Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Better late than never

Shannon and Bo took a moment at Amelia to pose with their better-late-than never bronze medals for their third place finish in the Concours in the recent Lexington Barbecue Festival Petanque Tounament.  I had awarded them, and the team from Maryland (Toki and Faly) that they tied with, a cash award on the evening of the tournament, but did not have the medals available.

Congratulations, guys!

Leaving Amelia

Beautiful start to the day for the drive home.

Sunday at Amelia

Huge upset!  Thierry/Jacques defeatedClaudy/JP

Sunday saw yet another major shift in the weather.  This time for the better.  With the forecast predicting highs in the 70s, many of us made the changeover from jeans and sweatshirts to shorts and t-shirts.

Well, Saturday's results translated into Carolina having two teams in Concours A (Khalid/Abdul and Alex/w/Gilles).  One team in Concours B (Shirley/Gary) and all the others in the Consolante divisions.

Unfortunately, none of the Carolina Teams made it to the Semis, so no one went home with prize money.  Better luck next year!

The tournament Champions ended up being the familiar team of Marco Foyot and Bernard Martin.  They played a really great-- you might even say courageous-- game to come from behind and defeat Damien Hureau and his partner, Patrick Neauville.

The complete results should be posted soon-- probably on Facebook.  I'll keep you posted.

Saturday at Amelia

What a difference a day makes!  Saturday was cold-- mid-forties-- and there was a strong, bitter wind to make it seem even worse.

Still, everyone enjoyed playing, even with the wind. It was Qualifying Day.  Each team played five other teams chosen by a random draw beforehand.  Christophe Chambers, the tournament director, does a good job of segregating the draw to the extent that a team doesn't have to drive (or fly) all the way to Florida, only to play teams from their own club in the first rounds.

I remember some of the day's results posted by Carolina teams, and I apologize to those I don't remember.  Khalid and Abdul were 4 and 1.  I think Alex (w/ Gilles Canesse) was also 4 and 1.  Terry and Sue were 3 and 2.  Shirley and I were 3 and 2.  Kirk and Bo were 2 and 3.  Frank and Denyse were 2 and 3.  Rick and Maggie were 2 and 3.  Bob (w/ Pete Silvano) was 1 and 4.  And Danny and Sue were 1 and 4.  [Let me know if I have anything wrong here and I'll edit the blog.  Gary]