Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Ends with a Great Boule Game

Pat mentioned that my shooting and pointing was particularly good this month, so he was happy to report that June was over today. But we shall see. This afternoon's close 13/11 game was due to everyone playing at top notch - with excellent shooting and pointing all around. I am very proud of the progreess of all of the club's players - keeping their eyes not only on their throws but also on the strategy, and the rules as well. Very nice!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Another close one . . .

Everyone took all kinds of chances both shooting and pointing in this game. Round per round, the game play was very close - until we finally had a 12/12 round. Well done y'all! See you Monday. Maury and Pat should be back by then.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Buzz Pulls Off Another Win for His Team

Joined by Will (Plombe' Will of years ago) my team struggled to get back some points after our opponents took a 5 point, and then a 3 point round on us. It was tough, but with some careful strategy, we advanced to a threat. Unfortunately, at the last round we couldn't cut away their three points sitting...

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tim's Shot Results in a Slaughter

The best play of the day went to Tim W. who fired in a boule at the opponent's boule. We knew that the close cochonnet would move somewhere, but we had ample boules left to use and he took the shot. The enemy boule went flying, and the cochonnet bounced off numerous boules and remained nested right in the middle of 4 of our points! Nice.

Monday, June 14, 2010

It was strictly a pointing game . . .

When you take the shooting element out of the petanqe, the game takes on a different mode of play. If your team lands a close (couple of inches away form the cochonnet) boule - you're not going to have the brash bold shooter come in and "smash things up" - instead, the opposition's pointers will be trying to deftly push and nudge the enemy boule out of position. This results in many rounds of relatively tightly packed boules as nobody is around to knock everything apart. In a way, each assemblage of boules is carefully lobbed into positition. Today's game had Buzz/Maury pitted against Eric/Fred - strong pointers all around. an enjoyable game.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Friday's Games

Buzz has really been doing well, rocketing to the number three spot with a soolid 1.92 (threatening Maury's 2nd position). Fred learned a new method for pointing (using just the fingers, not the thumb) which made for a very stable throw (otherwise the thumb might throw the boule off a bit when the boule is grasped & released)

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cursing Like Sailors!

Another fun day of boule. We thought we had it in the bag, until a cochonnet knock by Pat gave our opponents 4 points! At 12/8 we had to keep them at bay, but eventually, their 13th arrived.

Pat is a firm believer in talking to the boule... directing the boule's path by sheer will. It seemed to work as Buzz tried some really salty cursing to get his boule closest to the cochonnet. It works!

Yes, we meet at 12-noon (but I arrive shortly thereafter... probably by 12:10pm) - telling folks that we play at 12:15pm to 1:05pm isn't as easy to remember as Noon to 1pm... But you get the general idea...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Pat Defends His Lead

Not one to give up his crown easily, Pat A. put in another win today 13/6 against a powerful opponent: Tim C./Mark W. Maury B. is a close 2nd place, and if he can pull out some wins while Pat loses a few, they'll do a switcheroo in ranks.
My own game went smoothly, with Buzz and I keeping close to Abu/Brian - it was anyone's game until the final round 13/11. Well fought.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Action Packed Friday Game

Great action packed game today. We had really close rounds with points being shot out then replaced by other pointed boules, shot out agin, replaced, bumped ... the teams were very evenly matched as testament to the close score 13/10.
Thanks for a really great game today, and have a nice peacefu weekend. See you Monday!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Mark Brings a Guest to the Petanque Piste

Happy Birthday Mark. Today, Mark decided to show up after a long hiatus (can we say... Jackson Prison?) with a guest, Caitlin from Lansing. Decidedly player abundant - we played one game of 5 verses 4 people... my team lucked out with the coin toss as Caitlin pointed way better than Mark... and it was her first time!

We nearly caught up with our opponents, if not for my losing 2 points with a bad-luck opponent-boule push... nonetheless, we did fine and the game was a pretty tight going one (point for point) until the end.

Tally-Ho.. see you Friday.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Playing within the Distances

Distances for the initial throw of the cochonnet should be maintained within the 6 to 10 meters. [Article 7] Sure, there's times when the cochonnet may roll to 11 or 12 meters - and you all decide to "play it" but you're cheating yourself out of a nuance of the game: the experience of shooting & pointing to particular spans.

When the cochonnet consistently lands at 12 meters, you're taking shooters (and pointers) out of the realm of their experienced playing and introducing more luck to the round. You are also straining the arms of the shooters (not good) as well as defeating players who just can roll such a distance.

I think it is far better to take back the cochonnet and re-throw to a valid distance.

Of course, we're talking about everyday playing. For tournaments, throwing to valid Article-7 distances are a given! I would expect players to utilize Article-8 which allows a team to "take back" the cochonnet and the first thrown boule if the cochonnet is not at a valid distance (but if the opposing team has also thrown a boule - the distance is then considered valid).