Monday, December 29, 2008
The weather was favorable towards a little afternoon petanque, so I sent out a "call to arms" and three of us were hardy enough (Tim, Pat, Jeff) to assemble beside the ice rink at Campus Martius Park for a little petanque.
It wasn't a pretty game, with Jeff beating the Honigman fellows - but I'm enthusiastic that we'll have a few more wintertime sessions until the Spring sets up the fulltime schedule.
It is Pat's birthday on Tuesday (12/30/2008) and Mikey's on New Year's Eve! I knew those guys are like twins...
Friday, December 19, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Pierre was a founding member of the Petanque Club of Detroit now Michigan Petanque Club when it was organized in the 1970's, and he and his wife Lauraine played petanque until the mid 1990's. Every 14th of July, Bastille day, Pierre and his wife would invite many of their friends and Club members to their home where many hours were enjoyed playing petanque, eating good food and drinking good wine. Those were memorable times and will remain with us forever.
On behalf of the Michigan Petanque Club and sister club Detroit Petanque Club we extend our heartfelt condolences to Pierre's entire family.
Pierre will be missed by all who knew him
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
We'll stick with it as long as you can stand it. Maybe there's a world's record for coldest petanque game!
Note: Kevin is just a smidgen away from topping Maury's high rank. We'll see.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Today the teams were evenly matched: Jeff/Abu/Matt/Pat vs. Maury/Kevin/Tim - but after we moved across the street (they're hanging the holiday lights in the trees at Campus Martius Park) - our opponents got a 5 point round, pushing their score up to 11/6. (Tough to beat when we've been getting merely 1 point per round) The end result... 13/6 Maury/Kevin/Tim
We almost had them!
Jeff/Matt/Maury 11 to Pat/Tim 13
Afterwards Matt and I played a 1 vs. 1 which is almost like a totally different game - at least strategy-wise in that you really need to be both pointer and shooter.
It is healthy - even if you're primarily a pointer, to shoot once in a while; likewise, as a shooter you should practice pointing as well. If the opposition senses that they've depleted all of the shooter's boules they'll play a different strategy - but if your pointer can get in a shot (albeit maybe a close proximity shot) once in a while, that's a good reserve skill for emergencies.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I thought with my partners: Tim and Matt (and Pat's less than 100% shooting) that we'd be able to get a win (or two) but nope, nada, nothing...
Instead, we lost both games, the first, a horrible 13/6 and that was after leading the opposition 5 to nothing! They came back with 5 points in a single round, then went on for 5 more rounds where we didn't earn a point.
The second game (played to 7 points) was concluded with a 11/13 loss !
Today's strategy was "cochonnet distance" - Pat and Maury favored the longer 10 meter distance, while my team went with the shorter 6-7 meter distance. Our theory was that Maury would over-throw the short ball, and that Pat was not used to shooting at a close boule.
BUT, since we harldy had the chance to throw the cochonnet - Pat and Maury always went long - and even the fates were against us as the cochonet was moved to our opponent's position quite a few times during the game.
Note: using cochonnet distance is a very good method for controlling the game. If you notice a particular advantage with your team (and/or disadvantage with your opponents) in using a long or short distance - then by all means use that to you gain.
Article 7 of the rules states (in part):
For the thrown jack to be legal, the following conditions apply:
(1) The distance from it to the nearest edge of the circle must be between 6 meters minimum and 10 meters maximum. [~ 19.5 feet to 33 feet)
(2) The nearest edge of the circle must be 1 meter from all obstacles and at least 1 meter inside the boundary of the playing area. (if area is bounded).
(3) The jack must be at least 1 meter minimum from all obstacles and from the boundary of the playing area.
(4) The jack must be visible to the player whose feet are entirely inside the circle and who is standing upright. In cases of dispute, the umpire will decide if the jack is visible and there can be no appeal.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Despite the weather being in the low 30's and a lght dusting of snow on the ground, we played a nice set of games today.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
This will probably be the last of the "warm" days for the season... at least for this week. We had a mixture of games today, the first being Jeff/Tim vs. Raphael/Mike. mike was way off point today, it must be after all of the time he's taken off the petanque courts this last week. That score was 13 to 3 (!)
The second game; Tim/Mike vs. Abu/Jeff ended with Mikey again losing. It must be on account of Pat not being there for moral support... (or any support for that matter) That game's result: 13/9
Then Abu and Mike played against me, resulting in my losing 13/8 . . .
Tomorrow's forecast is for rain - but... we'll see.
Until then - may your point always be close (but not closer than mine!)
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Today, Matt/Raphael/Jeff went up against Pat/Maury/Tim for a full 13 point game. We had some rain delays, but overall, played to the game's conclusion: 13/6
I must say that Maury was the anchor for today's Honigman team. His pointing saved them many a time.
