We now have a few photos of our team in Dakar, Senegal, where just over a week ago, they competed in the World Petanque Championships.
Robert Pierre, our Chef de Delegation tells us the terrain was basically the beach with rocks spread over it, and in this photo taken during the opening ceremony shows it, just look at what they are standing on. Must have been completely different than what any of us has ever played on.
Just next to our team is the France B team who ended up winning the championship in a fanny over Thailand.
One of the duties of the Chef is to present a gift to the host country. Here is Robert offering a very nice photo book in French of the U.S. National Parks to His Excellency Bacor Dia, Minister of Sport for Senegal. The fellow in the middle is Gassan Ezzidine, President of the Senegal Federation. Looks like a warm day, doesn't it?
Another of the duties of the Chef is to attend the President's Dinner along with the team coach, Ly Nguyen. And in the spirit of gift giving, the Chef receives a small gift, in this case a decorated drum, and Gassan receives one of our jerseys.
And how about this for a nice group shot on the beach in Dakar? From left to right, you see Pascal, Christian, Ly, Thuan, Mai, and Robert.
No doubt our fellows returned with more than a few memories and maybe some souvenirs. Our team for the 2010 World Games will be traveling to some far off place, perhaps Taiwan, but we won't know for sure for a while.
Our sincere thanks to all our players, coach, and Chef for doing such a nice job of representing the U.S. in Dakar.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
1st Michel and Pierrette Sucur
2nd Alex Canesse and Juan Garcia
3rd Raymond Fulconis and Michel Crouzillat
Mixed Doubles Results:
1st Roger and Lucie Arpaia
2nd Raymond Fulconis and Regine Maistri
3rd Guy Labouyrie and Muriel Schmidtke
We all enjoyed this SE Regional Weekend hosted by Armand Lallinec and his Club "The South Florida Petanque Club". There was some great pointing by the Locals on these very tough Courts to Play on.
The weather was hot on Saturday reaching the Mid 80's and due to a Cold Front Sunday started in the low 50's but ended up close to 70 degrees.
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Enjoy!!! and stay WARM.
There were teams from 53 countries competing in Dakar, Senegal, November 12-16, 2008, but one team emerged the champion, France B. Don't they look happy?
If they do, it may be because they fannied their opponent, the team from Thailand, unusual, but not unheard of in these competitions.
Here are the semi-final match-ups:
In the Coupe des Nations, the consolante, here are the results with Spain gaining first place.
Our U.S. team (Christian Triay, Pascal Corchia, and Thuan and Mai Nguyen, coached by Ly Nguyen) put up a good showing, but were shunted into the Coupe des Nations and were then unable to emerge from their pool. However, we congratulate their effort and appreciate their willingness to travel so far at some expense of time and money. Their proficiency as a team improved as they played games, but not quickly enough to remain in the compeition.
Our Chef de Delgation, Robert Pierre was snagged by the BBC News Service for an inteview and part of it can be read here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7729884.stm
It was decided at the Board meeting in Dakar, of the FIPJP, the international governing body for petanque, that the next Seniors World Competition will be in 2010, though one is planned for Women and Juniors in 2009, perhaps in Tunisia.
Complete results of the competition can be seen at: www.fipjp.com
Saturday, November 15, 2008
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7TH 2008.
OPEN FLORIDA TROPHY 2008.
FORMED “ DOUBLETTES “.
$ 700.00 Minimum prizes.
Entry fee: $ 50.00 by team if paid by December 1st
$ 60.00 by team after December 1st.
LUNCH PROVIDED by RENZO’S.
THE FLORIDA TROPHY IS OPEN TO ALL PETANQUE PLAYERS, HOWEVER THE FLORIDA TROPHY WILL STAY IN FLORIDA.
PLAYERS FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES ARE WELCOME, BUT THEY HAVE TO PLAY WITH A USA PLAYER.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH.
Practice all afternoon.
4.00 PM. deadline for inscription.
6.00 PM. Pastis and nibbles served compliments of BOCA PETANQUE CLUB 2000.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 7 TH.
9.00 AM. FLORIDA TROPHY STARTS.
Register and send money to:
5788 Wind Drift lane,
Boca Raton, Fl 33433.