's 330 registered players every night, except Tuesdays and Thursdays. More than 3,000 players have taken up the game in Australia and it is expanding rapidly. A new centre is running in Werribee and others are in Cobram and Shepparton. A futher one will soon be opened in Frankston.
After the Australian championships this year an Australian association was formed with Mr. V. Turco as president and Mr Ray Cher as secretary-treasurer. both are Victorians. Bocce in Australia has already been recognised by the world body, International de Boules. By January next year Australia will become the 13th country in the world to qualify for the world championships.
Herald Article: 1972 - Journalist Rod Nicholson