Saturday, December 1, 2007

Straight to the Top of My Christmas List !!!!

The famed and sadly, all too often forged, Louis Vuitton, has bought out a Limited Edition Petanque Molle set that has me wishing I had an Account in the Caymans. Priced at around $2000.00, these stylish beauties have come to you in celebration of the 100 years of Petanque in France and bring Couture to those that have embraced the concept of indoor Boule. And as snow is on the horizon in Brooklyn, I can only hope that I've been good this year so Santa will bring me this fine set to impress all this fine Holiday Season.



Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Another great Ebay find...

It's amazing what's out there when you look. I hope Santa brings me one of these....



You can start bidding here: Petanque Doll

Thursday, November 15, 2007

BOULE BIN!

Ah....the FRENCH, one can never be too obsessed over a game. This a beauty I found on French Ebay If only I had the room for one, I'd buy it, it'd be a great "empty beer can, boule practice device"!



You can start bidding here: Boule Bin

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

HOTCLUB'S NEW 2008 CALENDER

Hot Club Petanque has released, in conjunction with petanque.org, a fantastic calender for next year, 2008. It features images from Petanque.org's postcard archive. As it states it Hot Club's web site, it would make a charming gift for the Holiday season for any petanque player or lover of all things french..... get em whilst they're hot!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bruce's Brand New Boule!!!

Bruce, Bruce and Bruce, braved the brisk Brooklyn breeze, for our Wednesday eve deflowering of Bruce's new Match 120's.

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Although our nuts froze to the size of all the acorns over the piste, we played a fine game under the, still green, oaks. Micheal surprised us with his new Petanque America purchase. His bright and shiny Boule made for fine target practice, yet he came through in the end by winning the game and going home proud as punch!! Good on ya Bruce!!

Poll Results....

Well.... yes, not too many responses, but those that know, know, you know. So there you go.... it's just a game after all, and a fine one at that!!! Boule Bless you all!!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!




A HAPPY PHANTASMIC HALLOWEEN TO ALL YOU PETANQUE PLAYERS OUT THERE AND MAY THE BLOOD OF YOUR OPPONENTS DRIP UPON HALLOWED PISTES !!!!!!




(For those that haven't seen the film "Phantasm", you should! But here is the short clip of the "Boule" scene.... http://youtube.com/watch?v=skpzSk1ccT0)

Enjoy!!!


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Friday, October 26, 2007

Black And White in Brooklyn

More Black and White pictures form that lovely day in the Park with the Brothers Gembitsky.........









Many thanks to Johnny for the Photographs and may there be more some day...... You can see more of Johnny's work at www.johnnygembitsky.com

Saturday, October 13, 2007

NIGHT BOULE....... LIGHTS OUT AT 11.00

TWAS A COLD AND WINDY NIGHT; AS AUTUMN HAS FINALLY FALLEN IN BROOKLYN. YET THE PARK IS OURS AFTER DARK, AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOULE ECHO AS THEY KISS AND FALLEN ACORNS CRUNCH UNDER FOOT.......






Friday, October 5, 2007

Street Games "Petanque" episode.........

After much anticipation, Street Games aired their short, but sweet, episode, last night, of the Bar Tabac Bastille Day Tournament 2007. Quite a fine record of the event, from the pouring of sand to the infamous dispute, featuring The Bruces, over Xavier's Boule and the Cochonnet. I have put up a POLL, for those of you that were there or just to guess from the footage, to get your opinions of what accrued that fine sunny day. So please, enjoy the video and share your thoughts.......


See the online video "HERE"

PHILIPPE'S PERFECT PHOTO PRESENTATION....

Philippe, from Petanque America, has compiled a fantastic slide show from the Bryant Park Open. To view the Side show click "HERE"

An Email From Hot club Petanque......

Dear Tristram

Just checked your site ,
Great stuff, especially the movies, it all looked great fun

in comparison we had a little doubles comp last sun
won by newbees to the club Will and Luke
here are some photos by Nik

http://www.nickgwyer.com/boule_sunday














all the best
JC

http://www.hotclubpetanque.co.uk/

Thursday, October 4, 2007

New York Open 2007 Bryant Park- Bruces, Shelias and Frank!

Here is a small montage of footage I took in between games. Being as there was little time it's quite brief, by I wanted to put it up and pay respects to those that played and the organizers of the tournament. So here's to Bruce, Bruce, Sheila and Sheila, not to mention of course, all the other players, a few you may recognize on the film; and last but not least Frank, it wouldn't be New York with out you!


