Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Recent Juniors Events: Illinois and Florida

Here's a couple bits of Juniors news from the weekend of October 26th…

Downers Grove Illinois: Downers Grove North Petanque Meet

By Chicago Petanque Club · Updated on Sunday
It was a sunny, cool, day of sizzling pointing and blazing shooting in Downers Grove. The plentiful, tasty pastries and hot chocolate made it the perfect petanque day with the Downers Grove North French club. Fun time for all. Thanks to the CPC for making this event possible!
Our man Ziggy giving a few pointers to the students.

Fernandina Beach, Florida: Amelia Island Boules Club

In an effort to introduce and promote petanque to all ages of the population, as well as maintain our favorable relationship with the City and Community, the Amelia Island Boules Club reaches out to the County’s High Schools. Saturday, we held the second annual County-wide High School Tournament, with teams representing the schools competing against each other. A picture is worth a thousand words—you only need to look at the picture below to see that a great time was had by all!

As a result of the club's efforts, the Amelia Island Boules Club now boasst 130 members, born in every decade from the 1920’s to 2000, and has been the largest club in the U.S. for the past two years. Keep up the good work!
Players strike a pose with booster, Philippe Boets.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Petanque In the USA

Federation of Petanque, USA is a non-profit sports organization whose purpose is to build a national body of FPUSA - affiliated clubs and individuals dedicated to spreading, practicing and enjoying Petanque, a worldwide outdoor bowling game of modern French derivation via ancient Greece and Rome.

A gracious thank you to Dexter Darden for his participation on the project and a big thank you to all the petanque enthusiasts who have made it into the final creation. This would not be possible without your support and generosity. Also a special thank you to the Kitt family.

Created by Artem Zuev. Written by Karina Morgenstein.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Visit the New FPUSA Facebook page, 'like' us and get get petanque news and information from FPUSA Clubs.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Women's Team  is in Montauban! They will play their first game on Friday, 4 October at 2:00PM. You can follow their progress on the Web by going to http://www.ffpjp.info/index.php/programme-championnat-monde to see the playing schedule and all the tabulated results.

You will also be able to watch Web-TV FFPJP and catch various games live. Go to http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/ to figure out the time difference for your area.

Etats Unis - United States
Cragg Christine -  Chef de Délégation
Garrett Narin - Joueur 1
Hall Barbara  - Joueur 2
Stroud Cynthia - Joueur 3
McTaggart Erin -  Joueur 4
Malette Pierre - Coach

Saturday, September 21, 2013



These clubs will be hosting Marco Foyot on his tour of the United States
Starting in Zanesfield,OH October 2 and finishing in Austin,TX October 27


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On September 7th and 8th, 2013, 14 doubles teams and 9 Mixed Triples teams gathered in Blue Hill, Maine to compete in the Federation Petanque USA Northeast Regional Select Doubles and Mixed Triples tournament.  The tournament was hosted by the Maine Boules Club, whose home is located in the Boatyard at Webbers Cove.

Select Doubles Concour results

First place: Mark Kindschi (MBC)  and Mia Kanazawa (MBC)
2. Kate Brideau (LBNY) and  Lucien Rakotojaona (LBNY)
3.   Guy Rabarijaona  (LBNY) and Rafik Blida (LBNY)
4.  Special mention must be given to Team Julie Jo Fehrle (MBC) and Dindy Royster(MBC) (who awed everyone with her pointing skills)

Doubles Consolante

First place:  Frank Bianco (MBC)  and Russ Dischinger (MBC)
2.  Paula Hogan (MBC) and Debbie Barry (MBC)

Mixed Triples Concour

First place:  Joseph Hassoune (LBNY), Kasia Sliz (LBNY), Rafik Blida (LBNY)
2.  Ernesto Santos (LBNY), Kate Brideau (LBNY), Guy Rabarijaona (LBNY)
3.  Max Mattes (MBC), Kate Unkel (MBC),  Jetsun Penkalski (MBC)

Mixed Triples Consolante

First place:  Frank and Diane Bianco (MBC),Marty Dischinger (MBC)
2.  Mark Kindschi (MBC), Lucien Rakotojaona (LBNY),  Mia Kanazawa (MBC)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Men's and Women's National Triples Qualification Tournament -INFO-

Dear Fellow FPUSA Members,
Some of you have been waiting patiently for information and registration for the upcoming Men's and Women's Qualification tournaments that will be held in Sarasota, Lake Worth, FL (respectively) on the weekend of November 2nd & 3rd.
But wait no longer - Sport Committee Member Etienne Rijkheer has put together packages for both tournaments on a new Qualifiers web page.

