Hello everyone and welcome,

Austin just celebrated its first annual “Angers Day”. Most people in Texas don’t know that Angers is the sister city of Austin. In order to celebrate the rich cultural aspect of both cities, the Mayor of Angers, Christophe Béchu, came with an official delegation composed of some high-ranking business leaders to the French Legation Museum and were welcomed by Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler. The Heart of Texas Petanque Club was invited to the celebration because we were the pioneers with the game of petanque and went to Angers where we were welcomed by their officials and we played with the ASPTT petanque club.
Jim Schwobel represented the club and gave a cap of the club to the French Major not thinking that he would wear it but Christophe Bechu was so happy to know that petanque was also part of the cultural exchange with Austin, that he insisted on putting on the cap and taking pictures. We also had free petanque lessons and about fifty people enjoyed the game.  Angers was also celebrated by the win of  Damien Hureau who is from Angers and won the Petanque America Amelia Island annual Tournament.  Thank you to Micheal Hillis and David Bintiff for teaching at the French Legation Museum.

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On left, the Mayor of Angers France, Christophe Béchu


On left, Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler.


Cecile on right and Valerie on left.



In January 2015 we were welcomed by an official delegation at the Hotel de Ville in Angers.


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Damien Hureau on right won Amelia Island 2015!


Newspaper clips from when Damien used to play at the ASPTT in Angers.



Hello everyone and welcome,

The new president of the San Antonio Petanque Club Nicolas Bienvenu and his wife Amy Bienvenu started with a bang by organizing their first tournament on the ground of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Next to the famous San Antonio River Walk. Passerbys could stop and watch the games.
Wow! 31 Teams showed up as far as from Dallas and Austin. Out of all the teams 4 remained in the semi finals, and only two survived to make it to the Finals. The four players remaining were all from Austin, Jeff and Marion Bermondy husband and wife against Mystical Micheal and Walt Elder. M and W have been winning a lot tournaments together lately and they did it again. They won the First San Antonio Art of Petanque Tournament. Congratulations! It was  a very well organized tournament and everyone had a great petanque day. Congratulations to all players and organizers.
First place: Mystical Micheal (Heart of TX) Walt Elder (Carolina)
Second place: Marion and Jeff Bermondy (Heart of TX)
Third place: Jeanne Marie Browning and Karim Moumouni (Dallas)
Fourth place: Christophe Chambers and Michelle Healy (NY) (San Antonio)
First place:Jeff and Linda Schryver (Club Tanque Austin) Second place: Francis Perrin and Mike Fargnoli (San Antonio)


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Hello everyone and welcome,

The Heart of Texas Petanque Club won the Annual Legation Boules Club Doublettes Tournament. The weather was great even so a couple of days before Austin had some of the worst flood damage in town. Even the airport was closed for a while. But the sun did shine on those 14 teams who came to the French Legation Museum to try to bring back the trophy and medals home, but only one team made it all the way Jim and Micheal won in the Final against Hasu and Walt. Congratulations to all the participants and the organizers!
1st Place: Jim Schwobel & Michael Kaufman (Heart of Texas Club) 2nd Place: Hasu Patel & Walt Elder (Legation Boules Club/ Carolina Club).
3rd Place: Amine Najah & Said Faiq (Heart of Texas Club)
4th Place: Michel Costa & Nicolas Bienvenu (San Antonio Club)
No Consolante.

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Hello everyone and welcome.

France just won against Thailand in the final at the Coupe des Confederations in Nouvelle-Calédonie with Henri Lacroix, Philippe Suchaud, Bruno Le Boursicaud and Michel Loy Congratulations!   Also the announcement of the candidacy of Boules Sport for the 2024 Olympic Games has cast the spotlight on a sport and disciplines which are still not well-known. For example, it is not commonly known that:

> Petanque, Boule Lyonnaise, and Raffa Volo, the Boules Sport disciplines, are represented in 165 countries, via 262 federations and more than 200 million players,
> 67 countries have already won medals in at least one world championship. Click on the link to read the full article at the bottom of the page.

On a smaller scale our friend Jo Sanchez and his partner Daniel Dubos won in Doublette in Senior at Milly la Foret .  The field was full of great players, not easy to make it to the top. Congratulations!

