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)