DESPITE the closure of the Glenorchy RSL, the bocce club affiliated with it has continued to carry on into the new year.
The Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club was unable to access the bocce courts for about three months before the Glenorchy City Council allowed it to use the site in the short to medium term.
Now the club is looking to change its name as it takes the next step forward into a new and exciting period.
Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club president Andrea Ramondino said bocce was a sport for people of all ages and physical abilities.
“It’s a fun sport that is easy to pick up, but at the same time, if you want to master it there are some good challenges to get stuck into,” he said.
“You could be competing seriously against someone who has the skills to play, or conversely, you could be playing against a beginner and they’re still having a fun time against you.
“It’s the kind of game where families can come along as a group and play with or against each other.”
Ninety-year-old Jack Allen and 10-year-old Manu Gillian-Young are two bocce players who showed age is no barrier when playing the sport.
Mr Allen has been playing for two-and-a-half years and in that time, has represented Tasmania.
“I took it up for the social aspect,” he said.
“I enjoy the company and the exercise, and it keeps me active.”
Manu plays bocce socially after first experiencing the sport three years ago with his grandparents.
“I like that it’s like lawn bowls and it’s fun,” he said.
The Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club has people available who can provide coaching tips for those that may want some assistance with their technique.
Bocce is held on Thursday nights from 6pm during daylight savings period and includes a barbecue.
The club also holds a session on Saturdays between 1pm and 4pm during daylight savings period and 10am and 12pm for the rest of the year.
Other opportunities are being planned for, including a daytime weekday session and an annual competition with novice and experienced categories.
Individuals and groups of people are welcome to come along and there is no requirement to come every week as games are organised on the night based on who turns up.
Bocce balls and equipment are provided by the club.
People interested in bocce can contact the Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 0408 569 018.
Caption: From left, Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club members Heidi Balsiger, Anita Fluckiger, Jack Allen, David Williams and Martin Balsiger.