Sunday, March 27, 2011

Game Day on the Island

(Above: Vincent Cosme, Nicolas Lacand, Caroline Lacand, and Anthony George.)

Amelia Island, Florida, Sunday March 27, 2011. North Florida Open (Select Doubles) results:

1st Place-- Vincent Cosme & Anthony George (Amelia Island Boules)

2nd Place-- Nicolas Lacand & Caroline Lacand (Amelia Island Boules)

3rd Place-- [Tie] Bob Osborne & Rob Portegies (Amelia Island Boule)

[Tie] Jorge Abejon (Spain) & Lionel Cannet (France)

It was an all Amelia Island final at today's tournament. Both teams played wonderfully well and entertained the crowd with precision pointing and pin-point shooting. The final was an amazing 13 to 12 victory for the winning team. Congratulations to both teams.

Shirley and I won our three qualifying games but lost to the Abejon/Cannet team in the quarter finals. It was a well-run and entertaining event for all concerned.

Now for a brief trip to North Carolina before we leave for next Sunday's Heart of Texas Tournament in Austin.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Practice Day on the Island

We had a morning practice session for Sunday's upcoming North Florida Open Select Doubles Tournament. Shirley and I played three games. We had 2 wins and 1 loss. The level of play for the Amelia Island Boules Club seems to be much elevated from what we remembered from last year. There are numerous good teams instead of just a few. Should be a good tournament.

In the afternoon, we made our way out to the beach for something called "A Taste of Blues." It turned out to be sort of a small, kick-off festival for a much larger event that is scheduled for September. There was good music, good (well, not Lexington-style; but, good!) pork barbecue, wine, and beer. Nice.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Sarasota Sunday

We had a great time on Sunday, March 20, 2011, visiting and playing with the Sarasota Petanque Club. They play at 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings at Lakeview Park if you ever happen to find yourself in the area.

Soon we'll be heading up to Amelia Island for next Sunday's North Florida Open. Rumor has it that there may be a team from Hickory, NC, there as well!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hickory, NC, on Saturday

Thanks to Augustin and Susanne for opening their home and terrain to the group this past Saturday. For those of you who haven't yet been able to make the trip to Hickory, you've missed a treat. The terrain is wonderfully natural and just quirky enough to add interest (notice the tree in the last photo!).

Special thanks to Steve Gantt for taking and sending the photos.