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Hello everyone and welcome,

Don’t forget this weekend it is our 9th annual HOT Extravaganza Petanque Tournaments.  April First at the Historic Browning Mueller Hangar and April second at  the Zaytouna Lounge.

In the spirit of keeping on bringing the game to Texas, the Heart of Texas demonstrates Petanque to French language students at the Freestyle Language Center
The Freestyle Language Center (FLC) is a very dynamic language school with energetic instructors who teach all levels of French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese to adults in evening and weekend classes in Austin, Texas.
On Saturday morning, March 25, 2017, FLC held an Open House as part of Francophonie Month. Attendees included current/prospective French students and their instructors. As a special gift to them, FLC arranged for the Heart of Texas Petanque Club to teach the guests some fundamentals of pétanque and give them some practical experience in the French language while learning the national pastime sport of France – Petanque.
HOTPC members Marion Bermonday and Jim Schwobel spent the morning with about 20 beginners (in pétanque), teaching them in French! After some initial instruction from Marion and Jim, the students played actual games where they got to utilize their French language skills while playing this very social game.
The students found that learning pétanque in French was an excellent way to improve their language skills because it combines lots of new words and grammar with the added fun of playing the game.   Thank you to the teachers. Merci.

A+ Arsene


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HOT NEW! The Heart of Texas ninth Annual HOT Tournament. April’ Fool’s weekend. Petanque Extravaganza. Two Open Doubles Tournament in one weekend. WOW!

Hello everyone and welcome,

You are all invited to Austin TX to come participate at our ninth Annual  Open HOT Tournaments.  Two different tournaments in two different great locations.  First on Saturday April 1 at the Historic Mueller Browning Hangar, a spectacular location in the middle of Austin.  The next  day Sunday April2 at the Zaytouna Lounge, a landmark for international petanque players.  Everyone is welcome, bring your families and friends.  Register early.  A+Love Arsene.







Hello everyone and welcome,

Here is a recap of 2016. It was a wonderful year for the Heart of Texas Petanque Club. We played and taught the game all over the world. We organized Regional FPUSA Tournaments, organized Qualifiers for the World Championship and had our 7th annual HOT International Open. We made huge international connections with the FIPJP and the FFPJP and with great international players. We were welcomed in Angers, Austin’s Twin Sister City. We were featured at the Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the America. We played many local, National and International tournaments. We had a player from Austin selected to represent USA at the Triplette World Championship of Petanque in Madagascar. We participated at the Petanque America Open. WOW, what a year! Thank you to all members, families and friends who support HOT. Without you this endeavor would not be possible. Merci.



















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Hello everyone and welcome,

Wow, can you believe that we again we participated at the World Championship of Petanque.  But this time we went there first class, because we had a super coach the several times World Champions Marco Foyot to help us to rise to the occasion.  The host Nation this year was Madagascar, our players had to travel half way around the world and break several times zone to acclimate to the beautiful city of Antananarivo, Madagascar.  Marco Foyot was kind enough to invite the team first to go visit him and train in France on the way to Madagascar.  Only 3 members of the  Team went to France it was composed of Juan Garcia, Pascal Corchia and Walt Elder who all had the chance to  visit the Obut factory as well as do some training there and also spend time at Marco’s house in Loubeyrat that is located in the Puy-de-Dôme  in central France.   When I heard that, I knew they were in for a gift of a lifetime.  I had the opportunity myself to experience Marco hospitality and it is grandiose. Merci!

Walt one of the Team member who is from Austin Texas even had the opportunity to play in a tournament in Clermont Ferrand in Doublette with Marco as part of the training.  Wow! How about that! Too fantastic!  The Team reconnected with their fourth player P.J Mallette who traveled strait from Oregon to Madagascar.  Now that the whole Team was complete it was time to be at the opening ceremony among the 48 Countries of the best players in the World.   On the first day Pascal got sick and could not participate at the Tir de Precision so Walt had the opportunity to take his place.  What great deal to do that for him.  The next day the Team got to play their first game against the Italian team with Diego Rizzi, that is a hard team to play for a starter. And they went on to play several other Counties  China, Israel, Czech, Turkey two times, Cameroon and  Norway.   The results were not the best but the experience to be participating at the World Championship  will be engraved in their memories forever.  Congratulations to all of you.  15219404_1574421262584349_3712575538470423911_n15337670_1572000652826410_8101811527493511385_n15253629_1572000679493074_2933781828724337103_n15283991_1572000699493072_6141365554247880685_n15317832_1572000736159735_8086387874973848273_n15337669_1572000549493087_3139671969781548710_n15285050_1572000566159752_551813313756550078_n15267739_10211513534504129_8163065750061731359_n15192563_1570629339630208_5393846477756012040_n15267965_1570629392963536_2358920551975709494_n15192676_1570629489630193_2988205724570859762_n15232298_1570629379630204_6432938460224783528_n15319045_1574420982584377_44203865158943985_n15350463_1574421169251025_2918646005049571847_n15284868_1574421052584370_4197180855236960922_n15284911_1574421202584355_9056776581383802709_n15319192_10211522025235062_8656533938610162403_n15192737_1919600188263252_8225887662445669854_n15241813_716047711878766_2657961922781018894_n15219989_10211310630832309_6112034487915210348_n15181165_10211310623512126_7062079100887032174_nimg_8238img_8235img_8236img_8240

