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Local Sons in Retirement Host Pre-Season Bocce Tournament

Apr 01, 2016 09:14AM ● By Elena Hutslar

Pictured (LtoR): John Rubiales, Don Weimann, Chuck Morones, Duane Deonigi, Jim Garcia, Nelson Luke, Roy Priest, Casey Campbell, Bernie Theobald, Jerry Burton, Ken Peterson, Jack Barnaba, John Fernando, Dennis Barbieri, Tom Lathrop, Dwayne Williams, Gary Kaufman, Brian Mulligan, Jim Willey, Alex Poulos, Ken Kuhn, Louie Audas, Bill Stephenson and Ted Dobbs.

Sons In Retirement (SIR) Branch #19 just hosted a pre-season Bocce Tournament for its members at Campo di Bocce in Livermore.  Twenty-four men, including newbies and seasoned bocce veterans, competed in this indoor competitive event held before the bocce season starts this Spring.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a delicious three course pasta feed in the bocce facilities integrated Italian Restaurant.  The Branch’s bocce chair, John Fernando, created the tournament rules.  Four six-person teams were led by their respective Captains: Dennis Barbieri John Fernando, Jim Garcia, and Tom Lathrop. The tournament ladder had two tiers.  Barbieri’s team won the overall event in a tight second match against Garcia’s team.  Fernando’s and Lathrop’s teams competed in the conciliation game.  

Sons in Retirement Branch #19 is a Concord/Clayton based social club for retired men of all ages.  The Branch meets monthly for lunch at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton.  A guest speaker is also featured.  The club also hosts a variety of sporting and recreational activities.  These include bocce, bowling, golf, dine-outs with spouses, and interesting day trips around the Bay Area.  Membership is free.  New members are welcome.  For information contact the SIR Hot Line at 925-338-1996 or email Bruce Persons at: [email protected].