The young and the young-at-heart had a ball in Marine Park, squaring off for the playoffs of the 15th Annual Citywide Bocce Championships.
New Yorkers come from all over the metropolitan tri-state area to participate in the two-day Parks Department tourney with preliminaries being held, simultaneously, in the five boroughs. Dozens of teams of four challenged mettle in the widely-anticipated contest of skill and showmanship, which drew hundreds of hopefuls of every age and level to compete in the time-honored sport, whose roots historians have traced back to Egypt around 5000 BC, from where it spread to Greece and later, the Roman Empire.
Italian immigrants introduced bocce to the Americas during the 19th century and the sport has grown immensely popular in recent years.
The preliminary round winners were Vincenzo Filocamo, Fabio Zabatta, Carmelo Crivellone and Johnny Zapatta of Team Dyker Heights.
The championship was held in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. The winners of that match were not available at press time.
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