Hello everyone and welcome,

This is no Europetanque or La Marseillaise! But this is HOT Petanque. We just had a little Tete a Tete at the lovely Eastwoods Park. In the afternoon it was brutal weather of 100 degrees but the large pecans trees were able to provide great shade for everyone to play..
It was a very nice, low-key and friendly tournament with 12 players.
The park was crowded so people got to witness the game.

Here are the results:

1st place: Amine Najah
2nd place: Jim Schwobel
3rd place Terry Plemons

1st place: Jeff Brown
Thank you  and congratulations to all participants and special thank you to the tournament organizer, Jim Schwobel.

A+ Love Arsene




Hello everyone and welcome,

Happy Bastille day! Well of course I played petanque on Bastille Day! With the Pikes Peak Petanque club in Colorado Springs on the courts of P.J.’s Bistro. Over twenty of us showed up even so the weather wasn’t that great, but that didn’t stopped us because everyone was happy to celebrate Bastille day playing petanque so we played in the rain and even at night with flash lights. I was impressed by the level of the players, their commitment to the game made them go from beginners players to experts level in the last few years. You can tell that they have been practicing all year long even in the cold condition of the beautiful mountains of Pikes Peak. Congratulations to all.  A+ Love Arsene.


The structure of the Pikes Peak Petanque Club from left to right, Jeff Virginia, Renee, Geoff.

The structure of the Pikes Peak Petanque Club from left to right, Jeff Virginia, Renee, Geoff.


At night with flash lights celebrating Bastille Day.

At night with flash lights celebrating Bastille Day.



From left to right Ansley, Rook, Scott, Irish, John, Joaquin, Leah.


The petanque gang at Cirque du Soleil.

The petanque gang at Cirque du Soleil.

With Jeff Fox the petanque leader of the Pikes Peak club.

With Jeff Fox one of the  leaders of the Pikes Peak Petanque Club.


Hello everyone and welcome,

Friendship and Petanque! Pétanque is a sport that has many features and many people misunderstand his sporting contributions, cultural and social:
It is the only sport where women, men, young, old can be measured and assessed in equal opportunities. It transcends generations and genders and religions. The game knows no social classes,on the piste there are neither CEOs nor worker, but petanque players and friendship. There is no exclusion, and when friends are about to go through major steps in life everyone support them. Rudy Vallee a long time FPUSA member is as we speak having a open heart surgery and yesterday many friends and members of the three clubs in Austin got together to tell Rudy we love him. The cake was exquisite and had a big heart on it. Her a little story for you Rudy and I got to play together in August 2010 at the Mondial de Petanque a Millau. We didn’t know each other he was in LA and I was in TX we just team up by a phone conversation on the advice of Phillipe from Petanque America who though that the two of us could be a good match as a team to go to Millau together and represent The Heart of Texas Petanque Club. It was our first Millau for both of us. Sure enough we had a blast, we laugh so hard and played nonstop for 10 days. We even did good in Millau where the field is compose of thousand of players. Alors Merde Rudy and comeback soon on the piste.  A + Love Arsene


The girls loves Rudy.


Come back soon!

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What a blast it was! We were at the petanque mecca of the world.


Les Papys Petanqueurs.

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We got to see the big starts playing, up close.

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Hello everyone and welcome,

For many years I have been performing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival and I love it!.  But during the week of June 2008 I could not find anybody to play Petanque so I decided to call every French restaurants within 100 miles to see if they played between themselves somewhere?  I believed they were bound to know about the game, well I found out that a lot of those french restaurants didn’t have a French owner and knew nothing about the game.  But in Colorado Springs there is was a French owner of the restaurant La Petite Maison, he was from Paris, Henry Chaperon, and on the phone the first thing he said was “of course I play Petanque like every body in France and I do have a backyard behind the restaurant maybe we can built a court”. Sure enough when I went to meet him for the first time we started on the spot to dig and dig and dig and a few hours later we had some kind of court to be able to play. We improved it later by bringing in tomes of granite.  This was the fresh start of the Pike Peak Petanque Club, the club is still strong to date.  It is now organized by Virginia and Jeff Fox, and when I come to town they are so sweet with me to the point that they are changing their weekly playing schedule to accommodate mine.  I eventually got to meet  David Keil who had a club on his now called the West Central Suburbian Boules League Denver and I supported  him to become a FPUSA club now called  The Miles High Petanque.  A very active club  that is now part of the Central Region.  David with his Vice President Stephen Lessard created the NLP (National Petanque League) It is the first of his kind and hundred of players are now part of it all over the Nation.  So now when I am in Colorado I get to play some great competitive games in Denver and great social games in Colorado Springs.   Petanque is strong in the Central Region in Colorado!  The Pikes Petanque Club plays every Wednesday from 5 to sunset at PJ’S Bistro on 1015. For more infos please contact Virginia Fox,  And for the Miles High Petanque please contact David Keil,   Come and play with us this summer in Colorado.

