The battle for the title of Branchville Champion Bocce Team will once again be waged on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the new Branchville bocce courts on Wilridge Road off Route 7. Eight teams representing local charities will play in the Second Annual Branchville Charity Lawn Bocce Tournament in the name of fun and fundraising.
Games will begin at 10 and run all day. Admission is free and the public is invited to cheer on their favorite teams and players. The rain date is Sept. 18.
“We're excited to get back on the courts and host a tournament that will benefit such important organizations in the community,” said Mitch Ancona, bocce enthusiast, tournament referee and proprietor of the bocce courts. 'This is a great opportunity to enjoy the fun game of bocce, show off your skills — or lack thereof — and share the camaraderie of a team sport, all while supporting local charities.”
Each team will consist of four players, who will compete for more than $3,000 in prize money. Teams scheduled to play include: Wilton Library, the Ridgefield Library, Redding’s Mark Twain Library, the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department, the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, the Redding Land Trust, Danbury Women’s Center, and Ann’s Place.
In addition to the trophy and bragging rights, prizes include donations made to the charities for the top four teams: First place: $1,500; second place: $750; third place: $500; fourth place: $250. There will also be a $300 bonus Spirit Award.
Last year the Wilton Library Bocce Brawlers took home the championship trophy, with Ann’s Place coming in second. The Mark Twain Library pulled out all the stops and cheered away with the Spirit Award. The tournament is sponsored by the Branchville Civic Association, a charitable organization is comprised of three generations of Branchville families.
Bocce is played by throwing a small ball, called a pallino, onto the court. Players then bowl larger balls toward the pallino to see who can get the closest. It can be played in teams, as in the tournament, or one-on-one. The game requires strategy and accuracy, but can be enjoyed by players of all ages and athletic abilities.