HOT NEWS! HOT WINS THE CENTRAL FPUSA REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS IN MEN’S SINGLES AND MEN’S DOUBLES

Hello everyone and welcome,

Wow! What a weekend! We had an unprecedented four different FPUSA Central Regional Tournaments hosted by HOT. We worked hard for months to make these events the most successful.  I’d like to say thank you to the stakeholders: the Federation of Petanque USA, the officers of the HOT club Jim Schwobel ,Micheal Hillis, David Bintiff, all the club members, Jeffrey and Linda Schryver for hosting us at the Bloor Ranch, all of the players who came as far as CA,FL,OH,NC, the Browning Hangar, the French Legation Museum, Terry Plemons for all courts set up, the Carolina, Dallas and San Antonio petanque clubs, Garry Jones for his expertise as a Regional referee and everyone who helped and participated. On behalf of the Heart of Texas Petanque Club a big THANK YOU to all of you merci. We could not have done it without you.
Results:

Concours: Doubles Men:
First place: Amine Najah/ Arsene Dupin
Second place: William Sabella/ Frosty Sabo
Third place: Rick Armstrong/ Michael Kauffman

Consolante: Doubles Men :
First place: Nicolas Bienvenu/ Michel Costa
Second place: Thierry Amisse/Hasu Patel

Concours: Doubles Women:
First place: Amy Bienvenu/ Jeanne Marie Browning
Second place: Marion Bermondy/ Linda Schryver
Third place: Mary Stratton/ Mitzi Gimenez
Consolante: Doubles Women:
First place: Shirley Jones/ Shannon Hodge

Concours: Singles Men:
First place Rick Armstrong
Second place: Walt Elder
Third place: Alain Gimenez

Fourth place: Olivier Simonet

Consolante: Singles Men:

First place: Amine Najah

Second place: Jim Schwobel

Concours: Singles Women:
First place: Shirley Jones
Second place: Shannon Hodge
Third place: Mitzi Gimenez

Consolante: Singles Women:
First place: Marion Bermondy
Second place: Cathy Poole

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The winners in Singles Men and Singles Women. Bravo!

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First place in Singles Men Rick Armstrong. Bravo!

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First place in Doubles Men Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin. Bravo!

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Runner up Men’s Doubles on left Frosty Sabo and William Sabella. Bravo!

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First place in Singles Women Shirley Jones. Bravo!

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Runner up Singles Women on left Shannon Hodge all the way from OH. thank for coming to Austin twice.

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First place in Doubles Women Amy Bienvenu on right and Jeanne marie Browning on left. Bravo!

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Third place for Men’s Doubles Mystical Michael and Rick Armstrong. Rick had to go so of course Michael took both medal and ran.

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Runner-up Men Singles on left Walt Elder. Bravo!

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First place Consolante Singles Women on left Marion Bermondy, Second place  on right Cathy Poole

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Alain Gimenez third place in Men’s Singles. Bravo!

 

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Fourth place in Singles Men Olivier Simonet. Bravo!

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Second place in Women Doubles on left Marion Bermondy and Linda Schryver on right. Bravo!

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Third place in Women Doubles Mary Stratton on right Mitzi Gimenez on left. Bravo!

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The boys from left to right: Michael, Pedro, Thierry, Alain.

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Hasu Patel in action.

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She was undefeated in Singles, fantastic!

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Well deserved!

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Thank you Bloor Ranch for hosting us.

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Around 6 AM before any one was around the courts were full of silence.

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On left all the way from CA Frosty Sabo. Thank you for coming to Austin.

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William Sabella all the way from FL, thank you for coming to Austin.

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Two Friend battling for third place in Singles

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Christophe Chambers on left finished fourth in the Men’s Singles.

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Table master for both tournaments, Chris on right and Chris on left.

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From left to right Pedro, David and Marie Claude.

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Garry Jones from NC, Master referee. Thank you for helping make those tournaments a success. Bravo!

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The calm before the storm.

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Nicolas Bienvenu.

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Michel Costa.

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Bravo Mary for your first FPUSA medal.

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Susan in the circle and Michelle Healy from San Antonio club.

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Proud to display the banner that Obut send us and arrived right on time the night before the Tournament. Merci!

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Matt Curtis on right.

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HOT NEWS! THE DALLAS PETANQUE CLUB WINS THE 4TH JEAN LAFONT MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

Hello everyone and welcome,

Wow!  Sweet for the Dallas club to win!  Because for the last several years it was either Austin or San Antonio who will bring back the trophy home.  This year it was different, it was time for Dallas to shine in the final with Karim Moumouni and Alain Mathieu who had the upper hand against Thierry Amisse and Terry Plemons from Austin.  The final was very exciting. The double T team started strong leading with a round with four points but Karim came back with also four points to lead them  to 9/8, near the finish line both teams had identical results at 11/11, but Karim and Alain finished with 13/11, when Thierry didn’t get the opportunity to (casser la gagne).  Other players distinguished themselves like Michel Costa from San Antonio who paired up with Richard Fernandez from Dallas they finished in third place of the main concours, also Christophe Chambers and Ed Priest from The Legation Boules Club won the consolante bracket.