  Eligibility for these tournaments must be verified, so please be mindful of the early registration deadlines.

Thanks again for your support of FPUSA.

Best wishes,
Ed Porto
President, FPUSA

Thanks to All the Volunteers at Our Host Clubs!
And Good Luck to All Players!

Monday, August 12, 2013

FPUSA's NW Regional Select Triples event Aug 12, 2013

Here are results from the event in San Rafael, CA., hosted by La Petanque Mariniere: 

First place: Gilles Karpowicz/Carlos Couto/Pierre Palaneado – $70 each player
Second place: Pao Lee/Chan Yiong/Kise Lee – $50 each player
Third place: Mickey Coughlin/Nicole Coughlin/Holly Sammons – $30 each player

First place: Paul Moua/Ly Pao Nhia Yi/Poe Lee – $30 for each player
Second place: Jean-Claude Etallaz/Carolina Jones/Etienne Rijkheer – $20 each player

A total of 15 teams of triples competed in the day-long event directed by Verena Rytter. 
Players represented a number of club in the Northwest region including La Petanque Mariniere, Valley of the Moon Petanque Club, Redwood Empire Boules, Lamorinda Petanque Club, Petaluma Valley Petanque Club and Sacramento Petanque Club.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

FPUSA's NW Regional Men's & Women's Singles Event June 16, 2013

The tournament hosted by the Lamorinda Petanque Club at their courts in Lafayette, CA, attracted eight women and 20 men from seven different clubs as far away as Portland, OR.


The results:

Women's Singles: 

Gold -  Barbara Hall of Valley of the Moon Petanque Club
Silver - Nicole Coughlin of Redwood Empire Boules Club
Bronze - Teri Sirico of Petaluma Valley Petanque Club


First place - Janet Kirtland of Portland Petanque Club
Second place - Carolina Jones of Lamorinda Petanque Club

Men's Singles: 

Gold - Poe Lee of Club francaise de Sacramento
Silver - Yor Lee of Club francaise de Sacramento
Bronze - Carlos Couto of Lamorinda Petanque Club
Fourth place - Paul Moua of Club francaise de Sacramento


First place - Bee Moua of Club francaise de Sacramento
Second place - Bleys Rose  of Petaluma Valley Petanque Club
Third place - Paul Kos of La Boule d'Or

Etienne Rijkheer, organizer of the tournament and a FPUSA board member, said the event was especially notable for the playing erformance of  10-year-old Noah Sonet of the Lamorinda Petanque Club who competed in his first regional tournament.

"He gave a focused and competitive performance," Etienne observed. "He was narrowly beaten in the Consolante by the eventual winner Bee Moua with a score of 12 to 13."

Here is link to photos from the event:

Monday, May 20, 2013


For the first time in a decade, the FPUSA's big doubles event returned to the city of Sonoma in a two-day event hosted by the Valley of the Moon Petanque Club.

The winners:

Men's Doubles
First place:
Paul Yang and By Vang
Both of the Fresno Petanque Club
Second place:
Pierre Agnesse and Philippe Agnesse
Both of Portland (OR) Petanque Club
Third place:
Joseph Hassoune and Robert Dunn
Both of La Boule New Yorkaise

Women's Doubles
First place:
Narin Garrett (Valley of the Moon)
Cynthia Stroud (Maine Boules Club)
Second place:
Holly Sammons and Shannon Bowman
Both of Valley of the Moon
Third place:
Barbara Hall and Erin McTaggart
Both of Valley of the Moon.

Mixed Doubles
First place:
Narin Garrett (Valley of the Moon)
Ernesto Santos (La Boule New Yorkaise)
Second place:
Barbara Hall (Valley of the Moon)
Xavier Thibaud (New York Petanque Club)
Third place:
Tish and John Harris
Both of Oakhurst (CA) Petanque Club

Here is a link to a news story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Here is a link to a news story in the Sonoma Index Tribune:
Here is a link to a story on the Sonoma Patch:

Friday, May 03, 2013

SW Regional Mixed Tournaments

(April 27-28) Fresno Petanque Club hosted the SW Regional Mixed Doubles and SW Regional Mixed Triples. It was a perfect Fresno weekend, sunny, but not too hot. Blessed are those shade trees! The excitement level was high and a great time was had by all!

