WORLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011

This Championship, our 26th participation, was competed for in the panoramic 16 court Bocce Drome at Feltre, nestling at the foot of the Dolomites in northern Italy.  Thirty five countries, a record number, contested the six Championship events over the six competition days. The favourites, as always, were France, Italy and Slovenia.

The Championship organization and courts were superb. Our team consisted of the veteran, Stefano Chiandotto from New South Wales, together with the athletic Santo Pascussi from Metropolitan Victoria, who were joined by the new comer, Anthony Borrelli from regional Victoria.

In the Singles, Stefano Chiandotto made his debut with convincing wins over the Venezuelan, Cabrera and then the Luxembourg, Brunetta. He then recorded a loss in his 1/8 final against the eventual third place getter, Zaidi of Tunisia, for an equal 9th placing on the ladder.

In the Doubles, Stefano Chiandotto teamed up with the new comer Anthony Borrelli. Amazingly, they progressed right through to the quarter finals, with straight wins against, Brazil, Switzerland, Venezuela and Peru, before losing to the aggressive Algerian team in the quarter finals.

The Bowl Throw event is a test of both the player’s bowling and throwing skills. Santo Pascuzzi started off with a narrow win against Estonia, then an equally narrow loss to Italy. Italy went on to be the eventual 3rd place getter. Santo completed his event with a nail biting loss (2 point difference) in the 1/8 final against Slovenia.      

The Precision Throw event has never been an aspirational opportunity for Australian players in the past.  But this time there was a chance. In the first two Preliminaries, Stefano Chiandotto had to score in either, the minimum of 14 points to proceed. In his second Preliminary, his 13 point score just missed, so consequently he did not proceed.

The last event was the athletic, Progressive Throw. Santo Pascuzzi was Australia’s competitor, coming off achieving a new Australian record for this event. Santo had a long preparation and fitness regime leading up to these Championships. Santo got past the elimination round, then the 1/8 final, but in the 1/4 final his 30 point score failed to reach the qualifying 39 points to proceed further. This placed Santo 8th on the ladder for this event.

It’s been a great year for France! Although, taking out these two titles and a second place was’nt quite as meritorious as their previous three titles Championship result.

National Coach Tony Biancacci pointed out that overall, the Australia’s results were marginally better than it’s performance at the previous World senior Championships.  But with newer countries entering and the continental countries improving their performance, it made it tough for distant Australia to make that break through.  

WORLD SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

SINGLES

Kozjek

Slovenia

Champion

Chiandotto

Australia

Equal 9th

DOUBLES

Grail/Laposta

France

Champion

Chiandotto/Borrelli

Australia

8th

BOWL THROW

Laposta

France

Champion

Pascuzzi

Australia

Equal 9th

PRECISION

Janzic

Slovenia

Champion

Chiandotto

Australia

Equal 17th

PROGRESSIVE

Ziraldo

Italy

Champion

Pascuzzi

Australia

8th

RAPID RELAY

Borcnik/Pertic

Slovenia

Champion

Australia did not participate

 

RC B11-126 

Australian contingentAt the Presentation CeremonyAustralian Doubles