For my own team, my two pointers; Raphael and Matt did things by the book, rolling in all of the necessary boules. Raphael even effectuated a nice ricochet for additional points.
See you tomorrow (election day!)
VIDEO (it has sound):
I came in second place (due more to my having a chocolate-silk pie facial than ingesting it all. What a hilarious circumstance!
I'd better stick to petanque.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
In fact, in the first game, they were sitting on a 12 to our ZERO (0) !! and counting on a fanny. Fortunately we made some headway into that region... ending the game on a loss (6/13) but still... NO Fanny!
The second (revenge) match - same teams - Pat/Kevin vs. Matt/Tim/Jeff was played to 11 points (due to time constraints) - with the both teams tied at 10 points. The last set-up had a group of boules grouped together at a fair distance - with Pat/Kevin sitting on the point. Tim tried to point in, just short... I tried a shot... missed (threaded the needle) - 2nd win to Pat and Kevin.
No petanque Friday, I'm competing in a Pie Eating Contest for charity. Happy Halloween Y'all!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Let me start off by asking: "Why doesn't Kevin wear a coat when the temperature is 38 degrees outside?"
The chilly air definitely reduced Kevin's shooting success - Pat took over that position.
Pat/Tim/Kevin vs. Matt/Jeff for a 13/9 win for Matt & Jeff.
Lots of variables today... for one, Tim didn't eat any of his peppers while pointing - (major mistake) - Kevin might as well be throwing snowballs - he was shivering so much he couldn't shoot - and Pat had to carry the game on 2 boules against Matt (who wore a sensible coat and gloves) and Jeff (who doesn't feel the cold as he is a robot)
Mike was out today - inspection of his apartment. Good luck - he'll need it!
Tuesday's results were good, with Jeff/Pat/Matt doing well (13 to 5) verses Tim and Mike.
The second game, Matt/Mike vs. Jeff - no so good, with my losing 9 to 13... blech!
This double win for Matt has hoisted him higher in the rankings - good work!
See you there!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Our team began with a nice three point lead, and we never looked back, amassing points with each round until we were stopped at around 9 or 10 points by Kevin's team who was starting to catch up. This would be Maury's 10th game so were were interested in getting him situated with a top-score today (a win) to place him high on the rankings. And we did, with a 13 to 8 victory. The sun came out after a time, and we played our winning rounds warm and happy. Now that Maury has his top-rank, he'll need to maintain that lead over Hitesh and Kevin by not losing games. With only 10 games in the hopper, each subsequent game has about a 10% change (less and less with more games under his belt) to his overall ranking... Good job Maury!
Friday, October 24, 2008
But then in the final round, at a good distance too, Honigman rolled in two points - and the clincher, Maury pointed in # 13 for the victory... 13/9
NOTE: Maury is at 1.93 and his next game makes his average official. That'll place him at the top of the club's rankings.
Mike was busy calling us on his new cellphone - not sure why he was a no show. Pat called him up. We'll find out the scoop later.
See you monday!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
After some coin flipping for teams, partners and courts we ended up with:
Jeff/Matt vs. Kevin/Tim
Hitesh/Mike vs. Pat/Abu
Our doublette went South as the combo of Kevin & Tim kept up their 2-3 points per round. We ended with a 13/2 loss! "Peppers-Clabuesch" bowled in his close points and "Kevin the Laser" picked off any of our close boules, we had a hard time of it - the piste was new but fun as a challenge. The second game, Kevin vs. Jeff/Matt was a little easier, but still Kevin whooped us 7 to 5 (6 point conversion to 11/13)
Lots of cursing was heard over on the other court. Pat and Mike doing their thing. Mike was also text messaging to (??) -himself? Who knows... That was a nailbiter of a game with a 13/12 win to Pat/Abu. Pat told me that the crucial winning point was up to a rules interpretation. Mike played - the cochonnet was pushed back near to (but not touching or beneath) the chairs, but his boule did touch the chair (voiding that boule). Mike felt the cochonnet should also be voided. Pat made the correct call.
The official rules (adapting them from a strung court to one that is bordered by marble/granite and chairs/tables) - "If a boule and/or cochonnet touches any of those previously listed items, it becomes void."
Ggood games all.
Maury even stopped by afterwards to show some colleagues, from Ann Arbor, the sport. I offered a brief lesson, and hope he will be able to coax them into playing in an Ann Arbor club one day.
