AUSTRALIAN BOCCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2011

AUSTRALIAN BOCCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2011
The Championship started off with a new Australian and Oceania record on the first night. Santo Pascuzzi from Victoria hit 41 target bowls from 47 throws in the 5 minute running Progressive Throw event in the first of the qualifying rounds, raising the bar by ten points over his previous record. However, in the final round he was pipped at the post by rising star, Nicholas Cooper representing Morwell in regional Victoria.

This Championship decided the 2011 Title Holders for 6 men’s and 3 women’s bocce events.

The Victorian men scooped the pool, winning four of the six titles on offer. They won the traditional Doubles and Triples then the specialized Bowl Throw and Precision Throw events. The Queensland women also did well, winning two of the three events on offer, the traditional Singles and Doubles events – with the North East Victorian regional team taking out the Women’s Triples crown.

The four day event was held over the traditional Queens Birthday week end, 10th to 13th June 2011. Twenty current and former title holders and many new comers competed. Nineteen teams in total competed from around Australia.

The event venues were shared between two premier New South Wales clubs, Marconi Club and Club Italia. The men played all their matches at the Marconi Club Bocce Dome while the women joined them after playing their preliminary matches at the Club Italia Bocce Dome.

How the finals finished up:

Men’s Singles: Both contestants were experienced. Rodolfo Mancini from South Australia was making his 8th national experience. But Western Australian, Velimir Matutinovich’s all round performance including 4 hits and a jack hit sealed the match for him, with a 9 to 4 points win. Velimer will add this to his 2003 Singles title trophy, resting on his mantle piece.

Men’s Doubles: The match was expected to be a keen contest between two experienced bowl and throw team combinations, Dino Mikolic and Tony Palermo from Victoria and Stefano Chiandotto and Louis Magajna from New South Wales. But it was all over in seven ends. The Victorian combination with Mikolic firing 11 bowl hits and a jack hit from 14 throws (wow!) was unbeatable and the Victorians finished the match with a 12 to 5 point win.

Men’s Triples: The Victorian team of Dino Mikolic, Jim Coviello, Tony Palermo and reserve Santo Pascuzzi enjoyed a decisive win over the West Australian team of Velimir Matutinovich, Blasenko Kuscevic and Domenico Lattarulo, 13 points to 7 points. The turning point for Victoria, early in the event was a 5 point score on the second end and then 4 points on the last end. Dino Mikolic’s highly successful throw performance with 8 hits from 12 throws during the competition, completed the contest with two throw swaps of his opponent’s bowls on court, in the last end.

Men’s Bowl Throw: This event is a test of both forms of the bowl delivery, the bowl and the throw, alternating between the contestants. Jim Coviello, Victoria and Stefano Chiandotto, New South Wales contested for the title. The scores were even at 10 points midway through the match, but then Jim Coviello gradually moved ahead to a 20 to 16 point win.

Precision Throw:  Dino Mikolic continued the remarkable throwing form he had showed throughout the tournament. Throwing at 11 Target – Obstacle combinations, he successfully hit 5 targets, for a score of 18 points. Tony Borelli NEBA, with his first try at this event was unable to score.

Progressive Throw: After the magnificent display on the first night in the preliminary heats, with a 41 hit score, Santo Pascuzzi from Victoria was expected to score at the same rate for this five minute running throw event final. His opponent was young Nicholas Cooper, NEBA who had recently won a similar event at the Australian Under 23 Championships. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, Nicholas Cooper narrowly won the title.

Women’s Singles: Barbara Jones Queensland, a veteran of the sport was faced with New South Wales first timer, Anna Poreca. Although Anna holds the New South Wales Singles and Doubles titles, she could not withstand the pressure of this contest and conceded a 10 to 4 win to Barbara Jones. This title added to Barbara’s 7th win in this event.

Women’s Doubles: A close finish between two evenly balanced teams. All rounder Barbara Jones partnered Elena Bunin to score a 6 point to 5 point victory over NEBA’s Maria Greco and Rosa Russo. The NEBA team won the first three ends, scoring 5 points, but didn’t score again, as the Queenslanders, with accurate throwing by Barbara Jones won the final 5 ends and scored 6 points for victory. The Queensland pair also won the same event in 2006.

Women’s Triples: This was a contest between the NEBA bowling team of Maria Greco, Rosa Russo and Josephine Caruso against the Queensland team with the experienced Barbara Jones, Elena Bunin and newcomer Jannette Collison. NEBA initially led with a score of 6 points, and then Queensland replied with a 5 point response. Finally, NEBA concluded with a further 6 points for a convincing 12 to 5 point win.

The referees awarded the Women’s Best and Fairest award to Barbara Jones of Queensland and the Men’s Best and Fairest award to Ivan Desanti of New South Wales.

The Champion Men’s Team was the Victorian team and the Champion Women’s Team was the Queensland team.

The complex task of planning and coordinating this four day event was organized and managed by the Bocce Federation of Australia executive, directed by Frank Funari and Tony Biancacci and support team. The BFA wishes to congratulate Club Marconi, its Chairman of the Board, Vince Foti and the Sports President, Mario Soligo for their commitment to the sport of bocce – a founding sport of Club Marconi.  On behalf of all competitors and officials, the BFA wishes to thank Club Marconi for the superb hospitality, world class facilities and the professional staff that assisted the BFA in staging this most successful tournament.  A thank you too, to the Club Italia, through their President Sergio Lauretti and representative, Nella Chiandotto for their association with the Women’s event. Thanks must also go to Joe Rosso for organizing the referees, to New South Wales Bocce Federation President, Lucky Legato, his secretary, Penny Visintin, members and volunteers of the NSWBF for their enormous contribution and cooperation leading up to and during the conduct of this premier event in the bocce calendar.  Thank you all!  We also acknowledge the support to the BFA of the Australian Sports Commission.

 

MEN

WOMEN

EVENT

WINNERS

RUNNERS UP

WINNERS

RUNNERS UP

SINGLES

V. Matutinovich

WA

R. Mancini

SA

B. Jones

Qld

A. Poreca

NSW

DOUBLES

D. Mikolic

T. Palermo

Vic.

S. Chiandotto

L. Magajna

NSW

B. Jones

E. Bunin

Qld

M. Greco

R. Russo

NEBA

TRIPLES

D. Mikolic

T. Palermo

J. Coviello

S. Pascuzzi (R)

Vic.

V. Matutinovich

B. Kuscevic

D. Lattarulo

WA

M. Greco

R. Russo

Pina Caruso

NEBA

B. Jones

E. Bunin

J. Collison

Qld

BOWL THROW

J. Coviello

Vic.

S. Chiandotto

Vic

 

PRECISION

D. Mikolic

Vic.

T. Borrelli

NEBA

PROGRESSIVE

N. Cooper

NEBA

S. Pascuzzi

Vic.

BEST&FAIREST

I. Desanti

NSW

 

B. Jones

Qld

 

MENS CHAMPION TEAM:     VICTORIA.

WOMENS CHAMPION TEAM:     QUEENSLAND

 

President R. Cher

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