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Borrelli claims national bocce title

Tatura bocce player Tony Borrelli has taken out the rapid throw section of the Australian Bocce Championships.

GEORGINA CAHILL June 5, 2014 3:27am

Tatura's Tony Borrelli had a successful weekend at the Australian Bocce Championships, taking out the rapid throw section of the tournament.

Tatura bocce player Tony Borrelli took out one of bocce’s highest honours at the Australian Bocce Championships at the weekend.

Borrelli, 29, was crowned national rapid throw champion at the tournament at McLaren Vale, South Australia from May 30 to June 2.

Borrelli had to wait until the final game to knock off reigning champion Santo Pascuzzi.

The Tatura Bocce Club player hit 29 of 41 targets to Pascuzzi’s 25.

Borrelli has played the sport for only seven years, but added another impressive feather to his cap.

Last year he took out national titles in the bowl throw and precision disciplines and went on to represent Australia at the world titles.

The Tatura player was thrilled to take out the win.

‘‘It’s the highest level we can play in Australia. It really means a lot,’’ Borrelli said.

Borrelli was one of six players to represent North East Bocce Association at the championship.

He teamed with association president and Kyabram player Joe Greco in the doubles discipline, where they advanced to the semi-finals, but were narrowly beaten by the Victorian under-35 team.

The pair was joined by Borrelli’s father Mario in the triples where they made it to the quarter-finals.

Borrelli was introduced to the sport by his parents, who have been playing for more than 25 years.

‘‘It’s always interesting playing with Dad,’’ he said.

‘‘We have differing opinions at times, but he’s taken a step back and put more faith in me.’’

Kyabram’s Maria Greco, wife of Joe, and Lucy Portia joined Tatura’s Anna Ciavarella to form the women’s team.

They were knocked out in the semi-finals in all three disciplines — triples, doubles and singles.

Due to the wet conditions, the four purpose-built outdoor courts were abandoned, confining the competition to the four indoor courts.

Joe Greco believed the conditions cost the team further success.

‘‘The conditions were very different to what we were accustomed to,’’ Greco said.

‘‘The courts were damp and they were very rough.

‘‘We had to adapt very quickly, which we did.’’

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