Thank you, FPC, for hosting another wonderful tournament!

Results for doubles (18 teams):
Gold - Michel Yang and Chue Thao, Fresno Petanque Club
Silver - By Vang and Mai Lee, Fresno Petanque Club 
Bronze - Paul Yang and Chia Vang, Fresno Petanque Club

Triples (12 teams):
Gold - Paul Yang, By Vang and Mai Lee, Fresno Petanque Club
Silver - Nicolas Kau Yang, Thomas Moua, and Chue Thao, Fresno Petanque Club
Bronze - Mark Greenberg, Tiare Ferrari and William Widmaier, Los Angeles Petanque Club

NW Regional "65 Over/Under"

(April 21) Lamorinda Petanque Club hosted 22 teams for the NW Regional "65 Over/Under" Mixed Doubles.

The medalists were:
Gold - Patrick Vaslet + Holly Sammons, Valley of the Moon (below)
Silver - Mickey Coughlin, Redwood Empire + Jocelyn Krauer, La Boule d'Or
Bronze - Peter Mathis, Valley of the Moon + Carolina Jones, Lamorinda


 photo by Alain Efron

FPUSA NE Regional Singles and Triples

(April 20-21) FPUSA Regionals returned to The Big Apple on a cool spring weekend at the Parade Grounds in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

21 Players competed on Saturday. The medalists were:
Gold - Joseph Hassoune LBNY
Silver - 2nd Eric Bertin NYPC
Bronze -  Steve Ginsberg LBNY

9 Triplettes competed on Sunday. The medalists were:
Gold - Xavier Thibaud NYPC, Lucien Rakotojaona LBNY, Philippe Menier NYPC (below)
Silver - Eric Bertin NYPC, Thierry Julliard NYPC, Bill Harris NYPC
Bronze - Rafik Blida LBNY, Tiana Rarivoson LBNY, Charles Kossi LBNY


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


 SE Regional Tournament  60 + Over at the Boca 2000 Courts

1st Place  Bernard Martin and Claude Lauhle  

2nd Place Joella Manalan and Christian Cote

3rd place Francis Cheru and Michell Crouzillat

The FPUSA Medals were given out  by Louis Giscard d'Estaing candidate for french congress representing the french people living in the US and Canada.

Photos By: Stephan Soilleux

Monday, April 15, 2013

National Singles/Mixed Triples - Results -

Nationals in Florida

The Nationals Men and Women Singles together with the National Mix Triples were held at The Boca 2000 Courts in FL. on Sat 6th and Sun 7th of April this year.
 There were a total of 26 MEN and 5 WOMEN to batle it out for the top Prize.

National Men Singles

1st Francis Cheru (SFPC)

2nd Artem Zuev (LAPC)

3rd Claude Laulhe (Boca 2000)

National Women Singles

1st Gina Teator DeJoy (Maine Boules)

2nd Diana Jacobs (LAPC)

3rd Cynthia Stroud (Maine Boules)

 National Mixed Triples

1st Christian Cote, Linda Cote and Mark Vedrine

2nd Alec Stone Sweet, John Rolland and Marieke Rolland

3rd Gilles Canesse, Philippe Tripoul and Gina Teator DeJoy

Congratulations to ALL!!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

5th Annual Heart Of Texas Petanque Open Doublette

5th Annual Heart Of Texas Petanque Open Doublette

The Heart of Texas Petanque Club held its 5th Annual HOT Petanque Open on Saturday April 6th 2013. 32 teams from coast to coast descended on Austin to compete for cash & prizes and the honor of having your name engraved on the HOT Open Trophy. Teams from Maine, California, New Mexico, Louisiana, Colorado, Canada & France were represented, as well as Texas with teams from Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.

The day started chilly with an overcast sky. After 3 qualifying games in group play, the field was split into concours and consolante. By afternoon the sun was out but the wind had picked up, blowing dirt around and making it harder to focus. The final once again pitted Heart of Texas against Dallas Petanque. After falling behind 0-6 to the strong Dallas team, the Heart of Texans battled back, eventually pulling ahead 9-8. In the final round, with Dallas out of boules and Heart's 12th point on the ground, Heart of Texas has 2 boules left to win the game. With the last boule, the jack is pushed back (yikes)...... to HOT's own boules (whew) making 2 points, and winning the match. When all was said and done, a great time was had by all.