See you next time.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Today we had nine players - normally, we'd break into a couple of games but for social reasons (and there was only one court that was sunny) - we stuck together in a 4 vs. 5 person battle royale! Pat/Mike/Maury/Tim bouled off against Kevin/Jeff/Matt/Raphael/Abu. Right at the start we took the lead, the other team gaining and getting 3 points, but then it was a landslide campaign after that, with a 7 to 3 lead, and it being a timed game (last round at 1pm) we had victory fully in our grasp. The clincher was when in the last round, Pat's team laid in a close point with their last boule. Not even that stopped us, as Matt rolled in neatly to give us a 9 to 4 (adjusted to 13/8) victory.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Ranking-wise, Maury just needs 3 more games before he's mixed into the Player Ranking List. He's sitting on a 2.01 ranking so far, and if he maintains this winning streak he'll be sitting on the top of the rankings...
(In order to be ranked among the club players you need to play 10 games, Note: your rank has been maintained throughot the 1-9 games)
It has become a tad cooler these days so we'll be playing in the sunnier sections of Campus Martius Park, probably either on the other side of the fountain, or more up towards Compuware.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Pat/Maury/Tim/Mike vs. Abu/Matt/Deric/Jeff
I must first offer my apology to my team, I was awful today, really, really bad. My shooting was off the mark; and my points were too short. I think one of my shots actualy cost us 2 points, giving the other team two points. Outrageous. Somedays that' s how it can be. My other three team members held their own, and that was why we were still in the running with a loss of only 10 to 13.
Deric had some really nice close points; and Matt & Abu also pointed nicely. In fact, I think we would have taken it, if I just kept to pointing. That's the problem with shooting - when you're off, you are WAY off... Mike had a pretty good day - and Maury enjoyed some close points as well. He even wants to try some petanque locally (in Ann Arbor). Pat and Tim, as usual, were playing strong.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Abu/Jeff/Raphael/Matt vs. Pat/Kevin/Mike/Tim/Hitesh
It was like a mirror image to yesterday's game for me, we were down 0 to 6 points, then it was 11 to 4 points before we started out come back... gaining on them 1 point per round, until we sat on 12/11.
The final round was a very long distance, but the pointing was spot-on, with Pat and Tim landing close boules but Raphael replacing their close boules with his. In the end, we had two boules left to try to make the point. Raphael rolled his in to within 3 inches. Bravo! Victory!
One of the pleasures of captaining a team is appointing the order for team members to play in their boule. Use up your key shooters too fast and you'll have nothing left in case the opposition lays in a close boule, use up your key pointers, and you have the problem of trying to make a point in difficult boule placements. I tend to distribute the players such that everyone is left with 1 boule, so I have options left for variant strategies. Also, I like to be the last to throw for my team because it a) makes me responsible for my team's result and b) it gives me to "pressure position"
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The set-up is an opponent's boule sitting just along the side of the cochonnet. You attempt to roll your boule with just enough velocity to push back the opposing (target) boule and leave your own boule cleanly in it's place. A neat trick sometimes effectuated in shooting called a "Carreau"
The Raphael has an added advantage of leaving your boule in the general vicinity even if you do miss the intended target.
Mike picked today's teams: Pat/Abu/Mike vs. Raphael/Tim/Jeff. I have to admit, we played very carefully, all of us, and it showed with the close initial score. After a few bad points from Mikey, we pulled ahead, so despite Abu switching in for Mike as lead pointer, we were so far ahead it was going to be difficult.
Nice shooting from Tim (have to keep that shooting arm in practice) - and of course Raphael's signature shot. Pat pulse cannoned in his boules - effective, but not if your pointer (Mike) costs you to be playing 2 boules short (4 boules to 6).
TIP: before the season ends (mid-November?) try some new throws/shots in your games. You may not perfect them right away, but at least you'll be getting a feel for what's involved, plus it's nice to pull various skills out of your bag of tricks. The plombe is a great shot to work on, it'll get you out of lots of otherwise troublesome situations (walls of boules). and you can adapt it into a shot (after perfecting the "landing spot") I'll get into the ther shots in a later blog. See you soon.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Pat/Maury/Abu/Mike beat Raphael/Matt/Tim/Jeff 13 to 7 but there's more to the game than the final score. There were a few interesting elements to today's game:
Maury was throwing long so as to better appreciate his inclination for pointing at distances. Raphael was starting for us, putting in some nice close boules (allowing the opposition to "waste a few on pointing" before removing it with a shot). There was a nice turn of events when at a far distance, the opposition had the point by a foot. Then Tim pointed in to within 6 inches, but Abu recovered the point by nudging Tim's boule out. My own shooting was iffy, but came into play nicely for a couple of rounds (except in the end when I failed to remove the points that resulted in a sufficient tally for the win). Matt tried more shooting, a few misses, but near misses - in a short time he'll be deadly. Pat was the team's shooter, but his pointing was what gave them the win, nudging in boules to arrive at 13. Mike was, I must say, a bit off today on his pointing - not that I'm complaining as he was on the other team!
We all played a smart, strategic game - and that's always a more fun experience.
The weather for tomorrow looks like rain -- we'll see.