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A record day in Bastille Day Petanque tourney

 

Winning players were, from left, Blair Francis from Port Townsend, Mari Dever from Edmonds and Phillippe Geraud from Seattle.

On Sunday, July 15, a record 52 players from across the Pacific Northwest met in Edmonds to compete in the sixth annual Bastille Day Petanque Tournament.

The action took place under a bright Edmonds sky at Civic Playfield on an 87-degree sunny day that matched the record high temperature for July 15.

To the delightful tunes of a strolling French accordion player, everyone present enjoyed the fantastic weather and helped mark the French national holiday, Bastille Day.

Yearly, the Edmonds Petanque Club welcomes players of all abilities to this friendly “get-to-know-each-other” open tournament that pairs each player with a new partner during the course of four separate games.

At the end of the day, the players with the highest accumulated point totals took home the Bastille Day Tournament prizes.

Significantly, this year’s winners represent three different area clubs: Phillippe Geraud of the Seattle Petanque Club won first place honors.

Mari Dever, a local standout player from Edmonds Petanque Club, took the silver medal; and Blair Francis from the Port Townsend Petanque Alliance came in third.

For the second year, the main tournament was followed by a match of petanque shooting skills. In this aspect of petanque, a player launches, or “shoots,” his steel ball in the air to remove an opponent’s ball from the court at a distance of six to 10 meters.

Shooting requires great skill, a sure eye, and terrific coordination. The two top finishers in this year’s shooting competition were Silas Holm from Port Townsend and John Hunt from Seattle Petanque.

Without question the day’s success is due to the hard work of 26 volunteers who pitched in to erect canopies and tables, prepare the courts, and organize the day.

Curious about petanque, the French national game, and a growing phenomenon in the Northwest? Come out to the Civic Playfield on Sixth Avenue South in Edmonds on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. or Sundays at 1:30 p.m. to give it a try.

Equipment is available for anyone who shows up, and club members will be happy to explain the game.

You may also visit the club website at www.edmondspetanqueclub.org for more information about the Edmonds Petanque Club and about the sport in general.

 

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