As 2013 draws to a close, this is the most opportune moment to reflect on the year that was for the Cooma Bocce Club. There has been a variety of achievements and success over the past year. Perhaps the most exciting part of the year has been the progression and results obtained by new players to the club and the game of Bocce.
The Cooma Bocce Club Competitions were started with the President's Cup, held on April 1 this year. This competition is for mixed triples and the winners were Sergio Roncelli, Rosetta De Bortoli and Peter Marsicano. Second Place went to Michael Schenker, Maureen D'Amico and Maria Roncelli.
The Men's Doubles Competition was held on June 23. Winners were Ado Forner and Luigi Serafin, second place to Loris Stefani and Sergio Roncelli.
The Men's Singles Competition held on July 21, saw Beppe Tonini win while Loris Stefani followed in second place.
The Ladies Singles followed a few days later. First place was won by Maria Roncelli, second place to Rosetta De Bortoli.
The Tonini Cup, held each year, was played on August 11. This competition is a triples mixed event and saw first place go to Beppe Tonini, Gino Cerro and Michele Angelotti. Second place went to Margherita Zasso, Antonieta Forner and Mel Shaw.
Lunch was served to the players, courtesy of catering by Piarina Relevant while the prizes were donated by the Tonini family.
The Briscola Cards Competition was held on September 15. Cards are played each Sunday at the club, and this year, for the first time, first place went to Anita Stefani and Luciana Balzano, runners up Brett Stefani and Loris Stefani. The Stefani Family has been sponsoring this event for years so to see the family members finally win this competition was fitting- a reward for years of commitment to the Cooma Bocce Club.
The Mixed Doubles Tournament was held on September 29. The winners were brother and sister team, Loris and Paola Stefani, while second place went to Michael Schenker and Rosetta De Bortoli.
The Mixed Triples Tournament was held on October 20. First place was won by Beppe Tonini, Loris Stefani and Mel Shaw. Second place to Egon Aulreich, Michael Schenker and Paola Stefani.
The Cooma Cup, Cooma Bocce Club's most exciting event, was held on the weekend of November 10 and 11. Fifteen teams from all over the east coast entered the mixed competition consisting of four players per team. Lunch was catered for each day and the clubs formal presentation night was held on the Saturday night. Awards and special thanks was noted to all those contributing to the club over the year. Thanks to the generous support of many sponsors, the competition offered eight place prizes. First place to the Dural Country Club, 2nd Veneto, 3rd Queanbeyan/ACT, 4th Club Italia, 5th Marconi, 6th Frezzia Azzura (Melbourne), 7th Casa D'Abruzzo (Melbourne)and 8th position to Surfers Paradise. The Cooma Bocce Club would particularly like to thank their generous sponsors: the Cooma Ex-Services Club, Mr John Poletto, Cooma Furnishing Company, Sharp Street Surgery, South East Tile and Bathroom Centre, Bombala Street Surgery, GIO Cooma, the Pevere Family, The Sign Van, Inspirations Paint and Cooma Sand and Concrete.
Special Club Awards were presented. Club Person of the Year went to a well deserved Mel Shaw while a special note of thanks and posies of flowers for service to the club were presented to Luciana Balzano, Piarina Relevant and Giovanna Pevere. Without their generous support, the club would not function.
Cooma Bocce Clubs final competition of the year was the Federation Cup, held on November 24. This was a mixed triples competition and first place was won by Loris Stefani, Vida Grlj and Miro Kovacevic. Second place was won by Ado and Antonieta Forner and Luigi Serafin. The Cooma Bocce Club is especially thankful for the support shown to us from the Queanbeyan/ACT Bocce Club. This sporting club regularly competes and travels with us throughout the year. The club are grateful for their long term competition support and friendship.
The final mention must go to Daniel Pevere. At only 16, Daniel competed in his second junior nationals competition in Melbourne and represented the ACT Federation and Cooma.
Daniel produced a terrific result and came second in the doubles and third in the singles in very close matches. He also produced a draw in blow throw against Tristian Giacomelle who went on this year to come second in the world titles.
It was a great triumph for Daniel who is regularly increasing his bocce talent and, as a club, we are very excited about his future in this sport