Trail ends bocce title drought

After almost 30 years of East Kootenay dominance, Joe Bertuzzi and Hans Barth got an outside team's name on Cranbrook's bocce trophy.

The East Kootenay bocce reign has come to an end thanks to a seasoned Trail player.

Cranbrook held its annual Colombo Lodge bocce tournament on June 28 featuring a total of 10 teams – six from Cranbrook, one from Nelson and three from Trail.

No team from Trail or Nelson has managed to bring home the title since 1986 when Trail’s Joe Bertuzzi and Tony Morelli teamed up to win the “A” event that year.

Almost 30 years later it took Bertuzzi, along with teammate Hans Barth, to finally get an outside team’s name on the hallowed Cranbrook trophy when they topped the 10-team field to claim the “A” event.