The night before the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics Bocce Ball event, Ginny Bates phoned her friend Claudia Beene and asked if she would mind letting her get in some practice on the Bocce court in the Beene backyard. Claudia obliged and the two spent time together in practice Friday night.
Saturday morning at Bossier Knights of Columbus Field, Claudia showed the effects of playing Bocce often in the backyard with her grand children, as her tosses nestled close to the target ball (pallino) time and again. Her practice partner played well also and they both moved through the female ages 70-74 play to meet for the Gold Medal. “And look what happened. She beat me,” Mrs. Beene laughed after their match. “That’s gratitude!”
At a critical moment at the end of their match, Claudia took aim at what could be a possible game winner. Her throw was a little off. It struck one of Ginny’s balls and knocked it closer to the target for the deciding point for Ginny. Match over. Gold Medal to Bates; Silver Medal to Beene.
The two competitors laughed together as they relived the outcome and how Ginny benefitted from the Friday practice session. Then Claudia added the kicker that made this a classic “biting the hand that feeds you” story: “And I cooked supper for her when she came over last night!”
Sherrie Vullo took the Silver Medal in the age bracket.
A long-time Senior Olympics participant, Betty Dark, returned to action to the delight of many friends after an extended absence from the games. She won the Gold in female 65-69 with Ruby Thomas taking Silver and Shelby Britt Bronze.
Female–60-64: Marta Susla Gold, Juanita Pinion Silver. 65-69: Betty Dark Gold, Ruby Thomas Silver, Shelby Britt Bronze. 70-74: Ginny Bates Gold, Claudia Beene Silver, Sherri Vullo Bronze. 75-79:Jacque Wall Gold, Red Fletcher, Silver, Marge Short Bronze.
Male–65-69: Clarence Pinion Gold, Michael Czerniecki Silver. 70-84: Chuck Lancaster Gold, Les Brosset Silver, Duane Chilton Bronze. 85-89: Dick Hainey Gold, Bob Bell Silver.