Hello everyone and welcome,

The Heart of Texas just hosted the FPUSA Inter-Regional and our annual HOT Tournament. What a blast!  He took us weeks of preparations but it was well worth it. We had players coming as far as California, Florida and Ohio to try to qualified  for the National in Orlando Florida for the FIPJP Men and Women Championship Qualifier that will be in Belgium in 2017.  Most players participated at both events. It was a monster weekend of petanque. The first day it was at the magnificent historic Browning Hangar. The level of all the players were so strong. It was no way to tell who was the better team. But one team merged out of the pack on both days to make history by winning both events, Amine Najah and Arsene Dupin. No one ever achieved that before in the history of the Heart of Texas Petanque Club. What a great achievement for HOT.  We are still on cloud nine.  Another team who distinguished themselves were Ed Porto and Jim Schwobel who came up second in the Regional and third in HOT.  Dallas and San Antonio were well represented as well with a third place of Karim Moumouni/ Richard Fernandez and a fourth place to qualified of Juan Garcia/ Stephen Johns.  On the women side Gina Dejoy and Shannon Hodge won the Women Regional against a local HOT team who played fantastic, Linda Schryver and Marion Brown.  Also we noticed a  great combination of the San Antonio and Dallas club’s Jeanne Marie Browning/ Amy Bienvenu who finished third and a combination of player from HOT and Dallas Marie Claude Briswalder/ Menzina Churchman  who also qualified to go participate at National Qualifier in Orlando. Good luck to all of you for Belgium.

The next day it was in a completely different setting and atmosphere. It was located at Eastwoods park and we did a sauvage style tournament. Lucky we had a lot of shade and the good weather welcomed us for the whole day.  Again most of the teams were the same to battle this time for the annual HOT Trophy. Christophe Chambers and Walt Elder were the team in the final against Amine and Arsene. They started real strong with a 5/0 they were playing so good that the crowd was cheering them.  But slowly by slowly we were able to catch up until they started again to go ahead with a big margin 10/6 and again we came back to 10/10 and they got 12/11 and by a miracle we finished 13/12. The small crowd who stayed to the end loved it.  It was a weekend  extravaganza of petanque! I like to thank everyone who participated at one or both tournaments and I also like to say thank you to  the board of directors of HOT and all the clubs members and everyone who helped to make those two events a great success.  Merci.  A+Love Arsene.

Results in the FPUSA Regional

First place: Amine Najah/ Arsene Dupin
Second place: Ed Porto/ Jim Schwobel
Third place: Karim Moumouni/ Richard Fernandez
Fourth place: Juan Garcia/ Stephen Johns
Results: Women
First place: Gina Dejoy/Shannon Hodge
Second place: Linda Schryver/ Marion Brown
Third place: Jeanne Marie Browning/ Amy Bienvenu
Fourth place: Marie Claude Briswalder/ Menzina Churchman
First place Rick Armstrong/ Walt Tollefson
Second place: Earl Lovell/ Wielfried Afopa
Third place: Cesar Maksoud/ Xavier Grandjean

Results in the HOT Tournament
First place: Amine Najah/ Arsene Dupin
Second place: Christophe Chambers/ Walt Elder
Third place: Ed Porto/ Jim Schwobel

Fourth place Thierry Amisse/Lucas MC Clure

First place: Juan Garcia/ Richard Fernandez
Second place:Amy Bienvenu/ Jeanne Marie Browning
Third place: Linda Schryver/ Earl Lovell






Hello everyone and welcome,

The dateline is around the corner register fast.
Well, if you love petanque, the Heart of Texas Petanque Club is presenting two great tournaments in one weekend in Austin Texas. First on Saturday April 30, 2016 at the Historic Browning Hangar, the FPUSA Central Inter Regional Men’s and Women and the next day on Sunday, May 1, 2016 our 8th Annual HOT Open Doublette Tournament at Eastwoods Park open to everyone. Wow! Let us know if you are coming. We are looking forward to welcome you. If you have any hospitality questions please contact Jim Schwobel at Merci.