The following day, Zaytouna Lounge hosted their monthly petanque tournament to coincide with the HOT OPEN weekend. 24 teams, many from the previous day, showed up to compete. After 5 qualifying rounds, 8 teams moved on to the 1/4 finals. At the end of the day, another team from Heart of Texas won the day over a talented San Antonio team.

Its wonderful to see the level of play rising here in the Lone Star State. Y'all should come see us now, y'hear?

HOT Petanque Open results:
First place: Christophe Chambers / Rick Armstrong  (Austin)
Second place: Richard Fernandez / Patrick Blanco  (Dallas)

Third place: Greg Schryver / Lucas McClure  (Austin)

First place: Michel Costa / Nicolas Bienvenu    (San Antonio)
Second place: Tommy Wood / Michael Kaufman  (Austin)
Third place: Amy Bienvenu / Francis Perrin    (San Antonio)

Zaytouna Tourney results:
First Place: Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin  (Austin)
Second place: Nicolas Bienvenu and Michel Costa   (San Antonio)
Third place: Bill Baker and Cesar Maksoud  (Dallas)

(Photos courtesy Arsene Dupin)

2013 HOT Petanque Tournament participants

Trophy Table
The Hangar in action
HOT Petanque Open Winners: Christophe & Rick
2nd Place:  Patrick & Richard
3rd Place: Greg & Lucas
Consolante Winners:  Michel & Nicolas
Consolante 2nd Place:  Tommy & Michael
Consolante 3rd Place: Francis & Amy
Zaytouna Lounge
third round action
Zaytouna Winners:  Amine & Arsene
2nd Place: Nicolas & Michel
3rd Place: Cesar & Bill

Monday, April 08, 2013

The new Tournament Information and Petanque Partner Finder site is a centralized collection of information about upcoming FPUSA National and Regional Tournaments as well as Open Tournaments

For FPUSA Tournaments you will find Tournament Entry Forms, and if the information has been provided, accommodation and hospitality information. If a club has requested Partner Finder, you will find that as well.

For Open Tournaments you will find the name of the tournament, dates and where it is being held as well as links to websites, Google maps, Facebook pages and more.
As an FPUSA Member Club hosting a tournament you can have information posted by Adding your Tournament.  Adding of Open Tournaments at this time is limited to tournaments that will most likely attract  participants from across the USA or Internationally or other weekend-long events. See fine examples of this on the Open Tournaments page.

To get the most from this facility you are encouraged to Subscribe to the service. 
By Subscribing, you will receive email notification when information about upcoming FPUSA and Open Tournaments is posted.

Click here to go to there and Subscribe. 

Saturday, April 06, 2013

At your service…

Please see the new links in the right hand column for fun and handy access to info from FPUSA and images from our Clubs. 

Thanks to NW Regional Counselor Dan Feaster (Redwood Empire Boules Club) for putting the photo site together. Instructions for photo posting will be sent to all FPUSA clubs in the near future - once Dan gets done moving!!

And a big and hearty Thanks to NW Regional Counselor and Sport Committee Member Etienne Rijkheer (Lamorinda Petanque Club) for designing and maintaining the Partner Finder/Tourney info site!

Monday, March 18, 2013

OHLALA Club Petanque Tournament

The Guy Salanon Memorial Petanque Tournament.

On Sunday March 17th the OHLALA Club from Lake Mary Florida inaugurated their brand new courts for the Guy Salanon Memorial Tournament.

The Club members worked very hard with Jon Claessens at the Lead to transform and empty lot into an array of beautiful challenging courts and not the usual flat and leveled terrain.
 There were a total of 16 Double Teams from mostly the SE, 2 Teams from North Carolina, Amelia Island, St. Augustine, Del Ray Beach, Sarasota, Seaside, Miami and of course the Local Club in Orlando, Fl.

OHLALA is one of the latest clubs to be formed in Florida and already have a beautiful place to meet and play in such a short time they have become part of our Petanque Family they are definitely have become a very close Club.
 The day started on the cool side but quickly warmed up to upper 70's the Tournament started promptly right after Club President Jon Claessens announcements. The First Game started at 9:10am.
 There were going to be a total of 3 Qualifying Games before Lunch with Top 8 Teams advancing to the Main Concours and the remaining 8 Teams to the Consolante.

