Tamworth Boccia Club Compete in Hunter Cup

Tamworth Boccia Club (the Tamworth Boccia Bronco’s) were invited to the Hunter Boccia Club to participate in the Hunter Cup in Newcastle on the 4th July 2014. Four players from Sunnyfield New England, Donald Riley, Kelly Usher, Garry Sipple and Carolyn Anderson declared their interest to compete.

At 6am on the morning of the event the four players and coach Jeff Essex (Sunnyfield Service Manager) were up and ready to go, highly anticipating a victory. The team were met in Newcastle by Lucy Bates, who is the acting President of Boccia NSW. She mad everyone feel very welcome and provided some valuable tips on the rules of the game.

Our team may have been of the mindset that they were going to have an easy day, but the truth was not quite the same. There were five other teams competing, three from the Hunter region, one from the ACT and one from the northern beaches of Sydney. The quality of competition was exceptionally good with some of the other players having competed at the Special Olympics in this event. It was this level of experience that meant that our team was defeated quite convincingly fives to nil!!! However, we did win three of the twenty ends and played with passion and a great attitude. The other competitors thanked us for attending and provided some positive feedback to our players including that we had played some great shots!

After the day was over we visited the Newcastle waterfront for a coffee and to reflect on the day’s events. Each player felt that they had learned a lot about the game, especially the rules and strategies. They all requested to return and try again next year.

Jeff has now started to coach the players according to the way the game was played in Newcastle. There is more focus on strategy and the competition rules. This has created a more enthusiastic approach with the players as they now have to think a lot more about how they play the game. Jeff is currently in discussions with the Hunter Boccia club to organise a meeting in Scone (midway for Newcastle and Tamworth players) to compete every three months or so. This is a very exciting proposition for the Tamworth Boccia Bronco’s and will lead to greater opportunities and more hopefully friendships and collaborations.

The Tamworth Boccia Bronco’s play on the 3rd Saturday of each month in Tamworth at Peel High School Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am. The cost is $5. For further information contact Jeff Essex on 0439 442 770