Bocce players to play in the shade

BOCCE: Slavko Kolega demonstrates how to throw a bocce ball on the bocce court which will be sheltered by the club.
BOCCE: Slavko Kolega demonstrates how to throw a bocce ball on the bocce court which will be sheltered by the club.

The construction of court shelters for an ancient Roman game, which has a steady Port Lincoln following, will start in about a month to cater for the number of aficionados who play at a local sporting club.

More than 50 bocce players can play the sport at the Croatian Sporting Club of Port Lincoln at any one time in the summer, and with players unprotected from the sun on two out of four courts, vice president Slavko Kolega said the club decided to build the shelters.

He said players had commented on the heat which prompted the construction of the shelter.

“Bocce has a very strong following here, especially women’s bocce,” Mr Kolega said.

“Numbers are steady (at the club), we’re trying to get a diverse crowd rather than just the Croatian community.

“We are a sporting club: eight ball, darts, bocce...people don’t realise the potential of this club.”

He said the women’s bocce competition, which starts in October, usually had about 60 players on its list.

“We have a few mixed bocce competitions as well, and plan to do another before August.”

Other improvements include better disabled access and more shelter surrounding the club.

If you would like to find out more call the club on 8683 0496 or Slavko Kolega on 0428 821 766.