Well, the 2010 Boccé Bash has officially come and gone and, despite the weather, I think overall it was a good success. Who’d have thought that the one day of rain we’ll have this summer would fall on tourney day! Thanks to all the gamers who stuck around as darkness fell and the final few games were played in drizzle and mist, with car lights shining on the pitch.
Teams came from both near and far, with participants from the Valley, Vancouver and Victoria. We even had a special import team, The Incredi-balls, who flew in from Quebec just to take a shot at the title. We had 32 teams this year, many of whom arrived with team themes and costumes. Some of the best included Black is Back (Kary & Lawry), Chicks with Balls (Paula & Josée) and Beauty & the Beast (Tom and Julieta). The winner of the 2010 costume prize was No Boccé, No Cry (Sam & Becky) who will enjoy a $100 gift certificate to the Blackfin.
Pool play was hotly contested for the first few hours of the event. There were four pools of eight teams and pool play consisted of a round robin in each pool. Next year we’ll have a few less games but it worked OK this year. From each pool, the top four teams advanced to the elimination rounds and due to the lack of light, we had to cut the game times down to four minutes. Making a return to elimination play and looking for a back-to-back Boccé Bash Cup, were the 2009 champions, aptly named The Champions (Jason “I can’t hear you” Gordon and Marco “The Italian Stallion” Spadafora). Their spirited run through the pool play ended abruptly when Team Bill Kelly Golf (Bill & Jana) delivered the knock out punch in the round of the Elite Eight.
The Final Four saw Team Bill Kelly Golf (Bill & Jana) matched up with Pallino Necklace (Lucien & Ton) on pitch A with the Straight Shooters (Kenny & Kim) tackling The Muskokans (Russ & Marci) competing on pitch B. Under a light drizzle, both semi-final matches were demonstrations of extreme boccé skill. After a hard fought battle, we saw Team BK Golf and The Muskokans bow out, only to fight again in the consolation final with Team BK Golf coming out on top.
The final of the 2010 Boccé Bash saw the Straight Shooters (Kenny & Kim) take on Pallino Necklace (Lucien & Ton). In a hotly contested match, Pallino pulled ahead early but thanks to some crazy-late-night-raining-dark-bump-navigating shots by the Shooters, the match went to extra innings. Eventually, the Shooters succumbed but for their day-long efforts were rewarded with $100 each to the Blackfin. Team Pallino will enjoy $150 each to Locals, a fantastic eatery in downtown Courtenay. For a complete re-cap of the elimination brackets, click here.
We had some help this year from a few sponsors. When you are around town, stop in and support these businesses if you can:
VI Fitness for Women
The Head Shed
Ben Davies Financial Planning
Flip Flop Shops
Next year, we will continue to build out the event with some new sponsors and prizes. As the number of teams increase, the number one change I will make for next year is to increase the number of pools and reduce the total games played as the event was a little long this year. If anyone has other suggestions, please fire me an email here.
Thanks again…see you next August!