Hello everyone and welcome,

Visiting Petanque America with Philippe Boets. He is the king of distributing Petanque balls in America and the best ambassador of the game. Because of his dedication to the game he now has the biggest tournament in the US and one of the biggest club as well. Amelia Island has two great locations where players can get together. They just had switch to their summer location that were I went and was received like a prince. I had a great time playing under those magnificent trees. Thank you Amelia Island Boules Club. A+ Love Arsene 






Hello everyone and welcome,

Well, if you love petanque, the Heart of Texas Petanque Club is presenting two great tournaments in one weekend in Austin Texas.  First on Saturday April 30, 2016 at the Historic Browning Hangar, the FPUSA Central Inter Regional Men’s and Women and the next day on Sunday, May 1, 2016 our 8th Annual HOT Open Doublette Tournament at Eastwoods Park open to everyone.  Wow!  Let us know if you are coming and register fast.   We are looking forward to welcome you.  If you have any hospitality questions please contact Jim Schwobel at    Merci  A+ Love Arsene.



Hello everyone and welcome,

By now we are back in Austin Texas.   But here is a little recapitulation of the amazing trip we took around France for three weeks going from tournament to tournament.  First we started with the PPF in Lyon where we were part of the staff  helping to put together the event as well as being the court boys during the Tir de Precision.   On the top of all that, we had the opportunity to play with World Champions like Fazzino, Quintais, Foyot, etc… Wow!

We went on to the Obut factory for a meeting with management and luck would have it this was the annual get together of all the players sponsored by Obut.  So unreal!  We got to meet and play with Hector Milesi on the beautiful indoor courts of Le Carré Petanque.  We went on to the birth place of the game of petanque in La Ciotat.  We were welcomed by the new President of the Jules Le Noir club as well as by Le Cercle des Boulonames Ciotadens.  We practiced and played a lot there to get ready to participate at the Martigues National where we were the first American Triplette ever to participate there.  From the South we went to Montluson to be received by Christian Fazzino at the biggest Boulodrome in the world named after him. And we finished the trip by going to the Sister City of Austin, Angers.   Again we were received like kings at  the Mayor’s office and by the local Petanque clubs who organized a Tournament for us to participate in.  The Heart of Texas Petanque club continues to fortified international ties between clubs and events to keep on promoting the game in the USA.   Merci to all who made this trip unforgettable.

A+ Love Arsene.












Hello everyone and welcome,

We are traveling around to various incredible petanque tournaments in France.  We are American pioneers at every tournament we go to.  We are having a lot fun!  But having difficulties to blog from abroad from our  site so if you want to follow our trip,  please go to facebook and search on  “Heart of Texas Petanque Club”.  Or click on the little blue line bellow.  Merci.


A+ Love Arsene.



Ah! I am back on the land of where the game of Petanque was invented. Yehaaaa for France!. This is my annual Tour de Petanque 2016. So far I had the chance today to reconnect and play with my original club St Genevieve des Bois. It always feel great to see everyone again. Rain or shine they come and play all year long. Today it was lows in the mid 30s but on the courts they were at least sixty players in the middle of the afternoon. Some of those guys have played the game for more than seventy five years. No kidding! And they can still play fantastic and are in fabulous shape. One of the guy, Bruno was telling me that he use to play Porte d’Auteuil in Paris when he was sixteen year old. Auteuil use to be the mecca of the game in Paris around 1960 He told me he played with guys like Ange Arcolao, dit « Bebert de Cagnes », Marco Foyot,the brothers Mattei,Marcel Sarnito, Pedro Martinez, Julien Soto etc… It was a different era and not too many people speak about it. It was a time when the game was all about gambling. The big guys used to play for big time money. Bruno told me that he saw some of the players lose their jackets, shoes, houses, their cars and wives. Those stories are worth a great book!. So when you get to meet someone who was there and saw it all, you just listen and listen and listen and smile and say thank you for sharing. Great to be back sur la terre de la Petanque! Soon on the way to Lyon to see the stars of petanque at the PPF.(Black and white picture) Marco is next to Bébert de Cagnes.

Merci. A+ Love Arsene

















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