AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR BOCCE OPEN 2015

AUSTRALIAN JUNIOR BOCCE OPEN 2015

 

Summary:  NSW were the stand out team at these championships with five titleholders, followed by China, South Australia and Victoria with four winners, then ACT and QLD one winner each.

Tristan Giacometti (NSW) repeated his last year’s victory in the Singles event and retained his Australian U18 Singles title winning the final against Sth Aust Matthew Latella 13 points to 1 point.

  

Article: The eighteenth Australian Junior Bocce Open Championship got off to a good start and was again a great success. The highlights were many and varied with the two most high spots being the increased number of junior players participating this year, especially the two talented young ladies from NSW - Nicole Samsa and Kayla Facaris along with the new comers to the game Aidan Ritson and Silivelio Lemana-Pakau both from Qld along with Michael Milic from NSW.  Silivelio Lemana-Pakau went on to win the Under18 Bowl Throw title, Michael Milic with team mate Tristan won the U23’s Doubles  and Nicole Samsa the Under18, Best&Fairest award.

 

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, 17th to 19th April.

 

The Opening ceremony was well received with Club President Fernando Cardinale, BFA President Raymond Cher and BFV President/BFA Secretary Frank Funari along with other local and interstate dignitaries. The traditional bowl throw opening was again fun as different bowling styles were enjoyed by all participants making it a fun feature of the Opening ceremony, with Fernando showing his talent with his precision bowling&placing the bowl next to the jack.

 

The Friday evening highlight was the annual Australia China Friendship Trophy between Australia and China in the Rapid Throwing Doubles Relay event. This event is a Progressive Throw in Pairs competition, with Daniel Samsa and Nicholas Cooper representing Australia and Sha Zhao and Zhoubao Wei representing China. With both countries level on past wins, the stage was set for a thrilling event and it did not disappoint.  Australia hit the lead early and then China came back only to have Australia hit the lead again but 3 critical misses had China leap to the lead in the last 30 seconds and secured the win & the Trophy for 2015 with a score of 22 points from 47 throws to 19 points from 50 throws.

 

The three day Bocce Tournament bought together the best junior bocce players from across Australia. Thirty-one elite Under 14, Under18   and Under 23 year’s athletes from ACT, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland , South Australia and China 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 along with the spectacular U14’s Rapid Relay Throwing event.

 

NSW were the stand out team at these championships with 5 titleholders, followed by China, South Australia & Victoria with 4 winners and then ACT and QLD one winner each. Tristan Giacometti (NSW) repeated his last year’s victory in the Singles event and retained his Australian U18 Singles title winning the final against Sth Aust Matthew Latella 13 points to 1 point. Tristan went on to win the Singles Rapid Throw from Daniel Pevere (ACT). Tristan’s winning run continued when teamed up with NSW mate Michael Milic and went on to win in a thriller with an extra end  in the U23 doubles competition, winning his third  title at these championships. NSW’s winning streak continued at these championships with Nicole Samsa winning the U23 Women’s Precision throw with a score of 14 points and also clinching the U18 Best & Fairest award and making it 5 titleholders for NSW at these Championships.

 

In the U23’s Division the awards were spread between Sth Aust, Victoria, NSW and China all winning titles. In the Singles Sha Zhao (China) with a score of 9 points defeated Ivan Pepe (Vic) who scored 5 points. In the Doubles the team of  Michael Milic & Tristan Giacometti  were too good  and overcame their NSW team mates of Andrew Suber & Daniel Samsa (NSW) 12 to 11 points. In the Bowl Throw Ivan Pepe (Vic) was on target winning 16 points to 9 against Nicholas Cooper (Vic). In

the Precision Throw Declan Fedele from Sth Aust won with a score of 9 points from a close runner-up Andrew Suber (NSW) who scored 7 points and only narrowly missing some throws. In the singles Rapid China’s Sha Zhao with a score of 30 hits from 39 throws was too good on the day for runner up Daniel Samsa (NSW) who scored 19 hits from 42 throws.

