Tuesday, November 28, 2006


November 25 – Though our club’s tournament is officially over for 2006, we couldn’t resist having one more day of boules playing. On a cold, crisp late Fall day, and with autumn leaves all over the courts, the VOMPC held its first ever “Gobboule Gobboule” Turkey Tournament. Thirty players showed up and Tournament Director Ed Porto efficiently organized 10 melee triplette teams. Savory Thanksgiving leftovers and other food were brought by everyone for a wonderful midday feast. Thanks go out to Peter Wellington for his delicious Wellington Vineyards wines that he provided. As the afternoon progressed and the weather became colder, the following teams were the winners:
1st Place: Shannon Bowman/Barbara Hall/Stephen Paulsen
2nd Place: John Byrne/Peter Wellington/Albert Woodbury
3rd Place: Cynthia Heinrichs/Jean-Marie Letellier/Ed Porto

Barbara Hall

Sunday, November 26, 2006

FPUSA 2007 SE Area Tournaments.

National Tournaments.-

National Doubles - February 18 2007, Boca Raton, FL.

National Triples - February 25 2007, Sarasota, FL.

SE Regional Tournaments.-

SE Regional Doubles Tournament - November 10 2007, Boca Raton, FL.

SE Regional Triples Tournament - November 11 2007, Boca Raton, FL.

Competition at Boca 2000 Courts

On the upcoming weekend, Saturday December 2nd and Sunday December 3rd there will be an Open Doubles Tournament in Boca Raton @ Boca 2000 Courts with lots of Canadians on hand. Formed Doublette Tournament starting at 10:00 AM on Saturday and formed from the Hat Doublette Tournament starting on Sunday @ 9:00 AM. We are expecting around 15 teams to Compete on each day.
Everyone is Welcome!!!

Saturday, November 25, 2006


I received this Picture from Jose Gutierrez, a new Member at the South Florida Petanque Club in Lake Worth, FL. that came over to watch some Petanque Competition.
This Picture is worth a thousand words, you see the Pointer squatting down and playing a Boule while the two partners look on, one directly behind and the other from the side, you see the boule landing and the only thing in motion is the dirt/sand splashing up as it's making contact with the Ground and just a couple of feet away is just the objective of reaching the cochonette and everyone is unaware that this Picture is being taken.

Monday, November 20, 2006

FLORIDA'S CUP , Seaside, FL.

Florida's Cup 2007 will be played in Seaside, FL. http://www.seasidefl.com/ a beautiful coastal Community in the Pandhandle of Florida, west of Panama City on Saturday Feb 3rd and Sunday Feb 4th. This will be an Open DOUBLES Tournament, conditions are that the Florida Cup (Trophy) will stay in the State of Florida if won by someone from out of State and non U.S. Players must Play with ONE U.S. Player, the minimun Purse will be $2000 and could reach up to $5000 depending on Registrations and Sponsors.
For more Information, Please Contact BARBARA OLSCHNER bfo@mchsi.com KISS THE PIG SOCIÉTÉ Seaside, FL. Club President.

REGIONAL SE Triples Tournament

Sunday November 19, 2006

1st Place Gold Medal - Roger Arpaia, John Roland and Juan Garcia
2nd Place Silver Medal - Freddy Canesse, Gilles Canesse and Alex Canesse
3rd Place Christian Bousquet, Jackie Plessas and Kate Setear

REGIONAL SE Doubles Tournament

Saturday November 18, 2006
Great weather all around just a little to cool for us in Florida, Sunny and temperatures in the mid 50's early in the Day and low 70's in the afternoon.
The Winners with the Gold Medal were the the Brothers Freddy and Gilles Canesse followed with the Silver by Roger Arpaia and Juan Garcia and with the bronze Medal John Roland and Super Alex Canesse. Lunch was supplied by the Sarasota Petanque Club and brought in by Club President Gilbert.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

WCQT - Boca Raton, FL. - Pictures


The team from the Portland Petanque Club, NW Region, consisting of Joe Cortright, Desmond Grattan, and Van Woolfe made an amazing showing at the WCQT in Boca Raton that finished up Sunday afternoon, 12 November. They played consistently well and inevitably rose in the standings, proving to our club that, in our fifth year since forming, we can field a team as strong as any in the country
The fellows placed a phenomenal 4th out of 20 teams, and were just barely not in the final match, being outscored by the NY team that eventually took first place, and were thereby shunted into the match for 3rd and 4th, where they were again outscored, leaving them at number 4 of 20.
Beginning with the eliminations Sunday morning, it was a joy to watch them making point after point and shooting so well on difficult courts. They even fannied a very strong California team who had every hope, themselves, of winning the tournament.
No doubt every player who attended came back with some good stories, of courtside drama, other fannies made, the very strong showing from the Bay Area Womens' World Championship hopefuls Erin, Narin, and Pim, the rocky and unpredictable courts, and even the fine weather. (And, oh yes, a late night boules game on the paving stones outside the Awards Dinner restaurant(Desmond!!!).
This was a good one to have attended.
Joe Martin, NW Regional Counselor

Photo-left to right- Joe Cortright, Lavant Woolfe, and Desmond Grattan For more pics and writeup go to the Portland Petanque Club website http://www.portlandpetanque.org/2007%20WCQT.htm

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

NE Regional Triplet 2006

A little belatedly, here's a recap of the NE Regional Triplet Tournaments held on Sept 9, 2006 in Worcester, Massachusetts.....

24 players from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New York played in the unseasonably warm 80F+ temperatures. The gravelly terrain at Greenhill Park provided its usual challenges as pointeurs searched for la belle donnee and tireurs who were not au fer found themselves not getting the bounce they expected. At the end of many well played and collegial matches, most were satisfied for having taken on the terrain. The results:

1st Place: Richard "Ti' Meas, Hery Rakotoarivony, Hans Jepson (La Boule NewYorkaise)
2nd Place: Mark Kindschi, Mia Kanazawa, Andre Strong (Maine Boules Club)
3rd Place: Brian Walsh, Pete Crowley, Philippe Riand (Le Mistral Club de Petanque)
4th Place: Bob Liberty, Charlie Testa, Paul Dersain
Consolante: Albert Kallanian, Jean-Pierre Kallanian, Levan Bogosian (Le Mistral Club de Petanque)

For more photos and details, click here

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Regional- SE Tournament - Sarasota FL.

On this upcoming Weekend we'll be celebrating the SE Regional Doubles and Triples Tournaments in Beautiful Sarasota, Florida, November 18th and 19th. These Courts are set up in a Park under large trees with plenty of shade. GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!

Monday, November 13, 2006

RESULTS - WCQT Boca Raton 2006

1st Place Alec Stone Sweet, Xavier Thibaud, Nghia Ngo

2nd Place Raymond Nielsen, Yngve Biltsted, Gilles Karpowicz

3rd Place Christian Cazenave, Guy Labouyrie, Alex Canesse

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Photos from Ed Porto

Ed Porto sent me a collection of photos from what appears to be a Panache match held at the Portland Petanque Club - with plenty of Valley of the Moon folks attending.

We see Frank Pipal in his famous wide brimmed hat. As well as Bob & Jane Bosko sampling the delicious food.

Looks like it was an excellent day for boules.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Boca 2000 Satelite Map

Maybe this will help in finding the Courts for the WCQT Tournament Weekend.