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The highlight of the Tournament for Australia was the Progressive Throwing Titles. In the Singles Progressive, Santo Pascuzzi made it through to the Quarter Finals with a 34 hits from 47 throws in this five minute event. Unfortunately, the acceptance level to the next round was 41. Again, in the Progressive Throw Relay, Santo Pascuzzi partnered with Tony Borrelli consistently scored to get through to the Quarter Finals again, with a 36 hits from 55 throws.
The Pascuzzi, Borrelli team in the traditional Doubles won one match against Mexico and lost two others against runners-up Monaco and Montenegro, but won the Barrage against Finland to be placed equal 9th on the event classification ladder.
Santo Pascuzzi in the Bowl Throw won against Bulgaria and Tunisia and a loss to Algeria for an equal 9th placing on the ladder.
Tony Borrelli’s performance in both the Singles and the Precision Throw event did not match his performance at the Australian Titles and he did not proceed past the first stage.
Australia is in with a good chance for the Progressive Throwing title at the World Championships in Bahia Blanca, Argentina. Thirty five countries will be competing for the six titles on offer.
Coach Frank Fava says that the boys are fit, have trained well and so the plan is to participate in all six championships on offer.
Australian contingent: Left to right – Santo Pascuzzi, Frank Fava, Raymond Cher and Anthony Borrelli. B13-203
2013 World Games - Sport Bocce
The Games were held in Cali, the Sports capital of Colombia
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On the 29th July, in the Progressive Throw qualification Santo was drawn as the last thrower, together with Italian Mauro Roggero, giving him an edge by knowing the scores set by previous competitors. The score to beat was 30 hits set by Argentinian Guillermo Montemerlo. Santo paced his run and scored a qualifying score of 31 hits, however Shan Fan from China was re-scheduled to run last and scored 37 to deny Australia a place in the semi-final.
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On the 30th July , in the Precision Throw event, Santo missed out in the final by one hit, with a score of 14.
AUSTRALIA WINS SILVER!
The other two Aussie Progressive Doubles teams, Nicholas Barone and Alessandro Ricci together with Vincent Clemente and Luciano Varricchio gave it their all, relishing their opportunity to compete for the first time in an International competition! It was a great experience for these young rookies working hard towards future success!
Bocce was one of the Games, 30 sports that mature aged sports people participated in, in a friendly way. Joe Rozzo from the Marconi Club took a group of four women, all retired school teachers to play the sport for the first time at the Masters. Twenty two teams participated. These Bocce competitions were held over the 5th to the 8th of August 2013.
Australia competes at the WORLD GAMES
Oceania Bocce record holder and current Australian champion for the Progressive Throw discipline Santo Pascuzzi jnr. will be representing Australia at the World Games in Cali, Columbia between 29th to 31st July, 2013 where 106 Nations will be competing for top honours in 36 sports! Santo will be vying for gold against the world’s best six players in this event!
In this Bocce Progressive Throw discipline, the player requires the athleticism of a middle distance runner as he competes in a 27 meter long court, constantly running, alternately in one direction and then the other, covering over 1000 metres in 5 minutes and throwing some 50 kilogram weight of bowls at dedicated targets. The number of successfully hit targets making up the score
Bocce Australia has great confidence in Santo doing well, given his past history at World Championships and National competitions!
LATROBE CITY CLASSIC 2013
The Latrobe City Bocce Classic was another big win for the Latrobe Valley region. Twenty teams from around Victoria and the Latrobe Valley contested this three day Bocce Open, over Friday 5th to Sunday 7th July, at the Italian Australian Club in Morwell. The major sponsor, the Latrobe City presented the prize money’s to the first to fourth place getters at the finale luncheon.
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 Dome. 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).
It was the sixteenth Australian Junior Bocce Open Championship and it proved to be a great success. The successes were many and varied with the two highlights being the introduction of a new age category, the Under 14’s in which South Australia won five titles and then even more, the New South Wales Under 18/Under 23’s winning eleven titles, from the eighteen titles on offer.