Pallino d'Oro 2009
DaVinci Bocce's Michael Grasser organized, ran, and even officiated the US Pallino d'Oro and the North American Pallino d'Oro at Michigan's fabulous Palazzo di Bocce.
The Palazzo di Bocce is a world class facility with 10 international size synthetic surfaced courts and an excellent restaurant.
A look at the decor...
There are three courts to each side of the restaurant and four more courts in a separate area with its own bar. Great place to have your company or family party!
Grasser even had to officiate some of the games. He's marking the ball and pallino as Brian Polantz made a great first roll and his opponent will attempt a raffa. This is an international rules "bersaglia" (balls are 13 cm or less apart so you may strike either one for a valid hit).
Grasser didn't scrimp on the hardware or the prize money.
Here eventual US and North American Pallino d'Oro winner Jose Botta follows his ball to the target. This is allowed in punta raffa volo only on your last ball of the frame.
The first group I got to play: Dr. Cordano to my right and Tony Colalillo and Brian Polantz to my left. (Like I had a shot to beat any of these guys!)
Eddy DeCillia and Tony Colalillo from the Toronto 777 Club. They spent a lot of time trying to teach me how to point on these lightning fast courts - they were a study in patience. Eddy made it to the North American Pallino d'Oro finals and played magnificently, shooting the pallino out of the court six times (to prevent his opponent from scoring).
Mike Grasser (top center) poses with the winners. There are only seven of them because Jose Botta won both the US and North American titles. Kneeling left to right = Jason Wisniewski (2nd place US), Jose Botto (1st in US and NA), Eddie DiCillia (2nd NA).
Standing left to right = Pat Pezzin (3rd US), Joe Masternick (3rd NA), Michael Grasser, Joe DeFilippis (4th NA) and Brian Polantz (4th US).