Congratulations to first-year PBLA member Joe Martin of the Wholly Rollers for sorting his way through six worthy opponents to become the 2013 PBLA Singles Tournament Champion!
In an exciting Final, before a crowd of Single’s enthusiasts, oft-contender Jonathan Nicholas was a formidable opponent in Joe’s 21-16 victory.
Both finalists shared in the bounty of prize donations from local businesses and benefactors, most notably a $100 dinner certificate to Ringside Steakhouse generously donated by league member Sandy Koski!
Thanks to all 64 players who participated in this year’s Singles Tournament!
What we’re going to do: On Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd, through volunteer efforts of Portland Bocce League members and others who use the courts, we will dig out and remove the existing clay playing surface on the East Court (10 cubic yards of clay), raise the court surface with crushed rock (18 cubic yards of gravel), and install a new decomposed granite playing surface (6 cubic yards of decomposed granite). This is going to be a whole lot of work and we need everyone who uses the courts to participate in the effort!
How much work is this going to be? For those of you who aren’t dump truck drivers or geotechnical engineers, one cubic yard of clay or rock equals about 15-20 wheelbarrow loads. To put this in perspective, we are taking away 150-200 wheelbarrow loads of clay, then bringing in 360-480 wheelbarrow loads of gravel and decomposed granite. We will be loading wheelbarrows of clay and taking them from the court to the street, then vice-versa for the gravel/decomposed granite. This is going to be a ton of work — about 45 tons, to be exact! (For those of you who are engineers, details are available here.)
What we need: To accomplish this we’re requesting that at least 2 members of each team come out and help with this effort for a minimum of a full day (i.e. one full day, two half-days, etc.). We’ll be working all day (8:00 AM – 5:00 PM) both days and there will be plenty for everyone to do. We assure you that there will not be much idle time for anyone who comes down to help. The Ducks have a bye that weekend and the Beavers don’t play until 4:30 PM on Saturday the 21st, so most of you can’t even offer college football as your excuse for not coming!
Who should RSVP: We’re asking all capos to RSVP for your team so that we can get an idea of how many people to expect and what equipment you’ll be bringing. Don’t make us call you and beg…because we will! We are asking all teams to RSVP, even if you are not able to send any volunteers. But please do send volunteers…
What should we bring: This sounds like a huge project, but we assure you that we can accomplish this together if we have the necessary volunteer turnout. In addition to shovels and rakes, critical equipment needs include wheelbarrows and plywood for making a pathway. We realize that these are larger items that don’t easily fit into a standard car, but please do let us know if you have these items. If you can’t transport them down to the courts, we can arrange to pick them up and bring them down for you.
What about lunch? We will provide lunch and beverages to volunteers on both days. If you don’t feel that you can help with the labor, but would like to help with preparing lunch or donating food items (burgers/pasta salad/chips and bratwurst/sauerkraut/potato salad on Saturday/Sunday, respectively), please let us know (checkbox at bottom of form).
We sincerely appreciate your help in making this possible. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Thanks in advance,
Board of Directors
Portland Bocce League Association
The courts were swamped from the heavy rains last night and this morning, so there is no chance of restoring them to a playable condition today. We have made the decision to reschedule the End-of Season Party and matches (Team Semi-Finals and Championship Final) for tomorrow (Saturday, September 7th) from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Note the slight time change, as there will be two semi-final matches played prior to the championship. The Singles Final will be rescheduled for a later time, likely the week of September 16th (TBD).
We have adjusted tomorrow’s schedule as follows:
- Semi-Final #1 – 4:00 PM – West Court – Famiglia vs. Unholy Rollers (21 points or 80-minute time limit)
- Semi-Final #2 – 5:40 PM – West Court – Wholly Rollers vs. Bocce Dios (21 points or 60-minute time limit)
- Team Championship 7:00 – West Court – Winner Semi-Final #1 vs. Winner Semi-Final #2 (21 points – No time limit)
Food service will begin at 5:30 PM. As before, please bring a dessert (to share with everyone) and a salad-type dish (to share with your teammates). As always, each team should bring their own lawn chairs and small tables. We have a permit for BYO alcohol, so please feel free to bring beer and wine to enjoy while watching the matches.
PLEASE RESPOND TO email@example.com to let us know if there will be any change to your prior RSVP for Friday. IF YOU HAVE FEWER PEOPLE ATTENDING THAN PREVIOUSLY NOTED, THIS WOULD BE HELPFUL FOR US TO KNOW.
RAFFLE TICKETS: WE WILL HOLD THE DRAWING TOMORROW, SO WE WILL NEED YOUR TEAM’S RAFFLE TICKETS AND PROCEEDS BY 5:30 ON SATURDAY. IF YOU WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE PICNIC, PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU TO COORDINATE AN ALTERNATIVE WAY TO GET THE TICKETS TO US.
We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of having to reschedule this. Thanks for bearing with us and we look forward to seeing you at the party tomorrow!
You’re Invited to the
End of Season Picnic
& Championship Matches
Bocce Courts North Park Blocks
Friday, September 6, 2013, 4:45 to 9 PM
Rain Date Saturday, September 7
4:45 Singles Championship Match
5:30 Buffet Dinner
6:15 Team Championship Match followed by Awards and Presentations
Eight people per team are invited for a complimentary Italian picnic dinner. (Additional team members are $15.00 per person.)
Each Team Please Bring
- A dessert for 8 to share
- A salad for your team to share
- BYOB beer & wine only
- Lawn chairs for your team
See you there, and thank you very much!
The PBLA Board