Australian Bocce Raffa Triples Open 2015

Australian Bocce Raffa Triples Open 2015

New South Wales Victorious again!

It was a tournament of surprises! Previous champions were knocked out in the quarter finals – setting the stage for a contest between two old rival States Victoria and NSW!  The smart money was on the talented local team with the benefit of three strong shooters in their team but it was not to be – the Sydney Marconi team of Rocco Mancini, Santa Bruzzese and Silvio Bruzzese outclassed the favourites Frank Fava, Diane Penney and Nicholas Penney on time-limit 7 – 4!

 The 8th Australian Raffa Triples Open Championship attracted 18 teams from around Australia vying for the $3,000 in prize money! The popular two day event is held each year over the Australia Day weekend!  This year the championship was held on 24-25 January 2015 at the purpose built bocce arena Italian Australian Social and Sporting club of Morwell and co-sponsored by LaTrobe City and Bocce Australia.

Coming into the competition last year’s winners from Sydney’s King Tomislav Club - George Milic, Beppo Maras and Milenco Zegupa were the outright favourites!  But their plans for a back-t-back win were scuttled by Victorian veteran Gino Montuoro and his two novice partners, Marcella Giacomin and Tony Coviello - whose stunning performance caused the biggest upset of the tournament knocking out the Sydney siders in the quarter finals!

The finalists in this championship will now go on to compete for selection to represent Australia at the prestigious World Singles Raffa Bocce Titles (Women, Men and Under 21 categories) to be held at the international Bocce Centre in Rome, Italy  between the 18th and 25th April, 2015!                             

The Bocce Federation of Australia congratulates the Italian Australian Sporting and Social Club of Morwell and in particular the Club’s Bocce subcommittee, the Tournament Director Frank Funari and the lead sponsor the Latrobe City, for the successful staging of this Championship!