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HOT NEWS! The Heart of Texas Petanque had the opportunity to demonstrate and teach the game of Petanque at St Edwards University in Austin,TX.  The event was during their International Education Week.
It was a glorious day in a beautiful setting right in the middle of the campus. Most people don’t know but the City of Austin has 13 Sister Cities and 3 Friendship Cities. Angers,France (the birth place of Damien Hureau) it is Austin’s newest Sister City, the capital of France’s Maine-et-Loire district, a lovely and historic region and France’s fourth-largest industrial producer. St Edwards University is in part responsible for the merging of the two Cities. HOT had established ties with the Petanque Clubs of the region of Angers and we were welcomed by the Mayor of the City. Every year they even schedule a special tournament when we come to town. Unreal! Thank you to all the volunteers who came and donated their time to teach and support the game Petanque in Austin and a special thank you to Bill Clabby and Cynthia Darling.  Merci


HOT NEWS! Bernard Chasseport

Hello everyone and welcome,

The world of petanque just lost a great man. RIP my friend Bernard Chasseport. He was the organizer of the biggest petanque indoor tournament in Europe, Les Trois Jours de Poitiers. I first met Bernard in Lafayette Louisiana where we found ourselves playing against each other in the final of the Lafayette tournament. We became instant friends! I had no idea that he was the organizer of Poitiers he invited the Heart of Texas Club to go there and participate. We were welcomed like dignitaries. I could see in his eyes that the love for the game was burning constantly. I realized how much effort he had to do to organize such an incredible event. All the top champions will never miss it. When I first walk under the dome it was surreal! Imagine what it is the hear the metal balls clicking of 512 Triplettes. Wow! It was like a symphony! Bernard on the top of the tower looking over all the courts was like a maestro. He was conducting the whole thing. He will be everywhere running the show from the gorgeous buffet to giving the medals to the champions. You will be miss my friend! All my blessings to your family. I Love you!    A+  Love Arsene.14479807_1388441654514299_8610540921282600406_n14611060_1388441657847632_3579243063681185329_n14484599_1388441687847629_3805673290858525624_n14520424_1388441694514295_4601580834875751123_n14494704_1388441731180958_5427736860190125528_n14463148_1388441734514291_3252455559854008483_n14591654_1388441777847620_8035020292880063740_n14492353_1388441781180953_834321722159681391_n14568085_1388441821180949_9136608909446956370_n14462968_1388441834514281_5702473207492531221_n14590496_1388441891180942_8850570925437966441_n14572409_1388464047845393_7756862664468429583_n14502781_1388464081178723_7734468208269535952_n14520325_1388464121178719_9222354175730137930_n14502746_1388464201178711_7991977445688629297_n14591595_1388464224512042_4135523829294689616_n



Hello everyone and welcome,

Well I could not miss Le Mondial la Marseillaise a Pétanque. So I got up every morning at 3 am and watched it live on Dailymotion. Years and years ago I used to be the main clown in the hit musical ”Barnum” in Paris, the producer and director was Yves Mourousi.  He knew I was playing petanque so he told me that one day La Marseillaise will be the Rolland Garros des Boules. And won’t you know when the president of the Marseillaise Michel Montana did his speech to open the tournament, the first thing he says was quoting Yves Mourousi ” La Marseillaise c’est le rolland garros des boules ” I could not be more excited. I knew this 55th edition was going to be spectacular. One of our members Jim Schwobel flew to Marseille to participate as well as members of The Nelson Ranch club and The Legation Boules club. So Austin and Texas was well represented. Jim teamed up with Kirk and Parker Edwards – father and son from North Carolina Petanque. And they did win one game! It is a big achievement in Marseille because you loose one and you are out. There is thousand of teams so the elimination process is strict. If you loose one game you are out of the tournament. Congratulations to the three of you. We had many other friends in it like Shannon Hodge and Celia Crittenden and of course Marco Foyot who was trying to equal Albert Pisapia record 7 times winning La Marseillaise.  But sadly lost in the semi Finals. I watched every games including the Women and the young generation.  What a delight it was!   Enjoy the photos. A+ Love Arsene.



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