HOT NEWS! PLAYING IN FRANCE

Chateau de Guermantes

Chateau de Guermantes

Hello everyone and welcome.

Every year I go to visit my family in France, as well as for doing a show.  The last time I had the chance to play at the original house of Toulouse Lautrec, this time I had the opportunity to play at Le Chateau Guermantes build in 1638, really sweet.    Also luck will have it , only about 10 minutes away from my family’house  there is one of the biggest club of Pétanque in Essonne, Sainte Genevieve des Bois.   A club that just have a new President Manuel Antumes, a club that does have several Champions of France in all categories.   I have been trying to have ST genevieve has a twin city relationship with HOT in Austin TX.  So far very successful  we had player like Joseph Sanchez at 70 years old several time champion who decided to come to play at the HOT tournament and coming back again this year. We also had 4 other friends  who came visit in Austin and played at several competitions around Austin. From our part we had so far only two players coming from Austin to experience the quality of players in St genevieve des Bois,  and believe me the level is on the international level as the matter of fact it is unreal from young age to one of the oldest players at age 86, they all play with quality. In practice nobody use a plastic  circle, they all do use their shoes to trace it on the ground.   The rain, the snow, the wind nothing stop them, by any kind of weather there is at least 20 teams,  it is beautiful to watch and experience.   In France it is very difficult to  be welcome to play if you are not a regular players at most games and club  in France because  most of the time they all play between themselves and even if you will come everyday with a set of balls more likely nobody will ask you to play with them  unless they really need  someone if one of their  players didnt’ show up.   So to be honest it took me years to be welcome there.  But now I am part of the family.  So if you go to France and want to play in a good club let me know in advance and they will welcome you.  Also the fun in France about the game is that in almost every large convenient store they have a pétanque department with all sort of accessories So you bet I went to a lot of them.  A+Love Arseneimage

Some of the past champions in the club' buvette

Some of the past champions in the club’ buvette

 

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When too tired they play cards! When too tired of playing petanque they play cards.

 

 

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Michel on left Jo on right Michel on left Jo on right

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Natural circle

Natural circle

Natural circles

Natural circles

Donato pointing

Donato pointing and Daniel

Decathlon department store

Decathlon department store

How to pick the right size of your set of balls!

How to pick the right size of your set of balls!

The club won against another local club in doublette and triplette

The club won against another local club in doublette and triplette

Watching and supporting in the cold!

Watching and supporting in the cold!

The guide that give all of the tournaments calendar in every categories from doublettes Mixtes to triplettes minimes cadets and juniors Every clubs has to participate during the year to become ligue champion

The guide that give all of the tournaments calendar in every categories from doublettes Mixtes to triplettes minimes cadets and juniors Every clubs has to participate during the year to become ligue champion

Manual Antumes President

Manual Antumes President

Some of the cups the club won!

Some of the cups the club won!

From left to right Jo,Herve,Manu,Alain

From left to right Jo,Herve,Manu,Alain

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