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.
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.
New initiative – #VCBOCCE
There is also a new initiative #VCBOCCE – aiming to provide a fun, social night where you learn the basics of Bocce. #VCBOCCE is targeted at those who know little 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! The evening consists of two games of bocce, followed by supper and a lucky participant’s prize draw – all for $20 per person.
These events are held fortnightly commencing 1st March 2018.
Registrations are mandatory – go to www.eventbrite.com/ and search on VCBOCCE. Registrations close the Sunday evening prior to each event.
The current schedule of #VCBOCCE is:
Thursday 13th and 27th September 2018
Thursday 11th and 25th October 2018
Thursday 8th and 22nd November 2018
It’s fantastic to see Bocce gaining popularity with our community again.
Our team at the Veneto Club look forward to a wonderful season ahead – with lots of exciting events to enjoy, as a spectator or a participant.
Educational, cultural, sporting, corporate events
Hire of Bocce and #VCBOCCE
Karl Hodge – 9850 7111
Bocce Committee Chairperson
Wednesday night competition
Emilio Colla – 9380 1326