Sunday, November 28, 2010
Daniel, Jordan, Jeff, and Jacob
Jane Gantt and her husband, Steve, played at the Waldensian Presbyterian Church boules court in Valdese, NC, over the weekend. Jane invites anyone in the area who would like to try playing there to contact her through CarolinaPetanque@yahoo.com. Shirley and I look forward to trying it out in the very near future.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
From top: Fred Marchant, Jane Gantt, and Steve Gantt.
We are pleased to have Fred, Jane, and Steve as the newest members of CarolinaPetanque. Fred is from Winston-Salem, NC, where he lives with his wife, Faye. Jane and Steve are from Morganton, NC. Fred was a walk-up player at Miller Park this past summer. He has since become one of our most regularly attending players. Jane&Steve are Augustin Quilici's sister-in-law and brother-in-law. [Jane is Susanne S. Quilici's sister.]
Welcome to the three of you and we hope you'll enjoy our group.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving found eight of us at Miller Park in Winston-Salem, NC. Augustin's wife, Susanne, and Fred's wife, Faye chose to visit rather than play; so, we had a triples match. In a best-of-three series, Fred/Juan/Gary narrowly defeated Shirley/Augustin/Marc in three games. The shortened days at this time of year made it necessary to play the final end in near darkness. Guess we'll have to move our starting time to one o'clock for a while.
There were ten of us for petanque at Augustin/Susanne's Hickory, NC, terrain on Saturday. Though many of the games were very close, the team of Shirley/Logan/Gary played into the darkness to defeat Augustin/Susanne in the winners' bracket.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Philippe and Christophe congratulate the winning team of Jean-Michel Laulhe and Stephane St. Croix
............................................................Uijin Park and Lauren Gioscio
Sunday was a beautiful day for the final play of this year's Petanque America Open. The first round consisted of four categories based upon rankings/seedings resulting from Saturday's play. The losers of first-round play dropped down one notch into a sub-category for the balance of play. For example, Shirley and I began the day in Concours A. This category consisted of the highest ranked 32 teams of the original 112 teams.
Susan Steger, Mayor of Fernandina Beach, Florida
Augustin giving Claudy a few tips?..........................Stacy, Claudy, & Marc
The won/lost records don't begin to tell the whole story. Since there was no pre-seeding for the draw, some teams were luckier than others regarding the strength of their opponents. Our game scores were 11-2, 11-2, 11-1, 6-11, and 11-0. [Saturday games were shortened to eleven points.] Contrast that with Terry and Sue who lost at least one game 10-11 (maybe two?) and had to play the Canadian Team of Laulhe/St. Croix (who won the Championship and were reigning Champions of Canada!). Or with Steve and Trey who had to play Juan Garcia/Mo Coulibally. And Steve/Trey won! Juan/Mo then went on to beat Claudy Weibel and Jean-Pierre Subrenat on Sunday. Claudy is current world record holder of petanque shooting and a former world champion. Jean-Pierre was this year's team USA captain at the world finals in Turkey!