by Jo Ella Manalan
Southeast Region Representative Jo Ella is a former teacher and an enthusiastic bouleswoman. She serves on both the national and South Florida Pétanque Club boards, and is a founder of the Facebook Page, Pétanquewomen. Here is her dispatch from the 2016 WWQ.
The 2016 National Women's Triples Championship and World Qualifier was held in Blue Hill, Maine, September 10–11, 2016. Teams representing every region of the FPUSA were present.
What a weekend! We had 11 teams competing in triples competition, and seven of those teams included members of the Maine Boules Club, organizers of the tournament, who were fantastic hosts. The event even included a torch lighting by an “almost Olympian," lovely lunches, gourmet snacks, and above all, superb organization of the tournament. This was all capped off by a lobster fest on Sunday night.
There were four games played on Saturday and eight teams continued in pool play on Sunday. The other three teams were automatically entered into the Boatyard Cup competition which took place simultaneously on Sunday. The final tournament game was a nail-biter that went down to the wire with the team of Gina Dejoy, Shannon Hodge, and Shirley Jones finally prevailing over the team of Kate Unkel, Kendall Unkel, and Dindy Royster by a score of 13-12.
On Monday, following the tournament, we were treated to a lovely island picnic. Everyone played pétanque on the beach and we were all winners because of the camaraderie and fun. If you weren't a part of this competition, make plans to attend your next regional and/or national tournaments so as not to miss out on all the fun. Thanks again to the Maine Boules Club and all its generous members and a big congratulations to the winners.
For you data lovers, here are the numbers:
Gold: Gina DeJoy (South Florida PC), Shannon Hodge (Zanesfield PC), Shirley Jones (Carolina Pétanque) 13/12
Silver: Kate Unkel, Kendall Loomis, Virginia Royster (Maine Boules Club)
Joint 3rd place: Julie Jo Fehrle, Angela Gleason (Maine Boules Club), Juanita Celix (Seattle PC) and Tish Harris (Oakhurst PC), Celia Crittenden (Portland PC), Lisa Skerl (La Boule New Yorkaise)
Boatyard Cup Results
Gold: Mark Kindschi, Mia Kanazawa, Matthew 'Max' Mattes (Maine Boules Club) 13/7
Silver: Bo Edwards (Carolina Pétanque), Michelle Healy (San Antonio PC), Janet Kirtland (Portland PC)
Bronze: Bill Lawson, Michael Tareila, David Barry
(Maine Boules Club) 13/5
4th Place: Jetsun Penkalski, Michael Percy (Maine Boules Club), Xavier Thibaud (La Boule New Yorkaise)
The turnout for this year’s Men’s Triples Championship and CCQ was relatively light, with nine teams participating. Lamorinda PC once again rolled out the red carpet with excellent hospitality in every respect. National Sport Director Etienne Rijkheer saw to it that both of the weekend’s events ran smoothly. Host clubs play a crucial role in our Sport program, and we thank the club, it’s leaders, and all the volunteers for the time and effort put towards a top notch event.
Players from as far away as Washington state and Texas made the trip and by all accounts a great time was had by all. The weather was nice and hot, as we have come to expect from Lamorinda in late summer. The Texans, as well as a strong contingent from the Fresno and Oakhurst clubs seemed to think the weather was just fine. Four strong teams made it out of the day-two pool qualifying into the semi-final matches. Team Harris/Vang/Moa bested Feaster/Johnstone/Geraud in one semi-final, while team Porto/Kurz/Thao won out over Mathis/Coughlin/Yang. In the well-played final, Harris/Vang/Moa proved too strong and took the Gold Medal. Porto/Kurz/Thao had a good start, but in the end had to settle for Silver. As is our custom for Qualifiers, there is no match for third-fourth, with the losers of the semis sharing the Bronze.
Just the numbers:
Gold: John Harris (Oakhurst PC), By Vang, Thomas Moua (Fresno PC) 13/7
Silver: Ed Porto, Wofie Kurz, (Petaluma Valley PC), Jer Thao (Fresno PC)
Joint third place: Dan Feaster (Port Townsend Pétanque Alliance), David Johnstone (Portland PC), Philippe Ger-aud (Seattle PC)
Peter Mathis, Mickey Coughlin (Valley of the Moon PC), Paul Yang (Fresno PC)
In the Lamorinda Select Triples one-day event, Fresno PC made another strong showing, placing teams in first and second place.
