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Hello everyone and welcome.

We had the great opportunity to have HOT represented in Colorado for the Open Singles and the Central Inter-Regional Doubles by our Vice President Jim Schwobel.  Read his report.

I left the hot Austin weather last Tuesday, July 22, taking a leisure three-day drive to Colorado and much cooler weather.

I drove through Oklahoma and Kansas discovering esoteric attractions along the way, you know, rusty old tractors, broken windmills, etc. – but NOT enjoying the smell of miles and miles of cattle feed lots in western Oklahoma and eastern Kansas. How do the people in that area stand the smell?

Arriving in Colorado Springs, I got to spend a couple of days hanging out with Arsene. He is performing at the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado – between Denver and Colorado Springs. We visited a few sights in the area and played some petanque with a fun group of folks in Colorado Springs.

The main purpose of this trip was to participate in a weekend of petanque tournaments sanctioned by the Federation of Petanque, USA (FPUSA) and sponsored by the Mile High Petanque Club (MHPC) of Denver, Colorado. The tournaments included a singles tournament on Saturday and a doubles tournament on Sunday. It was held at Centennial Gardens, an oasis of flora and fauna in downtown Denver. I include “fauna” because there were several cotton-tail rabbits living among the shrubs.

This was the first time MHPC had sponsored an “official” FPUSA tournament and I must say David Keil, the president of MHPC, and the club members did a fantastic job of organizing and executing a flawless tournament. They provided information packets with Denver attractions, “French-style” sandwiches for lunch both days, Orangina and plenty of water.

The terrain was located in beautiful Centennial Gardens – right in the heart of downtown Denver. The material was crushed granite, not the red type we have in Austin but the gray granite indigenous to this area. The underlying surfaced was relatively hard because the normal foot traffic of folks visiting the gardens had packed it. There was a thin layer of loose gravel, mostly ¼ inch minus – and this granite does not have the really sharp edges like our red granite. All courts were relatively level but did contain inundations a bit more pronounced that what we find at the French Legation.

I would say that the level of play was on par with HOT games as there were some new folks to the sport and others who had been playing most of their lives. France was represented by several players and there was even a guy from Togo.

I played in both tournaments – doing poorly in the singles but getting 2nd place in the doubles tournament. My partner was Ed Porto who is the President of FPUSA and lives in California. It was a pairing arranged over the Internet as we had never played together. There were 11 teams from all over the world in the doubles tournament so I’m proud of my team’s performance. We won 4 games and lost the final 13-8 to a team from France and Togo.

Jim Schwobel
First place:  Boris Devi,Andre Pelissier.
Second place:  Ed Porto, Jim Schwobel
Third place:  Dave Carter, Jeff Bradshaw.

Congratulations to all!

A+ Love Arsene.





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