Thursday, July 31, 2014
We got to meet and play with some really excellent petanque enthusiasts. The terrain was very challenging. I had a difficult time getting many boules close, but Shirley adapted better and shot and pointed well enough to impress some of the locals. At the same time, we were both very impressed with Adrian, Jack, Shane, Cliff, Mike, Wolfgang, and PJ in particular. They all played at a very high level and seemed to have mastered the very firm, very irregular, very tricky terrain.
Nice people, nice times.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It appears that there are numerous very good players at Lamorinda. They play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in addition to the Sunday afternoon main event each week. If you ever find yourself in the San Francisco/Oakland area, make the effort to drive over and play with Lamorinda. You'll enjoy it. We certainly did!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Sunday, July 27, 2014
It had been a while since we were able to get over their way, and we were impressed by the improvements they've made while, at the same time, we renewed our appreciation of the original venue. The improvements consist of an extraordinarily nice new stairway that steps its way down from the upper level of the yard to a large deck adjoining the terrain. The deck makes a wonderful spot for dining and entertaining the petanque-a-teers [first saw this coined word in a Facebook post by Linda Motschiedler of Fresno, CA, and I liked it so much I'm "borrowing" it!] who are enjoying play.
The terrain itself is ideally located in a mostly shaded wooded area. It's much more comfortable on warm days than most terrains we play on routinely. There's no need for umbrellas, pop-up shelters, and the like. The playing surface is ideal for pointers--just a notch on the soft side. Shooters can make contact by shooting a little short without too much worry of bouncing completely over their targets; however, they need to make solid contact to move the target any considerable distance.
We hope to play there again in the not-too-distant future. Thanks, Ed and Anne, for a very enjoyable afternoon.