WORLD BOCCE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

The Bocce World Seniors Championship was held in Bahia Blanca, Argentina over the 9th to the 16th November 2013. Thirty one countries participated in the six events. The stand-out country was Slovenia with three Gold, two Silver and one Bronze medal; their best results ever in these Championships. The surprise results were from the former giants of this Championship, Italy with only one Gold medal and France with none.

 The Championship was organised by the Federation International de Boules and Confederacion Argentina de Bochas.

The top four at the end of the Tournament were Slovenia, Italy, France and Croatia. Australia finished 11 th on the World classification tables.

 The Australian team of players, veteran Santo Pascuzzi, second timer Tony Borrelli and coach Frank Fava were all from Victoria. Selections had been made following the Australian Championships in June this year. The Australian team decided to compete in all six disciplines, quite an ambitious program for a two man team. This was probably vindicated by achieving 11th place on the World classifications and a 5th and a 7th in the Progressive Throw and the Progressive Throw Relay, respectively. 

 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.

It was a considered that further specialised training, focusing on selected events, would improve Australia’s performance in the future.

 The Argentinian Federation were hosts to this Volo World Championship this year and the Raffa World Championship in Puerto Iguazu last year.