Yesterday we drove to Lafayette to participate in the 2013 Northwest Regional 65 over/under tournament.
This is the time of the year when old geezers have a good excuse to hit on young chicks.
The Lamorinda Pétanque Club hosted the tournament and as usual it was a class act.
Etienne Rijkheer, Carolina Jones, Bill Hansen, Carlos Couto and Rosa the dog did a bang-up job to make everybody feel comfortable and welcome.
Croissants and coffee were served and, sparing no expenses, Lamorinda even sprung for a portable potty. As I told you, a class act!
As a veteran of foreign wars, I was invited by Shannon Bowman to team up with her for this tournament. Despite a still sore right foot I couldn’t refuse her invitation and agreed to fly with her as her wingman.
Twenty-two teams competed in this event and they were are as follows:
- Peter Mathis/Carolina Jones
- Yor Lee/Inez
- Shannon Bowman/Alain Efron
- Bernard Passmar/Emily Etcheverry
- Liv Kraft/Kevin Evoy
- Jean-Michel Poulnot/Sabine mattei
- Patrick Vaslet/Holly Sammons
- Ed Porto/Denyse Haney
- David Riffo/Dollzee Austin
- Rene Di Maio/Tamara Efron
- Antoine Lofaro/Danielle Gusella
- Barbara Hall/Gustave Foucher
- Henry Wessel/Calvert Barron
- Bill Hansen/Chrsitine Cragg
- Jean-Claude Bunand/Mireille Di Maio
- Carlos Couto/Minette Etallaz
- Jean-Claude Etallaz/Colette Van Der Meulen
- Simone Furlan/John Morris
- Frank Haney/Helene McGill
- Robert Belforte/Beth Lysten
- Alain Gusella/Eva Lofaro
- Jocelyne Krauer/Mickey Coughlin
Three 13 points games were played before lunch to separate the hot shots from the mere humans and to determine who would play in the Concours and would frolic in the Consolante.
We qualified for the Concours thanks to Shannon great shooting job.
In the morning, in our 1st game we beat Christine Cragg and Bill Hansen: 13-8
In our 2nd game we beat Simone Furlan and John Morris: 13-9
In our 3rd game we beat Beth Lysten And Robert Belforte: 13-6
I need to reiterate that Shannon’s shooting greatly helped our cause.
Around noon, everybody stopped for a bite and Jean-Claude Etallaz became the unfortunate victim of some hungry (or angry) insect.
He was stung by some critter and his arm swell alarmingly. See picture.
But J-C is a tough guy and it was not him who suffered the most. We believe that the insect paid this unprovoked attack with its life.
After lunch, in the Concours Shannon and I faced Frank Haney and Helene McGill. We beat them 13-5
In our fifth game we came across ta-dah! Mickey (the Terminator) Coughlin and
In spite of our spirited resistance, Mickey shelled our positions mercilessly and defeated us: 9-13
The end of the tournament for us.
In the finals Mickey Coughlin (the same evil one) and Jocelyne Jrauer faced Patrick Vaslet and Holly Sammons.
To everybody’s surprise, Mickey and Jocelyne got off to a very bad start.
They kept losing “mène” after “mène” and at one time, they were led 1-10.
It looked like it was going to end up in a humiliating defeat for the Terminator.
But little by little, due mainly to Mickey’s fantastic shooting, his team narrowed the gap to a respectable 8/11.
They finally lost the game and the tournament 10/13.
The last game was essentially a “mano a mano” contest between Mickey and Holly Sammons who did an absolutely marvelous job of pointing. Most of her balls were right up to the cochonnet.
Mickey kept shooting but Holly kept pointing, and scoring.
With an assist from Patrick they finally defeated the Beast.
If ever Mickey teamed up with Holly they would be invincible.
FINAL RESULTS (provided by Etienne Rijkheer)
Concours: final score 13/10
1st Place: Patrick Vaslet and Holly Sammons, (both of Valley of the Moon Petanque Club)
2nd Place: Jocelyne Krauer (La Boule d’Or) and Mickey Coughlin (Redwood Empire Boules Club)
3rd Place: Peter Mathis (Valley of the Moon Petanque Club) and Carolina Jones (Lamorinda Petanque Club)
4th Place: Bernard Passmar (Valley of the Moon Petanque Club) and Emily Etcheverry (La Petanque Mariniere)
Consolante: final score 13/9
1st Place: John Morris and Simone Furlan (Both of Club Français de Sacramento)
2nd Place: Jean-Claude Bunand (La Boule d’Or) and Mireille DiMaio (La Pétanque Marinière)
3rd Place: Barbara Hall (Valley of the Moon Pétanque Club) and the venerable Gustave Foucher (La Boule d’Or).
Great tournament, great organization.
Thank you Etienne, Rosa and the entire Lamorinda team!
PS: To look at pictures of this event, turn the sound on, and click on “My photos” located under BLOGROLL on the right side of the page.