Berlin Ball Bangers win Bocce league

The team was named the 2018 Champions of the Pete DiCianni Memorial Bocce League, dethroning the reigning champs

Tournament Champs, Berlin Ball Bangers, pose after winning the final. Left-to-right: Logan Donnelly, Pasquale Rutigliano, Alan Maloney, Andy Simone, Andy Simone Jr, Rich LaLena. Not pictured: Russell & Robert Amariti

The following is a release by Domenick Cinalli, league president for the Pete DiCianni Memorial Bocce league:

Congratulations to the Berlin Ball Bangers (BBB), 2018 Champions of the Pete DiCianni Memorial Bocce League. After an outstanding regular season, the BBB won the league’s playoff tournament that took place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Kirkwood Park in Voorhees. After a long day of bocce, the BBB emerged victorious in an exciting match against reigning champs, La Famiglia Bocce.

The tournament started sharply at 8:30 a.m. and the final ended around the same hour in the evening. Teams set up camp for the day and competed against one another for the Championship trophy. All attendees were treated to porchetta (roast pig) from Esposito’s in Philadelphia, and many teams donated sides to share such as broccoli rabe, macaroni salad and desserts.

The Pete DiCianni Bocce League is a non-profit organization comprised of over 120 members from across South Jersey and Philadelphia, and has enabled friendly bocce competition since 2014.

Similar to horseshoes, bocce is a game of skill that does not depend on age, strength, speed or agility, allowing 8 year old children to compete with 85 year olds. The league is actively recruiting teams for their 2019 season that will run from May to September.

All games will be played at the courts in Kirkwood Park in Voorhees. Games are scheduled Monday through Thursday and teams play one night each week from 7 to 9 p.m.

The full season schedule is distributed prior to the season’s start. Men and women (and boys and girls when accompanied by an adult) are welcome to join or field a new team. According to Domenick Cinalli, League President, “Aside from being fun to play, bocce is a great game because it is connects generations. Children compete on the same team with their parents and grandparents. That’s rare for organized games and sports.” The league’s only requirements are that players abide by the league’s rules of play and that all participants conduct themselves professionally during competition.

The league looks forward to welcoming new players! Learn more about the Pete DiCianni Memorial Bocce League by visiting http://www.pdcbocce.com or by sending an email to commissioner@pdcbocce.com. Teams are already forming from across South Jersey in preparation of the 2019 season.