The Jean Lafont Memorial give the opportunity to remember Jean who was a gentle, caring, immensely talented man who influenced many people during his 35 years in Dallas. There are many chefs and restaurateurs in Dallas who owe their careers to LaFont.   He also of course was a great Petanque player. Several times he came to Austin to compete with HOTPC. His jovial aspect of the game was respected by all.

Thank you Dallas it  was a fantastic tournament, very well organized by Cesar Maksoud the president and his club members. The Dallas Petanque Club hospitality and generosity is notorious in Texas, no team were left going home without at consolation prize. The lunch was provided by Central Market, and on the Friday night prior to the Tournament everyone was invited to a superb gathering at Jeanne Marie Browning family’s house to welcome all the players, the buffet was top of the line and the camaraderie was shining under the golden full moon of the month of  May.

A+ Love Arsene.

Results:

First place: Karim Moumouni and Alain Mathieu ( Dallas Club)

Second place: Thierry Amisse and Terry Plemons (  ClubTanque, HOT club)

Third place:  Michel Costa and Richard Fernandez ( San Antonio club , Dallas club)

Consolante:

First place: Christophe Chambers and Ed Priest ( The Legation Boules Club)

Second place: Glenn Lubbe and Kyle Golden ( Dallas club)

 

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Jean Lafont in Austin on top extreme right circa 2008?

 

HOT NEWS! THE FPUSA REGIONAL.

Hello everyone and welcome,

The Heart of Texas Petanque Club is proud to host for the first time the FPUSA Regional in Austin Texas on May 16/17 2015.. This special event will be held on a private land at the Bloor Ranch. The dateline for registration is May 13 2015 don’t miss it. NO EXCEPTIONS!
It is because of the support of all the club members that we are able to put on such an event like this together . So come to Austin and enjoy the Texas hospitality. Merci You can register here look for May 16(Saturday) and May 17 (Sunday).

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Welcome to Texas!

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HOT NEWS! 7TH ANNUAL HOT

Hello everyone and welcome,

Wow! Twenty-two  teams came to the 7th annual HOT Tournament.   Some came as far as Oregon.  We had so much fun that we runout of daylight, we had to have cars with lights on toward the piste to finish all of the finals.  Wow,talk about an Extravaganza weekend of petanque! The ambiance was fantastic in the fabulous setting of the Bloor Ranch. Thank you Linda and Jeffrey for building such an impressive petanque heaven and thank you for hosting us. The field was very impressive! But Amine Najah and Arsene remained focused until the end and won the 7th Annual against a familiar team of great players Nicolas Bienvenu and Michel Costa.  We started very slow and were trailing by 5/0, 6/0 but we stayed focused and came back slowly 6/1 and had a big play when we made 6 points came back and pass ahead 7/6 and keep on going to 13/8.  Wow again!  we did it!  A new competition record, that is the first time that a team wins three times the HOT tournament in the last seven years.  So with emotion we jumped  into each other arms congratulating ourselves.  As soon as the we finish packing everything a huge hail storm came in, driving on the way home was a challenge. But it wasn’t over yet the next morning we had to get up early again to prepare for the Annual Zaytouna Lounge.  Fourteen teams who wanted to fully experience the Extravaganza weekend signed up and showed up with smiles on their faces knowing that they will get to play more petanque.  Only one court was flooded from the storm the night before we got lucky the rest of them were playable.  The Dallas petanque club won Zaytouna. Cesar and Karim got the upper hand over Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin in the final. Congratulations to both.  Too bad we almost achieve the impossible winning both tournaments.  You have to have a lot stamina to participate at both tournaments. It is for sure an epic moment!  Two separate tournaments in two different locations in two days. On the first day, to make it to the finals at the HOT Tournament you have to play seven games on Saturday and to make it to the finals the next day at the Zaytouna Lounge you also have to play seven games on Sunday. Wow! It was a fantastic and successful weekend. Thank you to all of those who came from out of town and out of State and a major thank you to all HOT  members to help putting those two event together.   A+Love.  Arsene.

Results for HOT:
First place: Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin ( Heart of Texas Club)

Second place: Nicolas Bienvenu and Michel Costa (San Antonio Club)

Third place: Mitzi and Alain Gimenez (Heart of Texas Club)
Consolate A:
First place: Shannon Hodge ( Ohio, Zanesfield Club)  and Celia Crittenden (Oregon, Portland Club)

Second place: Christian Garces (Heart of Texas club) Earl Lowell ( Carolina Petanque Club )

Third place:  Linda Schryver and Jeffrey Schryver. ( Club Tanque Club )

Consolante: B

First place:  Louis Vacher and Menzina Churchman (Dallas Club)

Second place: Jeff Brown (Heart of Texas) Marion Bermondy (Heart of Texas Club)

Third place: Alexis Bienvenu and Amy Bienvenu  (San Antonio Club)

 

Results for Zaytouna:

First place: Cesar Maksoud and Karim Moumouni (Dallas Club)

Second place: Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin (Heart of Texas Club)

Third place: Mystical Micheal and Walt Elder. (Heart of Texas Club, Carolina Club)

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No more daylight, but all hearts were still shinning.

