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This year the hot favorites were knocked out in the semifinals, resulting in an all Victorian Final between Morwell and Lazio-Marche Club, Melbourne. These two Bocce Raffa power teams hit the courts, determined to get an early lead and it was the Morwell team of Franco Fava, Diane Penney&Nick Penney that did best as they were more focused and jumped out to a quick lead. They maintained it throughout each end as they notched up point after point to totally demolish the opposing team, conceding only 1 point. Final score Morwell team of Franco Fava, Diane Penney & Nick Penney with a score of 12 points to 1 point beat the Lazio-Marche Club, Melbourne team of Gino Montuoro, Marcella Giacomin&Antonia Coviello, winning the game, the title of Australian Raffa Open Champion team for 2017 and the prize monies.
The NSW representative team of Silvio.Bruzzese, Ms Sandra Bruzzese&Rocco Mancini won the title for a second year - winning the final, the trophy and the major prize monies.
The highlights were many, but the final outcome was unexpected! Victoria Metro scooped the pool winning five titles from the total of the eleven on offer. They won the Men’s Singles, Triples, Bowl Throw, and Precision Throw, while their ladies won the Singles Title. The surprise of the Tournament was the win in the Women’s Singles event, by Atilia Mezzalira, playing for Victoria Metro.
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 44th Senior Bocce Championship and 19th Women’s Bocce Championship this year will be a winner!
The Bocce Federation of Australia is privileged to announce the arrival of Christophe Levaillant (the International Body of Bocce (FIB) Director of Research and Training) to conduct a series of Officiating/Referee courses for prospective Australian referee candidates and information sessions for those interested in upgrading their skills or for those who are keen to learn more about the International Technical Rules that govern the sport.
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.
China Bocce has an awesome reputation when it comes to winning bocce tournaments around the world! This year a Chinese team of 7 (male and female) from the No.53 Middle School of Taiyuan (Shanxi Province) is travelling to Australia to challenge some of our brightest and best players.
In their sights will be Tristan Giacometti who was the silver medallist at the 2013 Monaco ‘Denis Ravera’ International Challenge Competition! Tristan will be competing alongside his NSW team mates – experienced international player, Daniel Samsa and new-comer, Andrew Suber.