AUSTRALIAN BOCCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

AUSTRALIAN BOCCE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

The 2013 Australian Bocce Championships were a great success. Hosted by the major sponsors, the Redlands Sporting Club near Brisbane, Queensland and benefiting from their famed hospitality, we saw a high standard of competition with many heart stopping finals. The Bocce Federation of Australia congratulates also the Queensland Bocce Federation for their support and organisation in contributing to the smooth running of this 43rd Men’s and 18th Women’s Championship. The competing teams were from Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia states. Teams from North East Victoria and Latrobe Victoria regions also competed, as did the Under 35’s team. At the Opening ceremony on the Friday night, the traditional bowling of the first bocce balls were conducted by the President of the Redlands Sporting Club, Don Seccombe, together with the President of the Bocce Federation of Australia Raymond Cher and the President of the Queensland Bocce Federation Peter Topatig.

Highlights of the Championships were memorable. Firstly, the First Lady of Bocce, Queenslander Barbara Jones added three more titles to her extensive career trophy cabinet. Secondly, the young gun NEBA Tony Borrelli powered through the Championships taking with him two firsts and a second trophy. The Queensland home state was happy, as the state and regions between them, shared four of the eleven titles on offer.

The Championships, held over four days, 7-10 June, were conducted at the multi million dollar award winning Redlands Sporting club’s, eight court Bocce Drome. In this period six men’s titles and five women’s titles were decided. Men’s titles were won by Queensland Central (Singles), Victoria metropolitan (Doubles), Victorian North East region (Precision and Bowl Throw),Western Australia (Triples) and the Under 35’s (Progressive Throw). Women’s titles were won by Queensland Metro (Doubles, Precision Throw and Bowl Throw) and Victorian North East region (Singles).

At the closing dinner, presentations were made to the championship winners in front of the guests of honour, Dr. Andrew Laming Federal Member for Bowman, Councillor Karen Williams Mayor of Redlands City and Councillor Wendy Boglary of Redlands City Council, Don Seccombe, President of the Redlands Sporting Club. Raymond Cher President Bocce Federation of Australia and Peter Topatig President of the Queensland Bocce Federation.

Our congratulations to the people who contributes to such a successful Championship. Our thanks to the Organising President Peter Topatig , Championship Convener Mary Topatig, Event Assistant Lauren Hunn and their team. We recognise the excellent work by the Tournament Director Frank Funari, the Technical Director Tony Biancacci, the Chief Referee Neil Parlato and Assistant Referees Giancarlo Caneto, Tony Giacabone, Vittorio De Luca, Domenico Cannizzaro Peter Van Hemmen, Jason Cooley and Mario De Marco. We acknowledge the support of the Australian Sports Commission in promoting the sport of bocce.

 

How the Championships progressed :

MENS

Men’s Singles. Well it was a home state final!  Lou Masotti from Central Queensland Bundaberg against the experienced international, Anthony Parlato Queensland Metropolitan.  Anthony, even with his increditable throwing hit accuracy (a jack, a bowl swap and six hits) went down to the sustained bowling accuracy of Lou, who won seven of the eleven ends, for a 12 to 7 point final win. This puts paid to the conventional theory that the better thrower will win. This win for Lou Masotti complements his first Australian Singles title, won back in 2005.

Men’s Doubles. Victoria Metro were the hot favourites and they vindicated this by winning all of their preliminary matches in their pool, mostly by wide margins. NEBA, equally as successful in their preliminaries pool were potentially good finals opponents. But the final turned out to be a letdown, with the NEBA international Tony Borrelli missing his targets with the majority of his throws. This was part of the scenario that let the Victoria Metro team of Jim Coviello and Lino Mosca over whelming Victoria’s NEBA team, Tony Borrelli and Pat D’Aulerio with an eleven to four points score. Again, the two Victorian’s complemented their 2007 Doubles win.

Men’s Triples.  Ten teams competed for this title. At the end of the preliminaries there were four contesting the semi-finals, Vic Metro, NEBA, Qld Metro and W.A..  W.A. and NEBA with decisive wins went onto the finals. The final was a nail biter, with the score advantage swinging from team to team over the nine ends. They were even on the third last end, eight points all. Then W.A.’s team  Velimir  Matutinovic, Blazenko Kuscevic and Michele Santi scored four points on the eighth end while NEBA’s team of Pat D’Aulerio, Joe Greco, Tony Borrelli could only achieve one point on the following final end. The final score of twelve points to nine gave W.A. its first and only title for this Championship.

Men’s Bowl Throw. There were nine contestants for this Bowl and Throw competition. The end game was between NSW John Olic and NEBA Tony Borrelli. John led for all of the game, if only by small margins. At the second last end he was leading by 20 to 19 points. Then Tony, with a 2 point score in the final end pipped John for the title with a 21 to 20 point win. 

Men’s Precision Throw. Again another nail biter, between the two final’s contestants NEBA Tony Borrelli and Vic Metro Dino Mikolic. They were on equal scores, 12 all at the end of the final. Then they played a tie breaker. Tony succeeded, hitting the higher valued targets and went on to this, an 11 to 6 point win.

Men’s Progressive Throw. This is the most athletic and exhausting event, running about 1,200 metres while throwing the equivalent of a total of 40 kilos of bowls at targets 17 metres down the court. The final was contested by perhaps the most fit of the players, National Under 35 Santo Pascuzzi and Oceania record holder and Qld Metro Anthony Parlato. Santo won with a score of 34 hits from 45 throws for this five minute event, adding to last year’s win in the record book.