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First place winners for the third time Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin. ( Heart of Texas Club)

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Second place winners Nicolas Bienvenu, Michel Costa. (San Antonio Club)

Third place:  Mitzi and Alain Gimenez.

Third place: Mitzi and Alain Gimenez. ( Heart of Texas Club)

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Consolante A: First place: on left ,Celia Crittenden (Oregon, Portland Club) on right Shannon Hodge ( Ohio, Zanesfield Club).

Consolante A: Chirstian Garces and Earl Lovell.

Consolante A: on left Christian Garces (Heart of Texas club) Earl Lowell ( Carolina Petanque)

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Consolante A: third place Linda Schryver and Jeffrey Schryver. ( Club Tanque)

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Zaytouna first place: on left Cesar Maksoud and Karim Moumouni (Dallas Club)

 

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Zaytouna second place: Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin (Heart of Texas Club)

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Zaytouna third place: on left Mystical Micheal and  on right Walt Elder. (Heart of Texas Club, Carolina Club)

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Zayd scored 10 points against his dad Amine. We almost lost that one. Bravo Zayd

Zayd scored 10 points against his dad Amine. We almost lost that one. Bravo Zayd

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HOT NEWS! THE WEEKEND EXTRAVAGANZA OF PETANQUE. SATURDAY AND SUNDAY APRIL 18TH AND 19TH

Hello everyone and welcome,

We are getting ready for our 7th annual HOT Tournament and for the Zaytouna Lounge.  It is just around the corner, Saturday the 18th  and Sunday the 19th of April.   The Extravaganza weekend of petanque!  Come and watch the games.  The Bloor Ranch is a gorgeous setting of 500 acres where Jeffrey and Linda built a petanque heaven!  It is  in a form of a huge hangar for the Austin community of players.  All the pros start to come from all over the world to experience the Texas welcome.  The Zaytouna Lounge is a slice of the culture of Morocco.  If you can’t travel to Marrakech, Rabat or Casablanca, then stop into the Zaytouna Lounge to experience a little bit of Morocco, right here in Austin.  You will always be welcomed!   Amine, the owner, built many courts in the back of the cafe.  How cool is that!  Two different tournaments in two different locations in one weekend.  There is still room for a few teams.  Contact me. Merci.

A+ Love Arsene

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HOT NEWS! NEW LOCATION FOR OUR 7TH ANNUAL HOT TOURNAMENT.

Hello everyone and welcome,
we are going to have to change the location of our annual HOT Tournament on Saturday April 18th at the Browning Hangar. We just heard that the Hangar will be used for another event. But nothing to worry about, we have another Hangar at the famous Bloor Ranch. Thank you, Bloor Ranch for hosting us! So the date is not changing, it will still be on Saturday April 18th. The games will start at the same time, just the location will be different and here is the address:
BLOOR RANCH 12000 BLUE BLUFF RD MANOR, TEXAS 78653
You will be able to practice there on Friday April 17th from 1pm to 7:30 pm. We will have a potluck dinner from 5 pm to 7 pm. On Saturday, the day of the Tournament, all the local players will need to be self contained for food, but for our out-of-town guests, we will provide a complimentary light lunch. The Bloor Ranch will also be the location for the FPUSA Regional Tournaments in May as well as Thinktanque October 2015. Come experience someTexas hospitality at the Bloor Ranch. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

A+ Love Arsene.

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Two times HOT chanpions!

Two times HOT champion!

Two times HOT Champions!

Two times HOT Champion!

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Several times World Champion.

Team USA

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HOT NEWS! WELCOME TO AUSTIN TEXAS

Hello everyone and welcome,

The Heart of Texas Petanque Club would like to invite you to come play petanque in Austin,Texas. In the next two months, you will have the opportunity to participate in four different tournaments. WOW!

The first tournament is the Heart of Texas Petanque Club’s 7th annual Weekend Extravaganza of Petanque – Saturday April 18 and Sunday April 19, 2015. That weekend there will be two different tournaments in two different locations. On Saturday, we will play at the historic Browning Hangar in the Mueller Community. Sunday’s tournament will be at the Zaytouna Lounge. Both tournaments are “doublettes” style (team of two players with 3 balls each) and open to everyone.

In May, for the first time in Texas, we will have the FPUSA Regional tournaments coming to Austin. These tournaments are hosted by the Heart of Texas Petanque Club held at the famous Bloor Ranch. The tournaments are – Central FPUSA Open Men’s Singles, FPUSA Open Women’s Singles, Central Inter-Regional Men’s Doubles and the Inter-Regional Women’s Double. Wow again! To participate, at the Double Men and Women you must be a member of FPUSA.

Please register in advance to secure your spot. If you are coming from out-of-town and you need suggestions for lodging and transportation, please contact Jim Schwobel at jimschwobel@hotmail.com. We look forward to welcoming you to Austin and playing petanque. Merci.  A+ love Arsene.

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