Friday, May 29, 2009
Today I received a very nice phone call from Howard Ando. Mr. Ando and his spouse, Jane Wilkinson have spearheaded the creation of petanque courts in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have attached a link to the Ann Arbor Chronicle which explains in more detail the tremendous generousity of the couple and their passion for petanque.
Four courts have been approved to be built at Burns Park (see attached maps) which is within walking distance of the University of Michigan Campus. When the construction is complete, I hope we can all come over to play on what will be very splendid petanque pistes. In the meantime, please contact Mr. Ando at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or simply want to say "bonjour"
I know that Maury B. who plays at the Detroit Petanque Club lives in the Ann Arbor area and will be quite excited about the prospect of playing boule on his home ground. Aaron E., newly minted graduate of U. of M. will doubtless be visiting his friends on campus and can also stop by to test out the terrain.
In these opening stages, there is not yet an official name for the club, so perhaps it is best to say they are the Ann Arbor Pistes... that is, until Howard and Jane decided upon an official name.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Eric is a GREAT pointer. a Natural. These two teams duked it out at every round. When one team was holding a close point, the other team would take it - and then it'd happen again!
By the last round the score was 6 to 6 (on a 7-point game). Eric laid in a nice close point, ample protection in the front... But then Maury would roll in a push point, and be closer. Then Mark (who changed his throwing style) would roll in an even closer point, then Maury who had a flood of boules in the way, would weave around them and his boule ended up pushing Mark's boule away for 2 points. Mark was left trying to remove 2 boules with one boule left. Victory to Pat & Maury. But a very well played game by both teams. Bravo.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Mike D. rejoined the club - we hadn't seen him for weeks - but his pointing prowess was right on spot today. Pat and Maury wanted a re-match against Jeff C. and Mark W. after their shellacking the other day. They beat 'em twice: 13/7 and 13/2
No petanque monday (Holiday) so I'll see you Tuesday. Have a nice weekend!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
My own game went South - FAST... a 6 to 13 loss. Whew!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Winning 13/1 still gives you 3.5 points. You should keep this in mind when playing, so as not to give away a strong lead.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Pat reports that his team (Pat & Aaron) were down 2 to 8 against Hal & TimC. but after some concerted concentration, they came back and won the day with a long but satisfying 13/11 victory.
On Piste-2 it was a bit of a runaway, with my shooting being on-target (for once) and Tim W. also trying out some successful shots. Maury studied the lay of the terrain and put in some great points. All in all, good steady teamwork for the 13/4 win.
Suggestion: When playing as a team, talk to each other about intentions. Weigh different strategy and don't be afraid to ask someone to come in and take a shot or a point. There's no rule that a player must throw/shoot all of their boules before letting another team member go... in fact, you should be weighing the strengths of your own team players and also the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition to come up with a winning tactic for each rounds boule layout.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
OUCH! That first game was pitiful! We played on the piste (court) perpendicular to those we normally use. That court is a killer. Very uneven. Despite this, Tim C. was piling on the points while we were trying our best to limit the damage.
In the 2nd game, it was a bit better, with a 12/13 loss to TimC.
Friday, May 08, 2009
At first, it didn't look good. We had 2 points to their 9, then we began to gain a little ground, finally ascending to a 13/12 victory!
The credit goes to my team who worked well together, playing a tight defense - but not afraid to take some chances for extra points. The main idea I'd like to bring across is... don't give up. You just need 1 point per round to get into a winning position.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
By the way, welcome to the upper rankings Jeff C.
I'm not sure of the details of Maury/Kevin's game, but 13/4 ... there must be something to report. Hal?
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
It is good to be able to weigh the various levels of skills in your own team members and that of your opponents. But this is only one of a multitude of variables for a team captain to digest. For example, we know Maury likes the "long game" so as an opponent with control of the cochonnet toss, keep the games shorter (6-8 meters). But also keep in mind other factors like the amounts of boules both teams have (and who has those boules!). If a player who mainly points has the remaining boules, then a well-laid boule won't likely be shot away. These factors (player assessment; boule count; cochonnet distance; score difference) all should be considered.
When my team has a clear 5 point lead, I'll take more chances, having that leeway. Behind in the score - I play more defensively - aware of an opportunity but also trying to cut losses (conceeding a point and laying in defensive boules). We saw quite a few defensive "walls" turn into the close-point today.
See you tomorrow!