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WOMENS

Women’s Singles. Here, the regional Victorian teams fought out the final, NEBA Maria Greco pitted against Latrobe Christina Finocchiaro. Christina’s pointing was more consistent and won the match in 10 ends with a score of 13 to 6 points, four of these scored in the last end.

Women’s Doubles. The semi-finals were between S.A. and Victoria Latrobe in one pool and Qld Metro and Qld Central in the other. The final was between Qld Metro Barbara Jones and Maria Parlato and Victoria Latrobe Anna Prezioso and Maria Maselli. The Queenslanders were the more consistent taking 6 of the 8 ends, for a winning score of 9 to 2 points.

Women’s Triples. The semi-finals were between Qld Metro and Vic Metro in one pool and NSW and WA in the other pool. The two teams to go onto the final were Vic Metro Attilia Mezzalira, Maria Ballerini and Maria Cifaldi against W.A. Rosetta Kuscevic, Luciana DiPacido, Mafalda Zambon and reserve Emilia Zambotti. It was a game of bowlers with Vic Metro being more consistent, winning 7 of the 10 ends and the title, with a final score of 9 point to the opposition’s 4 points.

Women’s Bowl Throw. This was an inaugural event for the Women’s Championship. The honour went to Qld Metro Barbara Jones and Victoria Latrobe Diane Penney to contest this event. Barbara proved to be more consistent, scoring 20 points to Diane’s 11 points, over the 8 end contest. Qld Metro Barbara Jones is the inaugural Champion for this event.

Women’s Precision Throw. This was a contest by the two best women throwers in the Championship.  Qld Metro Barbara Jones was defending her title against Vic Latrobe Diane Penney. The prelimary rounds were fairly even, but the final was a run away for Qld Metro Barbara Jones with a score of 8 points to Vic Latrobe Diane Penney’s 1 point.

OTHER AWARDS

Best and Fairest. On the Referees judgement the Men’s Best and Fairest was awarded to Santo Pascuzzi Junior and the Women’s Best and Fairest were shared by Maria Greco Victoria NEBA and Chistina Finocchiaro Victoria Latrobe Valley.

Champion Team. This is awarded on a points system and the Men’s Champion Team was awarded to Victoria NEBA and the Women’s Champion team to Victoria Latrobe Valley.

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Image captions, left to right:

1. Men’s Singles- Champion: Lou Masotti Central Queensland, Runner up: Anthony Parlato Metropolitan Queensland

2. Men’s Doubles- Champions: Jim Coviello and Lino Mosca Victoria Metro, Runners Up: Tony Borrelli and Pat D’Aulerio NEBA

3. Men’s Triples- Champions: Coach Mario Vacca, Blazenko Kuscevic, Vilimir Matitunovich, Michele Santi, reserve           Italo Vigolo Western Australia, Runners Up: Joe Greco, Tony Borrelli and Pat D’Aulerio NEBA

4. Men’s Precision Throw - Champion: Tony Borelli NEBA, Runner up: Dino Mikolic Victoria Metro

5. Men’s Progressive Throw – Champion: Santo Pascuzzi Jnr Under 35’s, Runner Up: Anthony Parlato Queensland Metro

6. Men’s Bowl Throw – Champion: Tony Borrelli  NEBA, Runner Up: John Olic New South Wales

7. Men’s Champion Team – North East Victoria Association. Trophy presented by Frank Funari BFA to Pat D’aulerio NEBA

8. Men’s Best and Fairest – Santo Pascuzzi Jnr Under 35’s. Trophy presented by Raymond Cher and Tony Biancacci BFA to Santo PascuzziJnr.

9. Women’s Singles - Champion: Christina Finocchiaro Latrobe Valley, Runner Up Maria Greco NEBA

10. Women’s Doubles – Champions: Maria Parlato, Barbara Jones Queensland Metro, Runners Up: Anna Prezioso, Maria Maselli Victoria Latrobe Valley

11. Women’s Triples – Champions: Coach Pasqualina Casauria, Maria Cifaldi, Maria Ballerini, Attila Mezzalira, Victoria Metro, Runners Up: Coach Mafalda Zambon, Emilia Zambotti, Lucinia Di Placido, Rosetta Kuscevic Western Australia

12. Women’s Precision Throw -  Champion: Barbara Jones Queensland Metro, Runner Up: Diane Penney Latrobe Valley

13. Women’s Bowl Throw -  Champion: Barbara Jones Queensland Metro, Runner Up: Diane Penney Latrobe Valley

14. Women’s Champion Team – Victoria Latrobe Valley. Presented by Frank Funari of the BFA to the Team’s Coach, Sally Fava

15. Women’s Best and Fairest – Joint winners, Christina Finocchiaro Victoria Latrobe Valley and Maria Greco NEBA. Presented by Tony Biancacci of the BFA

16.  Col Meers and Paul Jeffs, sponsor of the Bocce State Challenge opening event, present the winning prize of $1,000 to Jim Coviello and Attlia Mezzalira

17. Queensland Bocce President Peter Topatig receives the Championship Appreciation Trophy

18. Redlands Club President Don Seccombe receives the Championship Appreciation Trophy

19. Championship Convenor Mary Topatig receives a flower Bouquet from National Women’s Coordinator Lina Cher

20. At the Opening ceremony on the Friday night, the traditional bowling of the first bocce balls were conducted by the President of the Redlands Sporting Club, Don Seccombe, together with the President of the Bocce Federation of Australia Raymond Cher and the President of the Queensland Bocce Federation Peter Topatig.

21. Players and Officials at the 2013 Australian Bocce Championships