The Results of the Tournament were as Follow:

1st Place Roger Arpaia and Frederic Peñaranda

2nd Place Jacques Martinez and Juan Garcia

3rd Place Gilles Canesse and Eric Moutard

Winners of the Consolante were Gary and Shirley Jones

 Great Organization and a  Club that will grow for sure  in the years to come, everyone makes you feel like you are in your own Club.
 Thanks to all it was a great Petanque Weekend.

Tournament Pictures

Monday, March 11, 2013


On Sunday March 10th we had the SE Regional 65 Over/Under Mixed Triples at the Boca 2000 Courts in which you must have a player under and above 65 years of age and a Lady to complete athe Triplete.
Weather was great, sunny with a breeze to cool off a bit.

The Results were as follow:

1st Place
Gerard Galiano, Denise Magas and Roger Arpaia

2nd Place
Jacques Martinez, Juan Garcia and Nicole Beloy

3rd Place
Francis Cheru, Marieke Rolland and John Rolland


Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Petanque Group Forming in the "City of Brotherly Love!"

Petanque enthusiast Bill Craig is leading an effort to establish a petanque club in Philadelphia. Here is his announcement and an invitation to join the online group…

    A Meetup group has been recently created for those in and around Philadelphia who are interested in pétanque.  People come together to play every Sunday at Clark Park in West Philadelphia, not far from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.  For more details and to sign-up :

The organizers of the Meetup group and several other regular players plan to soon establish a Philadelphia region pétanque club associated with FPUSA.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

First SW Regional to be hosted by Las Vegas Petanque!

Sunday, March 31, 2013
Welcome to the Las Vegas Petanque Club! 
We are looking forward to playing with petanque players from other cities in the Southwest Region on Sunday March 31, 2013. We play on a terrain made of decomposed granite that is relatively flat, mostly hard (no rain!) but with some softer spots and some stones too. In the morning we will offer coffee and cookies, at lunch we will provide sandwiches, and after the games: apero! Note that there is no store around. Let us know if you are spending several days in town ...
Directions to Bruce Trent Park, 1600 North Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89128
Anywhere from the Strip (Las Vegas Blvd) go North on Interstate 15. Merge onto US-95 N via EXIT 42A toward Reno. Take EXIT 81A toward Summerlin Pkwy. From Summerlin Pkwy, take 3rd exit, the Rampart Blvd exit North. Stay on the right. Pass Angel Park golf course, and turn right into the park (before the traffic light of Vegas Drive). In the park, at the T, turn left and park. We play along the tennis courts.
To select a hotel, view http://www.vegas.com/lounge/map.html that has a map with them, or compare with search engines like www.orbitz.com and then check direct with the hotels.
Hotels close by:
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, 221 N Rampart Blvd · Las Vegas, Nevada 89145
Suncoast Hotel & Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89145
Off the strip (8-12 minutes away):
Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, 2101 Texas Star Ln, North Las Vegas
Santa Fe Station Hotel Casino, 4949 North Rancho, Las Vegas, NV 89130
La Quinta Inn & Suites, 7101 Cascade Valley Ct, Las Vegas, NV 89128-0455
Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, 11011 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada 89135  -- if you want to be away from the Strip and very clo
se to visit Red Rock Canyon.
Across I-15
Palace Station Hotel Casino, 2411 West Sahara, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Any hotel casino Downtown Las Vegas about 15 minutes away:
Golden Nugget Hotel Casino, 129 E. Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Four Queens Hotel And Casino, 202 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, 1 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Furthest hotel South on the strip about 20 minutes away:
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions! We are awaiting for your registration forms so we can organize better our first tournament.
A bientôt ...

Monday, February 11, 2013

SE Regional Doubles - Results -

Another great Tournament day in South Florida even though some people complaint of being on the cool side at times it looked that it was going to rain but never happened.
 There were a total of 20 Doubles Teams from St Augustine, Orlando, Sarasota, Lakeworth Boca and Miami and after the long day of playing the results were as follow:

1st Place - Roger Arpaia and Frederic Penaranda

2nd Place - Marieke & John Rolland

3rd Place - Aaron Kianofsky and Jo Ella Manalan

                              Pictures by: Jose.