Friday, October 24, 2014

Thursday- Setting up










Many thanks to Danny, Sue D, Terry, Sue W, Rick, and Maggie for spending Thursday afternoon helping Shirley and myself with the field setup at 15 Paul Beck Rd, Finch Park, in Lexington, NC.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Road trip!!!

Runners-up and Champions!
Lori Beth

Oysters, anyone?

Friends

Marie, Henk, and Suzanne

Haja



Parker and Bo


Corey
Gina and Stephan

Mr. Petanque America!


Danny

Consolante Runners-up and Winners
Sue


Danny& Sue tied for third in Concours!

Danny, Sue, Shirley and I drove down on Friday to Lake Mary, Florida, to play in the Oh La La Petanque Association's Guy Salanon Championship.  The tournament was a real pleasure as Oh La La celebrated the opening of their new playing area.  They have room for at least sixteen highly challenging courts.  With 28 teams participating, they had a great turnout to help in the court christening.

Bo Edwards and Parker were also there representing Carolina Petanque.  It may be unusual to have a mother/son team; but, in this case, it was effective.  They played very well and, before the day was over, fought their way to a tie for third place in the Consolante division.

Shirley and I got off to a terrible start, losing our first two games in the morning.  We did manage to win the third qualifying game, but were relegated to the Consolante for afternoon elimination play.  The afternoon proved to be more positive, We managed to win all four of our afternoon games to emerge as Consolante Winners.  We also won the Guy Salanon Consolante division in 2013, making us repeat winners of a sort.

Danny and Sue fared much better in morning qualifying, winning all three of their games.  They were, of course, able to make the cutoff for the Concours division in the afternoon.  They won a couple of afternoon games as well before losing to Eric/Bernard, the ultimate tournament Champions, in the semi-finals.  Well done!

Congratulations to Oh La La for a very successful tournament, to Bernard/Eric for winning, and to all who participated to make it a glorious day.

October 15th-- Wednesday at Miller Park





Nice morning with a little sunshine.  We were particularly glad to have Tom join us for the first time in a while.

October 12th-- Sunday at Miller Park

Rom


Nelson

James
Rain Saturday night made it look as though we might not be able to play Sunday, but the overflow area by the picnic tables was only damp.  The courts were mostly unplayable, but the #6 (nearest the overflow area) was only standing in water on one end.  Since the courts are about sixty feet long, we were able to play on the "dry" end.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Surprise!




We had a very welcome surprise visitor at Miller Park in Winston-Salem on Wednesday morning.  Fred Marchant, one of our best and most dedicated players, has been missing-in-action from our petanque group for a while now as he recovers from recent surgery.  He walked up looking fit and well as several of us played in our Wednesday session.  We hope he's ready to play in just a few more weeks.

Rusty and Marcia were down from their Deep Gap mountain home and managed to swing by for a game.  Marcia informs that they have had several neighbors playing of late on their home court.  We need to get back that way soon.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Nine at Nevin

Four of our Lincolnton members made the drive over to Nevin Park in Charlotte to join Frank, Denyse, Khalid, Shirley, and myself for a Monday morning session of play.

Spirited, fun play.



The good folks at Nevin Parks and Recreation have added a lot of loose gravel screenings to the courts at Nevin in an attempt to make them look nicer as part of a spruce-up program.  Unfortunately, the very soft courts don't work that well for petanque.  We spent a lot of time pushing loose top-dressing down to one end of the court with a contractor's rake.  We managed to get the courts in a semi-playable condition, but they were still really too soft.  Maybe they'll settle a little with time; otherwise, we'll just have to remember to bring the rake!