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Colombo Lodge site of battle for bocce supremacy

After the dust had settled at the Colombo Lodge bocce pits, there were two teams remaining to battle for the top prize. From left: Don Saccino and Joe Saccino, and Elio Pesce Jr. and Elio Pesce Sr. prepare to face off in the A final of the Colombo Lodge annual bocce championships, featuring bocce experts from Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson.  - Barry Coulter photo
After the dust had settled at the Colombo Lodge bocce pits, there were two teams remaining to battle for the top prize. From left: Don Saccino and Joe Saccino, and Elio Pesce Jr. and Elio Pesce Sr. prepare to face off in the A final of the Colombo Lodge annual bocce championships, featuring bocce experts from Cranbrook, Trail and Nelson.
— image credit: Barry Coulter photo

Since time immemorial — or at least, certainly for more than 50 years — the Cristoforo Colombo Lodge has been the scene of a summer bocce championship, trailing players from Cranbrook, Nelson and Trail.

The Colombo Lodge in each of those cities takes turn hosting the day-long event each year, and on Sunday, July 13, 2014, the championships came to Cranbrook.

Sixteen two-player teams competed in the knock-out style tournament, culminating in an A event and B event. Lunch, refreshments and prize money were on offer on a scorching hot summer day.

The winners for the tournament were:

• First place team winners, A competition: Elio Pesce Sr. and Elio Pesce Jr. of Cranbrook (see Page 1)

• Second place team winners, A competition: Joe Saccino and Don Saccino of Cranbrook (see Page 1)

• Third place team winners, A competition: Harvey Venier and Fred Tironese of Cranbrook

• First place team winners, B competition: Morris Paron and Alfonso Bertoia of Cranbrook

• Second place team winners, B competition: Guiseppe Bertuzzi and Hans Barth of Nelson

• Third place team winners, B competition: Vito Tumillo and Lorne Nicolson of Nelson.

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