Monday, May 20, 2013
Rom and Barb returned after missing a couple of weeks with lingering colds.
Kirk, Bo, and Parker came down the mountain from Spruce Pine. Kirk and Bo are playing in the Zanesfield, Ohio, tournament next weekend and wanted a little last-minute tuneup to their games.
Regulars playing were Fred, Gail, Bob, Joe, James, Shirley, and Gary.
Parker continued to surprise with his rapidly developing ability and Gail was playing really well for the second week in a row-- she even pulled off a few rolling shots in addition to pointing as well as anyone all afternoon.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
http://chapel-hill-inn.com/, sent us a few snapshots of play at the inn. The group pictured was at the inn on a work retreat and took a little time to have some fun too!
|Three Moms: Sue Wien, Sue Daniels, and Shirley Jones|
|Flowers for Moms Day|
|Bocce players checking out our game|
|Gary and Danny|
|Joseph and Sue|
|Sue's late-arriving prize for winning last week's panache with Walt Elder|
|Happy Mothers' Day, Shirley!|
|Did James's team lose?|
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Gang who braved the weather|
|Our host, Bob Moyer, says a few words|
|Guntram's game face|
|Walt and Allen|
|Khalid, Fred, Bo, and Kirk|
|Joe Harrington steps into the circle|
|Juan and Kirk-- dressed for the weather|
|Joe and Catherine|
|Umbrellas proved popular|
|Walt Elder and Sue|
|Guntram Porps, Bobby Huffman, and Bob Moyer|
|Marc, Fred, Bob, Guntram, Walt, and Sue|
|Guntram's art and Bob's Haiku poetry|
|Bob and Guntram at the gallery after-party|
Bob Moyer, past-president of CarolinaPetanque, had one of his good friends, whom he met while playing petanque in Germany, visiting in Winston-Salem in conjunction with a showing that the two of them were having at a local art gallery. Bob is a haiku poet and Guntram Porps is a multi-media artist. You can check them out here:
Bob decided to promote a panache tournament at Miller Park while his friend was here and also to remember one of his other German friends, Mirko Klauss, who recently passed away. Bob chose to call the tournament "Mirko's Funny Tournament." The joke is that Mirko once said that he didn't want to be so serious about the games that he couldn't enjoy them. He just wanted, "...to be funny." That was his English-as-a-second-language way of saying that he just wanted to have fun.
And fun we had! The day was perfect for petanque. Temperatures climbed all the way up to 54F, if 54F can be called "up." And the wind probably never exceeded 30 MPH. Probably. And the rains were hard, but not TOO hard. You may be able to get a feel of conditions from some of the pictures.
Still, twenty-two brave souls turned out to play. We played four qualifying rounds. Players changed partners and opponents in each round. Scores were accumulated on an individual basis with one point for a win and zero points for a loss. In addition, point differentials were recorded to function as the tiebreaker in case people had the same number of wins.
As it turned out, only one person made it through the four rounds undefeated. Walt Elder and his various partners were 4 and 0. Impressive!
The three players who were 3 and 1 and also had the best point differentials were:
Sue Wien (#2 ranking), Fred Marchant (#3 ranking), and Marc Quilici (#4 ranking)
Barely missing the finals and finishing in 5th place by only three differential points was our current club president, Kirk Edwards.
It had previously been decided to reward the two individuals with the highest rankings by allowing them to team up for the Championship Finals (we decided to forgo any quarters or semis in the interest of time since this was only a half-day affair). So it was Walt and Sue against Fred and Marc for the Championship.
Walt and Sue jumped out to a big early lead before nearly being reigned back in by Fred and Marc once they hit their stride. It was not to be, though. Walt and Sue are our 2013 Panache (Doubles) Champions. Congratulations!
Their names will be added to the plaque of CarolinaPetanque tournament champions. Eligible tournaments must be sponsored by a CarolinaPetanque member, publicized in advance, and open to ALL members of CarolinaPetanque who choose to participate. Invitational tournaments will not qualify unless the invitation is extended to ALL members.
Don't forget, there's another panache event coming up on June 22nd at the Wiens' home on High Rock Lake. They have four beautiful courts, so we will probably decide to make this one a triples tournament in order to accommodate the most people. More details to come.
|Saturday morning trip to the Farmer's Market|
|Or perhaps these?|
|Maybe you'd prefer flowers?|
|Multi-cultural celebration at Finch Park|
|...brought out the colorful, native dress|
|...and the circus acts!|
|A small parade|
|And belly dancers-- in Lexington!|
|Bob. Maggie, Peggy, and Sue|
|Bo on the driveway court|
|Guntram's pointing style|
|Danny and Kirk after dark|
We also invited Bob Moyer,Guntram Porps, Kiirk Edwards, and Bo Edwards to come by for Saturday afternoon and evening petanque at our house. We played until nearly midnight before deciding we had better save ourselves for Sunday.