HOT NEWS! THE HEART OF TEXAS PETANQUE CLUB IN A MOVIE.

Hello everyone and welcome.

We just spent four days supporting a young movie director Mathieu Ricardi to film a movie called Human Play a love story that took place during a petanque tournament.   This was filmed at the French Legation Museum in Austin TX.   Many of us were on call all day long and in between shots we practiced any time we could.. It was real fun, we got the chance to meet some great people, like famous actor Lance Henriksen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Henriksen) He never heard of the game before and completely feel in love with it and may even built a court in his backyard.   It was a full professional production with an incredible dedicated movie crew,cinematographer, camera operator, clapboard, great catering service, wardrobe, make up artist, producer etc….  Everyone was charmed by the game.   Most of the main actors and extras had only watched a little bit about the game on Youtube to learn more about their part, but seeing it live a lot of them ask to throw a ball or play a game in between takes.  That was just too cool to witness all of them having a blast.   It was like giving a four days workshop to about 60 beginners.   I was intrigued by the fact that  Mathieu the director from Canada took petanque as his main part of the story?    So I asked him why petanque?   He said this was a true story that happened to him during a tournament in Canada.  None of us knew that he could play the game, but on the last day of the filming when he was a little more relax, he had the opportunity to throw a few balls with us and you could tell he was a good player.   Thank you for having HOT been part of the movie and thank you to everyone who participated.

Writer/Director: Mathieu Ricordi
Producer/Production Manager: Shawn Talley
Assistant Director: Michelle Millette
Cameraman: Andrew Baird
Soundman: Kyle Graham
Jasmine (lead actress): Kelsie Pribilski
Mark (lead actor): Grayson Berry
James (2nd lead actor): Holt Boggs
Pascal (Jasmine’s guardian): Lance Henriksen
Grip/Electric team: Suezean Matarazzo, Brandon Torres
Production Designer: Katherine Morter

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Mathieu Ricardi the director with Andrew Baird the camera man.

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The setting, looking like a Tournament.

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The main star Lance Henriksen

The main star Lance Henriksen

 

Carolyne showing  Lance  the different characteristic on a ball.

Carolyne showing Lance the different characteristic on a ball.

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Lucky to have met Lance Henriksen.

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We lost against his team!

We lost against his team!

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The great group of extras playing the spectators.

The weather was perfect!

The weather was perfect!

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The second  lead role on right Holt Boggs

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Jasmine (lead actress): Kelsie Pribilski

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The referee, he was one of the actor who could not stop playing with us every time the director will say cut, he will rush to play another game.  Sweet!

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From left to right Alain, Jacques ,Carolyne, Jim

 

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Ed, Marie Claude

 

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In between shots.

 

The producers.

The producers.

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Doing the stunt work for filming in slow motion some great shots.

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Finally we made it in the movies! With the sound man Kyle Graham 

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With the director and the incredible Michelle Millette assistant director.

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With first lead actor on right Grayson Berry and second lead actor on leftHolt Boggs

The catering service was excellent but had a French panache to it because Jacques donated some of his famous patè.

The catering service was excellent but had a French panache to it because Jacques donated some of his famous patè.

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On the way to the set!

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HAHAHA!

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HOT NEWS! THE LEGATION BOULES CLUB.

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When I first came to America in 1978,  I though no one ever heard of the game of Petanque, when I first came to Austin in 1982 I though for sure no one ever heard of Petanque in TX.   So I use to carry severals set of balls with me at all time just in case someone wanted to learn the game, but most of the time I will end up by practicing by myself.   Now 32 years later there is many places where you can play in town like The French Legation Museum, Zaytouna Lounge, Paggi Square, the Hangar, Pease Park etc..  and now there is also three Petanque clubs in Austin.  The first FPUSA Petanque club in Austin, founded in 2008 The Heart of Texas Petanque Club, The Legation Boules club and Club Tanque both just founded in 2014.   The game is going strong in town for sure! Congratulation to the new addition of both clubs.   The Legation Boules Club had their first Tournament this Sunday at the French Legation Museum, it was a Doublette about 12 teams were there, the teams were put together by the luck of the draw.  The Tournament was organize by Ed Priest,John Luther,Marie Claude Briswalder and Peter Gray.  Every teams played at least four games, the games were with time limit.  Everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves.    A doublette distinguish themselves among the other teams,  Christophe and Jacques they won against Rick and Jeff in the final.   The trophy was a beautiful hand crafted wooden map of Texas and a Fleur de Lis design.  Congratulation to all participants.

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Results:

1st Place Christophe Chambers & Jacques Richard
2nd Place Rick Armstrong & Jeff Morris
3rd place Carolyn Cornell & Thierry Amisse
4th Place Hasu Patel & Gullaume Smith

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HOT NEWS! DOUBLETTE TOURNAMENT AT PAGGI SQUARE!

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Today, it was a beautiful day at Paggi Square.   We were graced by the weather it didn’t go above 81,  that a miracle for Texas. It was the first time we had tournament at Paggi Square.   The idea of this Open Tournament was to select randomly a shooter and a pointer to play together. It turned out really good, the teams were very balanced.  When I arrived the courts were already traced and prepared by the support of club members (thank you Terry and Jim).   We did the group picture, and the tournament organizer Rick did the drawing of the teams and gave a quick reminder of the rules specific to the courts.  We started around 9 am and the last game finished around 4pm.   Two players were on fire!  Walt Elder and Peter Gray, they won first place against Jim Schwobel and Alain Breaux.  The Consolante was won by Mitzi Gimenez and Arsene Dupin against Terry Plemons and David Bintliff.    Again the Heart of Texas Petanque like to say thank you to everyone who helped and  to everyone who participated.   A+ Love Arsene.

