WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

These Championships were played, in a small village, Saint Vulbas, in central France – the home of the top French senior team and the French national coaching hero, Vedrin, over the 29th October till the 1st November 2011.

The team of Kelly Sperne, Alec Ganeo and Declan Fedele, contestants in last year’s World Championship, were again under the experienced eye of the National Junior Coach, Frank Fava.

In the first Singles, Kelly Sperne lost to Monaco, 9-13. It was a close encounter with the lead changing numerous times, but it was Monaco’s day and they won the game. Then it was a great start for Kelly in the second game against Tunisia. Kelly got off to a flying start with a 5-0 score, but the talented Tunisian crawled back to gain an 11-5 lead. With 15 minutes in the game time, Kelly won the end by a point and it was game-on, as the Tunisian panicked and made some basic bowling mistakes. Kelly was fantastic with her throwing, having hit the jack twice, one swap and hitting everything the opponent could bowl. With a greater than 60% hit rate and with the game in the balance Kelly managed to edge back to be within 1 point, and now the pressure was on the Tunisian player. It was a 'bowl-hit- bowl' tussle, as Kelly was on fire. With every bowl the Tunisian bowled, Kelly was on target and hit away the opponents bowl. Kelly won the end and with the score now at Australia 10 to 11, she landed a fantastic point to level the score. With game time ended, Kelly had the game in her palm especially after 2 poor bowls by the Tunisian. After some tense moments and deep thought, the Tunisian nominated the jack which was behind his bowls and difficult to see. He lined up and threw, and with an all mighty roar of jubilation he jumped in the air as he had hit the jack out of the court, killing the end and winning 11 to 10 points. What was a fantastic game of Bocce! Australia missed out by 1 point to qualify for the Doubles Quarter Finals.

It was the last game on the first day that Australia broke through and won a close tough Doubles encounter against Peru. The lead changed 5 times and on the last end, with only 4 minutes to go, both teams were on 9 points all. The Doubles team of Kelly Sperne and Alec Ganeo placed a top bowl next to the jack and Peru could not break and having played all their bowls and with game time completed, Australia won 10 to Peru 9. It was a magic moment as it was the first Doubles win for the Australian Under 23 team for 2 years and it was a celebration for all, as the applause resounded around the boccedrome for the victorious Australian team.   The win had given Australia a second change as it qualified for the 'Barrage' against Monaco.  

The Barrage match against Monaco was exciting. After being down 0 to 10 against Monaco, the team of Kelly Sperne and Alec Ganeo fought back, winning 4 ends straight with 3, 3, 3 and 1 to level the score at 10 all. Monaco took the next end making the score 11 to 10. With time running out fast, Australia again leveled the score at 11 all. Monaco threw, missed and then with their last ball, bowled to retake the point. Unfortunately, Australia could not retake the advantage. Kelly with her last bowl, bowled but could not gain the advantage. With the game time ended and scores level, a supplementary end was played.

Alec Ganeo placed the bowl near the jack, bur Monaco hit it away. Again, Australia placed another bowl, but Monaco took the point with their two remaining bowls.

Australia Sperne threw, missed. Her second throw slipped out of her hand and was fouled. In the last play, Sperne threw but failed to take the point. Ganeo with his last bowl and hope for Australia to qualify, bowled, but at the end of it’s travel the bowl turned  to the right instead of left, leaving the point in Monaco's favour. So Monaco won the game and ended Australia's hope to qualify. Australia missed out by 1 point to qualify for the Doubles Quarter Finals.

In the Bowl Throw event Declan Fedele had a slow start, but regained composure getting 4 points, starting mid way through the match and challenging the Serbian player. In the end it was a competitive Sarac from Serbia who won the game, Serbia 24 to Australia 13 points.

In the second round, Declan Fedele played against the Bosnia Herzegovina player. Declan was very competitive with a swap, for 2 points and some precision bowling managing to put pressure on the Bosnian player. But after all ends were played, the score was in favour of Bosnia Herzegovina, 23 points to Australia 15 points.

In the Precision Throwing event, Declan Fedele failed to qualify, with a score of 3 points.

In the Progressive Throw, Alec Ganeo was less fortunate with a score of 9 hits at targets, from 39 throws and did not proceed.

In the Rapid Throw Relay, Alec Ganeo and Declan Fedele were outclassed in this event. They successfully scored 12 target hits from their combined 46 throws.

Overall it was a good performance by the team Australia (Sperne, Fedele and Ganeo) who after only their second time at the World Juniors, did Australia proud in the way they played and were competitive in every event. This year’s BFA training program orchestrated by National Coach Tony Biancacci along with the players previous years experience, produced the improvements that were realised on the courts at St Vulbas.
Some clever coaching by Frank Fava helped keep the team focused and the much improved Kelly Sperne was the stand out player for Australia, with her great poise and precision throwing.  

 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

SINGLES

Grancic

Croatia

Champion

Sperne

Australia

Equal 13th

DOUBLES

Randazzo/Pretto

Argentina

Champion

Sperne/Ganeo

Australia

Equal 9th

BOWL THROW

Grosso

Italy

Champion

Fedele

Australia

17 th

PRECISION

Grancic

Croatia

Champion

Fedele

Australia

16 th

PROGRESSIVE

Cubela

Croatia

Champion

Ganeo

Australia

15 th

RAPID RELAY

Marcon/Abelfo

France

Champion

Fedele/Ganeo

Australia

14 th

 

RC B11-133A 




 




 

1. Kelly Sperne2. The Australian  Team3. Kelly Sperne in Action4. Declan Fedele5. Alec Ganeo