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Tasmania’s only bocce club is looking for new players. Originally from Italy, the sport has a small but dedicated following around Australia and indeed many countries. After the last season was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club OZ Bocce Season is coming soon. The club has provided the following information. What […]

Tasmania’s only bocce club is looking for new players.

Originally from Italy, the sport has a small but dedicated following around Australia and indeed many countries.

After the last season was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new Glenorchy RSL Bocce Club OZ Bocce Season is coming soon. The club has provided the following information.

What is Bocce?

Bocce is a bowls sport that has the simple aim of getting closest to the jack. Two teams play against each other to try and score as many points as they can by being closer to the jack than the other team. The more balls you have closer to the jack than the opposition, the more points you score. You get one point for each ball closer to the jack than the opposition on each end.

Some aspects of the game are designed for all fitness levels. If you wish to challenge yourself there is a more demanding side to the sport you can choose to take up – see the video at the bottom of the page.

What is OZ Bocce?

OZ Bocce is an easy and fun version of Bocce, designed for beginners and people wanting a good social outing.

It can be as serious or laid back as you like. Come along and find out all about it, no obligation and the first week you come along for the season is free.

Who can attend?

Anyone. Bocce can be played by all.

There is no need to form a team before registering, both individuals and groups of people are welcome to come along, with no requirement to come every week as games are organised on the night based on who turns up.

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When does the event start?

The season starts on Thursday 8 October 2020 at 6pm, and runs for the duration of daylight saving, about 6 months.

The event is held at 6pm every Thursday night, barring public holiday’s and a mini festive break.

Also, as the Bocce courts are outdoors the event will need to cancel if the weather is unfavourable on an event night.

Is it COVID safe to attend the event?

Yes. The Club has a COVID Safety Plan in place that has been approved by Bocce Australia and also known by the local council.

We supply hand sanitiser, disinfectant and cloths for balls, limited numbers in buildings/structures, and social distancing protocols both on and off the Bocce courts.

Do I need to bring equipment?

No. Bocce balls and equipment are provided by the Bocce club.

How much does it cost?

Weekly cost is $8 per night including food, however the first week you come along for the season is free.

If you intend on being a regular at the event and being eligible for prizes and a placegetter then you will need to be a Club Member, which is $30 for a social membership or $35 for a full membership.

If you were a Club Member in 2019-20, you automatically are a Member in 2020-21 at no cost. This is a one-off gift from Bocce Australia due to the interruptions to Bocce caused by COVID-19.

Where is the event held?

The Bocce Club is located behind the Golden Years Club. There is a large carpark in between the Golden Year Club and the Bocce Club. A large swinging gate is the entrance to the Bocce Club.

Can I win anything?

Although it is a relaxed atmosphere, results of all games played go towards working who will be the 2020-21 Glenorchy RSL OZ Bocce Champion.

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First, second and third placed people will receive gift vouchers and trophies. Last year trophies were not awarded due to COVID-19.

Will there be food and drinks provided?

At the moment the Club will be offering food that is fully prepared off-site. It is intended that the Club will be able to recommence BBQ’s and bring-a-share plate nights when the risks associated with COVID-19 are no longer present in our community.

Drinks are currently not offered for sale due to COVID-19. You are encouraged to bring your own drinks for the time being.

How do I contact the club?

You can contact us by:

·         Email: glenorchyrslbocce@yahoo.com.au

·         Phone either: 0437 284 205, 0405 685 463 or 0408 569 018

·         Facebook.

How will I be communicated with?

Our main form of communication is via email, provide us your email address and we will add you to our mailing list.

We will send emails to advise you on what is coming up and also cancellations due to weather.

Can I help out?

The Bocce Club is always looking for volunteers to help with activities such as recording game scores, gardening, general cleaning, court maintenance. This is a great opportunity to get involved in what has been a growing and successful event over the last 12 years. Please contact if you wish to help.


Tasmanian Times is happy to help shine a light on some lesser known sports that take place in the state. Please get in touch about promoting your sport.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://tasmaniantimes.com/2020/09/bocce-bouncing-back/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bocce-bouncing-back

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