Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Sunday with Edouard and Cheryl

Edouard and Cheryl of the Aiken, SC, Atomic Boules Club were the hosts for a gathering of players at their lovely home in Augusta, Georgia, on Sunday, June 29, 2008. There was a very good turnout with at least a dozen or so doubles teams participating in a fun tournament. There were also quite a few attendees who came for the fellowship but did not participate in the play.

One of the highlights of the evening was the excellent selection of foods that were served. There was an emphasis on French fare with Saucisson, quiche, bread and cheese, wine, and pastis among the offerings. Soft drinks, beer, watermelon, cakes, and pies were also available.

The teams were chosen by random draw and there was an interesting mix of players from the beginner to the highly skilled. Unfortunately for the rest of the field, two of the "highly skilled" players were lucky enough to be paired. But that worked out great, since one of the two was our host Edouard! He and Salvador cruised through their matches (although I understand our Shirley along with her partner Fred made a good showing).

The finals were Edouard and Salvador versus Gary and Pete. There were lots of good points, but, in the end, the team of Edouard & Salvador proved to be too much and won handily. Everyone was impressed with how Pete raised his level of play for the finals to make many of the ends played competitive.

Anyway, a wonderful time was had by all. Edouard has offered to do similar events about once every two months during the nice weather. Gary & Shirley made sure to pass out a few CarolinaPetanque cards in the hopes of being invited back!

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