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Bocce Season Begins in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Burlington's Bocce season began Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Oakledge Park.  Two of the three courts have been redone.  

"These are nice thicker boards," Burlington Bocce Club President Tanner Petry said.  "They're pressure treated.  They'll last a long time."

The surface of the courts is made of a substance called Hartru.  It's the same surface used on Clay Tennis courts.

"When you play on the grass sometimes you hit bumps and rocks and it's going to bump about," Petry said.   "But here it's clean and precise."

Saturday also gave first time players to check out what the game of Bocce is all about.

"It turns out to be harder than I thought until you get used to it," Rookie player Bill Stephany said.  "It's hard to gage how far the ball is going to go."

The first time players enjoyed the day and look forward to participating in club events in the future.

"I think it's a great setup, I wish they had more courts, I'd like a couple down by the waterfront" Rookie Steph Holdridge said.  "I'm hooked. Bocce for me."

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