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First place. From left to right Walt and Peter

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Second place. From left to right Jim and Alain.

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First place Consolante. From left to right Mitzi and Arsene.

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Petanque at the French Legation Museum!

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Petanque has been established at the French Legation Museum for many, many years. http://frenchlegationmuseum.org

All sorts of people come to visit the Museum daily and every time while taking the Museum Tour they see a bunch of people throwing metal balls around and inevitably ask the Tour guide, ”What is this game?”   Sometimes you get to see a funny situation when a person will break away from the Tour group and run over toward our group and ask about the game, hold a boule, smile, throw it and will run back to catch up with the rest of the Tour.   Sometimes a full group will come and try the game.   So the French Legation Museum has been a sanctuary for that slice of French culture, petanque!  The professionals as well as for the amateurs come to play there.  The Heart of Texas Petanque Club does play at the French Legation Museum, every Wednesday from 1pm to 5 pm as well as every Sunday’s from 1pm to 5 pm.    See you there.

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HOT NEWS! A FUN MELEE AT PAGGI SQUARE!

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The Heart of Texas Petanque Club is going to have a triplette style melee at Paggi Square on Saturday October 4, 2014.

It will be a fun and interesting “Select Triplettes Tournament”. What does that mean, you ask? Well, we will have two hats from which to draw names. In one hat will be shooters, the other will be pointers. We’ll draw a shooter’s name, then two pointers’ names – to make a team of 3 players.
Come join a fun day at this great petanque venue. Bring lunch and chairs.

Cost: $10/person
Awards: Cash and trophies
Registration deadlines:
– If you mail it in, it must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 29.
– You can also register with any HOTPC officer at our weekly games – through Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Act fast because the tournament is limited to 42 players! See you there

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HOT NEWS! What hipsters in Paris are playing.

Hello everyone and welcome.

Le Mondial de Millau came and went.  I hope you had the chance to watch it live on Boulistenaute. Bravo to all the participant!   To this day participating at the Mondial is my fondest memory of the game of Petanque.

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Rocher, Lacroix,Suchaud.

Rocher, Lacroix,Suchaud.

Sebastien DA Cunha

Sebastien DA Cunha

Left Stéphane Le Bourgeois,right Sebastien Da Cuntha

Left Stéphane Le Bourgeois,right Sebastien Da Cunha

Take a look at the is BBC article about the game of Petanque.   http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20140819-what-hipsters-in-paris-are-playing

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HOT NEWS! CENTRAL REGION.

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We had the great opportunity to have HOT represented in Colorado for the Open Singles and the Central Inter-Regional Doubles by our Vice President Jim Schwobel.  Read his report.

I left the hot Austin weather last Tuesday, July 22, taking a leisure three-day drive to Colorado and much cooler weather.

I drove through Oklahoma and Kansas discovering esoteric attractions along the way, you know, rusty old tractors, broken windmills, etc. – but NOT enjoying the smell of miles and miles of cattle feed lots in western Oklahoma and eastern Kansas. How do the people in that area stand the smell?

Arriving in Colorado Springs, I got to spend a couple of days hanging out with Arsene. He is performing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado – between Denver and Colorado Springs. We visited a few sights in the area and played some petanque with a fun group of folks in Colorado Springs.

The main purpose of this trip was to participate in a weekend of petanque tournaments sanctioned by the Federation of Petanque, USA (FPUSA) and sponsored by the Mile High Petanque Club (MHPC) of Denver, Colorado. The tournaments included a singles tournament on Saturday and a doubles tournament on Sunday. It was held at Centennial Gardens, an oasis of flora and fauna in downtown Denver. I include “fauna” because there were several cotton-tail rabbits living among the shrubs.

This was the first time MHPC had sponsored an “official” FPUSA tournament and I must say David Keil, the president of MHPC, and the club members did a fantastic job of organizing and executing a flawless tournament. They provided information packets with Denver attractions, “French-style” sandwiches for lunch both days, Orangina and plenty of water.

The terrain was located in beautiful Centennial Gardens – right in the heart of downtown Denver. The material was crushed granite, not the red type we have in Austin but the gray granite indigenous to this area. The underlying surfaced was relatively hard because the normal foot traffic of folks visiting the gardens had packed it. There was a thin layer of loose gravel, mostly ¼ inch minus – and this granite does not have the really sharp edges like our red granite. All courts were relatively level but did contain inundations a bit more pronounced that what we find at the French Legation.

I would say that the level of play was on par with HOT games as there were some new folks to the sport and others who had been playing most of their lives. France was represented by several players and there was even a guy from Togo.

I played in both tournaments – doing poorly in the singles but getting 2nd place in the doubles tournament. My partner was Ed Porto who is the President of FPUSA and lives in California. It was a pairing arranged over the Internet as we had never played together. There were 11 teams from all over the world in the doubles tournament so I’m proud of my team’s performance. We won 4 games and lost the final 13-8 to a team from France and Togo.

Regards,
Jim Schwobel
Results;
First place:  Boris Devi,Andre Pelissier.
Second place:  Ed Porto, Jim Schwobel
Third place:  Dave Carter, Jeff Bradshaw.

Congratulations to all!

A+ Love Arsene.
 

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