Oakmont Pétanque Club - Bastille Day 2022
Oakmont Pétanque Club - Bastille Day 2022

An abundance of bleue, blanc et rouge clothing, French café music, and tricolor flags made for a festive Bastille Day celebration on July 16. The 26 club members and significant others attending included Nicole Reed who, with her late husband and a small group of enthusiasts, first played organized pétanque in Oakmont in the late 1980s. They began playing on an open, bare piece of ground beside the shuffleboard courts – the location of the current Pétanque Courts – and evolved into the OVA-recognized Oakmont Pétanque Club in 1996.

The celebration began with the annual Bastille Day tournament. Tournament Director Jean-michel Poulnot handled registration and randomization of teams with the Club’s “Fanny” looking on. Fanny, “the Goddess of Pétanque,” is the focal point of a traditional ritual that follows a 13-0 shutout loss. Eighteen Club members played, the maximum that can be accommodated on the three Oakmont courts.

In the first round, Shari Downs, Pi’i Edwards & Jean-michel Poulnot defeated Jim Knapp, Nancy LaPorte & Rachel Meserve 13-0; Richard Goodwin, Barbara Newton & Steven Payette defeated Steve Edwards, Cynthia Goodwin & Sherry Labate 13-5; and Max Hinchman, Barbara Lowell & Linda McPherson defeated Gordon Blumenfeld, Ellean Huff & Don McPherson 13-2.

In the Concours, Downs-P. Edwards-Poulnot defeated Hinchman-Lowell-L. McPherson 13-7 to win the championship. In the Consolante, R. Goodwin-Newton-Payette defeated
S. Edwards-C. Goodwin-Labate 13-11 to take third place, and Blumenfeld-Huff-D. McPherson defeated Knapp-LaPorte-Meserve 13-10 to take fifth place.

Following announcement of winners and team photos, Jean-michel Poulnot, en béret and dressed in tricolor, performed his rousing rendition of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. During the potluck pique-nique that followed, Debbie Knapp played French cabaret and café tunes on her accordion, musically transporting the pétancoeurs to the banks of the Seine.

It was une grande fête!


The Club encourages all Oakmonters who may be interested in playing or learning to play pétanque (pay-tonk) to come to the courts between Berger and the OVA offices at 9:45 a.m. on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. The Club has boules to lend while you’re learning, and you’ll be playing right away. Anyone, regardless of experience, is welcome to enjoy the challenge and camaraderie of a simple game that is inexpensive, fun to play, learned quickly, and endlessly fascinating in its deeper levels of execution and strategy. No dues are required – just sign up to be on the Club roster. Club play days are casual friendly games with teams randomly assigned. The courts also are reserved 10 a.m. – noon for open play pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The second summer Evening Pétanque dessert social and open play will be on Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. The final tournament of the season, Oktoberfest, is on Saturday, October 22.


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