A+ Love Arsene

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That what the backyard of La Petite Maison looked like before we starting building the court.



And that what we did!




Henri Chaperont, the chef on left with his friend Gerard Mali.


From left to right Karen, Rob, Rook Johnny Malle,Arsene, Jeff, Virginia


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Also a Petanque player and the owner of the best magic shop in the US.


Colorado Renaissance Festival players.


David Keil on left President of Mile High Petanque Club, center Stephen Lessard vice president.


My friend Johnny Fox sword swallower extraordinaire.


From left to right, Dan Hasselius fire eater extraordinaire, word famous Puke and Snot, and Johnny Fox.


The Vodca Family dancers extraordinaire came to play with the Mile High Club in Denver

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The first FPUSA Regional Tournament in the Central Region at The Mile high Club

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Hello everyone and welcome,

Austin has now more petanque clubs than most cities across US.  Four of them as we speak. Wow! The Heart of Texas Petanque Club is the original club created in 2008, The Legation Boules Club formed in July 2014, Club Tanque in Manor TX started in 2014 and the Freedom petanque club also created in 2014. and one more informal gathering at the historic Mueller hangar.  Most clubs had tournaments lately.  An unprecedented FPUSA Central Regional at Club Tanque, a sweet informal tournament on private ground, and a select Doublette with the Legation Boules club at the French Legation Museum.  Petanque in Austin is real busy.

So let talk about the Freedom club, the club was created because it didn’t want to belong to any organization and is located on a private land of Peter Gray and their t-shirt emblem is a OPUT design ( hahaha) On May 24 they had their first Freedom Tournament during an epic flood in Texas but somehow the day of the tournament it was magical and we had no rain!  It was located on the East side of Austin at Peter’s one acres house. He had room for 8 triplettes, the tournament was free for everyone ( hence freedom petanque)  The house rules were first come first serve to be able to participate. After the teams were selected randomly, you get to play against the same team best out of 3 games. So only four teams remained and goes on strait to the semi finals and two teams makes it to the finals. The food and drinks were plenty and the ambiance was very sweet. It was a combination of great local players and novices to the game. The gorgeous courts were in all different shape and forms some under those gigantic shade trees and some in the driveway. Thank you so much for this delightful evening, the last game finished around midnight under lights.
The winners were:

First place: Francis Perrin, Rudy Vallee, Thierry Amisse,
Runner up: Hasu Patel, Mystical Magical Michael, Luke Litman.
The Legation Boules Club also just had a tournament on June 7 at the French Legation Museum, a select Doublettes. 9 teams showed up at 8:30 AM when the weather was still sweet, but by 11am you could start to feel the Texas sun. That didn’t disturb the concentration of the players even so in between every round people were seeking the shade. All the teams were pretty well balanced with only local players who all knew each other. So when it was time to draw the teams randomly you could hear players speculating on who was going to be with whom. Well the best lucky draw was Amine and Jeffrey and they went all the way to the finals against Linda and Mystical Michael. Jeffrey and Amine were on fire and didn’t give a chance to shine to the other team. Hasu and Olivier played in a tight game for third place against Arsene and Earl and they got it by a hair 13 to12. It was a really sweet tournament, thank to the organizer Peter Gray who gave up playing to run it. Everyone brought some great food and fun were had by all. Another great day for the game of petanque. Yehaaaaaa! Thank you to everyone who participate.
First place: Amine Najah/ Jeffrey Schryver
Second place: Linda Schryver/ Michael Kaufman
Third place: Hasu Patel/ Olivier Simonet
Fourth place: Arsene Dupin/ Earl Lowell
No consolante.

Congratulation to all the clubs that keeps on making the game of petanque grow in Austin Texas.





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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.

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




The winners in Singles Men and Singles Women. Bravo!



First place in Singles Men Rick Armstrong. Bravo!


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


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


First place in Singles Women Shirley Jones. Bravo!


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


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


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


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


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


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



Fourth place in Singles Men Olivier Simonet. Bravo!


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


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



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


Hasu Patel in action.


She was undefeated in Singles, fantastic!


Well deserved!


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.


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


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


Two Friend battling for third place in Singles


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


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


From left to right Pedro, David and Marie Claude.



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


The calm before the storm.

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Nicolas Bienvenu.


Michel Costa.


Bravo Mary for your first FPUSA medal.


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!


Matt Curtis on right.

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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.


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)


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?



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