Australian Junior Bocce Open 2014

Australian Junior Bocce Open 2014

It was the seventeenth Australian Junior Bocce Open Championship and it proved a great success.


 The Championship was organized by the Bocce Federation of Australia, in collaboration with the Victorian Bocce Federation and hosted at the Casa D’Abruzzo  Club Boccedrome, Melbourne over the three days, 11th to13th April 2014.


The three day Bocce Tournament bought together the best junior bocce players from across Australia. Twenty-seven elite Under 14, Under18 and Under 23 year’s athletes from ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia contested in a number bocce events. As well as the traditional forms of the game, the Singles and the Doubles, the juniors competed in the more spectacular Bowl Throw, Precision Throw, and the Progressive Throw competitions.


They were joined, after a one year break, by the seven strong, Chinese Junior team from the Taiyuan Shanxi Province of China.

The stand out for the tournament was Australia’s silver medalist from the Denis Ravera Challenge in Monaco last year, Tristian Giacometti. Tristian in this Championship walked away with five gold medals and three silver. He was closely followed by his team mate, Daniel Samsa with four gold and two silver.


The Friday evening highlight was the Australia China Friendship Challenge event.  This event was a Progressive Throw in Pairs competition with Daniel Samsa and Tristian Giacometti representing Australia and Sun Xuan and Wang Yu Ting representing China. Australia won the Friendship Trophy.


The young South Australians in the Under 14’s, made their mark. Vincent  Clemente narrowly beat fellow Luciano Varricchio 7-6 in the Singles final while the Victorian combination of Tommy Campbell and Ayden Respondino overwhelmed their Doubles semi-finalists Antonio Ricci and Vincent Clemente, 7 points to one. 


The highlight of the Under 18’s was Tristan Giacometti’s finals bravura performance. Firstly the Singles with a 13 to 2 win against Daniel Pevere, then teaming with Daniel in the Doubles for a 13 to 0 win against Daniel Samsa and Andrew Suber. Finally, teaming up with Daniel Samsa in the Doubles Progressive Throw against the Chinese team of Yuting Wang and Sun Xuan, for a 20 to 13 hits winning score.


The Under 23’s competition saw the past champion Nick Cooper take out the Singles Progressive Throw  in the final against Daniel Samsa. Daniel Samsa defeated his team mate Tristian Giacometti easily, 9 to 3 points.  Declan Fedele  in the Precision Throw overwhelmed the equal runners up, Alec Ganeo and Yan Jiashuai, 13 to 6 points. The Singles and Doubles were won by Samsa with Giacometti who moved into this age group for these events.


Our thanks for the smooth running of this event must go to the Tournament Director, Frank Funari, the Chief Referee Attilia Mezzalira and their staff.  We also wish to thank Fernando Cardinale, President of the host club, for the Casa D’Abruzzo Club’s support in running this most successful championship.