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Dallas wins the first HOT Triplette Tournament. Congratulations! We had 30 players. The French Legation’s gates opened at 7:45 am and we all did a kick set up of the courts and had a group picture and we went on until 5:30 pm to finish the last game. The final was very exciting. Dallas started real strong with 4 points to zero, the Austin team came back to bring it to 11/4 but in no time the game was tied 11/11 and Dallas took it all the way to 13. The field of players was real strong. We certainty had the best players in Texas for the this Premiere tournament. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped the organization of it. And a major thank you to the French Legation Museum.

Results: Concours First place from the Dallas Petanque Club Karim Moumouni,Richard Fernandez and Xavier.
Second place from the Heart of Texas Petanque Club Rick Armstrong, Mystical Micheal and Walt Elder from Carolina Petanque Club.
Third place, from Heart of Texas Petanque Club Jim Schwobel, Amine Najah, Arsene Dupin.
Consolante: First place from Heart of Texas Petanque Club Micheal Hillis, Jeff Brown,Terry Plemons.
Second Place from the Dallas Petanque Club Jeanne Marie Browning, from Heart of Texas Petanque Club Olivier Simonet and Patrick Irvin.

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Hello everyone and welcome.

Lately HOTPC had a full month of September to celebrate the game by teaching it on many occasions at three different venues.  We started with the Viva Streets Austin Festival on September 13, 2015.  E. 6th St was turned into a car-free playground for thousands of Austin residents who got to play, get fit, people watch and celebrate good health and for the 2nd year, the Heart of Texas Petanque Club was invited to participate in this festival – and was given a great place, right in the middle of the festival, to introduce petanque to everyone. Bike Texas provided a great area of crushed granite next to their offices and right on 6th St.
Throughout the day, members of HOTPC gave mini-lessons to interested folks who got to experience a few “ends” of petanque.  We also had the privilege to participate at the Circuit of the Americas for the famous race Lone Star Le Mans on September 17 to 19, where we had a full court set up to demonstration games right by the circuit. It is so sweet to be able to represent a slice of the French culture for an event like Le Mans.  They have worldwide Champions car racers coming to win this international race including Romain Dumas a Champion of Le Mans race in France and a friend of HOTPC.  We went back to our familiar grounds to celebrate  The French Legation Museum 175th anniversary.  To celebrate the Museum had a free Tour and free pétanque lessons given by the Heart of Texas Petanque Club. Our relationship with the Museum goes now for over 20 years  and once again it was a great opportunity for us to keep on teaching the game on French grounds.  Jim Schwobel was there from 10 am to 5 pm and reached over 50 families who never even heard of the game before.  They had a tremendous time and experience the beauty of the game.
To be a good teacher you have to have a lot of patience, dedication, inspiration, compassion, cooperation, determination, generosity, kindness, passion, etc.. Thank you HOT for keeping on teaching the game of petanque to Texas. We like to have a big THANK YOU to all the club members who helped making all those events a success. Merci

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Teaching at the French Legation Museum for their 175th Anniversary

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Teaching at the Circuit of the Americas.

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Romain Dumas and Vincent Beltoise playing petanque.


Teaching at the Viva Streets Austin Festival.



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Hello everyone and welcome.

For the first time in Austin, Club Tanque organized a 4 Boules Singles Tournament. This is not a game played too often even in France but I do remember playing it when I was a kid and boules kits use to come in set of 4 balls. It was a great innovation on behalf of Linda and Jeffrey that was inspired by Marco Foyot’s idea. 14 players showed up at the gorgeous Bloor Ranch, the final was with Christophe Chambers against Jim Schwobel, Christophe took it all and won first place! The beautiful trophies were hand made and reflected the Bloor Ranch image. Congratulations to all!
Concours: 1st Christophe Chambers, 2nd Jim Jim Schwobel, 3rd Jeff Brown.
Consolante: 1st Ed Priest, 2nd Hasmukh Patel, 3rd Linda Schryver.IMG_4623 IMG_4616 IMG_4615 IMG_4613 IMG_4611 IMG_4612 IMG_4614 IMG_4620 IMG_4621 IMG_4622 IMG_4617 IMG_4609 IMG_4608 IMG_4605 IMG_4604 IMG_4610



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