Gold: Nicholas Yang, Michel Yang, Fue Vang (Fresno PC)
Silver: Patrick Bourrel, Linda Motschiedler, Janice Bis-sonnette (Fresno PC)
Bronze: Carlos Couto, Serge Hanne (Lamorinda PC), Daniel Genini (Le Club de Pétanque-San Diego)
In late September the new FPUSA website, www.usapetanque.org, went online. The new site represents a large scale expansion over its predecessor, combining as it does not only the functions of the old FPUSA location, but also the those of the Landing Spot. Other new features are web pages for each of the FPUSA-affiliated clubs that include a brief description of the club, its practice hours, links to websites, Smugmug folders, Facebook pages, local contact information, and a map to its terrain. Sport director Etienne Rijkheer assisted with the creation of the areas of the competition section that derived from the Landing Spot, so all of the tournament calendars, results, regulations, entry forms, and reports remain just as they were on the Landing Spot, which officially will go dark October 1st.
The developers, volunteers Dan Feaster and Nan Walter, kept two audiences in mind while creating the look and feel of the site. They wanted to provide useful information not only for the experienced pétanque player, but also for the newbie, or even the casual browser who might stumble across our pages. The overarching idea is to have the Newsletter and the website work together as useful tools not only to inform the current membership, but to serve as effective recruiting tools for pétanque.
The Annual Meeting of the Federation of Pétanque, USA, Inc., took place at the Lamorinda Pétanque Club terrain, 480 St. Mary's Road, Lafayette, California on Saturcay, August 13, 2016. Board members present included President and Membership Secretary Frank Pipal, Vice President Christine Cragg, Secretary Dan Feaster, National Sport Director Etienne Rijkheer, and Northern California Counselor Bleys Rose. Proxies for seven absent members were carried by President Frank Pipal (three) and Secretary Dan Feaster (four). With a quorum of 12 established, President Pipal opened the meeting. Reports were submitted by Treasurer Joe Martin, NSD Etienne Rijkheer, and Membership Secretary Frank Pipal. The Minutes will be posted once they have been approved by the Board. One item from the Membership Report that we can share at this time is the application of two new clubs for FPUSA membership. And since the meeting took place, a third club has applied for membership. Now we are 50!
Here in the late days of September as heated summer grudgingly yields to fall, we begin what we trust will be a new and rewarding benefit of your FPUSA membership, the quarterly FPUSA news-letter. In our digital pages we will endeavor to keep you informed of significant happenings in the world of pétanque around the corner, across the country, and, if relevant, perhaps a bit of international news as well. We’d like to link our community together through a greater familiarity with each other and the game we love by means of words and pictures. We welcome you as a reader, encourage you to be-come a contributor, and hope you become a fan.
Well, another busy summer has come and gone. We have lots of news upon which to launch this humble vessel, our inaugural newsletter. When I took over as head of the Communications Committee I set a few goals for myself. First, and primary, was to establish a more meaningful and effective line of communication. “Communication” implies a two-way exchange of ideas and information, and we really want to encourage our members to take part in the exchange. Second, an overhaul of the FPUSA web-site. Third was to bring back the FPUSA newsletter. We want the website and newsletter to function not only as tools to inform, but also to engage each of you, our members, in a dialogue with your representatives. For a variety of reasons these tasks have taken longer than I’d initially hoped or planned, but we are now well underway. If you’ve visited the website, you’ve probably noticed numerous pages that ask for your input, invite your participation, or solicit your opinion. We really mean it. Don’t be shy, let us know what you’re thinking and what ideas you have for the website. The same applies to this quarterly. We actively solicit your articles, ideas, your reportage, and your photos. In fact we are even inviting you to help name our publication. Send your suggestions for a name for this publication to: Secretary@USAPetanque.org.
If you've already visited, you'll know that one of the biggest projects of the summer has been our creation of the new FPUSA website. If you haven't, you'll find it here: www.usapetanque.org. While I provided oversight, Nan Walter supplied copy, de-sign, and execution. Etienne Rijkheer, our National Sport Director, assisted with content for the com-petition section derived from the old Landing Spot. The transition to the new website will be completed by October 1, 2016, and the Landing Spot will be officially closed at that time.
Also in this issue we report on the new Men’s Team USA and Women’s Team USA. Southeast Region Counselor, Jo Ella Manalan has graciously written on the September Women’s Qualifier from the Maine Boules Club in Blue Hill, Maine, while I have done similar duty for the August Men’s Qualifier at Lamorinda Pétanque Club in Lafayette, California. Gina Teator DeJoy, one of our top women competitors, has also generously contributed her take on the Women’s Confederations Cup Team’s adventures at the Mondial Ricard la Marseillaise à Pétanque in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, this past August.
In club news we’ll meet a group of model citizens from the Edmonds Pétanque Club and say hello to our newest club, the Seacoast Boulaines of New Hampshire. Finally we conclude this issue with a fascinating article on training, the first in a series by Seattle Pétanque Club President Philippe Geraud and a water color by talented petanquewoman and artist Shannon Bowman. We hope you enjoy taking this little excursion with us and we look forward to hearing from you.