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Petanque on American Television?


Who would have thought that Petanque would make it to American cable TV, but it's true. At the Bastille Day Tournament in Brooklyn this year (2007) a few guys from SNY came down to film and see what all the fuss was about for their new show, "Street Games". Many of you (if you were there) may remember the cameras rolling and the interviewing that went on. Even Bruce and I were interviewed whilst waiting for the games to start. So there is a chance that we'll be on it in all our Brooklyn Boule splendor.... But never the less it'll be interesting to see how "they" portray our beloved sport. If you subscribe to New York cable/satellite, (which unfortunately I don't) you can watch the 15 minute slot that Petanque in Brooklyn has finally got. Or ( as I will do) you can watch it online on their web site: "Street Games"
I will post it, as soon as I find it, for all to see......... and lets hope that there is more publicity and professional footage of Petanque in America.

Monday, October 1, 2007

New York Open 2007 - Bryant Park- Bruces and Sheilas

Pictures for the New York Open. Brooklyn Boule cross the river yet again and test their skills against the New Yorkaise and other fine Players from near and far. A fine sunny weekend for Pentanque, beneath the skyscrapers and surrounded by trees. 32 teams of doubles, enjoyed two full days of intense playing, shaking hands, sharing stories and finishing off the day at the park bar for endless rounds of refreshing drinks. Hats off to all that played, and may we meet again soon......

The winners list from La boule New Yorkaise

Concours

* 1st - Hery Rakotoarivony, Xavier Thibaud
* 2nd - Mamary Couli-Baly, Juan Garcia
* 3rd - Yacob Nour, Loi Nguyen
* 4th - Mark Kindschi, Mia Kanazawa

Consolante A

* 1st - Ziggy Kessouagni, Yves Chenette
* 2nd - Amadou Thiam, Roger Roy
* 3rd - PJ Malette, Erin McTaggart
* 4th - Chester Soliz, Simon Adamsdale

Consolante B

* 1st - Steve Ginsberg, Peter Crowley
* 2nd - Eric Bertin, Jeannot Ruperti













































































Hopefully more pictures to come....... keep an eye on the Blog.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Too tired from today...... more tomorrow, Yay Team Bruce and Team Sheila !!!!



GOOD ON YA, NICE ONE!!!

Bruce and Philippe from Petanque America enjoy some spare time during matches at the 2007 New York Open....

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Manhattan Petanque Tournament Today!

This weekend is the 2007 New York Open in Bryant Park. Please come along to watch and support some of the best players in America as they play around the great lawn in Manhattan's most cosmopolitan public park. Games will start at 10.00am today and go on through the day, then resume on Sunday for the finals. Many thanks in advance to La boule New Yorkaise for hosting and good luck to all the players.

Brooklyn Boule has two teams representing, Tristram and Mark (The Bruces); and Laura and Michelle (The Sheilas). Keep an eye out for them and cheer them on!!


Friday, September 28, 2007

Brothers in Black and White

Johnny and Robbie took on Laura in a evenings triple game under the oaks .......... Kiwis in Brooklyn, fun fun fun!





Saturday, September 22, 2007

New Petanque PC Game Added...

Petanque: Le Jue Du Centenaire

Looks like a nicely done game with realistic graphics. Check out the Petanque Computer Game post for the update. Let us know if you've played the game, there seems to be some free downloads out there for a PC (torrents etc. (watch out of viruses!)) but as a Mac owner I'm out of luck....

Friday, September 14, 2007

Foux Da Fa Fa

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS

This is unpetanque related, but a parody of poor communication skills, that English speakers are so often confronted by. As well as being filmed in McGolrick Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn; which is just north of McCarren Park. We have played there a few times but it's not that suited to Petanque now that they reseeded the grass areas. But a nice park to visit. So enjoy this with a pinch of salt and a glass of fine bordeaux.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

LA VIE PETANQUE.......

Proudly sporting my new shirt from Hot Club Petanque , Sunday's gathering of Brooklyn Boule was a fine display of what McCarren's pistes has to offer. A beautiful day under the Oaks, two simultaneous games, one of double and one singles. Then rounding off the afternoon with mixed Triples, as the Ladies joined in to intimidate the Bruces. Ah ....La Vie Petanque!