The October 16 celebration began with the annual Oktoberfest Tournament, the last tourney of the year. Tournament Director Jean-michel Poulnot handled registration of players and randomization of teams with the Club’s “Fanny” looking on. Fanny, “the Goddess of Pétanque,” is the focal point of the traditional ritual that follows losing in a 13-0 shutout. But once again there were no shutouts so Fanny, in the end, was not needed.
In the first round games, Steve Edwards, Jim Knapp & Evelyn Zigmont defeated Max Hinchman, Margi Nielsen & Jean-michel Poulnot 13-3 and Pi’ilani Edwards, Linda McPherson & Don McPherson defeated Gordon Blumenfeld, Shari Downs & Barbara Lowell 13-8. That setup the Concours in which the P. Edwards-McPherson-McPherson team defeated the S. Edwards-Knapp-Zigmont team 13-2 to win first place. In the Consolante, the Hinchman-Nielsen-Poulnot team defeated the Blumenfeld-Downs-Lowell team 13-6, to take third place. A potluck picnic lunch followed the announcement of winners and photos.
Three tournaments are scheduled for the 2022 season: Springtime (Printemps) on Saturday, April 9; Bastille Day on Saturday, July 16; and Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 25. Two Evening Pétanque socials are also planned for 2022, one in June and one in August.
Pétanque is all about distance between boules and the target cochonnet, with every boule closer than the nearest opponent’s boule scoring a point. Judging distance can be highly subject to perception. It’s entirely possible that in a given round both teams assume that a given boule is closer, but when all boules have been thrown and everyone takes a closer look, the assumption may be questioned and a measurement required. So a critical playing tip for the good of the order: no players should pick up or move their boules at the end of a round – even those that appear to be outside scoring range – until both teams have agreed how the points will be scored.
PÉTANQUE IN OAKMONT WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY
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 beside the Shuffleboard courts) at 9:45 a.m. on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. The Club has boules to lend, the game is easy to learn, and you’ll be playing right away. Anyone interested, regardless of experience, is welcome to join in. 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 are also reserved 10 a.m. – noon for Club player-arranged pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.