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.


2019 Wednesday night competition commences:

Wednesday 6th February 2019

-          Competition runs for 6 weeks, and prizes awarded at the end of the 6 week competition

-          Registration cost of $15 for the six week competition

-          Competition runs from 6th Feb to 13th March 2019

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!

#VCBOCCE commences on Thursday 7th February 2019


Fun for all ages, playing bocce with disco music from the 80s

Held each Thursday fortnight; $20 per event includes two games of bocce plus supper

Registrations required via Eventbrite – search on #VCBOCCE

The current schedule of #VCBOCCE:

2019 DATES

21st February,

7th March

21 March 2019

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.

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



Name *


Educational, cultural, sporting, corporate events

Hire of Bocce and #VCBOCCE

Karl Hodge – 9850 7111


Bocce Committee Chairperson

Wednesday night competition

Emilio Colla – 9380 1326

Bocce 2.jpg