The first Petanque tourney of the new season had a bit of everything with welcoming hugs and handshakes, a sprinkling of our returning northern friends, the always tantalizing aroma of dogs on the BBQ, instruction on how to properly rake a court…..and even a rain delay!
Team Captains were instructed to toss out their first balls at 9am sharp by Petanque Chair Warren Smith and Tourney Coordinator Greg Plank to the delight of the 64 players in the 16 team tournament. Temperature was 76F felt like 85F, humidity at 93% and an almost non existent 5mph ‘breeze’ out of the NE.
Petanque tournaments guarantee 2 games with losers in the first round moving to ‘B’ Flight, the winners of course stay in ‘A’ Flight. Starting in the 2nd round of play the tourney becomes ‘sudden death’….lose and you are out! But, always spinning a positive note, you are first in line for them doggies. Speaking of which, a big shout out to our Chef extraordinaire, Sally Petit who did an outstanding job on the BBQ with always a smile on her face.
Teams fell by the wayside with each passing round, setting up the Finals for the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Flights who took to the courts….as well as fast approaching storm clouds. Early in both games and with slim leads for both eventual Champs, the rain came and both matches were called as final.
Congrats to the ‘A’ Flight Champs, (L-R) Chuck Doolittle, Janice Arden, Sue Bryant, and Wilburn Harris. The overall Champs went undefeated all day and deserving of the title.
Congrats also to the ‘B’ Flight Champs who lost only 1 game all tournament, (L-R) Tom Griffin, Jeanne Roozeboom, Pam Pelletier, and Andy Cenzano.
Our 50/50 winners were Bob Larocque (woohoo!) and Jerry Donaldson both walking off with $35.
With all tournaments it takes many hands to put a tournament together. Thanks to all who helped out in the setup and break down.
Petanque plays daily at 9:30am, new players are always welcome.