 

The Under 18’s Division the winners were spread between ACT, NSW, Sth Aust and Qld. Tristan winning the U18 Singles & Singles Progressive Throw, while  Nicole Samsa(NSW) won the Best & Fairest. Daniel Pevere (ACT) clinched the U18 Precision Throw with a score of 11 points. The surprise perform was Silivelio Lemana-Pakau(Qld) who went through to win the U18 Bowl Throw tiles from runner up Vincent Clemente (Sth Aust) 11 points to 10 points. In the Doubles the Sth Aust team of

Antonio Ricci & Vincent Clemente were too good for the NSW team of Nicole Samsa & Kayla Facaris winning 10 points to 3 points.

 

In the Under 14 division, in the traditional events the South Australia and Victorian competitors were the stand outs, with South Australia and Victoria each winning 2 titles.  In the U14 Singles Luciano Varricchio won with a score of 11 to 5 points against team mate Raffaele Barone also from Sth Aust.  In the U14 Doubles it was Raffaele Barone & Luciano Varricchio (Sth. Aust.)  winning with a score of 13 points to 0 point against the Victorian team of Felix Janosa and Max Tricarico.  In the running Doubles Relay event Victorian’s Felix Janosa and Max Tricarico won the final with a score of 60 points to the South Australian team of Luciano Varricchio & Gianni Caretti who score 56 points.

In the heats the South Australians Gianni Caretti & Luciano Varricchio scored an Australian and Oceania Record score of 70 hits. Best & Fairest was awarded to Felix Janosa (Vic).

 

The Championship was concluded with a splendid presentation on the bocce courts with the winners & runner ups receiving Trophies followed by  each player receiving a memento from the club. The closing dinner which was well patronised by the many players, officials and visitors closed out a wonderful weekend of bocce had by all players and all involved.

 

The Event was organized by the Bocce Federation of Australia in collaboration with Bocce Victoria. Our thanks for the smooth running on this event must go to the Tournament Directors Frank Funari, Mary Massena and Marcella Giacomin, Technical Director Anthony Biancacci, Catering & Logistics Sally Fava and Linda Janosa, Photography Dina Tricarico. Chief Referee Joe Maselli , deputy Referee Anthony DeLeonardis, and assisted with referees  Attila Mezzalira,  Nick Sammacicco, Tony DiFederico, Romeo Marino, Tony Coviello, Joe Greco, Nello Nerone, Raffaele  Marcon and      . Bocce Australia is appreciative of the organizational support given by the Casa D’Abruzzo club volunteers for this event. 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. Thanks go to our major sponsors Henty Holdings, Casa D’Abruzzo Club, Australian Sports Commission, Sport & Rec Victoria, Bell City, Narkoojee Wines, and BonFoods.

 

Precision Throw                               Tiro Precisione

Bowl Throw                                        Combinato

Progressive Throw                          Tiro Progressivo

Progressive Throw in Pairs          Tiro Veloce a Coppie

 

UNDER  UNDER 23

WINNERS

TEAM

SINGLES

Sha Zhao

China

DOUBLES

Michael Milic /Tristan Giacometti

NSW

BOWL THROW

Ivan Pepe

VIC

PRECISION

Declan Fedele

Sth. Aust.

SINGLES PROGRESSIVE

Sha Zhao

China

 

 

 

WOMEN BOWL THROW

Sha Zhao

China

WOMEN PRECISION THROW

Nicole Samsa

NSW

 

 

 

BEST & FAIREST

Nicholas Cooper

VIC

 

 

 

UNDER 18

WINNERS

TEAM

SINGLES

Tristan Giacometti

NSW

DOUBLES

Antonio Ricci/ Vincent Clemente

Sth. Aust.

BOWL THROW

Silivelio Lemana-Pakau

QLD

PRECISION

Daniel Pevere

ACT

SINGLES PROGRESSIVE

Tristan Giacometti

NSW

 

 

 

BEST & FAIREST

Nicole Samsa

NSW

UNDER 14

WINNERS

TEAM

SINGLES

Luciano Varricchio

Sth. Aust.

DOUBLES

Raffaele  Barone/ Luciano Varricchio

Sth. Aust.

RELAY RAPID THROW*

Felix Janosa/Max Tricarico

VIC

BEST & FAIREST

Felix Janosa

VIC

 

 

 

Friendship Trophy (Doubles Relay)

Sha Zhao and Zhoubao Wei (22/47)

China

 

 

 

Note* - U14 Relay Rapid Throw Oceania & Australian U14 record of 70points achieved in Heat3 by Gianni Caretti/ Luciano Varricchio(Sth Aust).

 

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