10 September 2019
Have you heard of Bocce? If you haven’t that’s okay, in 2017 a group of novice colleagues entered the Australian Masters Games, with little idea of what to expect.
Spencer Gibbs, who came runner up in the last Masters Games, couldn’t believe his luck.
“Out of all the sports on offer, I thought Bocce would be exciting because it was something new,” Gibbs said.
“I had heard about Bocce, I grew up playing it on the beach, but obviously that all changes in a competitive space.”
Gibbs signed up to the 2017 Games with his boss Brett Smith, without any expectation about how they might go. As it turned out, they walked away as medalists.
“Yeah it was a real surprise, I would actually call it a fluke! It was a little awkward as well seeing as I rocked up to the game in my best flanno,” Gibbs laughed.
“It was a great day, the event was professionally run and it had a great sense of competition that got the adrenalin flowing. All the competitors got along, they all had a great comradery amongst them.”
Originating from Italy, the game has found a home in many parts of the world in place like North and South America, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and of course Australia.
It is traditionally played on a natural soil or on an asphalt court, with balls that can be made out of wood, metal, baked clay or any variety of plastics. A game can be a small or as large as you like, from two players to teams of three, four and five.
Now with the Australian Masters Games entry deadline fast approaching, Bocce is looking to recruit new players. So if you’re looking for a sport to participate it, this could be it! Or if you’re already attending the Games for another sport, consider Bocce as a fun additional activity. More info here.
By Emily Jarvis, Media Intern
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