Bali 2013: Italy won the Bermuda Bowl

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Blue Team (by Elisabeth van Ettinger - NIB)

Italy beat Monaco in the final by 210-126 and won her fifteenth Bermuda Bowl. The champions: Lorenzo Lauria, Alfredo Versace, Norberto Bocchi, Agustin Madala, Giorgio Duboin, Antonio Sementa; non playing captain Gianni Medugno; coach Giuseppe Failla. Monaco: Pierre Zimmermann, Franck Multon, Thor Helness, Geir Helgemo, Fulvio Fantoni, Claudio Nunes; non playing captain Jean Charles Allavena; coach Krzysztof Martyens

Third placed Poland, who defeated USA1 by 146-142. Poland: Cezary Balicki, Krzysztof Buras, Krzysztof Jassem, Marcin Mazurkiewicz, Grzegorz Narkiewicz, Adam Zmudzinski, Piotr Walczak; non-playing captain Marek Wojcicki. USA1: Kevin Bathurst, Kevin Dwyer, John Kranyak, Robert (Bobby) Levin, Steve Weinstein, Gavin Wolpert; non playing captain Shane Blanchard

The Italian victories in Bermuda Bowl

1957: Pietro Forquet, Guglielmo Siniscalco, Eugenio Chiaradia, Massimo (Mimmo) D’Alelio, Giorgio Belladonna, Walter Avarelli. 1958, 1959, same team. 1961 (Benito Garozzo replaced Siniscalco); 1962, 1963, 1965 (Camillo Pabis Ticci replaced Chiaradia), 1966, 1967, 1969. In 1970 and 1971 they were defeated; in 1973 they came back to victory with Belladonna, Benito Bianchi, Forquet, Garozzo, Giuseppe Garabello, Vito Pittalà. 1974, with Dano De Falco and Arturo Franco who substituted Garabello and Pittalà. 1975: Giorgio Belladonna, Vito Pittalà, Arturo Franco, Benito Garozzo; Facchini-Zucchelli, the third pair, withdrew because they had been seen touching by feet under the table; this story is well reported by Bob Hamman in his biography “At the Table”.

Italy only won the Bermuda Bowl again after thirty years, in 2005, with Lauria-Versace, Bocchi-Duboin, Fantoni-Nunes. After the defeats in 2007 and 2009, in 2010 Maria Teresa Lavazza, then captain, excluded Fantoni and Nunes from the team and split Bocchi-Duboin, pairing them with two young talents: Agustin Madala and Antonio Sementa. The result of today is son of that decision.

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Paolo Enrico Garrisi

 

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