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.