Boccia NSW News

Hunter Cup Is On!

Hunter Boccia Club Manager, Lucy Bates, has announced the dates for the new-look Hunter Cup. It will be run on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of September, with the singles cup on the Saturday and the teams event on the Sunday. The Cup will be run at a new venue, the Charlton Christian College in Fassifern, and accessible accommodation is available at Catalina Conference Centre in nearby Rathmines. Registration details will be available shortly, so be sure to keep the dates free. For more information you can email or call Lucy on 0411 961 250.

NSW Athletes Represent Australia in Hong Kong

The 2017 Asia and Oceania Regional Championships were held in Hong Kong in May, with NSW athletes Cal Simpson, Dan Michel and Spencer Cotie competing in the BC3 Pairs and Individual components, and JP LaFontaine in the BC4 Individual and Pairs, with Sarah Mutton from SA.

The BC4 Pairs team struggled, losing tough early matches against Hong Kong and China while in the Individual event, JP went on to have a good win against the player from Macau but was unable to keep up the momentum.

The BC3 Pairs team did well to get through to the Bronze medal play-off, only being beaten by Singapore in a tie-break. Both Dan and Spencer moved through their Individual pools games to the quarter-finals, only to be knocked out by South Korean players.

The Australian team travel to the USA for the BISFed 2017 Kansas World Open in September and to Thailand for the BISFed 2017 Bangkok World Open in October.

2017 Boccia Australia National Titles “Most Successful Ever For NSW”

This year’s BANT was held at the Sydney Academy of Sport, with 65 athletes from around Australia and New Zealand competing. While the freezing conditions could be seen to favour players from cooler climes, our NSW team performed magnificently. All 17 NSW athletes acquitted themselves well, with exemplary play and sportsmanship evident in all their games.

NSW Head Coach, Ken Halliday, said:

“The New South Wales team played strongly throughout the entire competition. In the throwers Individual competition NSW competed in 53 games winning an amazing 43 games, whilst the rampers won 18 from 24 games. An overall winning percentage of nearly 80%!! NSW also won 6 of the 7 Gold medals with a total of 13 medals from a possible 18. I feel very proud of the whole team for the way they performed, not only on court but for their sportsmanship and friendly attitude toward their opponents. Congratulations to J P LaFontaine, Scott Elsworth, Neil Dalton and Daniel Michel who went through the competition undefeated, winning Gold in their individual classifications. Special mention to Neil Dalton for an amazing performance in his first ever National Titles.”

Congratulations also to Ken and Assistant Coach, Simone Bambach, for the work they did to help the team achieve such a great result.

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