Let me start by paying tribute to the dedicated people who cleaned the field Saturday afternoon: Christine Cragg, Claudie Chourré, Helga Facchini, Antoine Lofaro, Charlie Davantes and Sabine Mattei.
Thank you very much to every one of you!
When you see any of these people, buy them a drink (or a lollipop) and give them 3 bonus points next time you play against them.
Back to the tournament.
Sunday was a mild day, bordering on the cool side. It was a little chilly in the morning and fair (with pesky gusts of wind) in the afternoon.
Registration closed at 9:30 a.m. meaning that people who lived outside the Bay Area had to get up pretty early to be there on time.
I am particularly thinking of the people from the Fresno Pétanque Club. It takes about three hours to come to Marin by car. This means that these people had probably to get up at 5:00 a.m. to be to the field on time.
This is what I call dedication to the game.
In the morning, warm coffee and croissants were available.
Forty-five (45) players, fifteen select triplettes registered to play. They were as follows:
- Alain Marchand, Alain Efron, Evelyne Marchand
- Charles Davantes, Helga Facchini, Liv Kraft
- Henry Wessel, Dan Velasco, Calvert Barron
- Bernard Passmar, J.M. Poulnot, Tamara Efron
- By Vang, May Lee, Thomas Moua
- Alain Gusella, Hendrik Idzerda, Minnette Etallaz
- Steve Jones, Wolfgang Kurz, Christine Jones
- George Zolinsky, Bill Hansen, Christine Cragg
- Jean Claude Etallaz, J.C. Bunand, Sabine Matei
- Etienne Rijkheer, Kevin Evoy, Carolina Jones
- Frosty Sabo, Colette Van Der Meulen, Marcy Mallette
- Paul Yang, Jer Thao, Chong Xiong
- Patrick Vaslet, Hans Kurz, Holly Sammons
- Barbara Hall, Erin McTaggart, Narin Garrett
- Fue Vang, Nicolas Yang, Michel Yang
Three 13 points games (not timed) were played before lunch. In my opinion it is too much.
My team finished its third game at 1:30 p.m. (we were starved) and we had to restart playing shortly after that.
We need to start playing earlier (logistically difficult for some people) or strictly enforce a time limit for each pre-concours game.
After lunch, 8 teams qualified for the Concours and 7 teams for the Consolante.
After a successful morning run, my team was eliminated shortly after lunch and this gave me a chance to take a few pictures.
Unfortunately it is extremely difficult to use a long lens in a shaded environment. The photos you will see are the best I could produce under these conditions.
(Your comments are always welcome).
At the end of day (around 5:00 p.m.) the final results were as follows:
1st Place: Patrick Vaslet, Hans Kurz, Holly Sammons – $ 96.00 ($32 ea)
As you can see, the Fresno club did extremely well (2nd and 3rd place) and Paul Yang’s team lost to Sonoma only by a hair (12/13). Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and thank you all for making such a long trip to play with us.
1st Place: Frosty Sabo, Marcy Mallette, Colette Van Der Meulen – $14.00 ea
2nd Place: Bernard Passmar, J.M. Poulnot, Tamara Efron – $10.00 ea
Another great pétanque day.
Thank you Pétanque Marinière and thank you all for coming to play in Marin’s sandbox.
PS: To look at pictures of this event, turn the sound on, click on the “Home” link at the top of the page, and click again on “My photos” located on the right side of the page.