Monday, February 21, 2005

Michigan Petanque Club Merchandise Available

Don't you sometimes feel a bit - underdressed when you're tossing your boule at the boulodrome. Do you yearn for a hooded sweatshirt with our club's logo boldly emblazoned across the back? Perhaps you want to wear boxers that show your wry sense of humor?

it's all at the Michigan Petanque Club store:

or click to get there by visiting our main website...

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Snow Emergency Doesn't Stop Petanquers

Winter snow piled up on the roof of Bordine greenhouse #30, while inside twenty die-hard Petanquers comfortably played boule. "I'm not exactly sure if we'll be able to leave the boulodrome if the snow gets any deeper," Jeff mused, "but there's plenty of hay-bales and cheesecake for all of us if we have to stay the night." Jeff had a few boule-spins of his own during the trek up from Wyandotte. There were plenty of spin-outs, one of which was my own little Toyota Corolla at the I-75 Exit on to Rochester Road. But facing a near accident in order to play a few rounds of Petanque was well worth it.

As people started filing out into the snow to return home, President-Joe and VP-Jeff played a final nail-biter game, which brought them to 12/12. Jeff placed a very close boule, but Joe matched and beat it, almost touching the cochon. With one boule left, Jeff was a shooting situation (the boule, not Joe) and -- MISS ! Joe took the game 13/12.

Saturday, February 19, 2005


The Battle of the Boules is official.

Teams from the Michigan Petanque Club will play both Bocce and Petanque against teams from the Palazzo di Bocce on March 13 and 20th. The overall champion will be determined by the total amount of points from all games played.

If you are interested in participating, please let us know as soon as possible.
If you haven't played Bocce (it isn't easy) you'll need to practice, as well as perfecting your Petanque techniques.

We plan to make trips to the Palazzo di Bocce for practice - so please take this into consideration if you want to participate.

The prize - The Battle of the Boules CupPosted by Hello

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Ray Shows Us His Bocce Style

Newest club member, Ray, an avid Bocce player, shows us his bocce-style by pointing extremely well. We have much to learn from Ray (especially in case we have a tournament against Palazzo di Bocce). Posted by Hello

Mike and Ray - Bocce AND Petanque Experts

Mike and Ray take a moment from their Petanque games to pose for the camera. Both have shown that their Bocce roots have given them "automatic experience" with Petanque play. Posted by Hello

No Hokey Pokey in Petanque

You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, and you do the Hokey Pokey and Turn Your Self About.... Club member Ken has a fantastic ability to point and shoot equally well - but for international tournaments, he may have to adjust his technique... Posted by Hello

Largest Showing of our Club Members Yet!

Club President, Joe Zajac, sorts about 20 boules for team play. This is one of the largest showings of our membership. Posted by Hello

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Ken Grooms Petanque Player in Roanoke Virginia

Ken's Nephew (down in Roanoke, Virginia) looks ready for all challenges with his Petanque boules. We'll have to keep in touch with his progress - pointer or shooter? Posted by Hello

Ken has introduced Petanque to his family down in Roanoke, Virginia. As you can see, his Brother-In-Law and Nephew have really taken to the game. If only we could have such scenery... Posted by Hello

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Dave begins his 8 month raking session

Few of our club members realize that the hazing period for raking the pistes lasts for months. Club Member Dave (shown above) begins his 8 month raking session. Wait until he finds out about the cochonnet eating hazing contest. Posted by Hello

Like the Basilisk of Old Mythology, Ken Stuns Us All

As onlookers stand transfixed by Ken's Petanque play, we can only hope to find ourselves in a match with him on our team. Posted by Hello

Maestro Takes the Field

Romain should be nicknamed "Maestro" after a really fantastic performance on Sunday with excellent shooting and pointing. His boule work changed a few games from utter defeat into victory. Posted by Hello

Club Members Line Up for Team Sorting