A History of Bocce at the Club

From its inception the Veneto Club was made up of a group of people looking to build a community of its traditions, and the enjoyment of comradery, competition and culture through bocce. Before the Veneto Club was built we had five Bocce courts, then came la Baracca, and with the growing membership and interest a further three bocce courts were built in what is now the Bocce Drome. The social games started, then the picnics, homemade Veneto traditional foods and then intense bocce competitions. Sub-committees for both the men’s and women’s bocce were formalised to manage their competitions, teams and fundraising events.

Our 1st sport, bocce still continues today with eight bocce courts being an integral part of our grand building which proudly hosted the 1979 World Bocce Championship, which was held outside of Europe for the very first time – a major coup for our Club. In 1985, the World Bocce Throwing Championship was also hosted at the Club, as well as the 25th World Bocce Doubles Youth Tournament and 3rd World Youth Throwing Championships in 1988.

The Veneto Bocce teams have had many national and state champions as well as many club members representing Australia at world titles. A great honour for the Veneto Club is its long list of champions such as Guerrino Favrin, Silvio Gatto and Emilio Colla just to name a few. The men’s and women’s Bocce teams have also participated in many interstate trips to complete against the Veneto Club (SA), Club Marconi and the Yogali Club (NSW).

The bocce committee continue to provide community competition and games for members. There is a regular weekly competition held every Wednesday night.

Bocce Courts

Our Bocce Drome consists of eight lanes – all available to Veneto Club members at a modest fee, or for hire by the general public. Bookings are essential for members and general public.

We also have a limited number of bocce to use (free of charge) with the provision of a security deposit (licence or credit card). The Bocce Drome is also used for school sport days and cultural activities run at the Club, as well as for corporate team building activities. Educational, cultural, sporting or corporate events can be tailored to meet your needs and can be combined with other facilities available at the Veneto Club.

Wednesday Night Competitions

  • This is for players who have at least a basic understanding and skill level of bocce

  • You must supply your own bocce to participate

  • Teams are selected randomly each Wednesday night, either doubles or triples

  • The cost is $15 for six weeks; or $3 per night

  • At the end of every six weeks prizes are awarded to the players with most wins

  • The 2019 bocce year commenced on 6th February 2019 and takes place every Wednesday night – registration is at 7pm


After the success of the 2018 inaugural year, #VCBOCCE is back in 2019 for another year.

At #VCBOCCE we aim to provide a fun, social night where you learn the basics of bocce.

These evenings are targeted at those who know very little (or nothing) about this great game – sorry this is not aimed at professional players, nor is it a serious competition. Our target audience is males & females who are young at heart – everyone is welcome!

Come alone or come in a group – its great way to make new friends.

The night starts at 7pm sharp and consists of two 45 minute games – playing bocce to the sounds of 80s music in the background; this is followed by a light supper.

The cost is $15 for Veneto Club members and $20 for non-members  

You must pre-register online to attend #VCBOCCE.

Go to  Eventbrite and search on #VCBOCCE.

Registrations close at 6pm the Monday night before the event. This  is required for team allocations and also catering purposes.

#VCBOCCE runs every Thursday fortnight commencing 7th February 2019.

The remaining event dates in 2019 are:

·        August 8th and 22nd

·        September 5th and 19th

·        October 3rd, 17th and 31st

·        November 14th and 28th

·        December 12th

You can read more about the #VCBOCCE nights by following the Friends of Veneto Club Facebook page and also the Veneto Club Facebook page.

For bocce enquiries call Sonya Velo on 0400 414 199

Bocce Poster August 2019 for Website.jpg


Bocce Committee 2018-2019


(L-R : Sonya Velo, Romeo Brazzale, Pasquale Marinelli, Connie Dentesano, Bruno Mariani, Bruna Rubin, Frank Barban, missing Rick Gatto)

The mid 2018 a new group of keen bocce players volunteered to form a new bocce committee to oversee Bocce at the Veneto Club.

The new chairperson for the Veneto Club Bocce is Connie Dentesano.

She is supported by a committee consisting of

·         Frank Barban

·         Romeo Brazzale

·         Rick Gatto

·         Bruno Mariani

·         Pasquale Marinelli

·         Bruna Rubin

·         Sonya Velo


Educational, cultural, sporting, corporate events

Hire of Bocce and #VCBOCCE

Karl Hodge – 9850 7111




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