Monday, August 28, 2017

Carolina Petanque takes Silver at National Championships!

Christian, Axel, Jean-Pierre, Amine, Karim, and Walt
Gold Medal:
Christian Caznave, Axel Cazenave, Jean-Pierre Subrenat

Silver Medal:
Amina Najah, Karim Moumouni, Walt Elder (Carolina Petanque!)

Bronze Medal Shared:
Steve Ginsberg, David Johnstone, Lucien Rakotojaona
Aaron Weeks, Hugue Dufour, Esat Alijaj


Qualifying Day at the USA National Men's Triples Championships

Walt Elder (Carolina Petanque), Amine Najah (Heart of Texas Petanque), and Karim Moumouni (Dallas Petanque) were 3 and 1 in Saturday's qualifying rounds at the USA National Men's Triples Petanque Tournament in New York. Their only loss was 13-12! That puts them in fourth place of the sixteen teams competing and qualifies them for the quarterfinals on Sunday. Good luck, guys! (Thanks to Yousseff Hassoune for the info and photo.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017 (Deep Gap, NC)

We were so busy we didn't take a lot of pictures. Had 41 and didn't get any pictures at the lake but maybe someone else did. If so I'll send them to you.

[Rusty and Marcia invited their Powder Mountain Community for petanque at their house on Saturday and 41 people showed up! In addition to their beautful, covered terrain with oyster shell top dressing, they prepared an overflow area of three pistes just down the hill at the community lake. Rusty had the area leveled and added gravel, circles, and scoreboards so that they could accommodate  four games at once!]

Saturday, August 19, 2017 (Kassel, Germany)

I took fourth place Saturday at the super melee tournament celebrating thirty years of pétanque in Kassel Germany. The Rumkuglers. 8 hours of pétanque, beer, wine, food, a capella chorus, and accordion. More people play pétanque in Kassel than belong to Carolina Petanque(I was #67 in the registration).
-- Bob

Here are a couple more pics that Bob took of petanque in Kassel:


August 13th at Miller Park

Local walkup

Here are a few pics from the last play in which Shirley and I participated in the Carolinas before starting our vacation (yes, retired people still take vacations!) to visit friends in Tennessee and then moving on to visit Rob, Lynda, and our three grandchildren in Spicewood, Texas.

Sunday, August 13, 2017




Rusty, Marcia, Danny, Sue, Jeff, Steve, Jane, Marc, Kathy, Sara, Juan, Shirley, and I were the thirteen players who turned out for Saturday morning play at the Catawba River Soccer (and Petanque!) Complex. We were missing some of our players who are crossovers from bocce as there was a bocce tournament in nearby Valdese also scheduled for Saturday morning.

Kathy's daughter, Sara, was a new player in Morganton on Saturday. Marc said she had played "a few times" at various places, but she played as if it might have been more often, since her pointing was consistent and her throwing style was smooth and, seemingly, effortless. We're always happy to have members of the younger crowd join us, as they are the future of American petanque.

Friday, August 11, 2017


We had a special visitor for Thursday evening play in Morganton. Mamy Jocelyn Ranaivoson , member of the Zanesfield Petanque Club, was traveling through NC and stopped by to play for a while. We had met Mamy several years ago in Ohio and were happy to see him again.

From Facebook, he lists Holmen, Wisconsin, as his current home and Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, as his hometown. He is the pastor of a Lutheran church in Wisconsin. With Mamy in his travels were his wife, Noelisoa, and his son AJ (Shirley asked AJ how he spells his name. His answer: "A...J"). While Noel was content to sit and watch, AJ got into a game or two. We're always happy to have visitors to Carolina Petanque and really enjoyed seeing Mamy and his family.

We love walk-ups!!! Holly and Barry from Vail
Randy from Morganton-- another walk-up

Late (9:00 PM) dinner at Judge's
Mamy, AJ, Noel, Kirk, Rusty, Marcia, Jeff, Danny, Sue, Marc, Juan, Kathy, Tom, Carol, Steve, John, Barry, Holly, Randy, Shirley, and Gary played (well, technically, Noel and Randy just watched this time) petanque in Morganton yesterday evening beginning at 5:00 PM and having to abandon our last game at 8:45 (score was 11-10) in order to make it the few hundred yards over to Judge's Riverside Restaurant before their 9:00 closing time!