The First Petanque America International Open was no doubt a success.
Except for a small rainstorm at the end that messed up the planned prize award ceremony, we had two days of wonderful weather and an amazing variety of teams, 72 in total - from 15 US States and 6 countries.
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For European standards that may not seem much, but you have to realize that 100 participants had to fly in. The victory of the team from France, Jean-Pierre Jardinet and Michel Faurant was well deserved.
Also Jean-Pierre speaks fluently English, and is a true ambassador for petanque.
Hundreds of people - some had never seen a 'boule' in their life - were there to watch the finals.
It was as much a competition as a petanque festival. Some teams had extremely original uniforms, and thanks to Hans & Tom from Sonoma we had a truly American scoreboard - two lovely girls walking around with the latest scores.
The final 8 teams:
1. Jean-Pierre Jardinet & Michel Faurant (FRA/FRA)
2. Alec Stone Sweet & Yacob Nour (USA/CAN)
3. John Rolland & Roger Arpaia (USA/CAN)
4. Peter Mathis & P.J. Mallette (USA/USA)
5. Raymond Nielsen & Phimprapha Nielsen (USA/USA)
6. Gerard Gallianio & Marc (CAN/CAN)
7. Juan Garcia & Mamary Colibaly (USA/MLI)
8. Guy Labouyrie & Michel Crouzillat (USA/USA)
More pictures and a review of the tournament are here:
We have done some redesigning here, and things are starting to look a bit more like 2013. The last change was back in 2005, and that was our 5th redesign. So here we are in the middle of our 6th change since 1996.
FInally there is a petanque-app for the android-users out there. And it is free. The perfect xmas-present perhaps?
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