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Just Roll With It

Lawn bowling in Little Italy:
Friendly Competition at Boccee Tournament


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Even the blustering winds couldn’t keep these players off the courts on Sunday, October 7. The fourth annual Christopher Columbus Classic proved to be more of a social gathering than an actual competition, as many of the participants are long time acquaintances, meeting as they do every weekend for a friendly throw of the bocce ball.

With the tournament attracting players from surrounding states, the event allowed the neighborhood to show its hospitality to outsiders by offering wine and desserts from local eateries.

The Little Italy courts, established in 1994, provide the community with a place to mix and mingle with their neighbors and stay in touch with old friends who have relocated over the years.

To gain points, players throw the bocce ball to the other end of the court, getting it as close to the smaller ball, or pellino as possible. Each team of two or more players alternates throwing a set of balls until the round is finished. The game of bocce itself transcends several barriers, with several players ranging in age from their mid-seventies to late-eighties. The courts also sponsor a women’s league and host a wheelchair tournament.