Monday, March 23, 2015

Griffith Park

What a fun day jam packed with non-stop petanque!   The day began around 11:00 AM with Marcia and Rusty Reed's arrival from Boone to get in some games for the National Petanque League.  What dedication on those two's part!  Nelson and Marcia played one game, which Marca was brave to do considering she's still recovering from kneed surgery.  Rusty and Rebekah got in three games. 

We had a great turnout from 1:00 PM until 7:30 in the evening!  Some great petanque playing (see that one photo of Joseph's boules both perfectly next to the pig?) and good fellowship. We were super pleased to see Michael and Amanda come out for the third week in a row. They're getting better and better!  As the day was winding down, we were happy to see newcomer Annie stop by, who had heard about Carolina Petanque through .  Nelson taught her the basics and she did very well with her first game partnering with him against Rebekah and Kerry.  We do hope she'll return soon!

Joseph, Bob, Nelson, and Rebekah capped off the day with some additional singles games for National Petanque League play.  

Thanks to all those in attendance yesterday:  Rusty, Marcia, Kerry, Joseph, Fred, Joe, James, Rom, Barbara, Amanda, Michael, Stump, Cheryl, Annie, Nelson, and Rebekah.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sarasota, Florida

From today's Triples Tournament in Sarasota, Florida:  Champions were Daniel Smith, Bernard Martin, and Stan Russo.

Carolina Petanque team of Danny Daniels, Shirley Jones, and Gary Jones won the Consolante.  We lost only one of five games-- to the Champions Daniel/Bernard/Stan!

The Sarasota terrain at Lakeview Park is difficult, but challenging.  It's one of our favorite places to visit and play.  Thanks for the hospitality!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Miller Park Renovation

Petanque area!
New bocce courts
Pictures by Rebekah.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Play at Griffith Park

Two weeks in a row we've had beautiful weather and warm temps.  Our regulars of James, Joseph, Fred, Kerry, Nelson, Rebekah, Joe and Catherine were in attendance.  We were pleased to have Michael and Amanda return to play again, and Michael says he's "caught the bug" for this game.  We were also pleased to have some newcomers:  Javier and his daughter Vanessa.  Javier is from Venezuela and played a similar game to bocce or boules Lyonnaise in his home country called "bolas criollas."  We hope to see Javier and his family next week or very soon.  Griffith Park is providing good exposure to additional residents in Winston-Salem, so this is a positive to remember when we are lamenting over missing our home courts at Miller Park!


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

While we're away

It was a beautiful day and a small group at Griffith Park.  Not a cloud in the sky and the warmest temperatures since Fall!  The courts were initially spongy, but quickly dried out as the day wore on.  Fred, Joseph, Nelson, James, and Rebekah played three games which were very competitive, as all played very well.  The group had a lot of curious looks from others using the park, and two of these stopped by to inquire about the game: Michael and Amanda stopped by to watch, and shortly thereafter got into a game joining Nelson on a team against James, Joseph, and Rebekah.  They picked up the game right away and both had really nice throwing styles and some excellent shots.  Here's to hoping they'll return to play again soon!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New pictures from France

Thanks to Tom and Carol for the new pictures of their play while in France!

Oh La La Complete Results

                  I wanted to let you know the results of our March 1st Doubles Tournament. First it was a huge success, everyone from what I was told truly enjoyed themselves.
                   I also would like to give a special thanks to Rich, Steve, Carla, and Christine for conducting a smooth and well run event. And A special thanks to Jud and Arlette with them dealing with Jud's mother who had a triple heart bypass they were able to help and get things done.
The tournament had 28 teams that came from:
Boca Petanque 2000
Boulesdeleon St. Augustine
Carolina Petanque
Manasota Boules
Ohlala Orange City Pentanque Association
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Orlando Pentanque
Talahasee (Boulesdeleon St. Augustine)
It was a fantastic mix of people and great fun.
Winners of the Concourse
1st Place
Boca Petanque 2000
Bernard Martin
Yanick Laulhe   
2nd Place
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Gilles Canesse
Roger Arpaia       
3rd Place
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Richard Symmans
Brock Symmans
Winners of the Consulate
1st Place
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Chubby Misra
Walter Martinez
2nd Place
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Carla Houser
Daniel Houser
3rd Place
Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association
Corey Milliord
Frank Guzman
                                   I want to give my thanks to all that attended and giving their support to our club by attending this tournament. I hope that you all will return for the March 29 SE Inter-Regional Men and Women Singles Tournament.
                                     And again to the board for doing an outstanding job for this tournament.
                                        Everyone have a great day,
                                          Frank Guzman
                                            Ohlala Orlando Pentanque Association  
Pictures courtesy of Hank Rouland: